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Top hangouts on campus

Students sitting by canal

Whether you’re joining us on campus or online, you will have plenty of opportunities to explore our buildings at our Undergraduate Open Day.

To give you a flavour for what’s to come, here are some of our favourite campus hotspots!

Mile End campus

Where all undergraduate programmes are taught, excluding Medicine and Dentistry.

1) The Octagon

Built in 1887, The Octagon was originally the Queen Mary library and is now utilised for exams and other events. Famous writers such as Chaucer and Shakespeare line the walls of this grade II listed building, while philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle line the ceilings.

2) Godward Square

This lively student hub caters for a range of needs. Here you will find our on-site gym (QMotion), Draper’s Bar and Kitchen and all of our union shops. This is a great space to hang out, grab a bite to eat and meet other students.

3) Canalside

Where East London life meets tranquillity, Canalside is the most picturesque spot on campus. It’s a popular student hangout, particularly during the summer, where you can spot an array of greenery and wildlife.

For a full overview of our Mile End campus, watch our campus tour:

Current student Wafa also reveals her top 3 places on campus:


Whitechapel campus

For Medicine and Dentistry students only.

1) Whitechapel library

This stunning building could easily be confused for a Hogwarts film set! A former church, it’s a peaceful study space where medicine and dentistry students can revise and find all the resources they need.

2) Barts and The London Students’ Association

Your first port of call for all things related to student life. Here you can find the Griff Inn Bar & Kitchen – a hub for great food – along with a range of study spaces, shops, a multi-faith room and much more.

3) The Blizard Institute

This state-of-the-art building was designed by leading architect Will Alsop, and opened by HRH The Princess Royal, Chancellor of the University of London in 2005. A centre for education and research, it was designed to evoke associations with cellular and molecular forms.

To find out more about the Whitechapel campus, take a digital campus tour:

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