Welcome! 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.
These are still unusual times and we’re sure you’re feeling both anxious and excited about what’s in store. Our priority is to Welcome you to campus, and to UCL. If you're not joining in person, we're here for you online. Events, things to do, ways to meet people. We'll help you settle in safely 🤗
We've put together info on what you can expect from us during Welcome, and where we stand on in-person teaching.
We’re adding events to our calendar all the time, keep an eye on our What’s On page for listings. We’ve got a huge line-up of events to help you settle in, from morning Yoga sessions to Film Screenings, Speed Friending to Boat Parties. There is something for everyone.
Our club events will introduce you to the biggest and best venues in London.
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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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- 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.
- Which Students’ Union facilities will be open in September?
Our bars, cafes, shops and gym will be open and ready to welcome you in September. We can’t wait to see you in these spaces again, enjoying everything we have to offer. 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’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 our online events will help you learn about UCL and settle into your new community.
We’ll be adding events throughout the summer to our What’s On calendar.
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 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:
- I’m not getting enough face-to-face teaching, what are you doing about it?
This coming academic year we’ll keep making sure student voices are heard when decisions are made. UCL have made it clear what this year will be like, but everything we’ve learnt and everything you’ve told us over the past year has given us four clear priorities that will shape our work during the year ahead. We’ll outline these below, so you always know where we stand:
In-person teaching is essential to the UCL experience. Seminars, labs, workshops, and small lectures should always take place in-person.
Students need space. Clubs, societies and student groups need to be together in person and resources should be available to make this happen.
Students should be central to decision making at UCL, in the room and able to influence plans as they’re made.
UCL should always be there for students. If things go wrong, UCL should be ready to adapt policies, increase support and act quickly to protect students.