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Our London campus is in Camden, one of the most creative and stimulating areas of the city.

Famous for its markets, vibrant culture and music venues, Camden is an exciting place to experience student life. It is also home to a beautiful canal and lock, Regent’s Park, ZSL London Zoo and the iconic Roundhouse music venue.

Our historic Camden Campus is where Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed) students spend their first two years, or the first year of the Accelerated BVetMed and Veterinary Gateway, before Gateway students join the BVetMed students for another two years at the Camden Campus. Biological Sciences pathway students study at Camden throughout their courses, except Animal Biology, Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics students who spend their final year at Hawkshead.

Academic facilities

The Hobday Building is the centre of the Camden Campus. In 2021 it benefitted from its most extensive redevelopment in over 80 years. Approximately £14 million was invested to provide students with new classrooms, extra social learning spaces, an extended dining facility, larger common rooms, and much-improved social areas. It also holds lecture theatres, a learning resource centre, a teaching lab and dissection room.

Modern world-class laboratories including molecular biology labs with cell culture, as well as state-of-the-art cell and tissue imaging facilities.

Student facilities

At the heart of the Campus is the Lightwell, a bright and open café where you can have coffee next to a full size elephant skeleton! Above the Lightwell is the Pod. This social learning space hangs above the café and provides students with a quiet, comfortable area to work in, either on your own or with classmates. 

The Haxby is our Students’ Union run bar at the Camden Campus. The bar offers freshers’ events, sports teams’ socials and quizzes, all with the aim of bringing the people of the RVC together. With a pool table, TVs, sofas and bar snacks, the aim is to provide our hard-working students and staff with somewhere to relax between lectures or unwind in the evenings.

The refurbished Camden gym offers weight and cardiovascular machines, as well as a dance and aerobics studio where we run Zumba, Yoga and Pilates classes. The gym is free to use and is open seven days a week.

Student living in London

London is ranked as the number one student city in the world (QS Best Student Cities, 2024). Camden is one of the most creative and stimulating areas of the city. Famous for its markets, music venues like the iconic Roundhouse and café culture, Camden is a great place to experience student life. It is home of the famous Camden Market and Camden Lock and canal, and is close to London Zoo and Regent’s Park. Getting in and around London is made simple by the range of public transport links available. The Camden Campus is only a short walk from London King’s Cross St Pancras, the transport hub of London, with overground, underground and bus links to reach just about anywhere in London or the UK, as well as the Eurostar, allowing quick travel to mainland Europe.

Link to a virtual tour of the RVC's Camden Campus
Virtual Tour of the Hobday Building at the RVC's Camden Campus

What else?

Anatomy Museum – a treasure trove of veterinary history and animal anatomy can be found on campus in our fascinating museum.

First opinion animal hospital – offering a range of services for pets, including an exotics service. The RVC’s own first-opinion practice and animal hospital is right next door to Hobday and is the starting point for hands-on clinical experience for veterinary medicine and nursing students. Veterinary medicine students participate in all aspects of client and patient care, under the supervision of experienced veterinary surgeons and Registered Veterinary Nurses. The practice is a leading centre for veterinary nurse training, with students supporting the nursing team in the care of animals and client services under the supervision of veterinary surgeons and experienced registered nurses.

– this is wholly owned by the RVC and is home to over 40 biotechnology and life sciences companies, from small start-ups to established global organisations, who regularly provide placements for our Biological Sciences pathway students.

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