About Us

About Us

Commonplace has been created by current and graduating students at University of the Arts London (UAL) to give you some friendly, practical tips and advice on preparing for university success and getting the most out of the big city. We hope it will answer some of the questions you might have about starting uni that no one has been able to answer- until now!

Who made this?

The design, look and feel of commonplace was undertaken by five Design for Graphic Communication students at London College of Communication (LCC); Joe, Ella, Gosia, Alex and Anna worked with Paul and Siobhan, the web designer and project coordinator. All of the content is submitted by students from across UAL. Thank- you contributors!

How to get involved

This is your website, so we need your contributions. We’ll be posting a monthly call for contributions (a recipe, a cheap eats review, student profile...) with a chance to grab a £10 Amazon voucher if your work is published on the site. We are also looking for commonplace champions to tell students about the website. It will involve some email communication, a get together once a term to help plan events and generally have fun developing commonplace! If you would like to be a commonplace champion for your college, please email the team on commonplace@arts.ac.uk Note: Getting involved is a great way to network with other students and have your work seen by loads of people.

Creative Commons

We don’t have any mysterious aesthetic criteria for choosing the work; we have a very open policy (that’s the point!) and in the spirit of openness and sharing, we’re using a creative commons licence to protect your work and the work of others. By uploading your work, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of commonplace and acknowledge our take down policy.

The name explained

Commonplace came about after a discussion about Joe’s Final Major Project research into commonplace books. These were an early (16th-18th Century) kind of scrap book in which people recorded recipes, formulas and prose on a theme or interest. We thought it seemed like a great name for our student focused, one-stop knowledge sharing shop on coming to and settling successfully at university.