University College London Union
University College London Union
Founded in 1893, the UCL Union is one of the oldest students’ unions in England, although postdating the Liverpool Guild of Students which formed a student representative council in 1892. UCL Union operates both as the representative voice for UCL students, and as a provider of a wide range of services. It is democratically controlled through General Meetings and referendums, and is run by elected student officers. The Union has provided a prominent platform for political campaigning of all kinds in recent years. It also supports a range of services, including numerous clubs and societies, sports facilities, an advice service, and a number of bars, cafes and shops. The union is also responsible for the organisation of a number of events, including, amongst others, the college’s annual summer ball.
There are currently over 150 clubs and societies under the umbrella of the UCL Union, including: Pi Media (responsible for Pi Magazine and Pi Newspaper, UCL’s official student publications); UCL Union Debating Society, UCL’s oldest and the third oldest student society in the UK; UCL Union Film Society, one of the country’s oldest film societies with past members including Christopher Nolan; University College London Dramatic Society; and The Cheese Grater (a student magazine containing a mix of news investigations and humorous items).
As a student, you are automatically a member of University College London Union (UCLU), the Students’ Union.
UCLU is a democratic, student-led organisation run by UCL students whom you have the chance to elect. UCLU provides a wide range of services to help you get the best out of your time at UCL.
Highlights from some of UCLU’s 200+ clubs and societies.
Have your say
UCLU supports a wide range of campaigns on issues affecting the Union, the university, and wider society.
All UCL students have the opportunity to stand for and vote for officer positions at UCLU. This includes a team of full-time sabbatical officers who take a year out of their studies to run UCLU, with each receiving a salary during their term of office.
Forums are an opportunity for every student to debate and discuss what the Union does and says in various areas.
UCLU has more than 250 clubs and societies, all run by students. They cover a wide variety of interests from sport and culture to arts and faith. Any UCL student can join any club or society or start their own. In fact, getting involved with a club or society is a great way for you to develop a hobby, learn new skills and make new friends.
UCLU Sport is an initiative that promotes and supports a variety of health, wellbeing and sporting activity at UCL.
UCLU Elite Athlete Programme
The UCLU Elite Athlete Programme is designed to aid gifted and talented athletes to continue competing at the highest level while studying at UCL.
Give it a Go
Give it a Go runs free or discounted trips and activities, so you can try out things you’ve never done before and visit new places. There’s no need for a regular commitment, simply do as many or as few as you like.
Events and activities
UCLU Events organises the nightlife at UCLU, including club nights and annual balls. Venues for UCLU Events have included many top London clubs such as Ministry of Sound, Koko, Fabric, Heaven and the Indigo at the O2 Arena.
Volunteering Services Unit (VSU)
UCLU’s VSU is one of the biggest departments of its kind in the country and by far the biggest in London. VSU is proud of the opportunities on offer, so you could find yourself:
- undertaking some sports coaching with local young people;
- guiding people around one of London’s hidden museums or galleries;
- campaigning on an issue you care about;
- getting your hands dirty at one of our environmental events, including volunteering on the London Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves.
There are more than 500 projects for you to choose from, so there’s always something that will fit your time, availability and interests. By taking part, you’ll meet new people, build new skills and get a real insight into London life.
University College London
London WC1E 6B
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2000