Our campuses are an energetic mix of undergraduates, postgraduates, clinicians, researchers, specialists, academics and staff that blend together in our welcoming, inclusive community.

There is an abundance of communal space where you can socialise and relax as well as social learning spaces outside of the classrooms, labs and lecture theatres.

Our Camden Campus has a restaurant on the lower-ground floor, open to all students throughout the day. The Campus also has a café and social space situated in the Lightwell.

Our Hawkshead Campus has a restaurant, and a café situated in the Eclipse building for refreshments and light meals. Both campuses have their own bars - The Buttery, our small but mighty bar at the Hawkshead Campus, has been around since 1960, and The Haxby, a more recent addition to the Camden Campus.

Students' Union

The Students’ Union provides a range of services, support, social activities and student development opportunities.

As soon as you start your course at the RVC, you can get involved with everything the Students’ Union offers, from sports clubs, societies, volunteering opportunities, student support, nights out, and advice. The Students’ Union is a big part of life on campus, providing opportunities to get involved whatever your interests.

However, it is not just fun and games. The Students’ Union represents our students. This means talking to us about how we can improve student life, addressing concerns of our students, and generally making your time at the RVC as best as it can possibly be.

Our Students’ Union has representatives for each course as well as for a range of issues across the College, including equality and diversity, student welfare, sports, entertainment, environment and more.

Find out how you can get involved at the Students' Union website.

Student success

When you start your studies at RVC you have already taken a big step forward towards achieving your goals. As you move through your course there will be new challenges that help you discover your strengths, and challenge you to think differently to achieve success.

Study skills support

Our Educational Development team can support you to achieve your academic goals, offering study skills support in a variety of formats to suit you whether this is in groups, individually or online.

The team will work with you to develop study skills and learning habits that will not only help you graduate, but will enable you to become a lifelong learner. This will further your understanding in what you need to do for your reading, coursework, presentations, clinical work, research and placements, and will help you to think about doing things in new ways.

Careers and employability support

RVC Careers supports you in developing your employability potential. We offer workshops and events tailored to your course to support you in becoming aware of professional skills that are useful in a variety of different careers, as well as support in making career decisions, finding work experience, applying for jobs after graduation, and connecting with employers.

We also provide one-to-one appointments with our expert Careers Consultants and Application Adviser, where you can discuss career pathways and receive guidance on submitting applications in a confidential setting. You can access a range of bespoke careers resources on RVC Learn to get the information you need to make the next step.

After graduation you can continue to use the careers service for up to two years to support you as you start your career.


Fancy stretching yourself in other areas? We offer you opportunities to attend various training courses. Also on offer are arts classes, the Zoological Society (affiliated with the Zoological Society of London), Choir and a range of clinical clubs. Yoga, meditation and various other classes are available to take your mind away from the day-to-day stresses of being a student.


From badminton to wakeboarding, we probably have the most diverse range of sports of any of the small and specialist colleges in the University of London (UoL). We have a number of amazing sport and fitness facilities, such as our new Sports and Wellbeing Centre and our multi-use games area. And if we don’t satisfy your specific sporting needs, you’re welcome to use the facilities at any other UoL college.

We currently have over 600 regular participants in sports, with clubs catering for all abilities from experienced players to complete novices – so if you fancy trying something new, you’ll always be welcome.

All of our teams have the option of competing in leagues against other London universities, and we’re proud to say that the RVC is well known for punching above its weight when it comes to sporting success!

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