UCL (University College London)
Clubs and social environment
Please tell us more about the social environment, sports clubs and societies and anything else you think candidates need to know about life at your university.
"There are club and society alternatives such as climbing, hiking, cycling and many others to satisfy your interests. One can easily find plenty of societies to take part in."
"UCL has a variety of clubs and societies and students are advised to open their own if they feel there is a gap that needs to be filled."
"There's a wide range of university societies from a dance society to a baking society. One can discover new hobbies at university given the wide breadth of activities. Joining a society is an important aspect of student life and future students are encouraged to join some of them."
"The clubs and societies are incredible and there are so many to choose from. I find the performing arts scene is fantastic and the UCL musical theatre society is a winner for me. They have a good laugh and put on some amazing shows. Jazz, live music and drama are great options too but there is so much more besides including all the sports clubs, yoga, hiking, gaming, tech and fashion among others."
"The sport clubs are very expensive and they have their practices far away from campus, which I dislike. The social environment of the university is amazing though."
"There are lots of sports societies that all accept beginners, occasional players and advanced players. Those without an interest in a specific sport are more than welcome to join the societies anyway to participate in the social life."
"The social environment is lacking a little bit as the campus is spread across Bloomsbury. There are many sports clubs but UCL does not have the same sports culture of others like Durham etc. However, there is a great range of sports available and other societies to interest almost everyone. Some can be expensive to join, however."
"There are lots of societies and sports clubs etc. Even if you do not want to take part in uni clubs there are clubs and societies that you can join in the University of London, of which UCL is a member."
"The social environment is amazing, sports/clubs are abundant and so are societies. Societies at UCL make the experience a lot better."
"It's awesome. There are so many clubs and societies to join. Everybody being in different clubs can make it feel segregated in a way but I guess you can't know everybody."
"UCL has lots of sports clubs and societies so, if a student has a passion or a hobby, there is a society or a sports club where he or she can follow this passion."
"There are lots of different societies and Wednesday afternoons are always set aside for sports."
"The social environment is rather good on the whole. Sports clubs have societies who go to sports night every Wednesday (of course you don't have to be part of a team to go), which is great for team bonding. Also, there are hundreds of societies, at least one of which will grab your attention if not more!"
"Societies are great and have a great social life. We also benefit from being able to join University of London societies. Obviously, we don't have as many facilities so we have to travel a bit more to train etc. It's still worth it though. Plus, away matches are much easier to get to as everywhere connects to London."
"The social life is great and the university societies are very prominent on campus. With over 200 societies there is something for everyone. Sports clubs require a lot of time commitment but provide a great social base. In terms of rankings, our teams aren't the best nationwide and facilities are far from campus, but they are great to join if you love a sport (beginners welcome too!)."
"So many sports clubs and societies to join, you also have the option of opening your own if you have enough support, which is good."
"Sports clubs and societies are really good, although a lot of activities are spread quite far across London. Being a member of a society is really good for feeling like you belong to community and being part of your university."
"The social environment is great but if you don't like drinking it can be a little limited."