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About UCLU

If you are a University College London student you are automatically a member of UCLU (you may opt out). We are led by ten full-time student sabbatical officers who are elected by you in a cross-campus ballot each year.

UCLU is a registered charity and we exist to provide you with a range of services to support and help you develop your skills and interests while you are at UCL. 

We have over 200 clubs and societies covering a wide range of sporting, cultural and artistic interests. We have a number of bars, cafés and shops providing high quality products at low prices, which along with The Study are convenient places on campus where you can relax and socialise. All of our profits are reinvested in these services for you.

At UCLU you can get involved in campaigning, or volunteering in the local community; find part-time work; or develop your employability skills.

You can also stand for election to a range of positions which would allow you to influence directly the way UCLU operates.


 The principle function of the Union is to represent the needs of all UCL students at a college, local and national level.

Student officers are elected by you to run the Union and make decisions about its strategic direction. If you have any concerns about the way your Union is run you can contact an officer.

You can get involved and represent your fellow students - from Full-Time Officer to Faculty Representative, you have a say in key decisions that affect UCL students.

Help and advice

 UCLU is here to help you with any difficulties you might experience at UCL. Our Rights and Advice Centre, located on the 1st Floor of the UCL Bloomsbury building, can offer support and assistance for a wide range of issues such as financial support, visas and immigration, sexual and mental health and many more.

Contact uclu-rights.advice@ucl.ac.uk or stop by for a chat.

Jobs and Skills

studentjobJobShop is UCLU’s free job shop: helping UCL students find part-time, short term and vacation work.

You can search online or email employment@ucl.ac.uk.

Volunteering can develop your skills while giving something back to the local community. Our dedicated Volunteering Services Unit runs a number of projects that you can get involved in, from one-off sessions to ongoing schemes. To find out more, head to the VSU, 1st Floor of Lewis’s building, or email volunteering@ucl.ac.uk.

Social life

 Outside the classroom, UCLU can complement your studies with our wide range of events and activities from big parties at top London clubs and trips to UK cities to introducing you to one of our many clubs and societies.

UCLU has a number of venues across campus, including four cafés and three bars. Watch out for the bar nights with great promotions and events such as pub quizzes and karaoke. UCLU also organises a number of club nights at top London venues including Ministry of Sound, Koko, and Fabric and the Summer Ball at the end of the academic year is the social highlight for many students. 

UCLU also organises a range of other activities giving you the chance to see London and the UK as well as try things you might have ordinarily missed out on. From trips to see top West End musicals such as The Lion King and walking tours of Jack the Ripper’s East End to trying out a game of hockey or visiting Stonehenge, our Give it a Go programme is a diverse schedule of activities that you can take part in alongside your studies at UCL. 

With over 230 clubs and societies, you can’t help but find something that you’ll want to get involved in. Joining a club or society is a great way to make friends and enhance your social life. Each year around 8,000 of our students choose to become a member of one or more of our clubs or societies.

Sports facilities

 UCLU runs a number of facilities dedicated to Sports and Fitness, including Bloomsbury Fitness, the Union’s gym, the UCL Sports Ground, and Astor College Sports Hall. These venues are used by students and clubs and societies for keeping fit, matches and rehearsal space.

Attached file(s): 
UCLU Impact Report 2011-121.91 MB