UCL was founded in 1826 to open up higher education in England to those who had been excluded from it. It was the first university in England to welcome students of any religion or social background, and the first in England to welcome women to university education. This challenge to the norm and commitment to a fairer society was considered deeply unconventional by contemporary commentators.
At the very heart of UCL's mission is our research. The university was rated the top university in the UK for research strength in the last “Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).”
UCL’s researchers are continually making an impact on the world we live in; creating headlines across subject areas, locally in the UK and across the globe. UCL's research-based teaching methodology means that research is integrated into many of our degrees and students have the opportunity to make an original contribution to their field of study.
UCL understands that students choose to enter graduate study for a myriad of reasons, and they are deeply committed to supporting our student’s aspirations and enhancing their skills and employability.
UCL Careers helps students to find their perfect career, develop their professional skills or start their own business through one-to-one guidance and events, as well as a variety of career information.
Recruitment and networking events help students improve their knowledge of a particular industry sector and specific employers. For students interested in starting a business, UCL Innovation and Enterprise gives expert advice and practical support, as well as networking opportunities.
UCL is committed to providing an inclusive learning and working environment where students and staff of all religions, and none, can thrive.
UCL provides a range of accommodation for graduate students. Our halls vary in size, facilities and history. Whatever stage you are at and whatever questions you have, the UCL Accommodation team is there to help and get you settled in quickly
You can access a number of library and information services to help you get the most out of your time with us. Your UCL user ID means that email, wifi, library and print facilities will be available to you whenever you need them.The libraries are an invaluable resource, find out about the services they provide, when they are open and search the catalogue.
Support is available from IT services 24 hours a day, ensuring that you have 24/7 cover for all IT queries.
IT Services is your point of contact for supported computer hardware, software, IT account or other IT related issues; including telephone, audio visual and printing queries.
UCL’s partner GP surgery is located just a few streets from our main campus. Many students living in north and central London will fall within its catchment area and will be able to register with them. Registration involves a simple online form followed by an in-person appointment at the surgery.
UCL has numerous sports facilities in and around London, including full-size football, rugby and lacrosse pitches in Shenley in Hertfordshire, basketball, badminton and volleyball facilities just north of the Bloomsbury campus in Somers Town Sports Centre, and Bloomsbury Fitness: the UCL Students' Union health and fitness club.
UCL is regulated by the Office for Students