Welcome and Welcome back! 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 achieve the things you want to during your time here. We’re your route to more than 320 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, we can help you do that too.

If you're new to UCL, new to London, or just new to getting involved with what we have to offer - you'll find lots of different ways to make friends, experience new things, and have fun through the different events and activities happening in January.

What you can expect during in January 2022
The past 18 months have been challenging for a hundred different reasons and every part of UCL has had to adapt and change, including us. We’re sure you’re feeling both anxious and excited about what’s in store. Starting at UCL is life-changing, and this year is no different.
From in-person teaching, to student space. Here's where we stand
The past 18 months have been challenging for a hundred different reasons, and every part of UCL has had to adapt and change, including us. We’re here to make more happen, and that means making sure UCL acts with students’ best interests at heart.  


Loads of different ways to help you settle in to life at UCL, find friends and have fun.

We’re adding events to our calendar all the time, keep an eye on our What’s On page for listings. We’ve got lots of events to help you settle in, from breakfasts to campus tours, Speed Friending to club nights. There is something for everyone. These may be adjusted depending on Government guidelines.

Articles & Guides

Useful tips for life at UCL

Students' Union UCL Explained

Want to make a difference in 2022? Try volunteering!
For many UCL students, the turn of the year is a chance to take stock and make some changes. Want to be better connected with other people? Looking to improve your wellbeing, or get some new insights to enrich your degree? Perhaps develop some new skills or boost that CV of yours? Or just get to know London better and make a difference to others?
All the things you can do at the Union
We’re here to help you do more at UCL. Students are at the heart of everything we do, so much so that we’re led by seven students who are elected each year. 
What we're doing for International Students
For some students joining us from overseas, students’ unions are entirely new, but in many ways, we're more important for you in the first few weeks than we are for other new starters. As you get used to living in a new country, we’re here for you every step of the way.
Making changes at UCL
At Students’ Union UCL, you have the power. The Union is led by students like you, and you get to shape it. If you want to make a bigger, more lasting change, there are a few ways to do it.

Postgraduate Welcome

Here’s an idea for your dissertation topic…
Meet CRIS! We are the Community Research Initiative for Students and we’re here to get you the best experience possible with your dissertation.
What's it like being a Postgraduate student and working full-time?
Being a postgraduate student, in full-time employment is a different ball game. Sure, people do it all the time, but it definitely feels like trying to write 100 essays, keeping up with deadlines at work as well as trying to win the Nobel peace prize all at once - it is overwhelming. Here's how Anjora managed it all.
From undergrad to postgrad... What I would do differently
One of the main lessons I picked up from my undergrad was that a degree is more than the final grade you get; it is also the people you meet and the experiences you have...
A Postgraduate community at UCL?
As a Canadian transplant to London, starting my PhD meant so much more than adjusting to a new school, a new lab, and a new supervisor. Namely, I didn’t know anyone. It hasn’t always been easy, but after a few years and a lot of trial and error, I think I’ve found some strategies that work.

Welcome to London

How to Make the Most of London’s Theatres (Without Breaking the Bank)
Written by Izzy Ind, BA HistoryEven if you've never seen a musical in your life, or you can rap every word from Hamilton, there's something for everyone in London's West End.
Top tips for being a UCL student living in London
Written by Laura Ihm, Masters in Applied Medical SciencesBeing a student is one thing. Being a student in London is entirely different. The size of the city, the people, the busy-ness! So, here’s an almost structured list for top tips on being a student in London.
The best supermarkets around campus
Written by Vaania Achuthan, BSc Politics and International Relations
Live the London (student) life
Whether you’re from Birmingham or Grantham, Shanghai or Padua, moving to London is a big step and coming to study here can seem daunting. But we’ll help you learn how to make the most of the city.

Student Life

How to make the most of your first week at UCL
Written by Isabelle Osbourne, Third-year BA English student
All you need to know about Clubs and Societies
Part of the university experience is making friends, and one of the ways in which you can do this is by joining Clubs and Socieities. Before you start joining, here's all you need to know about them...
10 Ways To Make Friends At University
Staring off at university can be daunting, especially when it comes to making friends. We all worry that no one will like us or that university is so big will I really meet "my kind of people"? Being a fresher means going out of your comfort zone sometimes in order to experience all the new things ahead of you.
Need help? We've got you
We all need it, a little bit of help - so that's why our Advice Service is here to offer you free and confidential advice. Undergraduate or postgraduate, from the UK or overseas, straight out of college or returning to study, the Advice Service can help and support you through any of your worries.  

UCL Merch

No other way to roll into campus than with some UCL merch!

What better way to show that you’re a UCL-er than branded merch? We’ve got hoodies, T-shirts, scarves, hats, TeamUCL kit and more available at the Hanger.  It’s merch heaven!

We put every penny of profit back into your community. Every time you buy something from our shop, cafes and bars, you help us do the things we do. 

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Your questions. Answered

Every week we take to insta to answer your questions about starting life at UCL. Here are the most asked...

Follow us on Instagram @studentsunionucl and ask us a question...

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. Six 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?

Events are one of the best ways to meet new people in the first few weeks. We’ll be running hundreds of different events in person and some online too. The in-person events, like club nights, the Welcome Fair and society socials, will help connect you with other new students and find groups to join, and our online events will help you learn about UCL and settle into your new community.

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.

Where can I hang out on campus?

Our bars, cafes, shops and gym will be open and ready to welcome you when you come back. Pizza in the Institute Bar, Pints in the Huntley, Paninis in Gordon’s Cafe, or pull-ups in Bloomsbury Fitness – we’re here for it all, including things that don’t start with ‘p’.

When you arrive, we’ll help you socialise safely. We’ve spent the last year making sure our venues and spaces work in a Covid secure way, and we’ll take everything we’ve learnt into the year ahead.

Our bars, cafes, shops and gym work a little differently to the kind you might be used to. We live by four promises; we put every penny of profit back into your community, we’re always better value than the high-street, we’ll choose planet over profit every time, and we’ll be at the centre of your campus community from start to finish.

What events are happening?

We've got loads of online and in-person events to welcome you/ welcome you back to UCL. All our events are added onto our What’s On calendar so check that out to see what's going on.

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 Welcome Fair and meet clubs and society committees and ask them about what they do.

Where can I get more info about UCL?

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

Keeping safe on-campus information 

General UCL FAQs

Library FAQs

Accommodation FAQs

What education will be like this academic year