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We’re here to help you make the most of your time at UCL, to help you feel part of the UCL community and help you to achieve the things you want to throughout your time here. We’re your route to more than 300 Clubs and Societies, countless volunteering opportunities, events, great places to eat, drink and chill in, an Advice Service when you need it, and if you want to make lasting change at UCL, they can help you do that too.

This will be a September like no other, and we’re sure you’re feeling both anxious and excited about what’s in store. Our priority is for everyone in the UCL community to be able to make the most of their time at UCL - regardless of how they experience it

We’ll regularly update this page with news and events but you can join the only official UCL facebook groups nowpost questions for the community to answer, find people on your course and be the first to hear about plans for September and beyond.

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Students’ Union UCL Explained

See all the Welcome Events here


We are not selling any wristbands or tickets to club night events this year. Companies selling wristbands and clubnight tickets promoted as ‘UCL Events’ are in no way connected to, or run by, us. We advise you not to purchase any clubnight tickets or wristbands. 

What is Students’ Union UCL?

UCL is a huge community, and at the heart of that community is the Students’ Union. We’re here to help you make the most of your time at UCL, we’re the place where more happens. Your route to 320 Clubs and Societies, countless volunteering opportunities, events and opportunities to socialise, great places to eat, drink and chill in, an Advice Service when you need it, and if you want to make lasting change at UCL, we can help you do that too. 

We’re led by students, democratically. Students decide what we do and how we do it and 1,000’s of students are elected each year to do just that. Seven students even take a year out of their studies each year and get paid to make decisions, influence UCL, and represent you. They’re called Sabbatical Officers.

We’re separate from UCL, which means, whatever happens, we’ve got your back. We’re only ever working for you

How can I make friends?

We know you’re probably anxious about making friends with the restrictions in place and fewer opportunities to meet people face to face. This year is certainly going to be different for everyone. 

Just remember, the majority of what will happen at the start of this year will be online - everyone will have the same access to these opportunities, and everyone will be in the same boat. So there’s no FOMO here. The online events we’re running are all designed to help you meet other new students. 

Here are a few things to remember for this September:

  • We have a team of volunteers called the Hey Team, they’re all current students, here help you settle in. They’ll be running online events to help you meet other students throughout the first few weeks.
  • Look out for your ‘In Country Common Room’ - online spaces where you can meet other students at UCL from your country and find relevant cultural societies to join.
  • There’s also ‘Virtual Common Rooms’ which are like ‘real’ common rooms and serve as a place for you to get to know other students and socialise with them. 
  • Get the free remote membership for the clubs and societies that take your interest, they’ll be running online events and socials throughout the term.
  • Find a Network. These are groups to help students from typically underrepresented parts of our community meet, support each other, organise, and collectively work for a more inclusive UCL. We have networks for BME Students, Disabled Students, Women, LGBT Students, Parents and Carers and Mature and Part-Time students. Each network is led by students for students.
  • Join our new students facebook groups. We’ve got one for International Students, Undergraduate Students, and Postgraduate Students.

And remember, if you’re feeling lonely, reach out to us. We’re here for you.

What can you help me with?

We can help you do more at UCL, but what does that mean?

  • Volunteer. We have a team of people here to help you find ways to volunteer (online and in-person) in the local community. An amazing way to discover London, develop skills and give back. 
  • Lead. We support 1,000’s of different student leaders each year. These leaders run the clubs, societies, campaigns and networks that help make our community at UCL truly special. 
  • Make change. We help students make change at UCL, from small changes on your course to institution-wide changes. Elected Representatives are working all year-round to make your life a UCL better.
  • Support. When times get tough, we’re here for you. Our Advice Service can support you with academic issues (like complaints), money issues (like debt and budgeting), housing issues (like contract checking) and lots more. We’re here for you.
Which Students’ Union facilities will be open?

From September we’ll be reopening our Gym, Shop, most of our cafes, and our largest bar. We’ll begin to reopen other spaces as the term progresses. You can see which outlets we’re reopening here.

Since March our services have been running remotely, and that’s set to continue this term. Advice, volunteering, clubs and society support, and everything else is currently running remotely. Our teams are all available on the phone, on MS Teams and email.

When does term 1 begin?

Term begins on Monday 28 September, but there’ll be online events, Q&As, online socials etc. before then. Make sure you download the Welcome to UCL app from the app store to see all that’s happening at UCL.

What and when is the Digital Welcome Fair?

The Welcome Fair is the biggest event of Welcome Week and one of highlights of the year. 

It’s your chance to meet all the societies your heart desires, and find out how to make the most of your time at UCL. 

It’ll be taking place on: 

Wednesday 30 September 12:00 - 16:00 and Saturday 3 October 10:00 - 14:00

Will there be any in-person events?

Yes. But this year, our approach will be online first with our student groups (clubs and societies) will be taking an online first approach too. If you are in London, student groups will be running in-person events and activities in line with Government guidance throughout Welcome week and term one. 

Make sure you download the Welcome to UCL app from the App/Play store to see what events are going on at UCL.

How do you join clubs and societies?

Clubs and Societies are run by students, supported by us. They’re groups of students connected by a shared interest or passion - like K-Pop, or football. There’s a lot of groups so we’re sure you’ll find the one for you.

You can join online through our website. Have a browse through the Clubs and Societies Directory, come along to our Digital Welcome Fair and meet clubs and society committees and ask them about what they do. Then, after you’ve made your decision, you join with a free remote membership. 

What is remote membership? If you can’t attend club or society activities in person, you can join with Remote Membership. With a Remote Membership you’ll be able to take part in all of the online events run by the club or society, you’ll also be added to their mailing list. When you are able to join in-person, you can upgrade to a full-membership for a small joining fee.

Will there be a Welcome Week this year?

Yes, and we’re busy getting ready to welcome you. Our approach will be online first, with lots of different types of events to help you settle into life at UCL and meet new people. Our clubs and societies will also be running in-person activity on campus with our support and in-line with the latest guidance.

Where can I get more info about UCL

UCL is regularly updating it’s FAQ pages for new students, follow the links below for the latest information:

Got more questions? Join our Wednesday Q & A on Instagram. Have a look at all the questions and answers so far here.