University College London

Situated in the heart of London, University College London was founded in 1826 – England's third oldest university. In 2012 UCL joined with the School of Pharmacy to form the UCL School of Pharmacy; and in 2014 UCL joined with the Institute of Education to form the UCL Institute of Education.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

UCAS Code: U80

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 49%
  • Postgraduate 51%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 82%
  • Part Time 18%

Where students come from

  • UK 55%
  • EU 12%
  • Other 33%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • UCL has 18 libraries and special collections; each provides support for specific subject areas. Students looking for study space can find current availability on the university website; there are also bookable spaces and group work areas.

Student jobs

  • There is no shortage of varied and reasonably paid employment
  • The UCL Union JobShop acts as an agency offering temporary work both on and beyond the UCL campus.

Careers advice

  • The UCL Careers Service 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 careers information. It helps students identify their personal goals, research potential careers, and hone the skills required to successfully apply for graduate roles. Graduate are supported for two years after they leave UCL.
  • Students can develop work-ready skills at events and through volunteering opportunities. Through interactive workshops and panel discussions students find out what recruiters are looking for and how to promote themselves effectively. Students attending assessment centres can attend half-day sessions to practice group-work skills beforehand.
  • 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.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Health services

  • Students should register with a GP on arrival at university; Ridgmount Practice is the university's partner GP surgery, located close to the campus. Please refer to the university website for details.
  • An online 'health and well-being tour' gives new students information on key healthcare sites near the campus.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university's Psychological and Counselling Services provides short-term counselling, CBT, psychiatric support and support groups to help students deal with a range of personal, emotional and psychological concerns.
  • Student Support and Well-being advisers provides a wide range of support across all areas affecting students at university. Students can seek support at drop-in sessions, appointments and workshops; and the team can liaise with academic departments, or refer on to other services as appropriate.

Disability support

  • The Disability, Mental Health and Well-being team provides support to students with mobility, hearing or visual difficulties, long-term health or mental health conditions, dyslexia and dyspraxia, autism spectrum conditions (ASC) and AD(H)D through drop-in sessions or appointments.
  • Those applying to UCL are encouraged to declare any disability so that the service can provide support when they begin their studies. Advisers can support applicants on pre-arranged orientation visits, where support relevant to their condition can be discussed. An ASC induction is run before the term starts; there is also a dedicated ASC Adviser.

Students' Union

  • UCL Union runs a full entertainments programme, a number of bars, café-bars and catering outlets.
  • Volunteering and democracy support units help students get through university life and give something back.
  • UCL Bloomsbury Theatre shows leading theatrical and comedy performances and also hosts UCL Union productions.


  • Founded in 1826, University College London is England's third oldest university.
  • It was the first university in England to admit students of any race, class or religion, and to welcome women on equal terms with men.

Fascinating Fact

  • Famous University College London alumni include Alexander Graham Bell. Known as the inventor of the telephone, Bell and associates hoped to sell the patent to telegraph company Western Union for $100,000. Turning them down, the company later offered $25 million just two years later – but by then, Bell was rich and no longer wished to sell.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Prof John O’Keefe − neuroscientist jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2014.
  • Jonathan Ross − television and radio presenter, and film critic.
  • Chris Martin − and all three other members of the band Coldplay.
  • Stella Gibbons − author, journalist and poet who established her reputation with her first novel, Cold Comfort Farm.
  • Marie Stopes − known for founding the first birth control clinic in Britain.
  • Antony Gormley − sculptor best known for the Angel of the North.
  • Jomo Kenyatta − Kenyan politician and the first president of Kenya.
  • Lord Woolf − master of the rolls 1996−2000 and Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales 2000−2005.
  • Edwin Waterhouse − founding partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • Christine Ohuruogu − 400m athlete, former Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion.


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