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The University of East London (UEL) is a public university located in the London Borough of Newham, east London, England. The university is based at three campuses - Stratford Campus, Docklands Campus and University Square Stratford. The University of East London can trace its roots back to 1892, gaining university status in 1992. The University of East London is London’s leading university for civic engagement, making a real difference to the lives of students and communities around the World.



Each campus has its own library which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during term time and as a student you have access to them all. A new £14.8 million library is due to open at Stratford Campus in 2013.

Each library has a self serve area which you will need your student ID card to use. Your student ID card also gives you access to each of the libraries. Access will also allow you the use of the networked PCs at each site and you can also 'borrow' laptops from the library to work at home on computer! There are specialist subject librarians on hand to help you for specific programmes.

Other services are also available, for example printing, black and white and colour photocopying, binding and help is offered on how to use all the library services as well as tips and advice for assignment writing and study skills.

Knowledge Dock

The university offers a range of business support, enterprise development services and conferencing facilities. Knowledge Dock helps students start their own companies by supplying help and business start-up incubators. Knowledge Dock is accredited by the European Business Network as a Business Innovation Centre (BIC) and is the only BIC in London, and one of only 12 in the UK.

IT and computing

UEL has over 1800 computers for you to use as a student. Some are located in the libraries, others in resource or computing centres. The university Halls of Residence is served by wired connections to the network too.

Many of the facilities are accessible 24 hours a day. Others will shut at 9pm and may not be available all day if the room is used as a classroom. Teaching rooms across campus have various audio-visual facilities. Larger rooms have projectors on to big screens while smaller rooms project on to interactive whites boards which are a great aid to teaching and learning once you get to see how they can be used!


You're in the perfect place for people who like to either watch or play sports. UEL Sports is responsible for all the sports at UEL and has a number of teams in BUCS competitions, like the football, basketball and hockey teams. There are clubs for people of all abilities, so try your hand at jujitsu, boxercise or tennis. The £21million SportsDock opened in 2012 and was home to Team USA during the 2012 Olympics. It has a vast array of facilities including two indoor arenas, a dance and aerobic studio, a futuristic fitness centre, an amazing strength and conditioning room and two top-spec outdoor 3G five-a-side football pitches. In the wider area London boasts access to pretty much any type of sport you can imagine. For the sports fans there are hundreds of domestic and international sporting events held within easy reach of the uni - and don't forget the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is close to Stratford Campus. Being so close to the Olympic Park allows UEL exclusive access to its facilities with the Hockey and Tennis teams using the Hockey and Tennis centre for their training and matches.

General Information
East London (Docklands and Stratford), UK
Docklands Campus
University Way
E16 2RD

Stratford Campus
University House
Water Lane
E15 4LZ
020 8223 3000
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UCAS Code:
'New' (ex poly)

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The uni offers a confidential counselling service for students who feel they have a whole range of problems. If you have problems, a trip to see the counsellor could help you out. They also have a whole host of information for you on where you can get additional help or advice.

For other welfare issues, such as financial, the Student Services team have a helpdesk and can talk to you about support and assistance available from the uni. The uni prides itself in supporting students from a number of different backgrounds so have services that are not normally available at other unis. For example, it has a nursery on campus as there are a number of students with children studying at UEL.


The uni urges you to register with a GP so you can get medical help when you need it. The uni has a Health and Well Being Team. The team can be accessed by students and provide advice on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.


Docklands Campus is close to Gallions Reach - a shopping complex with loads of shops and supermarkets. You're also within easy reach of loads of areas of London, so you'll find an area with shops to match your budget. Stratford Campus is close to Westfield Shopping Mall, the largest urban shopping mall in the country. Each campus has a Student Union shop on site.


Each Campus has a range of eateries on campus such as Costa Coffee, Starbucks Coffee, The Baguette Company etc. And if you like to eat out there are literally hundreds of places to choose from in the surrounding areas- far too many to list here. You'll be able to find takeaways for just about any food. There are also a wide range of restaurants in the wider area for any type of food and budget.


The university campuses are connected to with the main Transport for London network. The tube and buses both run close to the main campuses and connect you with the surrounding area and the rest of the city. From there you can easily get to any of the major national rail stations for links to the rest of the country. Docklands Campus is reached by the Docklands Light Railway at Cyprus Station..

Employability Unit

The Employability and Enterprise Team offer you help and tips on making the most of your time at the uni, showing off your skills to employers, providing links to top employers and general tips on making and succeeding applications for graduate jobs and further study. The courses at UEL are designed with employability in mind

Part-time jobs

You are in east London - loads of people around, loads of shops, bars and offices. There will be hundreds of part time jobs around - you just need to find the one for you.

Spring, the temping agency, have an office on the Docklands campus and will help you find a part time job locally.

Religious facilities

Being located in London, one of the most diverse areas of the UK, both culturally and on religious matters, you are sure to find active communities for almost any religion close by. You'll not feel isolated at all. There will also be student groups for many religions too so you'll be able to get together with other students following your religion. The Chaplaincy at UEL caters for all faiths.

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Clubs and societies

The UEL Student's Union support a large number of clubs and societies ranging from yoga to archery. If there isn't a club or society for you then you can start your own as long as you have 10 other members.

UELSports manages all of UEL's BUCS clubs, and organises a variety of on-campus sporting events.

Faculties and Schools

  • Royal Docks Business School
  • School of Law and Social Sciences
  • School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering
  • School of Education and Communities
  • School of Health, Sport and Bioscience
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Arts and the Digital Industries
  • School of Combined Honours
  • Graduate School
  • UEL Connect


Accommodation policy

The Dockland campus has halls for around 1200 students and students can apply regardless of what campus they are studying at. The Halls are situated along the Albert Dock and many look out over the river with views towards Cannery Wharf. Some halls are the bright and colourful cylindrical buildings (the West Halls) - and houses around 400 students. Others are only a couple of years old and house 800 students (Student Village east).

Prices currently start at around £110 a week and go up to £146.50 a week.

If you apply for accommodation before 5pm on 15 August and then pay your deposit by 5pm on the 20 August 2012, you are guaranteed to be accommodated by the University if you meet the guarantee and eligibility criteria.

To qualify for this guarantee you must be a first year undergraduate/postgraduate student and live over 90 minutes from your campus of study. Priority is given to students who have a disability that requires them to live on campus. All students must accept a rental agreement for the full academic year (September to mid-June). This condition does not apply to single semester students.


All rooms are en-suite. Most rooms are arranged in flats with shared kitchen facilities, though some have larger kitchen areas than others. A small number of rooms are studio flats with their own kitchen facilities. Docklands campus has two launderettes for you to use too.



In fitting with the wider development in the Docklands area, much of the Docklands Campus is of modern design, including some quite unique buildings, such as the cylindrical halls of residence along the water.

The Stratford campus is located on Water Lane and has seen an extensive programme of refurbishment over the last few years. Recent developments include new labs and computing facilities and new buildings for the Cass School of Education and Communities and the Centre for Clinical Education.

Local area

Both Docklands and Stratford campuses are in areas of vast redevelopment. Perhaps Docklands campus, situated in Albert Docks and on the river front is the most well developed area having been totally transformed in the last 25 years. From parts of campus you can see the Canary Wharf development and the 02.

At Stratford there have been many improvements in recent years and the wider area will continue to be transformed in coming years as the Olympic Games in. Not only will Olympic Park be developed, but the wider area will also significantly benefit from investment.

Teaching quality

The lecturers are very dedicated and will do all they can to help you learn. When you start, you are assigned a personal tutor who will help you with any problems you have whilst you are studying.

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