Students studying in the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry are members of both the Barts and The London Students' Association (BLSA) and Queen Mary Students' Union.
BLSA has its own set of representatives, societies and sports clubs, and its own Building on the Whitechapel Campus, which is home to The Griff Inn (BLSA's eatery), multi-faith space, games room, dance studio and the BLSA offices.
There are also strong links between the BLSA and the Charterhouse Square Campus, which is in the centre of London, and the Gozo Campus, home to Barts and The London Malta medical school.
Barts and The London represents two historic London medical colleges, which merged in 1992; Medical College of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and The London Hospital Medical College. The merger created the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, which was to become an Institute of what is now Queen Mary University of London.
The oldest hospital in the country, founded in 1123, St Bartholomew's is steeped in history and located on the West Smithfield Campus. The Royal London (granted a royal decree on its 250th anniversary in 1990) is one of the largest hospitals in Europe and the oldest medical school in the country, having been granted an official charter for teaching in 1785.
Barts and The London Students' Association was established from the existing and thriving Clubs Unions of both colleges, formed to look after the interests of and provide activities for students of all courses studying in Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
The Vice President Barts and The London is a Trustee of Queen Mary Students' Union. BLSA representatives make up fifty per cent of the Students' Union's Student Council and maintain a wide variety of active Sports Clubs and Societies.