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University College London

UCAS Code: U80

Location: Central London Show on Map

Site: Single site in Bloomsbury

World-class research-intensive institution; a member of the Russell Group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:25,525
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:13,495
Full Time:94%
Mature on Entry:11%
UK Students:63%
State school entry:65%

Teaching Staff

4000+ (full- and part-time).

Broad study areas

Mathematical & physical sciences, social & historical sciences, engineering sciences, life sciences, medicine, pharmacy, arts & humanities, built environment, law, Slavonic & Eastern European studies. 


Admission Information:Minimum of 3 A-levels at grades AAB plus a pass in an additional AS-level, or equivalent international qualifications. UCAS tariff is not used.
Points on Entry (Mean):474
Drop Out Rate:2%
Accommodation:All first years housed (who apply by deadline)


Structural features:Founding college of London University. Absorbed a number of other London University institutions over the years (eg Institute of Archaeology, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, Institute of Child Health, Middlesex and Royal Free medical schools); most recently the School of Pharmacy merged in 2012.  
Site:Heart of London University area in Bloomsbury. 
How to get there:Train (Euston station); underground (Warren Street, Euston Square, Goodge Street); many bus routes. 
Special features:Teaching on undergraduate degrees draws on innovative and cutting edge research at UCL and elsewhere. A global perspective encouraged in all programmes, to help students understand the global challenges we face and contribute towards their solutions. Work placement schemes and skills development actively supported. 

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Doctor, dentist, psychiatrist, solicitor, student counselling service.  
Amenities:Own theatre (Bloomsbury).  
Sporting facilities:Fitness centre; Somers Town sports centre; 90-acre athletic ground at Shenley. 
Accommodation:All single first years housed who apply by deadline. 4000 places in UCL and London University-managed residences. Halls £115–£170 per week, UCL self-catering houses £90–£189 pw, inter-collegiate halls £108−£185 pw; all 37-week contracts. Most students live out for part of their course; local rents approx £120 pw for a room, £180 pw studio/flat.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:2 main libraries and 14 specialist libraries - 2 million volumes, 12,000 periodicals, 2000 study places; special reference facilities for some course books; extensive specialist collections. Information provision, £311 pa spent for each student (FTE). Library and IT services converged. 1300 workstations (ratio 1:13 students), all with internet access; access to library from networked machines and 65 dedicated library machines; secure wireless network. IT facilities in residences generally open 24 hours/day, otherwise 9-12 hours. Central helpdesk 8 hours/weekdays for personal, telephone and email enquiries plus departmental support; library tours and 30-min IT induction for new students; courses in IT training and use of electronic resources available.  
Other learning resources:Virtual learning environment (using Moodle) provides online tools (content, activities, collaboration tools, assessments). Exceptional resources for language students (joint with SOAS) eg multimedia facilities, access to some 40 foreign TV stations. Outstanding museums and collections in science, ethnography, geology, archaeology, Egyptology, zoology and art.
Study abroad:Formal exchange links with numerous European universities and colleges. 
Careers:Information, advice and placement service. 


Living expenses budget:Minimum £245 per week (excluding tuition fees) recommended by UCL, so £9065 for 37-week academic year. 
Term-time work:UCL allows term-time work for full-time students provided it does not have an adverse effect on academic work. SU-run JobShop for student jobs in and out of university; careers service helps with holiday work 
Financial help:Bursaries of £3500 pa for all UK/EU students whose household income is £25k or less; or of £1000 pa where family income is £25k−£42.6k.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degree courses. International students paid £13,410 pa (classroom), £17,560 (lab/studio), £26,190 (medical).


Academic features:

3- or 4-year LLB course available. 4-year undergraduate Master's programmes in many branches of engineering, mathematical and physical sciences. Many degrees include the option of studying abroad for a year. 

Awarding body:

University College London

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BASc, BEng, BSc, BSc(Econ), LLB, MBBS, MEng, MPharm, MSci

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years eg undergraduate Masters, courses with year abroad; 5-6 years medicine.

Main subjects offered:

  • Anatomy
  • Ancient History
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Astrophysics
  • Audiology
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Building Studies
  • Bulgarian
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classical Studies
  • Classics
  • Communication Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Developmental Biology
  • Dutch
  • Earth Sciences
  • East European Studies
  • Ecology
  • Economic History
  • Economics
  • Egyptology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering (General)
  • English
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • EU Studies
  • European Studies
  • Finnish Studies
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • German
  • Greek, Ancient/Classical
  • Hebrew
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • History/Philosophy of Science
  • Human Sciences
  • Hungarian
  • Iberian Studies
  • Icelandic
  • Information Science
  • Information Studies
  • Italian
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latin
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Engineering
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Medicinal Physics
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nanoscale Science/Technology
  • Neuroscience
  • Norwegian
  • Painting
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Polish
  • Psychology
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Russian Studies
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Sculpture
  • Serbian/Croatian
  • Slavonic Studies
  • Slovak
  • Social Anthropology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Swedish
  • Town/Country Planning
  • Urban Studies
  • Viking Studies
  • Zoology

Student view


The original University of London, in a gorgeous listed building in Bloomsbury, very central and a short walk from the West End. The union is the heart of student life, providing many social and developmental opportunities. Its pioneering clubs and societies centre is well-equipped and the base for some 150 groups (Afro-Caribbean to cycling and juggling, and even building a human-powered flight machine) and a variety of training workshops. UCL also owns the Bloomsbury Theatre, a successful fringe venue, which hosts many student productions including UCLU Opera, and drama, dance and film societies; students also have use of the Garage Workshop Theatre. Union runs an extensive sports ground at Shenley (94 acres); a sports centre in south Camden and the Bloomsbury fitness gym (good value-for-money) both close by. Many ents held in the 2 union club venues (Easy J's and Windeyer), including Happy Mondays, sports night, Wednesday comedy, and 3 fast-selling black-tie events each year. Within the 4 union sites there are 10 bars, 10 food outlets, 2 shops, a hairdresser and a print shop. Union also runs a fully-staffed rights and advice centre for all problems from drugs to debt (in addition to the college's counselling service). Union runs WorkStation, which helps students find part-time jobs, either in college, the union or local community; a separate unit links students to voluntary work in the local community. There are numerous halls of residence, for most first and many final-year students. Large proportion of students are from London and the home counties but college is proud of the number of its international students; over a third of students are postgraduate or part-time. UCL is a traditional college, consistently ranked in the top 5 nationally but, whilst work is demanding, many students find time to play hard too! With excellent prospects for graduates, it is a great university in 'the most exciting city in the world' - with the excitement right on the doorstep.


Housing: Excellent halls near main campus; flats for couples; 2 bungalows for students with families. Private accommodation found through London University or UCL accommodation services, noticeboards or Loot. Many students live at home. Eats: 10 union food outlets dotted around, with plenty of variety and reasonably priced. UCL refectory a bit more expensive. Loads of restaurants in walking distance, many with student offers eg Ravi Shanker, Archipelago. Drink: 10 UCL union bars on 3 sites with cheap prices. Pubs and bars locally quite expensive, especially in the West End. Nightlife: Ents on most nights at union: comedy, house nights, sports night, all free entry. Freshers' week events include Back2Skool, 2 Phat 4 Freshers and Freshers' Ball @ Koko. Usual London ents. Locals: Pick and choose. Fairly safe area with common sense, eg don't travel alone late at night. Sports: State-of-the-art fitness centre on campus (discounted membership for students); Somers Town community sports centre; 2 sports grounds. Travel: Some departmental travel scholarships (always ask; they are kept very quiet). Most students travel on foot or by public transport (student discounts). Financial help: Access funds (mostly allocated in first term but some in second). Union loans in extreme cases. Union produces money management guide. Jobs: WorkStation helps find temporary and part-time jobs. Best features: Location; quality of institution. And worst: Lack of union space. Informal name: UCL, UC, College. 

Past Students

David Lodge (author); Jonathan Miller (theatre and opera director); Jonathan Dimbleby (broadcaster); David Gower (cricketer); Margaret Hodge MP; Fiona Armstrong (journalist); Dr Hilary Jones (TV-am); Coldplay; Derek Jarman (film-maker); Christopher Nolan (film director); Marie Stopes (birth control pioneer); Mahatma Gandhi (Indian independence movement); Ricky Gervais (comedian). Augustus John, Stanley Spencer, Gwen John, Derek Jarman, Mona Hatoum, Christopher le Brun, Rachel Whiteread, Douglas Gordon, Antony Gormley, Tomoko Takahashi.

More info?

UCL union media & communications officer, on tel 020 7679 7985, email mc.officer@ucl.ac.uk, website www.uclunion.org. 



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