London is one of the world's greatest cities and we hope you're excited about becoming part of it! This section gives you just a taste of life in the capital.
London has a comprehensive public transport network, with buses, trains, trams, boats, a cycle hire scheme and even a cable car, in addition to the famous London Underground (Tube). Transport for London (TfL) operates many of these services and their website provides comprehensive information and a route planning function.
There are several Tube stations near UCL's main Bloomsbury campus: Euston, Euston Square, Warren Street, Goodge Street and Russell Square. These are served by the Northern line, Victoria line, Metropolitan line, Circle line, Hammersmith & City line and Piccadilly line. There are also Overground services from Euston and main line (National Rail) trains from Euston and nearby King's Cross St. Pancras station.
The Oyster card is the main way to pay for transport in London. There is a version of the Oyster card for students that provides discounts. Contactless card payments are now also widely accepted.
Much of central London is within walking distance of UCL's main campus in Bloomsbury and many students walk to university from their accommodation, especially those living in halls of residence in Camden or other nearby neighbourhoods. If you are only travelling a short distance, walking may actually be faster than taking public transport.
London is also bike-friendly, with an growing number of dedicated cycle routes. The Santander Cycles scheme allows you to hire a bike for short periods and covers much of the city.
As capital of the UK, London has a rich cultural diversity and offers an incredible range of arts, theatre, cinema, sports, food, nightlife, attractions and entertainment. There's something for everyone!
Taking time out
If you're new to London, it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming (not surprising in a city of 9 million people!) It's easy to get away from it all and relax, however, in one of the city's many beautiful parks and green spaces.
London is the political, business, legal and cultural capital of the UK and offers important practical advantages to students. There are countless ways you can benefit from London's wealth of resources and all UCL students are encouraged to take their learning and research out into the community and make the most of the opportunities right on their doorstep.