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    (Original post by Cholesta)
    He heard it had a very corporate feel to it and students rarely socialised.
    I think the fact that so many worry about the social life before they go to lse shows that it's unlikely to be a problem when they get there. Cos obviously so many people want the social side to be good so when you get there you realise there's so many people in the exact same boat and it proves to be no problem. And at the end of the day you end up in London, in close proximity to loads of other uni so even if it feels like the social life is lacking, there are plenty of other students to mix with to achieve a great social life. I very much think the lack of social life problem is overhyped massively
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    (Original post by Cholesta)
    Those were my sentiments, exactly. I think you get students who have a grudge against a university and when offers come out they try and destroy its reputation.
    One of the things my dad really liked about LSE was the diversity. I could be in a class with maybe a dozen or more different nationality students and that fact would broaden my horizons and experience.
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    (Original post by AQUF42)
    My son was in 5 minds after he received an offer to read staring econ from LSE. But after having researched he has almost made up his mind to firm LSE and choose UCL or Warwick as his insurance.
    Just the social life should not be a deciding factor in choosing your uni. Yes one has to enjoy the social life but the tuition fee which the government gives is mainly to study at the Uni which will enable you to have a set life. Either you enjoy three years now and suffer or get these 3 years out of the way whilst enjoying and then you have world at your feet.
    I completely agree! After much deliberation and research I think I will land up firming LSE. I don't know about your son but I also applied for Oxford and if I was not rejected post-interview, I most definitely would have firmed it. LSE in fact is stronger for economics than Oxford and being in central London you are almost guaranteed to have a MUCH better social life than when at Oxford! I spoke to a boy that used to go to my school and is now at LSE and he said:
    I think LSE does perhaps have that reputation (poor student/social life) a bit, but I think it depends how you approach it really. There will always be kids (such as my roommate) who are here for the degree and nothing more, but there's a decent social scene as well. Not to blow our own trumpet or anything, but LSE recently came top in a Which survey of most diverse student nightlife in the country. I know people at UCL and I'd say we have just as much fun as them....but I guess you have to take whatever I say with a slight pinch of salt as the LSE/UCL rivalry is pretty fierce. Also I'd say that it depends which halls you choose, I know that some are definitely more 'dead' than others from what I've heard from people so if you do end up firming/insuring LSE I'd happily give you some advice on your accommodation application as well. So yeah, LSE is great, I love it, it's a far smaller community than you'll get at UCL but the social scene is just as good as you'll get anywhere else in London. Obviously all in my humble opinion. Hope that helps! x
    Wow, yeah I'm not sure LSE are used to people with an offer for straight economics turning that down! Yeah sharing rooms is a hell of a lot cheaper, but I would not recommend the experience - we don't really get on that well. And you can always apply for Inter-collegiate halls which have loads of UCL and King's students in anyway....although I haven't heard great things about them to be honest. It's true, basically as long as you're in central London you're going to have a great time. We quite often go to the King's SU bar actually because basically any University of London ID will get you into anything within UoL, and their bar looks over the river and serves nachos so yeah. Last few name-drops...Sub Focus played at our SU last night and Angelina Jolie was on campus a couple of weeks back. LSE is cool. x

    That made me a lot more confident with LSE. I think it would be silly to throw away straight econ at LSE With it being one of the most competitive + prestiguous courses. In addition, I think employment wise, LSE has the edge over UCL especially for straight economics. I love going out to bars/clubs/pubs and meeting new people therefore I do really value my social life. I personally do not think choosing LSE over UCL would be a massive sacrifice in terms of social life there are soooooo many people who say they want to firm LSE but are scared about the social life therefore there is bound to be a large group of us all willing to socialise 😋

    Sorry for the absolute essay but hope this is helpful for anybody else struggling between LSE and UCL!
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    4 Weeks each. Contract length depends on personal preference really, the problem with the 30 week contracts is that you will have to vacate your room COMPLETELY before the Christmas and Easter holidays. So, a 38 week contract seems more convenient, and also, if by any chance you need to stay in your accommodation for a day or 2 during the holidays, you're more than able to do so!
    What accommodation did you apply for
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    (Original post by tomixox)
    I completely agree! After much deliberation and research I think I will land up firming LSE. I don't know about your son but I also applied for Oxford and if I was not rejected post-interviexew, I most definitely would have firmed it. LSE in fact is stronger for economics than Oxford and being in central London you are almost guaranteed to have a MUCH better social life than when at Oxford! I spoke to a boy that used to go to my school and is now at LSE and he said:
    I think LSE does perhaps have that reputation (poor student/social life) a bit, but I think it depends how you approach it really. There will always be kids (such as my roommate) who are here for the degree and nothing more, but there's a decent social scene as well. Not to blow our own trumpet or anything, but LSE recently came top in a Which survey of most diverse student nightlife in the country. I know people at UCL and I'd say we have just as much fun as them....but I guess you have to take whatever I say with a slight pinch of salt as the LSE/UCL rivalry is pretty fierce. Also I'd say that it depends which halls you choose, I know that some are definitely more 'dead' than others from what I've heard from people so if you do end up firming/insuring LSE I'd happily give you some advice on your accommodation application as well. So yeah, LSE is great, I love it, it's a far smaller community than you'll get at UCL but the social scene is just as good as you'll get anywhere else in London. Obviously all in my humble opinion. Hope that helps! x
    Wow, yeah I'm not sure LSE are used to people with an offer for straight economics turning that down! Yeah sharing rooms is a hell of a lot cheaper, but I would not recommend the experience - we don't really get on that well. And you can always apply for Inter-collegiate halls which have loads of UCL and King's students in anyway....although I haven't heard great things about them to be honest. It's true, basically as long as you're in central London you're going to have a great time. We quite often go to the King's SU bar actually because basically any University of London ID will get you into anything within UoL, and their bar looks over the river and serves nachos so yeah. Last few name-drops...Sub Focus played at our SU last night and Angelina Jolie was on campus a couple of weeks back. LSE is cool. x

    That made me a lot more confident with LSE. I think it would be silly to throw away straight econ at LSE With it being one of the most competitive + prestiguous courses. In addition, I think employment wise, LSE has the edge over UCL especially for straight economics. I love going out to bars/clubs/pubs and meeting new people therefore I do really value my social life. I personally do not think choosing LSE over UCL would be a massive sacrifice in terms of social life there are soooooo many people who say they want to firm LSE but are scared about the social life therefore there is bound to be a large group of us all willing to socialise 😋

    Sorry for the absolute essay but hope this is helpful for anybody else struggling between LSE and UCL!
    Thank you😃my son is struggling between LSE and Durham because of the whole student experience thing. This will help.
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    (Original post by Cholesta)
    Thank youmy son is struggling between LSE and Durham because of the whole student experience thing. This will help.
    I don't think it is that bad at LSE. Maybe it gets an unfair rep because of the huge number of foreign students who maybe keep to themselves. It is not something I am worrying about.
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    (Original post by Cholesta)
    Thank you😃my son is struggling between LSE and Durham because of the whole student experience thing. This will help.
    Durham will be 99.999% bitter Oxbridge rejects while LSE won't. LSE has a world class reputation and is widely acknowledged to be the best for economics related subjects. Durham, frankly, is lacking any international reputation and is only ranked highly in the UK for the single reason that it is one of the oldest universities in the country, and history plays an disproportionately important role in our minds when it comes to prestige. This, however, does not spread to employers and those abroad, all of whom will choose an LSE graduate hands down.

    Student experience will largely be the same wherever he goes if he wants to hang out. Maybe at LSE there are more hard working people who don't go out as much, but all the opportunities are still there. The university doesn't do much to define your social experience, especially when you are in London since you can always go out with people from other universities such as UCL that are only a short walk away.

    I know this is not my decision but I would say it's LSE hands down.

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    (Original post by powelsmartin)
    Durham will be 99.999% bitter Oxbridge rejects while LSE won't. LSE has a world class reputation and is widely acknowledged to be the best for economics related subjects. Durham, frankly, is lacking any international reputation and is only ranked highly in the UK for the single reason that it is one of the oldest universities in the country, and history plays an disproportionately important role in our minds when it comes to prestige. This, however, does not spread to employers and those abroad, all of whom will choose an LSE graduate hands down.

    Student experience will largely be the same wherever he goes if he wants to hang out. Maybe at LSE there are more hard working people who don't go out as much, but all the opportunities are still there. The university doesn't do much to define your social experience, especially when you are in London since you can always go out with people from other universities such as UCL that are only a short walk away.

    I know this is not my decision but I would say it's LSE hands down.

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    Jeez... The bias is overflowing here. Try to be a bit more objective dude!

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    (Original post by *Stefan*)
    Jeez... The bias is overflowing here. Try to be a bit more objective dude!

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    There's no bias over here - I myself am choosing between Oxford and LSE so I've looked at the situation from all sides, since it's a really important and potentially life-changing decision for me too.

    And regarding Durham I have a few friends there who have all been rejected by Oxbridge and LSE and they say that the atmosphere there is pretty gloomy, with loads of students trying to replicate (unsuccessfully) the Oxbridge experience.

    As for the reputation ask any international and chances are they are unlikely to know what Durham is, and even if they do they won't recognise it as a top institution. And I've talked to many potential employers before applying and they all said that LSE is second to none in their eyes.

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    (Original post by powelsmartin)
    There's no bias over here - I myself am choosing between Oxford and LSE so I've looked at the situation from all sides, since it's a really important and potentially life-changing decision for me too. And regarding Durham I have a few friends there who have all been rejected by Oxbridge and LSE and they say that the atmosphere there is pretty gloomy, with loads of students trying to replicate (unsuccessfully) the Oxbridge experience.

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    If you believe you won't find Oxbridge rejects at LSE you're badly mistaken. Besides, what's wrong with having Oxbridge rejects? A university would dream of getting the applicants Oxbridge reject, since most have great academics and abilities. And in all honesty, I'd much rather be filled with Oxbridge rejects than have to share your condescending behaviour.

    I won't really trust your last sentence because it's the first time I hear something like this. Everyone whom I've talked to has said that Durham offers an amazing all-rounded experience (of course it may well be true. Different people will have different opinions).

    My point is that you shouldn't blatantly start flaming a university. If you don't like it then by all means don't apply (I assume you didn't). But don't go ahead to call it bad/unworthy and generally stuff which shows immaturity.

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    (Original post by *Stefan*)
    If you believe you won't find Oxbridge rejects at LSE you're badly mistaken. Besides, what's wrong with having Oxbridge rejects? A university would dream of getting the applicants Oxbridge reject, since most have great academics and abilities. And in all honesty, I'd much rather be filled with Oxbridge rejects than have to share your condescending behaviour.

    I won't really trust your last sentence because it's the first time I hear something like this. Everyone whom I've talked to has said that Durham offers an amazing all-rounded experience (of course it may well be true. Different people will have different opinions).

    My point is that you shouldn't blatantly start flaming a university. If you don't like it then by all means don't apply (I assume you didn't). But don't go ahead to call it bad/unworthy and generally staff which show immaturity.

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    You have grossly misunderstood my point - the collegiate structure of Durham is what attracts those who couldn't get into Oxbridge but would want a similar experience. LSE, on the other hand, is also full of people who wouldn't even want such an experience. I am not saying rejects are bad, it's just that many have an attitude that "I'm only here because I couldn't get into X university, and I'm really pissed about that". And I never said that the Durham experience is in any way inferior and not "all-round".

    I am not being condescending or saying that Durham is a bad university - I am only saying that LSE is much better. Durham is obviously much better than the vast majority of universities, but it simply does not beat LSE and that is all I am pointing out.

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    (Original post by *Stefan*)
    If you believe you won't find Oxbridge rejects at LSE you're badly mistaken. Besides, what's wrong with having Oxbridge rejects? A university would dream of getting the applicants Oxbridge reject, since most have great academics and abilities. And in all honesty, I'd much rather be filled with Oxbridge rejects than have to share your condescending behaviour.

    I won't really trust your last sentence because it's the first time I hear something like this. Everyone whom I've talked to has said that Durham offers an amazing all-rounded experience (of course it may well be true. Different people will have different opinions).

    My point is that you shouldn't blatantly start flaming a university. If you don't like it then by all means don't apply (I assume you didn't). But don't go ahead to call it bad/unworthy and generally staff which show immaturity.

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    Though his demeanour seems quite brash, he is pretty much correct. I've heard the exact same from the honest friends I have at Durham, obviously there are people who genuinely enjoy their time there, but on the whole its student experience seems poor. LSE does have a lot of Oxbridge rejects, but it has far far more students for whom LSE was their top choice, however, I would be willing to justify an approximation that nearly all students at Durham didn't get into their first choice.

    If I were to describe Durham in the same manner as our friend here, I would call it the counterfeit copy of Oxbridge.
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    (Original post by MrBowcat)
    Though his demeanour seems quite brash, he is pretty much correct. I've heard the exact same from the honest friends I have at Durham, obviously there are people who genuinely enjoy their time there, but on the whole its student experience seems poor. LSE does have a lot of Oxbridge rejects, but it has far far more students for whom LSE was their top choice, however, I would be willing to justify an approximation that nearly all students at Durham didn't get into their first choice.

    If I were to describe Durham in the same manner as our friend here, I would call it the counterfeit copy of Oxbridge.
    I have to agree. My worry about studying law at Durham would just about get you a job packing shelves at Tesco. It has been heard of. Well hopefully LSE offer holders' day will win my son over as he didn't get to attend the open day.
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    (Original post by Cholesta)
    I have to agree. My worry about studying law at Durham would just about get you a job packing shelves at Tesco. It has been heard of. Well hopefully LSE offer holders' day will win my son over as he didn't get to attend the open day.
    Jeez people. So much misinformation around. A law-specific study (which I'll send over later if you'd like) showed that Durham had the third largest number of graduates working at the big London firms (after Oxbridge) and fourth largest overall after Oxbridge and Bristol. It was also very close to LSE when it came to the US firms, even though such firms do not really visit Durham due to the distance.

    Also, it would be wrong in my opinion to assume that going to LSE will make everything easy. It'll be just as difficult to secure a training contract (Oxbridge are still dominant in this area after all).

    In any case, LSE is obviously stellar so don't take me wrong. I do consider it more reputable than Durham (though I'll say that London plays a rather big role here), but saying it's much better than the latter is plainly wrong.

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    (Original post by *Stefan*)
    Jeez people. So much misinformation around. A law-specific study (which I'll send over later if you'd like) showed that Durham had the third largest number of graduates working at the big London firms (after Oxbridge) and fourth largest overall after Oxbridge and Bristol. It was also very close to LSE when it came to the US firms, even though such firms do not really visit Durham due to the distance.

    Also, it would be wrong in my opinion to assume that going to LSE will make everything easy. It'll be just as difficult to secure a training contract (Oxbridge are still dominant in this area after all).

    In any case, LSE is obviously stellar so don't take me wrong. I do consider it more reputable than Durham (though I'll say that London plays a rather big role here), but saying it's much better than the latter is plainly wrong.

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    Stefan
    I do agree that Durham is an excellent university and very well thought of. It's just LSE and Durham are very different. The law course at these two universities is also different.
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    I think saying that a law degree from Durham will only get you a job stacking shelves at Tesco is wrong on so many levels - you do sound like a very controlling parent though - I hope your son gets to make the correct decision for him - good luck to him
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    (Original post by Flippi1)
    I think saying that a law degree from Durham will only get you a job stacking shelves at Tesco is wrong on so many levels - you do sound like a very controlling parent though - I hope your son gets to make the correct decision for him - good luck to him
    There is nothing wrong with a parent who wants the best for their child. If my parents weren't so "controlling" I wouldn't be holding an offer from LSE today.
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    (Original post by Flippi1)
    I think saying that a law degree from Durham will only get you a job stacking shelves at Tesco is wrong on so many levels - you do sound like a very controlling parent though - I hope your son gets to make the correct decision for him - good luck to him
    Hi Flipping
    Believe me, nobody controls my son. This is a boy whose dad was dying during GCSEs. He fought with me, the hospital and the school to get finishing his exams. He sat physics two hours before his dad's funeral and maths the day he died plus 8 other exams,for himself and his dad and still managed to get 7a* and 4a's. It won't matter a jot what I say, believe me. I just don't want him to have regrets.
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    (Original post by Cholesta)
    Hi Flipping
    Believe me, nobody controls my son. This is a boy whose dad was dying during GCSEs. He fought with me, the hospital and the school to get finishing his exams. He sat physics two hours before his dad's funeral and maths the day he died plus 8 other exams,for himself and his dad and still managed to get 7a* and 4a's. It won't matter a jot what I say, believe me. I just don't want him to have regrets.
    Sorry meant Flippi 1
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    (Original post by BMich_95)
    LSE Law here
    You know where you're applying for accommodation?
    I've firmed LSE law too, looking forward to meeting you all
 
 
 
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