Sustainable UCL


Cycle and Walk to UCL

Cycling and walking are two of the best ways to get to campus while socially distancing and getting some exercise. On this page you will find resources to help you plan your walk or cycle to UCL.

First and foremost, and in line with Government guidance, staff students have been asked to stay at home and avoid travelling to  campus unless absolutely required. If you need to travel to UCL, we encourage you to cycle or walk if you can.  UCL is not allowing travel by car unless it is necessary. UCL will be prioritising  parking spaces for blue badge holders. Please contact UCL Logistics if you hold a blue badge and require access to a parking space.

UCL is currently installing 600 cycle racks across the campus for September and has initiated a Buddy Scheme to support staff and students, see our walking and cycling pages below for resources. 

If you need to use public transport, avoid the busiest times: 05:45 - 08:15 and 16:00 - 17:50, and the busiest stations and lines. This information is provided by TfL, see here. If you are travelling by tube to or from Bloomsbury, it is worth considering the use of either Tottenham Court Road or Kings Cross Underground stations. Both of these stations have large concourse areas which support social distancing. Some research suggests that travelling by bus or overground train is less risky than using the underground, where passengers are more likely to catch respitatory diseases. For information on travelling to London, you can check train operator's guidance here.  

You can receive a free season ticket loan from UCL here.

How long passengers spend on public transport also plays a role. If possible, consider completing the last section of your journey by bike or foot. Especially in Central London there are many cycle hire schemes that allow travellers to complete their journey by bike. See the average times by bike and foot from central stations across London to UCL's main campus:

StationBike (minutes)Foot (minutes
Waterloo11 36
Cannon Street1441
Charing Cross1230
London Bridge1751
Liverpool Street2052
Photograph of a student getting on a bike

Cycling Resources

For details on free bike maintenance, choosing a bike, local routes, UCL's bike buddy network and more!

Photograph of person walking

Walking Resources

Reconnect with nature and get fit by walking to and from central stations to avoid the underground when commuting to UCL.