What is UCL like?

Our introduction to campus locations and general environment.


UCL’s main campus is in Bloomsbury, London with the main quad on Gower Street. UCL has one main library in the Wilkins Building on Gower Street and a number of additional departmental libraries. There are places to eat/drink, two gyms, the Student Centre and Student Support and Wellbeing based at the Institute of Education. UCL is building a new campus at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to form part of a wider education and cultural quarter. Read more at UCL East.

Teaching sessions will take place in a variety of locations across our University. This could mean across both of our campuses and all buildings. You can see our campus map here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps

Our University has around 40,000 from a wide variety of different backgrounds and cultures. UCL also employs approximately 11,000 staff, this means that campus can be very busy at times.

How could this affect me?

The campus is bigger than you might be used to at School or College and getting lost is common for new students and when timetables change. Becoming familiar with key buildings and locations may help you to prepare.

What to do next?

Explore our videos and self-guided campus tour

Practical tips

https://youtu.be/5BFuSe7bq6kYou can explore more of the campus via the video below but it helps to be mindful that although these will give you a basic idea of what to expect from the University environment they are not necessarily the spaces you will be taught in and timetables are only confirmed at the beginning of each semester.

Information about settling in at UCL:

About the author

This article was written by Lucy Balaam, Disability Advisor at UCL.