About Us

Commonplace was created in 2011 by students at University of the Arts London (UAL) to provide some friendly, practical tips and advice on preparing for life at university and getting the most out of London. 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! All of the content is submitted by students from across UAL. Thank you, contributors!

The name

Commonplace came about after a discussion about one of our student’s final 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.

Who made this?

The original design, look and feel of Commonplace was undertaken by five Design for Graphic Communication students at London College of Communication (LCC) with guidance from a staff project coordinator and web designer.

How to get involved

This is your website, so we need your contributions. You can post about anything to do with your experience at uni – with a chance to grab a £50 voucher if your work is published on the site. We are also looking for Commonplace champions to tell other students about the website – if you would like to be a Commonplace champion for your college, please email the team on commonplace@arts.ac.uk. PS. 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.