University College London (UCL)

University College London - more commonly known as just UCL - is one of the most prestigious and oldest universities in the UK. Founded in 1826, it is a very well established and well regarded institution, which currently is home to nearly 30,000 students every year.

UCL is also home to the famous Slade School of Fine Art and the prestigious Bartlett School of Architecture. Based a short walk from Euston Station, UCL is ideally situated to benefit from everything that London has to offer; with Euston, Warren Street, Euston Square and Kings Cross stations all within easy walking distance, it is super easy to travel from UCL to most places in London. It is also easy to travel to UCL from any of our three private student halls in London - but iQ Bloomsbury is particularly well suited to UCL students. Found just a couple of minutes' walk from the UCL campus, students at iQ Bloomsbury can simply roll out of bed and get to lectures in a matter of minutes!


  Distance Bus Tube Car / taxi Walk Cycle
iQ Shoreditch 2.3 miles 28 minutes 18 minutes 17 minutes 42 minutes 18 minutes
iQ Hoxton 2.8 miles 37 minutes 25 minutes 25 minutes - 24 minutes
iQ Bloomsbury 0.1 miles - - - 3 minutes 2 minutes
iQ Tufnell House 2.7 miles 27 minutes 19 minutes 18 minutes 56 minutes 20 minutes



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How to find UCL from iQ Shoreditch

Enviably located just minutes from Old Street Station in young, vibrant East London, iQ Shoreditch is an obvious choice for UCL students who want to enjoy everything the city has to offer. iQ Shoreditch offers easy access to the vibrant shops, restaurants and bars of trendy Shoreditch as well as fantastic transport links to the rest of the city. Located mere moments from Old Street Station (just three stops from Euston on the Northern Line), the trip in to uni is super easy and it's not hard to see why students from UCL choose to live at iQ Shoreditch! If you're driving, it's simply a case of following the A501 (City Road) along past Angel, King's Cross Saint Pancras, and on to Euston. This will take you approximately twenty minutes (depending on the state of London's infamous traffic) and should cost about £10 if you're taking a taxi. If you want to use public transport, jump on the Northern Line at Old Street (just around the corner from iQ Shoreditch) and pop up three stops to reach Euston. Although it will take you slightly longer, catching the number 205 bus will take you directly from Old Street Station to Euston Square, which is just around the corner from UCL. Make sure you get yourself an 18+ Student Oyster photocard to save 30% on Oyster Travelcards in London. On a nice day, you can walk to uni in about three quarters of an hour, or cycle in less than twenty minutes.


How to find UCL from iQ Hoxton

Situated approximately three miles from UCL campus in trendy East London, iQ Hoxton is a popular choice for undergraduates and postgraduates studying at University College London. Surrounded by the shops, restaurants, bars and nightlife of youthful Hoxton, iQ Hoxton is enviably located in the heart of one of the city's most vibrant student areas. With Hoxton Station just moments away, getting around the city is super easy, and you can commute to UCL in less than half an hour. What's more, London's extensive transport network makes it is easy to get from iQ Hoxton to campus; don't forget to get an 18+ Student Oyster photocard, which will save you 30% on Oyster Travelcards, making getting around the city a lot more affordable! To reach UCL from iQ Hoxton, simply walk down to Old Street station where you can jump on the Northern Line to Euston. Alternatively, you can take the bus number 243 to get you to the station.


How to find UCL from iQ Bloomsbury

Just across the road from UCL, living with us at iQ Bloomsbury is the easiest option for students studying at University College London who want to live somewhere convenient and central. Located a short walk from Euston Square Tube Station, Warren Street Tube Station and Euston Station, iQ Bloomsbury has easy access to all of London. And best of all, it takes just moments to walk to UCL from iQ Bloomsbury, meaning you can go from bed to lectures in less than 10 minutes! iQ Bloomsbury is so close to UCL campus, you don't need to bother with driving or public transport, just walk or jump on your bike to reach campus in no time! And if you're travelling by bike, you can keep your bike safe in our secure onsite bicycle storage.

UCL contact details

General Enquiries

  • 020 7679 2000

UCLU (Students' Union)

  • 020 7679 2500

Advice and Welfare

  • 020 7679 2998

Did you know...

  • University College London was the first university to admit female students on equal terms with male students
  • Famous alumni from UCL include Alexander Graham Bell, Christopher Nolan, Rachel Whiteread, and all the band members of Coldplay
  • UCL has the best ratio of academic staff to students in the UK - meaning class sizes at UCL are very small!
  • More than a third of those who study at UCL are international students; and these students hail from 150 countries around the world
  • In 2013 UCL was ranked fourth in the world's top ten universities by the QS World University Rankings