Your home from home – a guide to your Union spaces

2 December 2020

The union has so many great spaces spread across campus for you to study, hang out, get fit, or get creative. Find out all about them in this article!


COVID-19 restrictions and our campus

While many of our facilities, shops and services remain open, please check this before visiting. We are working hard to keep our community of students and staff safe at UCL, so some of our facilities might not be open for now - but rest assured, they will be as soon as possible. 

All of our spaces are your spaces. Here at the Union, we are transforming our bars, cafes, fitness, and study areas to create the perfect places for you to make friends and relax outside of lectures. Since we’re a not-for-profit, every penny you spend with us goes back into the services we provide for you and other students at UCL. 

We’re spread across four different buildings, so you’re never far from a Union space. We’ll be reopening some of our spaces (with social distancing in place) from September. Keep an eye out on our social media to see specific dates and how we’ll be doing this. 

For now, here’s a whistle-stop tour of what’s waiting for you when you get here.

25 Gordon Street

This is our main hub. 25 Gordon Street is where our Sabbatical Officers sit and where all our offices are. If you ever need to talk to your sabbs, or us, this is where we’re at. At 25 Gordon Street we’ve also got:

  • The Volunteering Service. Home to the team who can help you find the volunteering placement of your dreams.

  • The Advice Service. Our team of advisors provide confidential appointments to support you if anything were to go wrong whilst you’re here.

  • Gordon’s Cafe. Forget a soggy sandwich from Tesco’s and upgrade to a top-quality baguette or panini for the same price.  

  • Stone Willy’s. Fancy a freshly baked pizza right here on campus? Or melt for our popular melts...mmmm...

  • The Hanger. Satisfy your UCL branded clothing needs in the Hanger. We’ve got branded tops, hoodies, ties, cufflinks, mugs - we’ve got a lot of branded goods.

  • Phineas. Home to Sport Nights, monthly LGBT+ event Glittoris, live music, and much more. Drinks deals every day make it a no-brainer!

Lewis Building

Perched on the corner of Gower Street and Gower Place, this is in handy proximity to the Main Quad and is packed with spots to hang out and for societies to meet up. Here you’ll find:

  • George Farha Cafe. Whether it’s a hot chocolate and a panini to go or coffee and cake with mates, our friendly staff have you covered.

  • The Huntley. This is the perfect antidote to the traditional student bar - our craft beers change weekly and there is no dance floor in sight.

  • Mully’s Basement Bar. Student talent is always on show at our venue for clubs and society performances.

  • The dance studio. Mirrored walling and a sprung floor for clubs or societies who want to perfect their pirouette.

  • The media suite. Used by clubs and societies who want to make digital things that look beautiful.

  • Music practice and soundproof rooms. If you’re a musician, you’re highly likely to find yourself spending a lot of time in our dedicated music rooms.

The Bloomsbury Theatre Building

Lights, camera… Clubs and Societies? Doesn’t really have the same ring to it, does it? But here in Bloomsbury is where you can find our Student Activities Reception plus the Clubs and Societies Common Room where you can sit, chill and warm up food in one of our four microwaves (split into Halal, Kosher, Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian).

  • Bloomsbury Cafe. Super convenient grab-and-go coffee spot.
  • Student Activities. The heart of clubs and societies space.
  • Bloomsbury Fitness. Your student gym and home of Team UCL. Smart equipment, bargain prices, and conveniently located.
  • Film studio. A specially equipped studio for members of our Film and TV Society.
  • Radio studio. If you’re interested in broadcasting your own radio show, this is where you’ll be hanging out.

The Institute of Education

A hugely popular spot, particularly with postgrads.
The Institute Outside Bar. Open all day and loved for its chilled atmosphere, the Institute Bar is in a temporary home this year while it’s being upgraded. That isn’t going to stop it from offering the goods, such as freshly cooked pizzas and bargain prices.

The Print Room

We’ve grabbed a bit of space in the South Quad to provide you with a picturesque little cafe with outdoor seating. The Print Room also does delicious, sit down food for when you fancy treating yourself to a long lunch.
To find out more about the spaces available to you, latest developments, and how to book a venue or gym class,
click here.

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