- Background -
UCL has been around since 1836 when the University of London was founded, at the same time as Kings College - hence the fierce rivalry that has lasted ever since then.
It was the first University to admit people from all ethnic and religious backgrounds, as well as the first to admit women. This is an inclusive atmosphere that they have tried to maintain over the years and its really apparent with the huge diversity of people who you can see around campus, from all over the world
UCL has over 20,000 students across 10 Faculties:
UCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL Faculty of the Built Environment (The Bartlett)
UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences
UCL Faculty of Laws
UCL Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences (incorporating the UCL Medical School)
UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences
As well as the additional School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, which joined UCL in 1999.
- Quality of Education -
UCl is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, and the fact that it is part of the wider University of London means that you will also have access to more diverse resources, such as the Libraries at LSE and SOAS, as well as the Senate House University of London Library, which is a really nice place to work.
On the Newest Times University League tables UCL is ranked:
17th in the world
5th in Europe
4th in the UK
7th in World for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health
8th in World for Social Sciences
8th in World for Arts and Humanities
11th in World for Life Sciences
27th in World for Engineering and Technology
38th in World for Physical Sciences
- Location and Perks -
The fact that UCL is located in Bloomsbury is a massive bonus since this is area is teeming with loads of things to see and do. The welcome gallery is right around the corner and always has some really interesting exhibitions on. A nice cinema and shopping complex called the ???? is located close by near Russell Square and makes a nice break from the grind of work. The Charles dickens house is also within walking distance.
Transport links from UCL are really good, you have Euston, Euston Square, Russell Square, Kings Cross, St Pancras and Warren Street all within very short walk away (Picadilly, Victoria, Northern, Hammersmith and City, Bakerloo and Circle lines on the underground, plus loads of busses) so you can get pretty much anywhere in London that you need to, really quickly!
- Services -
UCL offers an incredibly wide range of Bachelors, Masters and Higher Postgraduate qualifications including, PHD, MPHIL and MRES. There are 16 libraries on the UCL campus as well as the other located close by mentioned above.
Around the UCL campus there are various Cafes, shops and bars so you are never too far from one. The Print room cafe offers hot and cold drinks and food, as well as becoming a bar selling alcoholic drinks later on. The bloomsbury theatre, owned and operated by UCL also has a useful little coffee shop, and is attached to the refectory which can be found downstairs and has a wide selection of hot food, as well as the UCL shop, where UCL clothing and magazines etc can be purchased.
The UCL students Union (UCLU) provides many clubs and societies that can keep you occupied when work is too much - societies include:
Buddhist philosophy society
and, Muay Thai
The union also provides good help and support for the problems students may have, as well as a service that can help students to get part time work whilst they study. There is also a pretty large bar upstairs which can get pretty lively on certain nights of the week.
The Huntley is the UCL medical school bar and also comprises a cafe, and a club downstairs. Its got great deals on drinks and is a bit less crazy than the UCLU bar which is full of freshers. You can also have access to the University of London Union bar which has great facilities and is good for watching the footie. Or even the Kings college union on the embankment which has a great view of the city and can be accessed by UCl students.
- Overall -
UCL is a great university with a great feel to it - plus it is located in one of the most exciting cities in the world, what more could you want?
I moved away from London to do my undergraduate studies since back then I thought the cost of living was too high, but I did my post-graduate studies at UCL. This is a great university to be at, tucked away in the center of London behind Tottenham court road and just across the road from Euston station, the quad is a haven of tranquility in a chaotic city. This makes it easy to pop out to Oxford Street at lunch time (can become very dangerous) or over to Soho for a night out. As a post-grad I had a bit more spending money making a lot easier to have fun at a London uni.
Even thou it's a campus uni UCL owns that majority of the surrounding buildings as well so I was often out with a map trying to find which posh looking house my course was in. Loads of post-grad social event are organized. Also loads of live music events. Great mix of people from all over the world making it a really interesting place to study. Great links to business for experience. Loads of training courses to go on and placement programs.
As a post-grad now you have to get 20 points from training course each year to be able to graduate, which can be good if you pick the right course, but annoying if none of them are relevant to you. Courses cover languages, teaching, skills etc. 1 point per half day training.
Its really close to the University of London Union as well, so you get 2 unions for the price of one!
Bloomsbury theater has loads of really good shows on Ricky Gervais (an alum) did a special show her recently for students.
Gym is really cheap £140 for a whole year inc all classes and gym (no pool, bu ULU has one and it very close)
Bars; the Gorden street union has a number of different bars inside it, all cheap (for London £2/pint) but are not very classy (they are student unions you have to remember) Huntley street has another bar. The Print room café is really lovely but shuts at 6ish.
Cafés; couple of ones that serve sandwiches circa £2.50 and coffee £1.00 just as you'd find at any other uni.
2 Shops for pens; sandwiches etc and a hair salon, which in my opinion is too expensive.
Stations; Euston Square (circle, hammersmith and city, district line) and Warren street (Victoria) Euston and Kings Cross (10 min walk) provide trains in to herts and beds and the north.
I did my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at UCL. It was the best choice that I ever made. UCL is a 5* university not only in science and research but also in the arts so you are bound to get a very good education. They have a wide range of sport clubs with two gyms within the campus including a swimming pool. I always found UCL students to 'live in the real world' unlike some other university towns. The social life here is always buzzing with more than 5 bars and themed nights with cheap drinks, which every student loves! The location of UCL is in Central London with the West End and all its clubs, restaurants, theatres within walking distance. There are two main libraries, one especially for science and another general one plus The British Library is 5 minutes walk away.
Ok lets start off with the minus points - it's expensive when you have to find your own accommodation (ie after the 1st year). The work is fairly hard (obviously depending on your degree). Errm - think thats all. Plus points - very good academic reputation (you'll soon cease to care - until you graduate) Excelent SU - dingy, dark, and with offers on certain nights, very cheap. Close to all the other non uni but student clubs/bars - you'll soon learn them. Halls are on the whole cheap(ish) and close to uni - go for non catered though. Sports - get involved!! Main social point is the sport teams for me. Make loads of freinds, drink lots, this is how you get to know people mainly! The comment about not running into people randomly is bollocks. Huntley street is the medics union - if you're a medic, you go there, if not you probably don't. Gordon St union is really the only one, with the occasional foray to ULU down the road (University of London Union). If you come, and go out and do things , you'll have an excellent time - definitely! There are so many people here it must be impossible not to make a wide variety of mates. Also there is lots of talent here - for both sexes (and sexualities)! I've been to many a uni where my school friends have gone, and UCL is just as good (if not better! -only joking guys, settle on different?!) than them all! Ignore the miserable bastard reviews. I have a counter to their every criticism (apart form expense I'm afraid, but there are 100 000 students in London that manage - why can't you?) See you at sports night!
...had to be the stuffed figure of Jeremy Bentham in the South Wing of the main UCL campus building. Other than that I wouldnt describe UCL or any other university as 'Fun'. It would appear that the advantage of going to an old university is that you get thrown into a 1960/70's time warp causing you to half expect the man from U.N.C.L.E. to appear around the corner at any moment. You might say that "What should it matter" Surely university is about going to a place to learn." Well if I wanted to rant on for hours on end about university education I would be discussing the merits of the degree and the piece of paper that signifies you have one. University College London (UCL) has a large campus which means not only can you easily hide from irate professors but you can also get lost and miss your lectures. And because the organisation is a bureaucrats utopia, its employees are not able to 'COMPUTE' a customised and individual request for information of the whereabouts of a class beyond dishing out the typical map of campus. Then when you take a closer look you notice that the pubs and bars are better highlighted than the lecture halls. After Freshers week you begin to settle in with your newly found mates who always seem to be in the cheapest or most pot smoke filled bars near campus whilst you are away studying hard in the library. However, as time progresses you understand that the drudgery of learning, essay writing and tutorials is what you have chosen to be '#1' in your life for the next 3 years or more. Most people at this point start to wonder. To think how hard A-Level's were and what an uphill struggle university is going to be. When you receive your first freshly marked assignment back from the professor you notice he doesn't care as much about the essay you toiled over for hours in the library than he does about his next research project field trip. Isn't it nice to be able to fly off to Skopje or wherever to advise pseud
o-dictatorships on how to bolster their regime's grip on power. And so you let off on the academic accelerator and start to descend into the depths of a typical student life. The fact is that UCL like every other university I can think of, apart from Oxbridge, offers no point of focus or contact for its students. This means that most of them are left to their own devices without a clue in the world of what to do. How, your university experience turns out, here, like anywhere, will very much depend on the interactive experience you receive in the first term of study. If this is a negative one then invariably you will end up hating every moment of it for the next 2 years and 2 terms. It is therefore obvious that there is a certain amount of 'luck' involved in whether or not your university experience is a productive or unproductive one. I say 'luck' because in the equation are a lot of unknown factors. That is to say factors that involve the quality of your class mates enrolled that year; the number of people you have anything in common with etcetera etcetera... the list is endless. Even if you think you have made the right choice by going to all the open days of universities you are interested in, this is not a ticket for success. No amount of investigation will raise your awareness to how you will enjoy or not enjoy university life. An ever-increasing number of people are dropping off university courses each year. Why? One can only guess. But chances are the experience isn't enjoyable, the course they chose and thought they would enjoy isn't right for them, and perhaps finances are difficult to manage. I used to joke with my friends saying: "University is for people who want to be employed, but no university is for those who want to do the employing." And on the whole I think I was right. I constantly and bitterly complain about the waste of three years to my life, to my parents and the fact is that university has left m
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It is too expensive to live in London whilst at University, it is almost double the price that it costs to live in Cardiff, for example. Who cares about going to a reputable university when the same qualifications can be gained elsewhere and you do not have to still be paying off your debts incurred by the time you are twenty six! The London campuses are in the city and through the huge traffic jams you have to get across the city to get to a lecture whereas in Cardiff there is less traffic and it is a more enclosed campus with lectures within easy walking distance.
Oustanding university for education as it offers degree courses of the highest calibre. Degree from here offers excellent job prospects. Companies come to you advertising their vacancies which is an added bonus. Excellent social scene with close proximity to ULU. Has numerous bars to celebrate your successes and various societies set up to meet the needs of everyone! It has the famous Cocktails Night held every Thursday and in 3 Locations!! It was also reviewed the best University scene in London. Ideally located in central london. Oxford street is a 10 minute walk away with other attractions nearby. Public transport is not a problem as buses and underground stations are next door!
My son goes there.... From the things he has been saying, it sounds like an excellent place in terms of everything, from facilities, lecturers and lecture notes, to social life and student support in terms of job hunting and careers advice available. The union which I have ben to once reminds me of olds days of being a student and the atmosphere of seeing al students from a variety of courses is excellent! Unlie some other universities, where they do a selection of courses and therefore you only see less variety in erms of people from different courses. The web site is really good, and I have heard of people from other unis referring to UCL's web site to search for lecture notes, etc. It is near west end and there is so much to do, with everything being a few miles away, and Oxford Street just round the corner! The halls of residence which I been to a few times are so varied. Some of them are really far, which is a bit of a disadvantage. But never any problems were discovered. The residence office provides all sorts of help and students really feel at home! It is recommended if you have the academic ability!!!