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Find all the answers to the questions you may have if you're looking to find out more about living and studying at our new UCL East campus.

General

What is UCL East?

UCL East is UCL’s new campus on  Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford in east London. Our first building - One Pool Street - opened in autumn 2022 giving our students and staff the opportunity to study, work, live and play in another iconic UCL location in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

We have welcomed our first postgraduate students, who are studying exciting new graduate degree courses with us. Our first undergraduate students will be joining us from autumn 2023. 

UCL East will comprise two buildings initially: One Pool Street and Marshgate, which face each other on either side of the river, linked by a bridge, at the south end of the Park.

Check out our Life on Campus page or, if you'd like to know more about about the background to the project, head to our Campus page.

Where is the UCL East campus?

Our new campus is on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at East Bank in Stratford in east London. East Bank is a new culture, innovation and learning quarter being developed as part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games. UCL is a founding partner of East Bank, along with other global brands like the BBC, V&A, Sadler's Wells and UAL: London College of Fashion.

Our new campus on the Park is easily accessed by public transport and surrounded by green spaces and waterways, yet just minutes from world class sport, entertainment and shopping venues. The campus address is: UCL East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 2AF.

Find out how to get to our UCL East campus.

How much of the UCL East campus is now open?

The first building on our UCL East campus, One Pool Street opened in autumn 2022. Students are studying on a range of postgraduate courses in cutting-edge new UCL schools and centres.

The second building in this phase, Marshgate, is due to open in autumn 2023.

Can I visit the campus? 

You’re welcome to visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and see where our new UCL East campus is located. Organised tours are not yet possible but will available as soon as possible and practicable. Look out for opportunities to find our more about our UCL East campus on UCL Open Days.

Is the campus open to the public?

The landscape around our buildings and the lower floors of both One Pool Street and Marshgate have been designed to be open to everyone. Whether helping shape our research and innovation, joining in our events and activities, or enjoying a coffee and the work of local artists in our public spaces, we welcome the local community, businesses and visitors to the Park, as well as our students and staff, so do drop in!

Our excellent Pool Street Cafe is open to everyone from 0830 to 0530 Monday to Friday and serves delicious coffee from local Hackney company, Dark Arts Coffee. Our Pool Street Shop, run by Students' Union UCL, is open from 0800 to 1800 Monday to Friday with everything you'd expect from your friendly neighbourhood shop.

We ask all those visiting any of our UCL campuses to abide by our Code of Conduct for Visitors and UCL students are required to abide by our Code of Conduct for Students.

In addition, all those visiting, working or studying on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are bound by its bylaws. For more information about the areas and topics these cover, access the QEOP Bylaws.

When will work on the second campus building, Marshgate, be complete?

Our first new building, One Pool Street, which includes teaching and research facilities as well as student accommodation is now open.

Work is continuing just across the river on our Marshgate building, which will open in September 2023. The work is in the final stages and most of the activity is now internal, so happening inside the building itself. The works have been designed to keep any disruption to a minimum and are likely to be restricted to daytime.

How sustainable is UCL East?

UCL East has been designed and built with sustainability at its core, inside and out. From turning rubble into skateboard ramps or incorporating rainwater harvesting, low energy lighting and highly efficient mechanical ventilation, we have worked to minimise our carbon footprint throughout construction and beyond.

During planning and construction, our project teams have supported clean energy by keeping running costs and energy consumption to a minimum. Our architects and construction partners have worked with us to promote green outcomes and environmental consciousness in those who will be using the buildings too. The installation of heating and cooling technology will retain energy while also optimising indoor air quality to support health and wellbeing. We have even put sensors on the UCL East buildings that are constantly gathering data to help us understand how they are interacting with and impacting on the environment. Together the measures we have taken have already created substantial savings in timber waste and carbon emissions.

Our UCL East campus is powered by 100% renewable electricity and will send zero waste to landfill. As part of UCL's sustainability strategy we will eliminate single-use plastic across our campuses by 2024, and we are committed to becoming a zero-carbon university across all our operations by 2030.

At UCL East, sustainability will also run through the curriculum. All degree programmes offer optional campus-wide modules in areas such as ‘Sustainability and Decision Making’ and ‘Sustainability Analysis of Engineering Systems.’

Facilities

How big is the UCL East campus?

Our One Pool Street base has a community of around 500 postgraduate students on courses and there are 552 rooms in student accommodation above the teaching and research areas. Some of these student residents choose to both live and study in One Pool Street while others may be studying at UCL at Here East, which is also on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, or studying on our Bloomsbury campus. So it's a lively, mixed community of both graduates and undergraduates in a vibrant area of London with excellent transport links.

When our Marshgate building opens, we will welcome undergraduate students onto new courses as well as more postgraduates. There will be around 4000 students across the two buildings, when all our new courses are running across all academic years. In time, we plan to add further buildings and facilities to our UCL East campus.

How accessible is the UCL East campus?

The UCL East campus has been designed to be fully accessible and exceeds the current standard requirements. The student accommodation at One Pool Street has also been designed to be accessible. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is car-free, but there are Blue Badge disabled parking facilities and drop-off points on the campus. Accessible parking can be arranged - please email us at ucleast@ucl.ac.uk.

Please contact our Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing team to discuss any requirements that you may have.

What facilities does the UCL East campus have?

Students studying on our UCL East campus have access to the same services as any other UCL student; in some cases these services are delivered remotely to students at our UCL East campus but you are welcome to use all the in-person services at our Bloomsbury campus in central London too.

Our Students’ Union and the Support & Wellbeing services have a presence at UCL East, and our Careers team run consultations and some events there.

One Pool Street has a library and student learning hub with professional subject specialist support. Printing facilities are available in the learning hub, the student common room and in the teaching/study space on level 3 of One Pool Street.

At One Pool Street there is a café offering a full range of meat, meat free, vegan and healthy options, and the building has vending machines for snacks and drinks, and a shop run by UCL Students' Union for 'grab and go' food as well as items like toiletries and everything you would expect from a friendly local store. Sustainability is really important to us and you can also bring you own container to fill up with items like rice, pasta and so much more, priced by weight.

In addition, there are social areas as well as a quiet contemplation room and a roof terrace. One Pool Street also has a lecture theatre that doubles as a 160-seat cinema. This is mainly used for teaching, lectures and showcasing students' work but will increasingly be available for activities, events and use by the local community.

From September 2023, UCL East library staff and services will transfer from One Pool Street to the new library in our Marshgate building, which will be open to all UCL East students to use, whichever building their course is based in.

As well as a large library, when our Marshgate building opens in September 2023 the building will include a refectory and a wide range of study, social and practical facilities that will complement those available in our One Pool Street building.

Secure bicycle storage, showers and changing facilities are available to both students and staff at both UCL East campus buildings.

Our new campus on the Queen Olympic Olympic Park is surrounded by green spaces and waterways where you can relax and socialise with friends and colleagues, yet well connected by public transport and just minutes away on foot from the cafes and bars of Hackney Wick or world class sport, entertainment and shopping venues, which include a range of supermarkets. Nearby facilities include Westfield Stratford City, London Stadium, London Aquatics Centre, ArcelorMittal Orbit, Copper Box Arena, Lee Valley VeloPark, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Abba Voyage, Stratford Shopping Centre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford East Picturehouse, The Yard Theatre and Stratford Circus performing arts venue.

UCL also has a base at the nearby innovation and technology centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park called UCL at Here East. Together, UCL East, Here East and new sites for the BBC, V&A, Sadler's Wells and UAL:London College of Fashion comprise the education, culture and innovation district called East Bank.

Find out how to get to our UCL East campus.

Can I also use the facilities at UCL's Bloomsbury campus in central London?

Yes, you are welcome to use the facilities and services on our Bloomsbury campus. 

Are there any sports facilities at the UCL East campus?

There is a range of sports facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park including the London Aquatics Centre (which includes a 50m swimming pool and a gym), the Velopark and the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre. Student memberships are available.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is also an excellent place to go for a run or a cycle ride, and there are 310 cycle hire docking stations on the Park.

Students based at UCL East can also use the sports facilities on our Bloomsbury campus.

If I am based at UCL Bloomsbury, will I also have access to sports facilities on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park?

Yes – they are open to anyone.

Will there be a health centre at the UCL East campus?

No, but there are NHS health centres located nearby. Click on this interactive map to find out more about the local services. 

Our student support website has details about how to register with a doctor.

What are the social facilities like in the area? Where will I eat on campus? And nearby?

On the UCL East campus itself there is a cafe at One Pool Street, a student common room, a roof terrace and other social spaces. There will be a larger refectory and more spaces for socialising at Marshgate when it opens in 2023. Our Pool Street Shop, run by Students' Union UCL, also has a range of food option.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area is a vibrant part of east London with many cafes, restaurants and leisure time activities to suit all tastes and budgets. The Park hosts events all year round, and UCL East is also part of East Bank, London’s newest cultural and education destination in which UCL is a partner.

Our UCL East campus is also next to Westfield Stratford City with its wide selection of shops, eateries and entertainment venues, and there are more shops, restaurants and other facilities in Stratford itself, including Stratford Shopping Centre and the Theatre Royal Stratford East. On the other side of the park is Hackney Wick, another area with a broad selection of cafes, bars, and restaurant options.

For more info, check our Explore East London page. 

Studying at UCL East 

Which courses are being taught at the UCL East campus?

Our Study and Research pages include information about the courses and the research activity that is taking place on the campus.

How much of my teaching and learning will be at the UCL East campus and how much at the Bloomsbury campus?

This will depend on your course, but many of the courses that are based at our UCL East campus will delivered there entirely. Any modules that you take that are delivered at our Bloomsbury campus will be optional modules, and they will be clearly marked. If you’re not sure, your course contact will be able to advise you.

Will I have lectures on both campuses on the same day?

We aim to avoid a situation where students are travelling between two campuses on the same day. Where this is unavoidable, modules will be scheduled to allow plenty of time for travel between campuses. Check our Find Us page for details on the different travel options between our campuses.

We will support students with disabilities with travel between sites, and the Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing team can advise further. Find out about UCL's support for disabled students.

Will my education be different at UCL East?

The values and ethos of a UCL education - freedom to challenge, think differently and develop your skills and career to make a positive impact in the world - are the same wherever the course is based. 

Our new campus at UCL East will enable us to create the research, teaching and learning spaces that can help us to accelerate academic and student collaboration, knowledge exchange and community engagement. Moreover, students studying at our UCL East campus will have the opportunity to take campus-wide modules on universal challenges such as sustainability and fairer innovation, and build valuable knowledge and skills for the next steps after graduation.

Can I join classes at Bloomsbury remotely from UCL East?

Some degree courses are taught solely on our UCL East campus, but others offer optional modules that are taught on our Bloomsbury campus.

The option to join Bloomsbury-based modules remotely may be considered and made available where possible.

Will my professors and various programme-related admin functions be based at UCL East?

Academic and professional services staff will be available if you have problems or issues. Staff will be based in a variety of locations, so some services may be available in person and others remotely. Professional services staff are based in the office space are on the 2nd floor of One Pool Street.

Will there be separate students’ unions and student societies at UCL East?

Not yet – but you are welcome to start a society at UCL East if you are based there!

All students societies at UCL are open to all our students, it doesn’t matter where you live or study. Information about clubs and societies is available from the Students Union website.

Travel 

What are the travel options between UCL East and Bloomsbury, and how long will it take between the two?

There are a range of public transport options for travelling between our two iconic campuses in London, UCL East (east London) and UCL Bloomsbury (central London).

Each takes up to 40 minutes door to door, and cycling is also an option. Check our Find Us page for details on the different travel options between our campuses.

Will there be a shuttle bus between UCL East and UCL Bloomsbury? 

No, because the quickest way to move between the campuses is on public transport. There are several routes you can take. Check our Find Us page for details on the different travel options between our campuses.

Will UCL students get discount travel between the two campuses?

Yes, if you use a Transport for London 18+ Student Oyster Card, which will give you a 30% discount on travel.

Accommodation

Is there student accommodation at UCL East?

Yes. One Pool Street includes student accommodation and more details are available via the UCL Accommodation website.

If my course is taught at UCL East, will I get priority to live in the UCL East accommodation?

No, but postgraduate students can indicate One Pool Street as a preference in the accommodation application. 

Can I live at UCL East and study at Bloomsbury?

Yes.

How do I apply for accommodation at UCL East? Will I be able to express an interest in proximity to UCL East versus Bloomsbury?

Details of all the UCL residences including One Pool Street at our UCL East campus, and information about how accommodation is allocated, is on the UCL Accommodation website

How much will the accommodation at UCL East cost?

Fees for accommodation at One Pool Street, and all the other UCL residences, are available on the UCL Accommodation website.

 

Can’t find what you need?

If you have a question about your course, please contact the department in which you will be studying. 

If your question is about the UCL East campus, please email us at ucleast@ucl.ac.uk