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    (Original post by grape:))
    I have a friend who is going to firm UCL, and I was just wondering if there is anything severely wrong with the union (and of so what?) or if it's just not your kinda thing. x
    The student union really is awful. It has two fairly run down bars, a shop and an OKish café. The main reason it's dissapointing is that there aren't that many events going on. No live gigs, no club nights, no quiz nights etc. It also doubles up as the maths department...

    Having said all that, ULU is just across the road and the facilities are much nicer. Also, UCL is in central London so the SU isn't the social focus it would be at other universities.
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    (Original post by olly_springs)
    Just guessing, but any chance you're at Exeter?? Or maybe all unis are like this lol
    The poster already said Sussex.
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    (Original post by raisin.)
    I'm in a vile mood and am going to take the opportunity to rant now, seeing as it's been given to me.

    I hate (well, immensely dislike) my university for the following reasons:

    * About 95% of people can be placed into one of the following categories. 1) Those who do nothing but talk about and take excessive quantities of drugs morning, noon and night. 2) Those who were privately educated in London/Surrey, live off daddy's money, go home every weekend and are too up themselves to associate with anyone else. 3) Those who think they are the most unique person to walk this planet because they shop solely in thrift stores and want to spark a socialist revolution. 4) Those who are from London daaahling, and spend their time drinking 'cocktails and vods' and air kissing everyone they met once or twice in Shoreditch. (corr, do I sound like a judgemental cow or what?!)

    * The SU is, quite frankly, a pile of ****. We have no real 'events' as such, we have what can only be described as an 'excuse' for a club, and the only thing the union involves itself with is relentless campaigns to ban coca cola, free palestine and STOP THE CUTS!!11!2! blah blah blah. There is a fine line between being politically active and just spreading propaganda.. One which the union here crosses. The majority of societies are also related to stuff like this, and any one which isn't is so unpopular that it isn't worth joining anyway.

    * Accommodation is, on the whole, dreadful. At the lower end of the scale you have rabbit-hutch like drug dens, and at the higher end you have travel lodge-esque rooms at London prices (without the London loan). In the middle, where I am, you pay only £10 a week less than the expensive housing, only to still have no-ensuite, non-refurbished rooms and builders outside your window from 7am to 7pm EVERY DAY. something they never bothered to inform us of before we moved in.

    * Facilities are very hit and miss. Some lecture theatres/buildings are brand new, whereas others look like they've been here since time began. Campus is basically a building site at the moment, and whilst i appreciate they're trying to 'improve' things, they seem to be mainly disrupting everything that was alright to begin with. e.g. quiet accommodation and library. The 'bars' are terribly overpriced, the shops are quite often understocked, and there really isn't much to do. Some of the only decent things such as one lovely cafe is being closed as part of their 'regeneration'.

    * Academically, it's very inconsistent. I do enjoy my course and elements of it are well taught/delivered, but on the whole you do tend to get the impression that nobody can really be arsed. The staff are actually okay; it's more that you can sense their hopelessness with their students and so they don't bother as much as they otherwise would. I'm certainly not one to be overly geeky or work-focused but yet I still seem to achieve far more than most, regardless of how little work I actually do. I don't feel stretched; I feel like I could have 'done better' and I wouldn't be so lazy if I was actually in an environment that was intellectually stimulating.

    * Job prospects are rubbish. The general feel here is that students are academic and could do better but choose not to because they'd rather be getting off their faces 24/7. I like going out just as much as the next person, but i REALLY didn't imagine that everyone's idea of a good time would be laying around getting stoned all day every day.

    * To top it all off, the entire town/university/surrounding area reminds me of my ex boyfriend and a time in my life which is.. over. This is a pretty trivial thing, but it's sort of the straw that breaks the camel's back!

    Have i whined enough now? I actually do feel significantly better for that; I think i'll leave all my negativity here. :p:
    As soon as I read the bit about the crappy union & "Free Palestine" I realised you meant Sussex. The students on the open day were all willing to admit that the union was rubbish + combined with some of the older accomodation put me right off.
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    I hate being at uni. I'm in second year and due to my fav modules being cut I have lost nearly all interest in my degree. Not helped that I do not get on with my house mates atm which sucks cos I have to live with them next year too and i can just see it being hell. My uni is very small so its hard to escape from. I have 4 months left of this year, but a month of that is at home for easter. Then I have a whole other year to get through. The only thing which I think might get me through it is my friends from back home who talk to me every day, my parents, and the thought that it will be my last year. I will be able to think not long to go not long to go. Oh yea and im about to start counselling cos lets face it i need it.
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    So fed up of university. I feel as though my life's fallen apart somewhat since I started. My college friends are so busy with their new unis and circles of friends etc. and I haven't formed any close friendships at mine and I'm already in my second year. Also, I find having convos with some people is like trying to get blood out of a stone. It feels so forced, with constant small talk. When I was at school I could relax and unwind with my friends and we never ran out of things to talk about. I miss the old days
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    I cant tell everyone how good it is to hear that other people are in the same situation as me.
    What you've said fits exactly what i feel like, and it's really got me down in a way that i never was before i went.
    People are perfectly nice there, but i'm not happy, and cannot stand the thought of staying for another two years.
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    (Original post by Jonny5ok)
    I cant tell everyone how good it is to hear that other people are in the same situation as me.
    What you've said fits exactly what i feel like, and it's really got me down in a way that i never was before i went.
    People are perfectly nice there, but i'm not happy, and cannot stand the thought of staying for another two years.
    least you only have 2 years left, since i go to a scottish uni i got 3 years left after this one!!
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    (Original post by gem_19)
    So fed up of university. I feel as though my life's fallen apart somewhat since I started ... I haven't formed any close friendships and I'm already in my second year. Also, I find having convos with some people is like trying to get blood out of a stone. It feels so forced, with constant small talk. When I was at school I could relax and unwind with my friends and we never ran out of things to talk about. I miss the old days
    This. Agree wholeheartedly.
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    Not enjoying uni at all, i've tried making friends but nothings clicked. So im left with "friends" who I just go to dinner and lectures with and convo is just the normal "hi, how are you? yes i cba with today"
    Thinking of dropping out after exams and starting closer to come again, even tho im heading towards a 2.1 this year.
    Only people I can talk to about it is parents, all my school friends are off at different unis having a ball, so i would just feel like a failure saying im lonely and upset :-S
    This is def not what I expected, feel angry with myself for not being able to make all the good friends and be happy.
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    Is it me or should younger people (than myself @ 25) should be encouraged to take up university after the age of 20/21?

    I will be starting University for the first time come 2011 (hopefully) and so I will see things in a different light and react differently, I'm one of those that doesn't really give a **** what others think or say about me so maybe that helps hehe.

    Just sayin'.
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    Massive WTF at a lot of the stuff that's been said about UCL in this thread.

    - Aside from everything miss_world said the union did have existing as Lizia pointed out... The union has the cheapest drinks in central London, easily. It's often really busy, esp. Mondays, ESPECIALLY Wednesdays, sometimes Fridays and Saturdays as well. It's not the most well furnished and the space could be used better (particularly Easy J's which is left to languish when live music soc events aren't going on in it), but it's by no means awful. I would say a lot of the UCL social life is union-centric, maybe not as much as at other unis but who cares?

    - I don't recall meeting any UCL students from particular departments or otherwise who really were incorrigibly stuck up or knobheads. I've been to a few of the debates at the society and other than that odd bloke who Douglas Murray called crazy (who I'm sure is lovely otherwise), none of them are even weird. They seem fairly nice, anyway - this year's president was a laugh and a couple of the others on the committee next year I'm acquainted with and they are superb.

    As for this:


    * About 95% of people can be placed into one of the following categories. 1) Those who do nothing but talk about and take excessive quantities of drugs morning, noon and night.

    I have met maybe one or two people who are even vaguely into drugs, and they are both awesome; they certainly don't spend all their time talking about them otherwise I wouldn't like them

    2) Those who were privately educated in London/Surrey, live off daddy's money, go home every weekend and are too up themselves to associate with anyone else.

    Newsflash, it's a top ten uni; most of the people here will be privately educated or from grammar schools. What's wrong with living off your parents' money? If you're rich enough to it's not like you will be getting a massive loan is it? Get a grip. But too stuck up to associate with anyone else? For the most part I can't tell who went to a private school here and who didn't, and if there are any private school students who are too stuck up to associate with me they certainly haven't gone out of their way to make it obvious.

    3) Those who think they are the most unique person to walk this planet because they shop solely in thrift stores and want to spark a socialist revolution.

    UCL is hardly a hotbed of hard-left political froth. Aside from the radical societies and usual union hijack types, most of the people here could not care less about politics. The kind of people you outlining above as far as I can see barely exist. But then I do hang out with people from the UCL Conservatives a lot, who are also nice people.

    4) Those who are from London daaahling, and spend their time drinking 'cocktails and vods' and air kissing everyone they met once or twice in Shoreditch. (corr, do I sound like a judgemental cow or what?!)

    No idea who these people are.
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    I love Uni. You guys need to chin up and get over it.
    If you hate it so much why are you still there? Either get on with it or get out of it.
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    (Original post by e-m-i-l-y)
    I love Uni. You guys need to chin up and get over it.
    If you hate it so much why are you still there? Either get on with it or get out of it.
    to get a degree duh brain, most people don't want to drop out having wasted a year and 6000 + pounds
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    yeh the only reason i'm still sticking it out is because if i drop out it will feel like a massive waste of money
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    yea, we havent 'got out of it' cos we are 'getting on with it'. so job done.
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    just thinking about going back to uni after the easter hols makes me want to drop out
    god i regret going to uni!
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    (Original post by flying twig)
    to get a degree duh brain, most people don't want to drop out having wasted a year and 6000 + pounds
    LOL I haven't heard anyone say that since primary school! :woo:
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    (Original post by Muffin.)
    LOL I haven't heard anyone say that since primary school! :woo:
    lol just thought exactly the same thing!
 
 
 
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