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East London University

UCAS Code: E28

Location: East London Show on Map

Site: Two campuses in East London; several partner colleges

A modern university; a member of the million+ group of universities 

Student Population

Total Students:23,225
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:17,070
Full Time:79%
Mature on Entry:49%
UK Students:87%
State school entry:97%

Teaching Staff

440 full-time, 195 part-time

Broad study areas

Architecture & visual arts, business, law, psychology, computing, technology, education, social sciences, media & cultural studies, health & bioscience. 


Admission Information:AS-levels accepted in combination with 2+ A-levels or equivalent. UCAS tariff used on some courses.
Points on Entry (Mean):200
Drop Out Rate:10%
Accommodation:Approximately half of first years housed. 


Founded:1970 as North East London Poly; university status in 1992
Site:2 campuses, at Stratford and Docklands (waterside location at Royal Albert Dock). 
How to get there:Close to mainline stations, underground and bus routes; Docklands campus has its own station (Cyprus). 

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Professional welfare officers, with access to external agencies, eg charities and aid centres; also doctor, FPA, chaplain.
Amenities:SU officers and premises on each campus.
Sporting facilities:Conditioning and fitness centre at Stratford; new (2011)sport development at Docklands. Very close to new Olympic park.
Accommodation:1800 self-catering places (all ensuite and with internet access); rent £105−£119 per week (£139 pw for a flat), all 39-week contracts (September−June). Priority given to international students and those living furthest away. Also some private halls and flat-shares locally, approx £80-£200 pw self-catering (plus bills). Large number of first-degree students live at home.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:3 libraries, each with subject bias, open 24/7; total of 300,000+ books, 1000 study places. Information provision, £70 pa spent for each student (FTE). IT and library services converged. Over 250 points with internet access; halls of residence at Docklands connected to university network. IT helpdesk.
Other learning resources:Multimedia production centre, civil and electrical engineering laboratories.
Study abroad:Formal exchange links with a number of universities/colleges in Europe and worldwide.
Careers:Information, advice and placement service. Enterprise zone helps ex-students interested in setting up their own businesses.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £7000 for an academic year (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university. 
Term-time work:University allows term-time work for full-time students. Work available on campus in SU bars and shops; employment unit, Spring, helps find work locally on and off campus.
Financial help:Bursaries of £3000 in Year 1 for students currently at specified local colleges, whose family income is up to £25k pa. Award of £500 for all students satisfactorily progressing through Year 1 (£300 pa thereafter). Various other awards (£250 up to £7000 pa) for academic excellence, sports, creative or citizenship activities, or eg for care leavers and some international scholarships. Also access to learning fund for those facing exceptional financial difficulties; summer support fund for those not able to work in the summer (eg single parents, disabled students); emergency loans.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degrees. International students pay £9300-£9600 pa (except £11,700 for architecture and £13,200 pa for physiotherapy and podiatric medicine).    


Academic features:

Broad-based programmes allow students to study on a single honours programme or combined honours degree, eg psychology and criminology.

Awarding body:

University of East London

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BSc, BEng, LLB

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years sandwich (4 or 5 years part-time)

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Acting
  • Advertising
  • Animal Science
  • Animation
  • Anthropology
  • Architectural Design
  • Architectural Technology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Audio
  • Banking
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Broadcasting
  • Building Studies
  • Building Surveying
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Childhood Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Community Arts
  • Community Studies
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Control Engineering
  • Counselling
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Dance
  • Development Studies
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • E-business
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Engineering (General)
  • English
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • Environmental Science
  • European Business Studies
  • European Studies
  • Events Management
  • Fashion
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • History
  • Human Biology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Rights
  • Humanities
  • Illustration
  • Immunology
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • International Business
  • International Development
  • Internet Technology
  • Italian
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Microbiology
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Oriental Medicine
  • Painting
  • Parasitology
  • Performance Arts
  • Pharmacology
  • Photography
  • Physiology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Plant Science
  • Podiatry
  • Politics
  • Printmaking
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Radiography
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Policy
  • Social Science
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Spanish
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Surveying
  • Teacher Training
  • Textiles
  • Third World Studies
  • Tourism
  • Toxicology
  • Visual Arts
  • Wildlife Management
  • Women's Studies
  • Youth & Community Work

Student view

Joseph Bitrus, Students' Union President (3rd year International Development)


What's it like as a place to live? Vibrant, diverse and cosmopolitan.

How's the student accommodation? Buildings close to the waterfront. It has amazing breathtaking halls of residence and scenes. Sometimes expensive but wide choice

What's the student population like? Friendly, diverse; a lot of international students, EU and home.

How do students and locals get on? No problems as far as I know, although we have few locals near us. You can also find many more locals 15 minutes away.


What's it like as a place to study?  Wide range of courses. Teaching facilities at business school are quite good. Our multi-cultural identity makes us stand out among other Universities. We take pride in this as the main heart of UEL so we promote that extremely well and allow people of diverse backgrounds to engage in cross-cultural discussions.

What are the teaching staff like? Experienced and supportive.


What are student societies like? We boast of many successful registered societies and have more than 70 societies and more than 1000 members. This year, there is great demand for expansion, personal development, and workable supported societies.

What's a typical night out? Underground bar, thematic nights, fashion night, rock n roll, R'n'B with variety of drinks and seating arrangements.

And how much does it cost? From £0 to £5 depending on the event.

How can you get home safely? We have good transport network connecting our campuses and the city of London. In case the night catches up with you, there are 24-hour night buses right into the campus; the train connection ends at 1am. And a jet flight if you want to fly privately to your destination.


Is it an expensive place to live? I am not entitled for a loan as an international student, but am sure the student loan is usually not enough to cover all expenses as this is a tiny amount as compared to the needs of students.

Average price of a pint?  About £2.20 in the Students' Union bar. The credit crunch is behind the rise of the prices in the bar. We have very much a cheap and affordable student price for an average pint.

And the price of a takeaway? £3.50-£5 depending on the combination of food and choice of area.

What's the part-time work situation? There are part-time jobs but depends on the situation in London generally. The Students Union and the University has a culture of employing our own students. The employability unit is fantastic in preparing students for a competitive job.


What's the best feature about the place? Modern campus with modern facilities, our library is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

And the worst?  City airport is nearby.

And to sum it all up? A great place to be - be proud of it.

Past Students

Garry Bushell (TV editor of The Sun), Mark Frith (journalist, Smash Hits), Dame Vera Lynn (singer), Trevor Brooking (Football Association).

More info?

Check out the website, www.uelsu.net



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