UCL private student accommodation
UCL first-year undergraduate students are allocated student residence for their first year of study, with students and then required to find their private accommodation from their second year onwards. Being in a major city, there’s an abundance of student accommodation in London close to UCL to suit all needs. If you’ve got the budget, choosing UCL accommodation close to campus is a great way to save on travel time, but as expected, living in the centre of a capital city might not suit everyone’s budget. Our favourite central student accommodation near UCL is Bloomsbury Janet Poole House.
For those who want to spend a little less, take a look in zones 2, 3, or 4. You’ll find a great selection of halls, private studio accommodation, or shared flats without the city centre price tag. iQ Aldgate is a great example of still being close to the city centre, near a great selection of bars, restaurants, and activities, while not paying the inner-city price tag.
When looking for accommodation in a big city, consider your living options. For example, lots of students opt for shared accommodation or student flats near UCL to ensure they’ve got an active community around them of like-minded students, which is an important part of a happy and healthy university career.
UCL is one of the leading universities in the UK when it comes to multi-disciplinary research and teaching, recognised for its academic excellence and global impact. Notable alumni include inventor Alexander Graham Bell, musician Chris Martin and former Prime Minister of Japan, Junichiro Koizumi.
UCL is ranked 9th out of 130 according to the Complete University Guide and is consistently ranked in the top ten universities in the UK.
UCL’s main campus is in Bloomsbury, central London, with the main Quad on Gower Street. Conveniently, there is a plethora of UCL private student accommodation for an easy commute and other areas further out of the city centre that makes for more affordable living.
UCL has impressive employability, ranking 7th in Graduate prospects – outcomes and 9th in Graduate prospects – on track. The institution also offers several professional services and support, including one-to-one support, networking events, and employer-led events.
Visit the UCL website for information about undergraduate and postgraduate fees.
Bursaries and Scholarship Opportunities
There are several bursaries and scholarships available to UCL students.
Student life at UCL
Having one of the most popular cities on your doorstep gives UCL students an exciting and active student life outside of lectures. The university itself provides students with lots to do with free lectures, workshops, and exhibitions offered by institutions like the Wellcome Collection and Royal Institution, not to mention the never-ending list of bars, restaurants, and clubs both near the Bloomsbury campus as well as further afield.
UCL is known for having a popular and active Student Union which organises parties at some of the most famous clubs in the world, including Ministry of Sound and Fabric. But nightlife isn’t all the union is known for, boosting a volunteering and democracy support unit that assists students through university life and by giving something back. There is also the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, a branch of the student union that shows leading theatrical and comedy performances and also hosts union productions.
Being right in the city centre opens you up to a packed schedule of museums and galleries for those students into culture. For those of you who find UCL accommodation right by campus, you’ll have the British Museum, the Grant Museum of Zoology, and The Foundling Museum right on your doorstep. There are also many fun and free things to do around London, perfect for students on a budget!
UCL accommodation FAQs
Is University College London accommodation available to postgraduate students?
Unfortunately, accommodation for postgraduate students attending UCL is not available. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a great selection of UCL private accommodation available both close to campus and in the outer zones of the city. See our UCL private student accommodation above for more information.
Can I view the accommodation near University College London before I book?
This shouldn’t be an issue for most accommodation providers, but this will depend on the accommodation you want to view. There are also several great remote viewing options available to students wanting a detailed tour of the property before committing.
When is the best time to book student accommodation near UCL?
August and September is generally the best time to book your UCL accommodation. However, in your first year, you should confirm your student accommodation as soon as you’ve been accepted.
How do I pay for my student room near University College London?
There are a number of bursaries and fee support schemes to help you pay UCL fees for accommodation. However, some students often opt for getting a part-time job to help pay for their living expenses. For more advice on paying for student accommodation as a student, check out our guide.
Which off-campus accommodation is closest to University College London?
Which is the best accommodation or dorm near University College London?
Students are spoilt for choice when looking for student accommodation near UCL. Some of the most popular are Helen Graham House and Scape Bloomsbury. Both are only a short walk from campus.
Where do UCL students live in London?
UCL students can find great accommodation options in all parts of London. For students wanting to be close to campus, suburbs like Bloomsbury, Camden Town, and Euston are preferable. For those wanting to live in zones further from the city centre, areas like Brixton, Shoreditch, and Clapham are desirable student areas.