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Study at one of London's Leading Universites

The University of London Boat Club is open to students at any of the 17 University of London Member Institutions. With over 3,700 courses offered by many of the most prestigious universities in the world, our student athletes combine genuine academic success with world-class rowing.

Universities you can study at and row for ULBC include:

2022-23 ULBC Squad
ULBC winning women's championship 4- at BUCS

Compete at the highest level

Each year ULBC produces crews which compete at the top of the UK domestic scene, winning or challenging for titles at the university season’s three major competitions: Men’s and Women’s Heads of the River, British University Championships Regatta (BUCS), Henley Royal Regatta (HRR) and Henley Women’s Regatta (HWR).

In addition, ULBC competes regularly throughout the season in other races and private fixtures, including ones against Oxford and Cambridge.

Winners of Men's Intermediate 8+ at BUCS

2022/23 Season

Won men’s intermediate 8+ and women’s championship 4- at BUCS, and gained medals in 5 other BUCS events

Won Championship Pairs at HWR and contested the final of the Hambleden Pairs Challenge Cup at HRR (in a composite)

At Women’s Head of the River 5th overall and 2nd in the university category

At Men’s Head of the River 8th overall and 2nd in the university category

In a fixture against Goldie the Men’s 1st 8+ won both the pieces of fixture

ULBC winning the Women's University category at WEHORR

2021/22 Season

Won the university category at Women’s Head of the River and 5th overall

Semi-finalists in the Island Challenge Cup at HRR, and contested the final of Championship 8s at HWR

Medalled in 5 events at BUCS, including silver in Men’s & Women’s Championship 8

At Men’s Head of the River 8th overall and 2nd in the university category

2020/21 Season

Won the Prince Albert Challenge Cup, and contested the final of Island Challenge Cup at HRR.

Won Championship Coxless 4s, Championship Pairs and Academic Eights at HWR, contested the final of Academic Coxless 4s.

Won women’s Championship 4+, women’s Intermediate 8+, women’s Intermediate 4+ at BUCS, gaining medals in 4 other BUCS events.

Semi-finalists in the Temple Challenge Cup & Island Challenge Cup at HRR – 32 ULBC student athletes on Saturday that year.

No Heads of the River Races due to Covid-19.

ULBC winning the Prince Albert Challenge Cup
ULBC athletes at 2021 U23 European Championships

Achieve international success

Designated one of seven High Performance Programmes by British Rowing, over 212 UL athletes have been selected for U23 and Senior representation (including at every Olympic Games since 1960). Recent ULBC student athlete representation for Great Britain includes:

U23 World Championships

  • 2023: Phoebe Snowden 4th in women’s 8+
  • 2022: Isaac Workman gold in men’s 8+, Georgie Robinson Ranger silver in women’s 4-, Phoebe Snowden silver in women’s 8+

U23 European Championships

  • 2022: Tom Cross bronze in men’s 4-
  • 2021: Isaac Workman & Henry Marles gold in men’s 8+, Phoebe Snowden & Georgie Robinson Ranger silver in women’s 4-, Joseph Salter bronze in men’s 4+

Be a part of a unique history

With 45 Henley wins and 135 Olympic or World Championship medals, ULBC is the UK’s most successful student rowing programme. Beyond these results, however, lies a thriving alumni and supporter community that together enable us to be the only self-funded high performance student rowing programme in the UK.

ULBC alumni achieve success at senior international level. Emily Craig has won the women’s lightweight double at 2022 & 2023 World Championships and is the current world record holder. At the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics ULBC had 7 alumni rowing and 2 alumni coaching.

Our alumni club, Tyrian regularly competes across the age groups at major races including: Head of the Charles Regatta, World Coastal Rowing Championships, Henley Master’s Regatta and Men’s & Women’s Heads of the River.

Tyrian at the Coastal Rowing World Championships