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Basically, I'm at Imperial at the moment, and have decided to apply elsewhere due to the depressing lack of social life here. I've applied to Durham, Birmingham, Bristol, LSE and UCL (for Geography and Economics/Economics, I'm currently studying Maths, don't know how much of a difference that'll make?). I have yet to get replies (I applied about 2 weeks ago :P), but I have no idea which one I'd go for if I got accepted!

I like being around people who want to socialise, and I like clubbing occasionally, but it's not too big a deal for me - although the big London clubs are amazing, actually being able to hear people talk is quite a good way to get to know them! And in smaller clubs you can't lose everyone you came with within 5 minutes...

Can anyone who knows anything about any of these places give me advice? I don't want to make the same mistake as last year and end up with a load of geeks again :P

Any advice would be appreciated!
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you serious?

changing unis just for the social life?

every uni has a good social life, you just gotta try a bit harder at some places. jeeeez
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University is what you make it. If you have a lacking social life, it's down to you. Don't label an ENTIRE university as 'a bunch of geeks'.

Edit: I felt I should probably come across as less aggressive, I didn't actually intend it that way. If you're choosing from those universities based purely on social life (although I personally wouldn't - you're close to UCL, LSE, KCL - why not just get in on their social scenes?), I would discount Durham, and choose either Bristol, LSE, or UCL. UCL or LSE would uproot you the least, obviously.
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imperial, social life, lol.
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Is Imperial that bad? I taked to a mate of mine who does chemistry there and he said the same thing - but he is a bit of a moaner...what is actually wrong with it?
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Don't go to Durham. Birmingham has a pretty good social scene, and a really good mix of people. Bristol is also really good if you wanted to get out of London.

If not, why move? Isn't Imperial part of UoL, so you can go to any union?
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Imperial's not part of the University of London
I'm really outgoing and sociable, I love being around people - the main issue is that the vast majority of people don't like to socialise, the union is usually dead, and it's making me unhappy. I don't want to be the same as most people on my course, spending 90% of their time in their rooms working!

Also, Imperial is a 'bunch of geeks', anyone here would agree, but most people are fine with it (and make jokes about it etc)!

Another issue is the huge numbers of men (I'm a girl), making it feel like I'm on a constant lads' night out - the boys act like that all the time. You go to try to talk to people, and it's just 5 guys glued to a X-Box. It's pretty difficult to have a good time... The last time I went out it was just me and 15 guys. I miss girls!

Although people have said I shouldn't change uni just for the social life, this is something that's really really important to me. Not having a social life makes me really unhappy, makes me much less inclined to work, etc...

People are saying don't go to Durham, but my friends there have said it's really good. What's wrong with it? Unbiased opinions are good

I really like London, but I also like smaller places because it's less impersonal, so any of the places I've applied to would be ok for me.

My application was made the night before the deadline so I really haven't had enough time to decide which university I want to go to!
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Bristol has a very rich culture and music scene. :coma:
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Oh, and another reason I want to change is that Imperial only does sciences, turns out I'm not that keen on maths (v. dull), and I want to do Geog and Econ instead! That's the main reason really, but I only need advice on social life now.
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(Original post by User__Name)
Imperial's not part of the University of London
I'm really outgoing and sociable, I love being around people - the main issue is that the vast majority of people don't like to socialise, the union is usually dead, and it's making me unhappy. I don't want to be the same as most people on my course, spending 90% of their time in their rooms working!

Also, Imperial is a 'bunch of geeks', anyone here would agree, but most people are fine with it (and make jokes about it etc)!

Another issue is the huge numbers of men (I'm a girl), making it feel like I'm on a constant lads' night out - the boys act like that all the time. You go to try to talk to people, and it's just 5 guys glued to a X-Box. It's pretty difficult to have a good time... The last time I went out it was just me and 15 guys. I miss girls!

Although people have said I shouldn't change uni just for the social life, this is something that's really really important to me. Not having a social life makes me really unhappy, makes me much less inclined to work, etc...

People are saying don't go to Durham, but my friends there have said it's really good. What's wrong with it? Unbiased opinions are good

I really like London, but I also like smaller places because it's less impersonal, so any of the places I've applied to would be ok for me.

My application was made the night before the deadline so I really haven't had enough time to decide which university I want to go to!
I sympathize with you because I've heard of many people in a similar situation to you. I didn't realize that Imperial was that bad with the social scene (I've applied there for two different courses!), but 1 girl and 15 guys is a bit claustrophobic.

Everyone is saying that university is what you make of it, but if you really feel that you need to start afresh to retain a positive state of mind (which is the most important thing - just as important as the education itself), then switch unis at your own will. I suggest that you visit the unis or talk to some people there to get a better feel for them. My sister goes to UCL and is quite happy with the social scene - she's a pretty level-headed person in terms of work/play balance. If you want to go out then you'll always find someone to go out with. Similarly, if you want to stay home and work then nobody complains.

Perhaps you haven't found the right people yet at Imperial and need to give it a second shot before you make such a big change.

Best of luck.

EDIT: Just saw your more recent response. All the unis you applied to are good for Geog and Econ. Take a look at the departments as well. Another thing: is it London itself that doesn't quite work for you? While my sister is happy at UCL, it's largely due to the fact that she enjoys London as a city. Many people don't like the social scene in London and prefer a closer knit community. That's part of the reason why I applied to Oxford - because of the collegiate system I can easily make friends within my college. You've got the choice of Durham if that is the case for you.
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I hope I dont experience these problems :smug:
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People moan but I think the guy has a valid point. If you're gonna be living somewhere for 3 years then a lack of a decent social life could really depress you and raise stress levels. I mean, bar your education if you're not doing anything relaxing or fun then you're ****** surely?
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I don't think 'the social life' would be any better at LSE compared Imperial, seeing that they are both very top universities which have same "type of people" imo, and both are in London aswell. UCL on the other hand should have a good social life as most of my friends there told me.

Btw, in your case, I'd suggest Bristol > UCL > Birmingham > LSE > Durham (I know nothing about Durham's place though )
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Definitely not LSE then; that's one of the lamest unis around.

I'd say UCL, I know a few people who go there and they're mostly very social.
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lol why would you apply to LSE for the social life

It's full of oriental international students aka the biggest wet blankets in the world
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I disagree with part of what people say on here, the bit about uni is what you make of it as its a two way thing, whats the point going out just for the sake of it and not having fun.

I rarely enjoy going out these days but my uni which has a terrible SU had a pub crawl tonight(bloody easy to set up, charge £10 for a cheap t shirt that can be ripped with the slightest pull and ring up local bars and say they are having a pub crawl)

Anyway I enjoyed it more till a hour ago because normally most students I know either spend all day in the uni bar which is bad or go to one of 2 late night bars which are just tatty places with a small dancefloor and either overpriced drinks or cheap but watered down ones.

I enjoyed it more because we went to the main late night bar first then left after 20 minutes and went to another which is more a trendy bar but better, shame though that my 2 friends who normally stay all night left early as they pulled leaving me on my own for a hour so I decided to come come, even this girl who has a boyfriend but likes me ignored me after 12.30 since she met some of her female coursemates, normally shes all over me.

University isnt what you make of it, it is what others make of it and you.
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