Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic relapsing and remitting inflammatory bowel disease, with a characteristic leukocytic infiltration of the mucosa. Immunosuppression including anti-TNF-α therapy is a mainstay of treatment for many; however, systemic immunosuppression is not universally effective and is associated with potential side effects. The gut-tropic integrin α4β7, which is expressed on leukocytes, mediates migration from the circulation to the intestinal mucosa. Vedolizumab is a monoclonal antibody which blocks the egress of leukocytes via α4β7, preventing accumulation in the mucosa, and attenuating inflammation without systemic immunosuppression. Vedolizumab has been evaluated in UC in a phase III trial, demonstrating efficacy as both an induction and a maintenance agent. In this article, we review the clinical trial data and also explore the growing body of "real-world" effectiveness data, investigating response and remission rates of vedolizumab in clinical practice. In addition, we review the increasing volume of data supporting the reassuring safety profile associated with vedolizumab.