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University of East London

4.2 out of 5 (19 ratings / 16 reviews) London, England, United Kingdom
Welcome to the University of East London. We’re an inclusive university committed to transforming the lives of our students by helping them develop new skills and unlock their potential. Our work is rooted in the real-world relevance; from our courses to our research, and all the way through to our impact in the local community and the wider world.  

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Our roots go back to 1892 when the West Ham Technical Institute became a provider of vocational education for the local community, offering science, engineering and art courses. In 1970 the Institute merged with local colleges to form the North East London Polytechnic. We became the Polytechnic of East London in 1988 and, in 1992, the University of East London. 


At the University of East London, you’ll benefit from expert teaching from specialists who are at the forefront of their fields. Many of our academics combine teaching with their lives as leading professionals and researchers. You could be taught by a Turner Prize winner, an Olympic gold medalist, a business leader or a terrorism advisor to national governments. Whether you’re interested in undergraduate, postgraduate study or research, our academic staff will give you a huge amount of personal support during and after your studies. You’ll also get access to the latest industry trends and learn how to apply your new skills and knowledge in context. 


UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern universities for research. We’ve nearly doubled our output of ‘world-leading’ research over the last six years. As London’s leading university for civic engagement, we’re committed to making a difference to the lives of people in communities worldwide. Our research is renowned for its ‘real-world’ impact. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, our Psychology research was ranked equal first in the country for its impact – ahead of Oxford and Cambridge. 


Whatever course you’re studying, we’ll help you gain the employment skills you need to achieve your career ambitions. We offer employability skills training and mentoring opportunities alongside your studies. Our location in one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

Our dedicated Centre for Student Success works closely with employers to provide up-to-date information about the skills and experience they are looking for. They will support you during your studies and after you graduate. 


Student services

We’ve recently invested £3million into new high-tech student helpdesks to ensure you have access to the best possible information, advice and support. Whatever questions or issues you may have, we’re always here to help you. We also provide extensive academic support to help you with your studies, including academic advisors, peer support and study skills sessions. 

Housing services

Our iconic Student Village is located by the waterfront at our Docklands campus. Transport connections are excellent, with a DLR station at the entrance to the Docklands campus. Accommodation is available to UEL students studying at Docklands or Stratford campuses.

-          There is a free bus service between two campuses-          All rooms are on-suite-          We offer some of the most affordable on-campus rooms in London-          Studio and wheel-chair accessible rooms available-          On-site laundry facilities-          On-campus catering outlets with pay-in advance options available-          Secure campus and halls-of-residence, with gated entrances and 24/7 security staff 

Library services

Our Library and Learning Services provide access to high-quality academic resources, expert advice, and study spaces in modern library buildings on both Stratford and Docklands campuses, open 24/7 during term time. Our teams include Library staff, Academic Skills tutors, English for Academic Purposes tutors, Peer mentoring Scheme, Learning Achievement assistants and the Language Centre.

ICT services

Our IT Services Team provide expert advice for our IT systems and software, in support of all UEL students and staff. Based across all three campuses, they are responsible for IT Support, operations, information systems and infrastructure.

Medical services

Our Health & Wellbeing Team are on hand to support your health and well-being during your time at UEL. We offer confidential help on a range of physical and mental health issues as well as advice on where to obtain specialist support. 

Student Life

Campus life

Docklands Campus

Our waterfront Docklands campus provides a state of the art learning environment with modern lecture theatres and seminar rooms, a 24/7 library. UEL is one of the few London universities to provide on-campus accommodation which houses over 1,200 students, as well as shops, a bar and a launderette.

 Stratford Campus (Water Lane)

Our Stratford campus is located in one of the best-connected areas of London: close to Stratford’s thriving town centre, the 2012 Olympic Park, and just 15 minutes from London’s West End.

 Stratford Campus (University Square Stratford)

Part of our Stratford campus, University Square is a unique partnership with Birkbeck, University of London. 

Sports facilities

SportsDock is our £21 million sports facility. It's one of London’s largest indoor sports venues. SportsDock is available to students, staff, the local community, and national and international organisations. It was the official high performance training headquarters for Team USA, hosting them for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

SportsDock features:

-          two multi-purpose indoor sports arenas

-          120-piece fitness centre

-          fully equipped strength and conditioning room

-          dance and aerobics studios

-          sports therapy clinic

-          conferencing and meeting rooms, lecture theatres and teaching rooms

-          outdoor pitches

Student clubs

As a student at UEL you’re automatically a member of the Students’ Union. Your membership is free and brings with it opportunities for you to get the most out of your time at university. Joining a student society is a great way to make new friends, try out new activities, and get involved in some of the events that go on around campus. UEL Students Union has over 60 Student Societies, and they fit into the below 5 categories:

-          Academic & Subject

-          Religious

-          Hobbies Interests & Arts

-          International & Cultural

-          Community         

-          Fundraising & Campaigns Community 



Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

Architects Registration Board

The Chartered Institute for IT

The Chartered Institute of Building

Institute of Highway Engineers

Institute of Civil Engineers

The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

The British Psychological Society

Health & Care Professions Council


Chartered Management Institute

Institute of Hospitality

Bar Standards Board

CIPD Chartered Professional Accountants

Solicitors Regulation Authority

CFA Society United Kingdom

ICAEW Charted Accountants

The Association of International Accountants

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

The Chartered Institute of Marketing 

London, England, United Kingdom