The University of London is a unique federation of seventeen independent higher education institutions, delivering world-leading education and research across all disciplines.
Our federation in numbers
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Some of the services on offer
Free membership of Senate House Library
Members have access to our extensive collection of over 2 million books and 50 special collections, as well as individual and group study spaces, all within our iconic Senate House building in Bloomsbury.
Access to BLOOM@SenateHouse
Your Senate House Library membership also unlocks access to our brand-new BLOOM@SenateHouse space, which provides a relaxed environment to study, eat, and socialise.
Access Steps @ Senate House
Visit the Steps@SenateHouse, a purpose-built outdoor space with a dedicated outdoor screen in central London. Keep an eye out on social media for dates of screenings and events on the Steps.
History of the University of London federation
The University of London federation began in its earliest form in 1836, after the University was awarded its first Royal Charter. At that time, the University of London acted as a degree-awarding examination board for students from two colleges - University College London and King’s College London - but in 1900 was reconstituted into the federal structure we recognise today.
Over the past two centuries, the University of London federation has grown and changed, but the core purpose of collaboration and delivering some of the UK’s best higher education and research has remained the same. Our federation members are all independent institutions in their own right and vary widely in size and subject, but all offer the world-leading education that the University of London federation is known for.
Collectively, the federation’s impact on London is great. Located across the city, our members are embedded in their communities, shaping local areas and contributing to local economies through their focus on civic engagement.
Today, the University of London federation represents one of the largest and most diverse student bodies in the world, with over 250,000 students from 190 countries.