Watch the LSC Intern’s tour of Brunel – don’t worry, there’s a lot more to see than just Subway!
- Campus based, public research university located on outskirts of west London known for its technical excellence
- Established in 1966, Brunel was named after ingenious Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution, who was responsible for building the Great Western Railway and the first transatlantic steamship
- In 2015, Brunel was ranked 25th in Times Higher Education’s 100 under 50 ranking of the top 100 world universities under 50 years old
- Notable alumni include Oscar nominated British filmmaker and journalist Adam Benzine, Downtown Abbey actress Sophie McShera, and former Arsenal captain, footballer Tony Adams
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Top Five Things to do whilst at Brunel University
1. Visit the statue of Brunel’s namesake, Isambard Brunel, on the way to the recently refurbished accommodation halls, all named after different bridges Brunel designed
2. Attend weekly classes, exhibitions and/or performances at Brunel’s Art Centre on campus
3. Check out Brunel’s Indoor Athletic Centre, a new indoor sprinting track where Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has trained
4. Walk along the River Pinn into Uxbridge to explore the shops and theatres along the bustling High Street
5. Explore different areas of campus where Stanley Kubrick’s cult classic film A Clockwork Orange, which was filmed at Brunel!
Founded in 1966, Brunel is one of the youngest major universities in London, but has quickly gained a great reputation for its technical prowess and research facilities. For studying, head to the Bannerman Centre in the heart of campus, which houses the Library, Student Centre, and Professional Development Centre, along with a plethora of other resources for student support. Brunel is a self-sufficient campus with restaurants, cafes, grocery shops and more right along the Central Concourse, and newly refurbished accommodation mere minutes away as well. There are more than 100 student groups on campus, including a Harry Potter society and even one dedicated to learning circus acts! There’s also a Brunel Buddies program, where trained Brunel students link up with new students to show them the ropes of university life and help them get involved on campus.
The university is also home to the Arts Centre and the Indoor Athletic Centre, as well as a Sporting Centre, so students can keep fit easily with state of the art equipment, or attend weekly art classes for free in their spare time. If working out or looking at art makes you hungry, there’s a weekly campus market in the quad that sells delicious cakes, savory snacks, and more!
Living in London
With a campus located next to the town of Uxbridge in west London, it’s a simple journey to Big Ben, and the rest of central London, but there’s also tonnes of activities both at Brunel and in Uxbridge as well, so there’ll be no shortage of things to do. Uxbridge is a significant commercial and retail centre, with a busy High Street full of shops, theatres and restaurants to enjoy a nice evening out at. When you want to head into central London, it’s an easy journey from Brunel’s campus via the Underground or rail services. With a student Oyster card, you’ll be able to travel to and from the city centre with ease and at a discounted price! Another great perk is that Brunel is located very close to Heathrow Airport, so travelling while abroad will be quick and not a hassle.
Brunel is also located on the edge of Colne Valley Regional Park, which is a massive expanse of green spaces and beautiful parks perfect for a breath of fresh air, or a peaceful walk. With an active, intimate campus and central London only a short distance away, you are certain to have a diverse and exciting time studying abroad at Brunel University with UCEAP!