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.
If you're feeling nervous about joining UCL, we'll help you feel at home and settle into life on campus.
We’re your route to more than 360 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.
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During Welcome, we host more than 500 different events across campus and London (90% of these will be alcohol-free, btw). You can pop along to a poster sale, visit Kew Gardens, try food from around the world at our food festivals, watch live bands and performances in the Main Quad, experience the biggest and best London clubs, and do hundreds of other things. Most events are free, and all of them are open to everyone.
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Your Students' Union
We're here to help you make the most of your UCL experience. From clubs and societies, to volunteering and events. Spaces just for students, and whole load more...
Postgrads make up over half of UCL's student community, so we've got tons of events and advice to make you feel at home.
Your time at University isn't all about hiding in the library -you're part of the amazing UCL student community. We've got plenty of clubs, societies, events and more to help you make the most of your time here
So you're studying in one of the world's most exciting cities - congratulations! But where do you begin? Look beyond the London Eye, because we've got all the tips and tricks you need to enjoy all that London has to offer on a student budget.
What better way to kick off your first term than with our exclusive branded merch? We’ve got tees, sweaters, caps, TeamUCL kit and more available at The Hanger. Grab a hoodie to pull on for those 9AM lectures, or a tote bag to throw all your essentials in.
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 such as club nights, the Welcome Fair and society socials. These will help connect you with other new students, find groups to join, 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. Find out more about what they're offering in 2022 here.
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.
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 from Stone Willy's, 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’.
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?
- 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: