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Rare FM
BrandingStudent Radio
SloganYour soundtrack to London
FormatMusic (various genres) and talk
OwnerUCL Union
Technical information
Repeater(s)Central London: 9 months a year on 87.7 FM

Rare FM is the student radio station of University College London.


Rare FM was set up in 1998 as an affiliated society of UCL Union. Rare FM broadcasts continuously over the Internet with approximately 15 hours of live original programming, starting at 9:00¬†a.m. and finishing at 12:00 midnight from

Rare FM has started to provide some content via podcast which is published through Anchor to Spotify and Apple Podcasts among other locations. Rare FM now broadcasts a published schedule of shows from November to June between the hours of 09:00 to 00:00. When not broadcasting set shows, the station plays a curated playlist.

Rare FM also hosts several club nights throughout the year at venues such as The Cause and The Pickle Factory.

Rare FM also promotes its music based journalism magazine, Under City Lights, which goes to print annually.

FM Broadcast History:

Year Date
1998 27 September - 24 October (4 weeks), from BBC Swain's Lane
2000 2 November - 29 November (4 weeks)
2004 1 February - 28 February (4 weeks)
2005 23 September - 5 October (UCL Fresher's Week)
2006 No FM broadcast
2007 6 March - 19 March
2008 4 March - 18 March
2009 No FM broadcast due to lack of available frequencies
2010 1 November - End of the academic year
2011 1 November - End of the academic year
2012 1 November - End of the academic year
2013 1 November - End of the academic year
2014 1 November - End of the academic year
2015 1 November - End of the academic year
2016 1 November - End of the academic year
2017 1 November - End of the academic year
2018 1 November - End of the academic year
2019 1 December - March
2020 1 November - End of the academic year

Rare FM DJs also broadcast live at UCL and UCL Union events, such as the Freshers' Fayre and the Summer Arts Festival.


Rare FM is primarily a music station, which in past tended to focus on indie/alternative music. However, in recent years this focus has dwindled and a diversity of genres and interests is now widely catered to. Shows specialising in Funk, Soul, Disco, Jazz, Blues, House, Electro, Hip hop, DnB, Dubstep, Grime, Psytrance, Dancehall and Reggae all now feature on a schedule that of 2008 amasses over 130 DJs with a vast variety of tastes. Rare FM also broadcasts the weekly Student Radio Association chart show each Sunday.


Broadcasts in 2020

Rare FM for the first time since its formation, changed broadcast location, choosing to broadcast from presenter's homes through Mixlr whilst the UK continued to inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The station now hosts 90 different shows with 99 current members.

Station alumni

See also


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