UCL (University College London)

Location of university

Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
9.3 / 10
 

(based on ratings in 2016)

2017

"Central London is expensive and crowded. Student accommodation also very expensive but a good deal for the money compared to private properties in zone 1. You can literally do anything you want as long as you have the money for it."
"There are lots of places on the campus such as cafés or, for me personally, a rehearsal room or library where I feel comfortable spending my time. Also, the Waterstones bookstore is just across the street, which is amazing."
"Unfortunately the law building was closed for the duration of the course so there was no set building for the law students. This meant that we were shuffled around and we were in a different room each week for some subjects. The students' union cafés and bars were great and the location in the middle of London made everything accessible."
"We're in a great location in Bloomsbury with many transport connections from buses, the Tube and the Overground. The facilities are satisfactory including uni restaurants, libraries and resources. There's lots of things to do in the area including shops, bars, parks and markets. The British Museum and the UCL museums are minutes from major transport links."
"There's a mixed bag of student accommodation with either extortionately high rent prices or low-quality housing. The campus itself is very nice with a great mix of modern and old buildings with plenty of history and quirks. Facilities in general are quite modern although that varies between departments. There is a mixture of places such as coffee shops, cafeterias, museums and more on the main campus. The campus is located a few minutes' walk away from Tottenham Court Road where there are many, many more places to shop and eat during free moments."
"The campus is conveniently located near many stations and places to eat. The libraries are nice but seem a bit small to provide enough space for the 40k students who are enrolled at the uni. However, the overall systems of the facilities are very accessible and easy to use. There's also a farmer's market, bookstores and other shopping places so that students can do a lot of things (outside of schoolwork) near the campus."
"The university is located in central London near to Tottenham Court Road, Regents Street and Oxford Street. It's also walking distance from the areas of Soho and Camden. The area is therefore extremely pleasant for a student as it has everything we could look for in proximity. It is also close to Euston, Euston Square, Tottenham Court Road and Russell Square tube stations so it is accessible from everywhere quite easily and you can go anywhere from there as well. The campus is huge and the facilities are generally excellent but do need some updating at times, especially in terms of technology (eg make sure all rooms have charging stations)."
"UCL is located in one of the most amazing cities in the world: London. Unfortunately, it does very little to offset the price of living in the city for students and many of the cafés and food outlets within the university charge the same price for coffee etc as outside the university. Many of the halls of residence are in prime locations in central London and are priced accordingly. Many are also poorly maintained (see the UCL Cut the Rent campaign)."
"My university is conveniently and centrally located and easy to travel to via public transportation. The academic facilities are lovely with good libraries and comfortable classes. The only issue lies in the fact that postgrad students don't really have their own office space in my department. Other amenities are up to standard as well, though I don't use them very often."
"The location is great. It's in the heart of London so everything you could ever want to eat or do is reachable by walking or taking the bus or tube. The campus is pretty small and scattered but the main quad is beautiful. They do have a gym, but no sports centre. There are close to 20 libraries accessible to UCL students with PCs for us to use and some libraries even have 24-hour laptop loans."

2016

"London campuses are great and central. I stayed in central accommodation, which is a five-minute walk from campus and was well kept. There are facilities a-plenty, many near cafes and libraries. However, the gym is not great, although it is located on campus with an affordable student membership. It's too small to cater to the UCL population, the equipment is a bit dated and the facility is in need of refurbishment. Otherwise, I have no reason for complaint. There's also a theatre with regular shows."
"UCL is in the heart of London, the location is absolutely great. You can take a bus and be in Camden in 10 minutes or walk for about 15 minutes and be in Covent Garden. The campus is very well-equipped with cafeterias and pubs all around. It offers all you need. They also provide great services for students such as counselling, careers service and medical care etc."
"Being in central London is great with good transport links and being very close to shops and cafes etc. Because the campus is in the centre of London, there isn't much room for the university to expand and have better facilities. For example, the uni gym is far too small for the number of people that use it."
"The university is in Central London, which is a really good thing if you want to have an international experience to its fullest. UCL provides each of its students with every facility they need to feel socially integrated, but also to do their best at the final exams. UCL's accommodation is maintained properly and has decent prices compared to the private accommodation. Almost every hall is centrally located so you can experience the full London life. Almost every accommodation is relatively close to the university."
"The location is perfect. There is always something to do and you never get bored. My accommodation was very nice but I understand that this is not necessarily the case for others. The libraries are all very good, although they could do with a few more computer clusters. The sporting scene is a bit sub-par, which comes from being in central London."
"The location is excellent and near a lot of central places that are easy to access. London never gets boring! There are loads of different libraries that we all have access to."
"Very central with a small, but good, campus, though there's not enough room for all the students attending. Student accommodation is generally good-quality but expensive."
"Location is fantastic and right at the heart of London. The campus is great, I really like that everything is so compact and it feels like a genuine campus university. The student accommodation is overpriced, however, and some is a bit run down."
"The location is convenient as the university is located just down the road from Oxford Street and Camden market, making it good for shopping. Also, there are many transport links close by."
"Student accommodation is expensive and not always to a great standard. Libraries and study spaces are constantly full to capacity and the gym, although good value, is also constantly too busy. The student theatre is currently shut and cafes are quite expensive."

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