- Campus based university located right in the centre of London.
- 37% of the students are international from over 150 countries
- UCL was the first university institution established in London and the first in England to be entirely secular, to admit students regardless of their religion, and to admit women on equal terms with men
- Alumni include film director Christopher Nolan and the band Coldplay, who met whilst studying at UCL
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“UCL is an amazing place to meet inspiring peers from not just the UK, but all over the world. I now have friends from Ireland, Denmark, Colombia, and more! I feel very grateful for the global perspective I have developed here.”
– Amanda ‘Mandy’ Katz, UCEAP University College London, Spring 2015
Top Five Things to do whilst at the University College London
1. Visit the philosopher Jeremy Bentham at the end of the South Cloisters on campus
2. Attend a ‘Give It A Go’ programme organized by the Student Union – their day trips are inexpensive and tons of fun!
3. Visit UCL’s own museums – the Grant Museum of Zoology or Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
4. Eat at the Torrington Place Farmer’s Market
5. Watch a show at UCL’s own Bloomsbury Theatre, which features both student and professional performances all year long
With a campus worked into and around the city it’s based in, there’s plenty going on to keep you occupied at UCL. More than 500 volunteer projects are organized through the student union’s Volunteering Services Unit, which is the largest of its kind in London, so it’s easy to find something you are passionate about. There are more than 200 student clubs and societies on campus, including a Baseball club and a Cheese Grater Satirical Newspaper society! Considering that UCL students hail from 150 different countries, and nearly 25% of students will study abroad for at least some period of time, there will be a lot you can learn from spending time with your fellow students.
The university is also home to three museums: the Grant Museum of Zoology, the UCL Art Museum and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. If checking out the collections makes you work up an appetite, just stop by the Farmer’s Market held in Torrington Square every Thursday – from paella to fresh produce, they’ve got it all.
Living in London
UCL’s campus is based primarily in Bloomsbury, with other university buildings found around central London. Bloomsbury is an area of central London that offers some of the capital’s best cafes, shops and restaurants. Enjoy a nice dinner on Charlotte Street or head north to relax in Regent’s Park. Oxford Street shopping and the West End theatre district are both located nearby, too! UCL’s Bloomsbury campus is within walking distance of half a dozen different tube stations, including Euston Station and the famed King’s Cross Station, which provides national and international rail links in addition to the tube. There are also seven different bus lines that serve the UCL main campus location. With a student Oyster card, you’ll be able to travel the city with ease and at a discounted price!
There are also several beautiful parks dotted around Bloomsbury that can make for lovely quiet spots to study or just spend a few quiet minutes. With all of London at your doorstep though, you are certain to never get bored while studying abroad at the University College London with UCEAP!