UCL East


Explore east London

Well-known as the capital's creative centre, east London is an inspiring place to live, work and enjoy. Join us as we look at the history of the area around our new campus, and how you might spend your free time.

The home of ideas and innovation 

Situated in Stratford and on the River Lea, our new UCL East campus neighbours long-established small businesses, artist studios, startups and incubators.

An area of London with a deep-rooted cultural identity of innovation and creativity, we can’t wait to be a part of this exciting community.

Artist working on a graffiti wall.

The history of the Olympic park

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was developed for the 2012 London Olympics on a site of over 560 acres in east London. Today the Olympic legacy lives on through some of the city’s best publicly-accessible sporting facilities, housing, and the landscaped park itself.

As the Olympic Park begins its next chapter through the arrival of major cultural and educational institutions, it's important to understand the area’s rich history prior to the Olympics, and its diverse local communities. From industry to the suffragettes and the 'Fun Palace' project of the 1960s, we'll explore some of the people and ideas that have shaped Stratford's cultural identity today.

Old picture of man delivering milk on a cart.

Exterior archive photograph of the old Theatre Royal.

Old style hand drawn map of east London.

Archive black and white photograph of women standing in a crowd.

East Bank

UCL East will join the V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum), Sadler’s Wells, BBC Music and UAL London College of Fashion to play an integral part of the post-Olympics regeneration, forming cultural and educational destination, East Bank.

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Discover the area

Your life on campus wouldn't be complete without access to outstanding leisure facilities and ways to spend your free time. At UCL East you're spoilt for choice.

Not only does the surrounding neighbourhood offer plenty to do, but a quick train or bus ride will take you to nearby hipster hotspots Shoreditch and Dalston.

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Food and drink

You'll find a huge range of places to eat and drink close-by in Stratford and Hackney Wick, but don't forget we'll also have a lively café, keeping you well-fuelled without having to leave campus.

Man walking past a cartoon mural wall.

Cultural landmarks

Never was the melting pot of cultures in London more visible than in the east. Here you'll find live music, galleries, independent cinemas and street art sitting happily side-by-side with places of worship and community centres.

Two people boxing in a boxing gym.

Sports facilities

As well as use of the park itself, UCL students and staff will have access to the venues present on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, including the London Aquatics Centre and Copper Box Arena.

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For life's necessities, Westfield Stratford City is just round the corner from campus, while a quick Overground trip will take you to Dalston and Shoreditch for independent and vintage stores, markets and boutiques.

How does UCL fit in?

We are committed to having a positive impact on this vibrant part of the capital.

We are already doing this, by partnering with community organisations to develop purpose-driven research that improves quality of life in the area, and by creating employment opportunities for local people.

By equipping students with adaptable skills and instilling UCL's philanthropic values, we'll also help to shape the next generation of London's leaders – young people invested in the improvement of their city.

Find out more about what to expect when you come to study, live or work with us at UCL East.

Architectural render of East Harbour.