How to Meet People

Meeting people can seem scary or even impossible when you’re just starting out in a new place. So to help you out we’ve put together this little guide all about how to meet people.

Step 1 - Leave your room

This might sound really obvious but the first step to meeting people and exploring the world is often the hardest. But be brave and get out there.

Step 2 - Leave your door open

Not when you’re going out obviously, that wouldn’t be very safe. But if you’re in halls or a shared house try leaving your door propped open when you’re home as this will encourage others to pay you a visit and you’ll meet all your neighbours in no time.

Step 3  - Be friendly

Next time you’re going to make a cup of tea why not try knocking on your neighbours’ doors first and asking if they want some? Everyone is equally alone at the beginning and most people will appreciate a friendly visit.

Step 4 - Freshers Events

Check out our massive range of Freshers’ activities and pick out the ones that interest you. Going along to as many of these events that you can is a brilliant way of meeting people with similar interests to you.

Step 5 - Class

Go to all your classes and bond with your classmates. Whilst you’re there try to talk to people in different years or on different courses.

Step 6  - Join a club

Joining a society or sports club can be a great way to get out and about and to meet new people! There are plenty of clubs to choose from and if you don’t see one that takes your fancy, why not start your own?

That’s the theory, now it’s time to get on out there and put it into practice!


Traveling in London

London is a big city! Which means that chances are, you’ll need to plan some form of transportation to get you from A to Z. Whether that means taking the bus, tube, walking or even driving, its really important to keep informed on the best, quickest and safest routes. We’ve compiled a few top tips to keep in mind when traveling across the city.

Plan in advance!

London might be pretty thriving, but don’t forget that tubes and busses don’t run consistently 24 hours a day. Inform yourself on the first and last tubes of the day, and the night bus service, as well as any planned TFL improvement works to avoid leaving yourself stranded in the city.

Download Citymapper!

Of course in an ideal world we would know exactly where we are going, when and how. But unfortunately life isn’t as straightforward as that, and public transport is never as reliable as we would like it to be. The Citymapper App is a great tool for navigating London, as it works across all the different modes of transportation in London to find you the quickest and cheapest route. Plus, Citymapper has access to live status updates from TFL, and so can navigate you around those annoying disruptions.

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Freshers Anecdotes: Hannah Roberts - Education Officer

At Freshers’ festival last year we had a paint throwing stall, I got covered in powder paint and ended up cycling the 6 miles back home from Kings Cross looking like a packet of skittles! Top fun.

My favourite freshers’ memory from my first year has to be wandering around Euston for two hours attempting to find Koko for the club night… I would advise anyone going to either of the club nights to look up where you’re going beforehand! Learning London in the dark is a challenge but not one you want on your way to a party!

My top tip for all freshers is to get stuck in straight away, don’t hold yourself back because you think other people work might be better than yours. Everyone is in the same boat and you are all at university to learn and develop your practice. Jump in at the deep end and give it your very best! Good luck!


Global Day

UAL is a global community, with students coming from over 110 countries!


Our ‘Global Day’ as part of Freshers’ Festival is a great opportunity to meet people and learn about each other’s cultures, as well as have fun and of course eat a lot of free food! We look forward to seeing you all there.

Monday 13th October @ 4-7pm Meet at the Chelsea Banqueting Suite.


Freshers: what’s on this week? (lots!)

If you thought the last few weeks of Freshers shenanigans were good, you haven’t seen anything yet! Join us for the biggest (and bestest) week of the Freshers Calendar, quite possibly even your life, as we take you on a whirlwind of magical adventure. GO!


Monday 29th Sept, 11am: CSM Archway Tour

We will take you on a tour of the Archway campus and surrounding areas. Current students will be leading the tour giving you a chance to ask anything you need to get settled in to Art School.

Monday 29th Sept, 2pm: Stanley Kubrick Archive Tour

Stanley Kubrick Archives Tour + Film Screening in partnership with UAL Archives and Special Collection Centre.

Monday 29th Sept, 3pm: MiAL Meets the Freshers

Watch out for the MiAL team this Freshers week, we’re coming to a campus near you! Made in Arts London supports UAL students to develop the skills, experience and connections necessary to sustain their creative practice during their time and college and post-graduation.


Monday 29th Sept, 7pm: LGBTQ Freshers Social

UAL LGBTQ Society invites you to join us for a night out in Soho to kickstart your freshers. There will be something for everyone as we party our way through the West End.

Monday 29th Sept, 11am: Junk to Gems: 101 Makeover Tips

We’ll give you some ideas, you come up with the rest – come along for a fun time and photo shoot line up – you will create, through shape/ colour/texture, a personalized outfit that you can then take away with you, along with the photo shoot outcome as a memento of the session.

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Living London: Art Shops

Term has begun and what better way to celebrate than by splashing out on a shiny new set of stationery? Here’s our roundup of the best art shops in London:

College Shops

Did you know your college has a shop? Whilst the college shops might not have the largest selection you can’t beat them for convenience so if you arrive to class missing something then don’t worry about it! Just head down to the college shop and they’ll sort you out.


Everyone knows the name CASS Art and for a reason. This chain or art shops has a massive selection and student deals and discounts to die for! Check out the one closest to you.

Atlantis Art

This shop is a bit of a mission to get to unless you live in East London but well worth the trek for the amazing savings you can make! Well known to have some of the best prices around on painting supplies Atlantis is worth a visit especially if you’re stocking up.

London Graphic Centre

Brilliant for it’s central location and wide selection this shop has everything you need for drawing and painting. As well as this is has a fun range of quirky gifts and things you didn’t even know you needed!

L. Cornelissen and Son

This place is a magical treasure trove of art and antiquity. This shop combines the rarest and finest of art materials along with all the basics in a shop that looks like it’s straight from Diagon Alley!


Freshers: Anecdotes and Advice from the Sabbs!

"I remember when I first started at ARTS and trying to understand how night buses worked…I got to my 3rd year and still make it onto the wrong bus occasionally. Best advice: get a friend who understands night buses. Or ask the bus driver- they’re usually  caring enough to explain what number bus you need to catch!”

Honor Severs - Activities and Volunteering Officer


Induction Time

It’s the first week of university and that means inductions! Here’s how to get the most from yours…

Course Induction

This will likely happen in the first week or so and is a great way to meet your new classmates and get the low-down on what will be happening in your first year. The induction will help you settle in and get to know your campus better as well as introducing you to the requirements of the year. Details will be in your personal timetable.

Specialised Equipment Induction

If you will/or think you will be wanting to use any of the specialised machinery and equipment at any point in your degree you will most likely need to complete an induction first. This is to teach you how to safely use the equipment and to provide you with details on its various uses. Relevant equipment inductions might be included within your lectures, however, you can also book inductions online via moodle.


Freshers: what’s on this week?

Hello Freshers! Who’s ready for yet another fun-filled week of fantastic events? Find out what’s on this week and hope to see you all there!

Monday 22nd Sept, 11am: Camberwell Orienteering

Get to know Camberwell’s best spots with a treasure hunt of the area, and prizes for the winner. Compass optional. Meet outside Camberwell College of Arts.

Tuesday 23rd Sept, 7pm: Camberwell Pub Crawl

Prepare to party the night away in one of London’s most up and coming areas. A chance to get to know the area and select your future local. The trip will include: The Tiger, The Grand Union, Storm Bird and Camberwell Arms.

Wednesday 24th Sept, 2pm: Sports Day

Come along for a fun packed afternoon of sporting activity. Bring your friends, meet new mates and get involved!

Wednesday 24th Sept, 7pm: Wimbledon Pub Quiz

A night for all you Wimbledon freshers to get your brains in gear! Come down and meet people from your college and courses, as well as us friendly folk from the Students’ Union. There will be lots of rounds, including music, art (obviously), films, theatre etc. etc. and if you have any suggestions of fun rounds then let us know!

Thursday 25th Sept, 12pm:Treasure Hunt

We want you to know where to find the Students’ Union. We have a new office at Lime grove. We are doing a treasure hunt to make finding us fun! Lame? Yeah, ok. A bit. OK. A lot BUT! The prize is pretty great. A year’s membership to the Barbican. See, have faith in us!

Thursday 25th Sept, 1pm: LCC Tour

Come and join us for a tour of LCC! Find out about all there is to see and do on campus, meet other LCC students, make sure that you don’t get lost on your first day with this handy preview.

Thursday 25th Sept, 6.30pm: SW London Pub Crawl

Get to grips with the streets of South London on a drinking-route through with your SU. Get to know your fellow students over a drink or several whilst taking in the sights of beautiful South West London.

Friday 26th Sept, 12pm: Funding Foundation

Come along to this talk about the future of Foundation courses and join the fight! Foundation Art and Design courses are at risk of being cut by the Government. Students do not have any financial support. UAL is making big changes to the course this year which could reduce the number of spaces available. The fees system is discriminatory: depending on how old students are, or where they are from.

Friday 26th Sept, 6pm: Evening Cycling Tour with Critical Mass

Bring your own bicycle or rent a Boris bike from across the road. This is a great opportunity to cycle in a big group, ask questions about cycling in London and more generally enjoy an evening cycling around the city in a large group with no cars!

Saturday 27th Sept, 2pm: Trip to the Saatchi Gallery

Join the Students’ Union for a trip to the Saatchi Gallery to see “Pangaea: New art from African and Latin America” and “Abstract America Today” - two really exciting exhibitions and completely FREE.

Saturday 27th Sept, 11.30am: Deptford Market Trip

Deptford Market is down in the South East of London and hosts a variety of stalls. Some of our favourite items of clothing have come from here for a mere £1! Come down, wander round, meet people and grab a bargain.

Sunday 28th Sept, 12.30pm: Columbia Road Flower Market Trip

On Sunday the street is transformed into oasis of foliage and flowers. The air is intense with the scent of flowers and the chant of the barrow boys “Everthin’ a fiver”? We’ll head down towards the end of the day to try and grab some bargains!

Sunday 28th Sept, 9pm: UAL Welcome Party

Join us at the Darkroom LCC for the annual welcome party - your chance to meet and mingle with fellow UAL freshers. There are only 400 tickets available therefore buying in advance is highly recommended. Drinks Prices: Spirit and mixers from £2.20 Shots from £1 Cocktails from £2.50 Pints from £2.40 Music: Some of the best dj’s on the London club circuit playing the best in - House // Bass // EDM // Hip Hop // Garage // Chart // Commercial Tickets - Tickets are £5 and available from -


Living in London

London is a massive city, home to over 8 million people, there’s lots to see and do but discovering the good bits can be tricky. So we’ve put together a series of fun and inspirational posts on the theme of what to see and do in London. So to start us off with a bang here we’ll list our top 5 things to do in London!

1.Visit a Museum

London is jam-packed with galleries and museums but one of our favourites is the V&A. It has collections to interest everyone, all housed in a beautiful building. Extra points if you visit at night during one of the famous Late Nights.

2. Lunch in a Park

London may not seem like the leafiest of cities but you’ll be surprised! London features some of the most beautiful parks in the work, why not take a trip down to Kew Gardens for a sandwich?

3. See some Theatre

The West End is the home of theatre in London, and if you think tickets are too expensive, you’re wrong! Lots of theatres have a student standby scheme to get great last minute seats. And many others reserve a number of seats each day for concessions on a first come first served basis so get queuing!

4. Have a Drink

London is well known for its historic pubs so come down and visit one of the finest! Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is one of the oldest pubs in London, enter its winding catacombs and explore all the secret nooks as you enjoy one of the more reasonably priced pints in the city.

5. Go Shopping

If you want the traditional British shopping experience then forget Harrods and visit Liberty. Set just behind Oxford Street Liberty is a hub of traditional Britishness all set within a beautiful wooden building and known world-over for its original floral prints.

We hope this gets you started off in your exploration of London and stay tuned for more updates in the series as we reveal the very best of things to do in London.


Things to remember as classes start…

Phew Freshers is a lot of fun! But let’s not forget the real reason you’re all here: to learn! Here are some things to make sure you’ve sorted before your classes begin.


It’s super important that you make sure you’ve enrolled online onto your course. Check you emails carefully for instructions on how to enrol and if you get stuck just email your contact person for the course.

ID Card

Equally as important as enrolling on the course is getting you student ID card. This card allows you into all the UAL buildings and facilities and you need to make sure you have it on you at all times as some buildings will not let you in without it. You’ll find information about where and when to get your card in your emails. And if you lose your card you can buy a new one from the UAL shop, although it costs a fiver a time so best try not to lose it.


Make sure that you familiarise yourself with your timetable and either download it to your phone or copy it into your calendar. It’s really important that you attend all of your lectures so know your timetable inside and out. Also make sure that you read the room number as well as the campus code as sometimes lectures will be in a different campus.


Make sure that you have everything you need ready for your first lesson. A pen and paper or a laptop  is always useful in any class but you may also have a list of course specific materials to buy. If this is the case then try to ensure that you have them ready to go in the first lesson.

We hope that you have a fabulous first week and soak up knowledge like creative sponges!



Highlights of #LivingLondonDay14


You’ve done it! You’ve made it to UAL and are living in the best city in the world. But now it’s time to learn how to live in it.

Your Students’ Union organised the Living London Day  - an event packed with all of the key information you need to make your transition to the city as easy as possible.

Our aim was to help you to get advice and tools for such things as signing up to a GP, getting a National insurance number and writing a great CV, as well as letting you know about the amazing activities you can get involved with during your time at UAL.

But if you missed out, don’t worry! Here’s a quick low down of some of the key points of the day:

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Things to remember when you get to London

Now that you’ve had a chance to settle in we thought we’d take the opportunity to suggest even more things that you can do to help you out in London. Yay! These things may seem dull but we assure you that they’re well worth doing :)


Register at a doctors

This one is really important as if you get sick you’ll need to be registered already to get an appointment with a GP. It doesn’t take long! Just find your nearest surgery, using the NHS finder and call to request to register. You’ll usually be required to bring in ID and proof of address so make sure that you have these ready. You might also be asked to complete a checkup. For more information on the process check out this handy link.


Get a National Insurance Number

If you’re thinking of getting a job at all in the UK you need to make sure that you have your NI number sorted. You may need one even for some internships for insurance reasons. To get your card you must have a visa which includes the right to work in the UK and some valid ID. Check out the website to apply.

Completing these might take a few weeks so it’s a good idea to do it now before you need them.


'Sense of the City: London' free creative event

'Sense of the City: London' is a toolkit composed of a set of design activities; it will enable people to map their own perception of the location through experiential activities utilising the senses.

The event will take place on 15th and 18th of September 2014 and there are two sessions per day. Each participant will be given an activity pack which includes various tools for exploring, and a series of activities to help them draw out their thoughts, ideas and experiences. Participants will create their own 3D map of the location which incorporates elements of their findings from the activity. The session will be led by designer Melody Vaughan.

Melody Vaughan is a designer/maker specialising in ceramics and metal. Her work explores the relationships that exist between viewer, object and location, especially in urban environments. She aims to find ways to help people to connect to what is around them, to offer unusual perspectives and viewpoints.

This event is for free and suitable for individuals aged over 18. Local communities as well as people from a wide range of backgrounds are very welcome.

 To book the event, choose one session and email at with date & time, your name and contact details (email address & phone number). 

 For more details of the event & activities, please visit


Freshers: What’s on this Week?

Hello again Freshers! We hope that you’re enjoying the welcome parties in your halls this weekend, because there’s plenty more where that came from! Here’s what’s happening this week:

Jack the Ripper Tour

A Jack the Ripper ghost walk led by experts on the subject. The guides include the Jack the Ripper Authors and broadcasters John Bennett and Philip Hutchinson, the leading researcher Lindsay Siviter, the world famous actor Alan Frake and East End historian Jenny Phillips. In short we offer you an array of expertise and talent that is unsurpassed.

Monday 8th Sept, meet outside exit 4 Algate East Station @ 7pm, tickets just £5, book now:


Cooking Masterclass

A cooking masterclass with BaxterStorey, the UK’s leading independent contract catering services provider. You’ll learn how to create great food using the best local produce prepared by the passionate chefs right in front of your eyes! No more pot noodles or microwave meals, you’ll learn how to make proper healthy food on a budget. There’s no charge - this event is totally free!

Tuesday 9th Sept, in Will Wyatt Court and The Costume Store Common Room @ 1pm.

Darkroom Bar Party

Join us at LCC’s atmospheric Darkroom Bar for a night of drinks and dancing! Meet your fellow Freshers for the first time and get to know one of UAL’s most important watering holes. There’ll be cheap drinks and DJs playing all night long. So come along and meet new buddies as you boogie! Remember to bring your UAL student card and valid ID.

Wednesday 10th Sept, in the Darkroom Bar LCC @ 9pm.


Bowling at Westfield

Once-upon-a-dual-carriageway there was only bowling. Sticky carpets, crappy hot dogs, warm beer. It pretty much sucked. Now bowling is here. It’s foo-ooo-oood, fine cocktails, crisp beer, good people. And oh yeah, bowling.

Wednesday 10th Sept, meet at All Star Lanes, Second Floor, Westfield Stratford City @ 8pm, £5 per person (exclusive UAL 35% discount). Book Now:

Living London Day

Are you new to London and want to know where to start? Come to our Living London Day to find out what it’s like to study in London. Get practical advice and tools on the spot, such as signing up with a GP, getting a National Insurance number, CV writing and finding out what activities you can be involved in while at university. A day of talks, workshops and stalls including: KX Recruit, Made in Arts, London, Sports, Societies, Student Services, Commonplace, SEE, Nightline and more!

Thursday 11th Sept, meet at The Street CSM @ 11am


Chilled Film Night

Do you like movies? Do you like FREE movies? Well then, the Chilled Film Night is just the thing for you! Along with free popcorn and drinks, how could you go wrong? It all kicks off from 8pm in your common room.

Thursday 11th Sept, in Your Common Room @ 8pm.

Funding Foundation

Come along to this talk about the future of Foundation courses and join the fight! Foundation Art and Design courses are at risk of being cut by the Government. Students do not have any financial support. UAL is making big changes to the course this year which could reduce the number of spaces available. The fees system is discriminatory: depending on how old students are, or where they are from.

Friday 12th Sept, meet at the Progression Centre CCW @ 12noon


Fabric Research Tour

Learn stuff early. This is generally good advice, but never more so than when you’re starting an intense fashion course! Come with us on a tour of Berwick street, London’s premier fabric market. Ask questions about fabrics, get swatches and generally become acquainted with an area that will become a big part of your life over the next 3 years. All this before your course even starts. Ace.

Friday 12th Sept, meet at the corner of Oxford St and Berwick St @ 12noon

Street Feast

Street Feast is London’s pioneering night market. Every weekend we bring together London’s best street food traders, chefs and restaurants, and serve giant festival-style pint-sized cocktails, craft beer and great wine, for quite a unique eating experience.

Friday 12th Sept, meet at Street Feast, Dalston Yard, Hartwell Street, E8 3DU @ 6pm Book Now:


Disco Ice Skating

Fancy a night away from your halls? Skate to the best anthems in the chart with our resident DJ every weekend in the Ice-Rink. Every so often we have themed nights where we all get a bit excited, dress up and theme out the rink.

Saturday 13th Sept, meet at  Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY @ 8.30pm, just £5 book now:

Tea At Two

Tea parties have been around for well over 3,000 years. People on all parts of the earth have tea parties every day. So sit down, pour yourself a cup of tea (or coffee), and let’s have a good old gossip! There’s no charge - this event is totally free!

Sunday 14th Sept, meet in Your Common Room ‘ 2pm

We can’t wait to see you there!