Personally I applied for both of them too, and only got a conditional offer from King's for the moment (my acceptance is subject to certain results at some English test), but I know that even if UCL offered me a place, I would probably pick KCL, for a few reasons :
1) There are good partnerships with other universities for your second year (Singapore, U of Cal, Chicago...). It's definitely worth the try.
2) Even if you don't go abroad during your second year, the courses that KCL proposes look more interesting than UCL ones ("Leibniz and Spinoza" for example is quite promising if you enjoy philosophy the way I do : HARD, but eye-opening.)
3) Sorry for UCL students but KCL seems to offer a nicer environment... It's only a matter of taste but Strand Campus seems to be such an amazing place to study... I can already see myself wandering in the halls in search for absolute knowledge (just kidding).
The Philosophical Gourmet (which I regard as the most trustworthy philosophical university ranking) placed both UCL and KCL as fourth in the UK (you can check it there : http://www.philosophicalgourmet.com/overall.asp), but my choice is already made.
Hope I have provided you some useful elements to make your choice.
I re-read myself a dozen times so I'm sorry for the possible mistakes that may be left in this post.
Last edited by Stéphane; 15-02-2012 at 18:57.
I deliberated a lot between KCL and UCL before application. In terms of size I believe King's have a larger department, which can be a pro as well as a con. Have you looked at the options available in the second and third years at the two unis? If not take a look here: Kings UCL My feeling is that King's has a more classical structure, breaking down the full spectrum of westerm philosophy-ah, not exactly, they even have indian philosophy taught as an option. UCL is more topic-centered and have an emphasis on political and social philosophy. But both being colleges of the UoL the course won't differ drastically, and in UCL you can take courses from KCL in the 2nd and 3rd yrs. You must consider the location. The Senate House library, SOAS, birkbeck are all located in Bloomsbury which means vicinity to most of the academic resources you will need... and UCL's got their own theatre.
Last edited by Schlegel; 17-02-2012 at 14:44.