In 1826 UCL is established to open up education in England for the first time to students of any race or religion, becoming the first university in London.
Two Scots, a poet and a lawyer, are credited as being the driving force in founding the self-styled ‘University of London’.
UCL is one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary universities. We operate in a global context and are committed to excellence, innovation and the promotion of global understanding in all our activities: research, teaching, learning, enterprise and community engagement.
Our distinctive approach to research, education and innovation will further inspire our community of staff, students and partners to transform how the world is understood, how knowledge is created and shared and the way that global problems are solved.
Insights from UCL research address the great challenges facing the world – bringing benefits in health, culture, policy, business and beyond.
Individually and in collaboration, UCL experts develop insights relevant to humanity’s major problems. Society reaps many benefits from their excellent research, some of which occur immediately, while others develop over years or generations.
UCL submitted more than 2,500 staff to be assessed in REF 2014, and our researchers received a ‘grade point average’ of 3.22 (out of 4), giving UCL an overall research power greater than both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. We also had the greatest ‘impact power’ of any university.
The team at the Student Centre can advise you how to complete many UCL processes and how to access the core services that UCL provides.
UCL Library Services supports learning, teaching and research at UCL and consists of 18 libraries and learning spaces located across London, covering a wide range of specialist subjects.
Information Services provide email, internet and other information services for students at UCL.
It is important to remember to look after yourself when you are in the UK and to find out how to obtain medical treatment. The National Health Service (NHS) is the healthcare system in the UK and is primarily funded through general taxation rather than requiring insurance payments.
Some NHS services are free at the point of delivery, others you need to pay for.
UCL's Bloomsbury campus has numerous resources to aid your studies and make the most of your free time.
A number of resources to help you with your studies including libraries, museums and UCL's Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).
Relax on campus in your free time by visiting the Bloomsbury Theatre, going to a gig at the Students' Union, or learning something new at one of UCL's museums.
UCL is a secular institution and has a contemplation room on-site for private meditation and prayer.
UCL offers plenty of opportunities to take part in team sports or just to keep fit and have fun!
UCL Students’ Union (UCLU)
As well as running a huge number of clubs and societies, the Union provides the “Give it a Go” (GIAG) social programme, which allows you to try out a range of one-off activities, make new friends and perhaps even discover a new hobby or favourite place!
You could try:
The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, (AGCAS), is the professional association for higher education (HE) careers practitioners and those involved in the provision of careers and employability education, information, advice and guidance to current or prospective HE students and graduates. UCL Careers and our parent body, The Careers Group, University of London are full members of this association.