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 81%
  • Part Time 19%

Where students come from

  • UK 58%
  • EU 12%
  • Other 30%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%

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

Student jobs

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

Careers advice

  • Please refer to the university website for details of the careers service.

Disability support

  • Please refer to the university's website for details of disability services.

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.


University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT