Become a Freshers’ Rep!

UAL oldies:
The time has come again for you to volunteer and sign up as a Freshers’ Rep and ease those callow green Freshers into life at UAL. Just like last year, we promise you just shy of a month’s worth of sports days, movie nights and pub crawls around London. We’ve even thrown in a gardening session for you this year.
And although this goes without saying you’ll receive the ever fashionable Freshers’ Reps hoodies and tees, we’ll sort your travel expenses and you get the chance to grab FREE tickets to the end of Freshers’ club night at the Bussey. Are we good to you or what?!
Head here to sign up. Just try to resist*
*Don’t actually try to resist. We’d really like your help!

Freshers: get your discounts!


Right, you’re starting at UAL soon: how cool is that?! While typical student life might not start until you kick off lectures and studio time in October, you can start getting student discounts RIGHT NOW! Buy an NUS Extra card and start getting money off in the high street, on your groceries in the Co-op, on your new statement specs in Vision Express, on travel on Megabus and National Express (moving to London, anyone?!), EXTRA discounts in Odeon Cinemas (we mean a student discount on top of a student discount), cheap eats and way more. Find out some more of our favourite discounts over on and buy your card here, now!


Moving In/Out

For lots of you this will be your first time living away from home, possibly your first time in London or even in the UK! So we’ve put together this helpful guide on what to pack and almost more importantly what NOT to pack to make your transition as smooth as possible.


Things to Pack/NOT to Pack

1. Course Supplies

If you already have a lot of the supplies you’ll need for your course, especially if they’re expensive e.g. a sewing machine then bring them along as you will be using them from Day 1.

BUT if you need a lot of heavy textbooks and you haven’t got them yet then wait until you have moved in and order them to your new London place. This will save you lugging these heavy books all the way from home.


2. Clothes

Bring enough clothes just to last you for the term. Remember you will be going home at Christmas and so you don’t need to bring all your summer clothes this term! Also London is a shopping capital so the chances are that you will add to your wardrobe whilst you’re here anyway.

3. Toiletries

Bring your toothbrush and toothpaste so that you don’t have to venture out on the first day to buy some. And if you have any specialist or expensive beauty products bring those. But things like shampoo etc you will be better off buying when you arrive rather than carrying them all the way here.

4. Papers

REMEMBER to bring all your important documentation such as Visas, ID and other important information. You will most likely need this almost immediately.


5. Sentimental Stuff

Photos are a compact and easy way to decorate your room and banish homesickness. If you have particular sentimental items that you can’t live without then bring them but be strict; you don’t need everything from your childhood room!

6. Electronics

Be careful when bringing lots of valuable items with you as you’ll very upset if you lose them! You might consider insuring the phones, laptops and cameras you do bring: Endsleigh does good rates on student insurance. Also with large electronics such as printers you might be better off using the services at university.


General Tips:

- you can buy almost everything in London so when packing consider if it would be easier to buy it in London or carry it all the way with you, especially if you are travelling by plane or train.

- you will forget something, pretty much guaranteed but that’s no need to panic! You can always buy a replacement or ask a friend/family member to post it on to you.

- if you’re going home for the holidays then only bring what you need for one term at a time.


Packing (and packing back up afters) is a skill that you will pick up over time. You might find that you brought waaaay too much or too little the first term but it’s only by living in London that you will get an accurate sense of what things you really need. So give it a go, and if it doesn’t go according to plan there’s always next term!



Foundation For LIFE!

Welcome all Foundation Students! During your Foundation you will discover more about yourself and your artistic direction than you thought possible and will be able to enter confidently into a Degree course afters.


Before you start your course you might have been given quite a long shopping list of equipment and materials. It’s important that you come to the first lesson with everything you might need so find out here where to get the best deals:

Sewing Equipment - Morplan

They have a huge selection of pattern cutting and sewing equipment as well as display and packaging stuff. The best place to buy a patternmaster!

Art Supplies - CASS Art

They do a special student discount and have locations all across London. This is the perfect place to buy your paints and papers.

Books -

Textbooks and inspirational books can be expensive, so don’t splash out on brand new ones unless you have/want to! You can find great deals on art and fashion books on Amazon Marketplace.

Niche Magazines - Good News

London’s premier fashion book and magazine store is sadly closed R.I.P Franks :( But still in Soho there are lots of good newsagents for niche fashion and design magazines such as Good News on Berwick Street. We also get a limited supply of magazines such as Elle, Wallpaper and Frieze that you can pick up for FREE from the Students’ Union HQ in High Holborn. Win!


Foundation can be one of the most exciting and inspirational years of study. Even though you may go into the course feeling like you have a pretty good idea of where you want to go, remember to keep an open mind and you’ll be surprised how much your plans can change!


LCC: A User Manual


Coming to London College of Communication this year? Here are some insider tips on the college, its surroundings and life as an LCC student. Read on…

Elephant & Castle: tips and highlights

The Shopping Centre in Elephant & Castle is a real highlight. Few areas are left in London as raw and honest as Elephant & Castle and its Shopping Centre, right across from LCC: as soon as you step in, you feel as if you have stepped into another world, completely different from your regular London with organic coffee shops and chain restaurants. Here you get stalls with no-brand clothes and sneakers, CDs of underground musicians on display, loud music blasting and a strong scent of Nag Champa incense. Oh and not mention all you can eat: Brazilian, Trinidad, Tobagan and Indian food. Also there’s a sweet old school bowling alley upstairs on the top floor of the Shopping Centre, dead cheap and sometime there’s a cool gang of grannies that come and play…


We know it sucks that the canteen doesn’t accept cards still, hopefully this will change someday, but until then, the closest cash machine can be found in the Shopping Centre. Just make sure you get enough for those extra onion rings: believe us, you’ll want them!

If you ever feel in need of some vitamin D and some fresh green grass then you can always go to the Imperial War Museum’s park, which is just 5 minutes away from LCC. It is a big and quiet park and it’s mostly empty. Of course, if you have time, you can always drop by the museum as well. It’s free and they have a pretty cool exhibition on spy gadgets going as far back as World War 1, as well as a piece of the Berlin Wall.


LCC: making the most of the college

Make sure you sign up to all the workshops from Screen Printing and Etching to Letterpress and 3D. The beauty of it is that you can do this no matter what course you are on. They are a great resource, a fantastic source of inspiration and they will prove extremely helpful come Degree Show. Just explore the Workshop Block where most of them are and put your name on the induction list found in every single one of them. And even if they are fully booked sometimes is worth popping along to the inductions anyway, usually someone doesn’t show up and you can take their place.


During your time at LCC you will probably spend most of it in the library, which is a good thing. The library is an amazing place with an enormous amount of inspiring books and resources. Also, you have to make sure you check out the DVD section. You will find a huge range of quality films and hidden gems there, which are not that easy to find online. Make sure to check out the magazine section too: it stocks a whole host of industry magazines to keep you in the know.


Although you might not have classes in the Tower Block, make sure you at least once take the lift to the top floor. You get an amazing view of London from there and, unlike the Shard and St. Pauls, it’s free to enjoy!


LCC: pro tips

There’s an italian lady who works in the canteen and she is lovely. But never, ever, EVER leave your plates on the table or she will make sure you will never do it again.

Also, never, ever, EVER leave your students card at him unless you want a reason to walk to LCC and then back home and then back to LCC. There is no way you can convince the security guys to let you in. Believe us, we’ve tried…

You know that mysterious building in the centre of the Elephant & Castle roundabout? People believe it’s the home of Aphex Twin. Find proof and be guaranteed cool points for the rest of your time in the college.



RA Lates: Sixties Snapshot

SUARTS and the Royal Academy are bringing the 1960s to life to honour the countercultural icon, Dennis Hopper. Inspired by the exhibition, Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album, UAL students are creating an evening of photography, interactive installations and immersive performances - all capturing the energy and spirit of this definitive era of hippies, Hells Angels, celebrities & civil rights activists. Atelier café will be serving up chocolate rum shakes and hotdogs. Guests are encouraged to bring their own sixties vibe and wear inspired black and whites on the night. Tickets just £5 for UAL students (as opposed to £20 - WIN!)

Book your UAL student ticket now on the Royal Academy website!


'Order & Chaos' by UAL student at #shinebrightstudio


The fourth weekly instalment of the #shinebrightstudio initiative to promote and exhibit emerging artists is now available to the public at the wonderful Old Truman Brewery.

The new exhibitor is Tin Chi (Ivy) Chan, a current UAL student of the Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and passionate explorer of geometry and space through her art. Her exhibition ‘Order & Chaos’ looks into repetetive identical paper structures and the effect these have when meeting the eye of the viewer. According to Tin Chi, she has been passionate about paper structure from her early days as an art students and she has been investigating ever since the relationships between perspective, light, and surfaces.

Her installation at the Old Truman Brewery is extremely captivating, and engages the viewer immediately. With Tin Chi’s clever use of geometry and light, it automatically challanges the audience to move around the room and constantly look at her piece from another angle, thus prolonging the installations effect. Through her work the artists simply asks the viewer: Do we see? Or do we view? Is it order? Or is it chaos?





'Order & Chaos' will be available as part of #shinebrightstudio until Monday 25th of August, so make sure you drop by, it's free and you also get a free bottle of Vitamin Water.


Renting for the first time? - 5 ways to protect yourself.


Illustration by Katie Cardew

Condoms aren’t the only protection you need as a fresher. Landlords and estate agents know no bounds when it comes to trying to make money; and because students are less likely to be familiar with their rights, the price of the local market and housing law; we’re more likely to get ripped off.

Students are just one group of being exploited by a housing crisis and the system needs a massive overhaul – this is something we’ll be campaigning on in the Students’ Union this year. Until then, we want to make sure your time renting is as safe and hassle-free as possible. Here are 5 key things to consider.

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Things (not) to try in London: featuring the Circle Line Pub Crawl

It’s #FreshersFriday time!  This week we’re providing anti-advice - things you could do, but not necessarily good things.

Time Out offer practical things-not-to-do here and here.  These tips will guarantee you a less stressful September.

Something that I’ve always found intriguing is that London Underground’s Circle Line isn’t actually the shape of a circle, but the shape of a bottle of beer.

It’s only fitting, in that case, that there’s a Circle Line Pub Crawl.  The pub crawl ignores the meandering stretch from Edgware Road to Hammersmith, so that you only have to tackle 27 pubs going in the circle.  Easy…

You will need:
- Up to £60 to cover half pints (over £100 if you’re braving pints)
- A strong stomach
- A travelcard (your Oyster will cap at £7.20 per day, though)

Alternatively, if you respect your liver and bank balance too much to hit them in one night, why not acquaint yourself with the top pub suggestions for that route over a longer period of time?


Hello! From your Students’ Union President


It’s almost time to welcome our new Foundation students and later our HE intake. So I wanted to use this post to introduce myself and what my plans are for the year. Want to get involved? Read on…

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Throwback Thursday: CSM Kings Cross in 2008

This Thursday we’re throwing back to look at photos we found on the SUARTS Flickr, when the Kings Cross CSM site existed as a paper model, a grungy exterior, and what looks like a car park, but is now the library.

CSM imagined amongst Kings Cross, fountains and all.

Look familiar?  This is now the library… just without all the books.

The exterior, looking less glassy, and with less fountains.

Ah how it’s changed…

Central Saint Martins launch event in 2011.  Image credit Gina Tornatore


Off to the beach? Don’t forget your buckets and spades!

This season, three big trends seem to be:
- The 90s bucket hat. Freshen it up with a print or add some bling to it, like Rihanna.
- The bucket bag. Classic black, tie-dye, studs or carpet bag - it doesn’t matter as long as it’s hanging off your shoulder.
- Playing card print. Difficult to pull off - add a quirky accessory for a subtle hint or if you’re brave, go head to toe thematic!


Getting Around in London

Getting around London can be confusing, but this handy guide will keep you on the right track!


1. Get an Oyster card

This can be used on buses, the tube and some other services. It will save you time and money, especially if you link it to your bank account to instantly top itself up when you’re running low on credit. Find out how here.

2. Plan your Journey

Use the TFL website to plan journeys around London. This will let you know the quickest route and how long it takes. And use National Rail’s website for journeys outside of London. Another handy website and app is Citymapper (the ‘get me home’ button can be particularly useful)


3. Sometimes Walking is Best

With heavy traffic in central London sometimes walking is your best bet. Use Google Maps to find your way around, and check out this helpful guide of stations that are quicker to walk between than to take the tube. It might surprise you!

4. Student Rates

You might be eligible for a student Oyster card. This could make you lots of savings if you use it everyday. But be careful as if you don’t use the tube/buses every day then you might be better off without one. Find out details and benefits here.

5. Know where you’re going!

This might sound silly but with many different sites UAL covers the whole of London, so make sure to check your timetable carefully as the location of your classes may not be the same every week. This is especially true near hand in, where your submission location might be somewhere you’ve never been before. So check carefully and look it up before you leave to save some stress at hand in!


Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival Performance this Saturday

The Notting Hill Carnival is fast approaching!  

But on Saturday the 23rd there will be an indoor Carnival performance at Tate Modern, offering critical and artistic perspectives on Carnival, and showcasing Hew Locke’s first performance work.  There will also be a performance by masman (Carnival designer) Marlon Griffiths; a soundscape from Dubmorphology; an architectural backdrop by Gia Wolff; and an intervention from CSM’s BA Fine Art XD Pathway.  More details here.

If you fancy easing yourself into Carnival this year, or seeing the Turbine Hall used in an unusual way, then check it out between 3pm and 6pm.


Competition: Design a mural for Elliott’s Row Pocket Park

Elliott’s Row Pocket Park is a small but public outdoors space in Elephant & Castle, and they’re looking for a mural design celebrating Britain’s wild flowers.  The winner will get a £1,000 budget to cover the costs of designing and creating the mural.  Here it is on a map - if you fancy visiting and getting inspired!

Download your information pack and get applying over here.

The closing date is at midnight on Tuesday the 30th of September.