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Obviously the rooms aren't the Ritz, but most rooms are spacious enough no one seems to complain about anything really. There seriously isn't much to complain about unless you have something broken/missing.
One word of advice if you end up in Ifor Evans/Max Rayne FOR THE LOVE OF GOD ALWAYS LOCK YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS WHEN YOU LEAVE YOUR ROOM EVEN IF ITS FOR A FEW MINUTES. For some reason the security of Ramsay hall in the relatively safe surroundings of bloomsbury is much much much better than the security of Ifor/Max Rayne in Camden where any one can and will walk in off the street and try to raid rooms (don't be alarmed they wont be armed just opportunistic burglars).
We've had many thefts in our halls.
Depends what you get accom wise really, most unis have similar standards of accommodation tbh. Obviously it varies like even in the same accommodation buildings you get wildly varying standards.
If you want to know what to expect, expect a single room (most people at UCL have single AFAIK), with shared toilets/bnathrooms (10 people/3 loos/2 showers) and kitchens.
If you're in catered halls the standard of the kitchens plummet and you still have to cook for yourself at weekends.
It's pretty facile to get to UCL from every single halls, the hardest being mine (Ifor Evans in Camden), and a couple others in Marylebone and Kentish Town i don't know about.
But with the tube and buses it's pretty easy to get to UCL in under 20 minutes from Camden, so half an hour is the maximum journey time you're looking at (well worth moving in because Croydon would take long every day, as I've already said a lot of people in halls are from Croydon)
Thanks for the info. And yeah, I was wondering what the accomodation is like, as in, how you'd rate the rooms/halls, how easy it is to get to UCL from where you live, how noisy it is, that sort of thing.
Over Easter I was mainly revising by doing past papers and then going over the bits I get wrong/have forgotten, which was generally about 4 hours a day, which is going to increase as exams get closer, but I'm back at school now, and go on study leave in about 3 weeks, so until then I'm doing mocks and finishing off anything on syllabus that hasn't been covered yet.
With a course like physics, you will have to work hard unless you're like talented at it (even then you have to work hard). How hard are you revising for your exams now?
You'll be revising twice as hard next year.
- UCL is closer to the city (finance links are better) and held in a higher regard for Physics than other unis, but at undergrad that doesnt really matter, getting a first from Southamton is much much better than a 2:1 from UCL. So don't let silly differences in reputation affect your decision.
My mate goes to southampton and tells me:
-Southampton's much cheaper, you'll be getting a smaller loan but it's cheaper. Nights out and stuff.
-It depends what you make of it but S'hampton is more of a campus university as well, it's much easier to make a large social network through your uni than a London one (if thats what you're into). Like I've properly met roughly ~200 first years in my first year at UCL (apart from my coursemates), but at somewhere at Southampton it's probably easier to meet your classmates I'd have met like ~350 people.
Any other questions?
thanks for th PM. Yeah, Physics at UCL is great, doing some revision for exams, which shoudln't be too difficult as long as you have good notes (MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A GOOD SET OF NOTES AT THE END OF THE YEAR).
Ummm about UCL or Southampton, there are pros and cons really
Pros for UCL:
- It's London, nuff said really. I know you're from Croydon and all but that's not proper London, you'll experience a lot of London that you haven't seen that will interest and excite you (if you travel around and stuff). I've lived in Lewisham all my life and being at UCL was like being in another city.
- A lot of UCL peeps are from Croydon for some reason. Like a LOT, but that deosn't really matter much, as you'll be meeting loads of interesting people from around the world.
I'm trying to decide between UCL and Southampton for Physics, and was just wondering how you're finding studying and living at UCL, and if there's anything you'd recommend?