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    So, i've got an offer, but i'm a little unsure on UCL.

    I'm a little worried about the social side. It not being a Campus, how is the social side? I want to be in halls, will it be the same experience here, as anywhere else? Also whats the general "going out" feeling like? Lots of people up for it?

    How is the Student Union? Lots of clubs etc?

    I'm gonna be an SSEESS student, will there be any difference what so ever?

    What about going into housing post first year, where do people live?

    Please just give me all the pros and cons

    Thanks,

    Max
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    Im very interested in this too... i have offers from UCL, bristol, nottingham and leeds and my decision is pretty much between UCL and bristol... iv applied for philosophy and economics at UCL and politics and economics at bristol... my reservations about ucl is what it's like living as a student in london. do people go 'clubbing' alot or is it generally considered too expensive? what are halls and accommodation like? just general info like that would be great
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    (Original post by Max Hinks)
    So, i've got an offer, but i'm a little unsure on UCL.

    I'm a little worried about the social side. It not being a Campus, how is the social side? I want to be in halls, will it be the same experience here, as anywhere else? Also whats the general "going out" feeling like? Lots of people up for it?

    How is the Student Union? Lots of clubs etc?

    I'm gonna be an SSEESS student, will there be any difference what so ever?

    What about going into housing post first year, where do people live?

    Please just give me all the pros and cons

    Thanks,

    Max
    What degree will you be studying?
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    are you going to uni for a degree or just solely the social side cause it dseems that ways
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    (Original post by paddy)
    What degree will you be studying?
    History, sorry.
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    (Original post by logic123)
    are you going to uni for a degree or just solely the social side cause it dseems that ways
    What a stupid thing to say, obviously OP has considered the importance of the institution in terms of the degree they are getting, hence UCL is one of the places they are considering, but how are you going to do well at a university and get the most out of an experience if you end up not being happy there for 3 years, even if you did decide to stick it out, in general most people will do better in every aspect of their degree if they are happy in themselves and enjoying themselves, part of that is looking for the things that are important to you in a university and if a good social scene is important then fair enough! wow, some people just want to be difficult dont they!
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    i dont give a s**t about the social aspect of uni , i jut want to go there get my degree and start life, plenty of time to party one you graduated
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    (Original post by logic123)
    i dont give a s**t about the social aspect of uni , i jut want to go there get my degree and start life, plenty of time to party one you graduated
    the social aspect of a university doesnt necessarily purely mean partying i would like to point out!

    maybe somebody else is allowed to have a different opinion to you without you going out of you way to leave a post trying to put them down... just a thought!?
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    (Original post by Max Hinks)
    History, sorry.
    Ah ok.

    UCL is a great university for social life as long as you're willing to make the effort. When I was in halls in my first year I had an amazing time, so much fun. All of my best friends now were friends I made either in halls or through people who were in my halls.

    There are LOADS of student nights, both UCL nights and general London student nights. The union is great when you're in your first year, although my experience has been that you tend to go out to places you live near in the 2nd and 3rd year (which means Camden for most people). There are always people willing to go out though so don't worry.

    There are loads of clubs and societies available, and I know that with the sporting socs especially there's a lot of socialising as well.

    As I mentioned briefly most people tend to end up living around Camden after they move out of halls - it's close to UCL (some parts could be classed as walking distance, otherwise it's about 10 minutes on the bus) and there's a lot of nightlife going on. It's also the cheapest local area (what with places like Belgravia, Bloomsbury etc being close by as well).

    As for being in SSEES, the only difference is that there are more societies/clubs and freshers events to choose from. It's not like you'll feel seperate from UCL, there are plenty of other subjects (sciences, English etc) which don't even allow you to do modules from different departments (whereas that's not so with SSEES).

    Basically I wouldn't worry about the social side of things, as long as you're up for it and willing to make an effort you'll have lots of fun:yep:

    Also this is based on my experience of studying Russian with Management BA at SSEES for a year, and then switching (Russian wasn't for me as it turns out) to Information Management for Business BSc (am currently in the second year of this degree, meaning I have been at UCL for 3 years so far).
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    (Original post by logic123)
    i dont give a s**t about the social aspect of uni , i jut want to go there get my degree and start life, plenty of time to party one you graduated
    You'd fit in perfectly at LSE then.
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    (Original post by paddy)
    Ah ok.

    UCL is a great university for social life as long as you're willing to make the effort. When I was in halls in my first year I had an amazing time, so much fun. All of my best friends now were friends I made either in halls or through people who were in my halls.

    There are LOADS of student nights, both UCL nights and general London student nights. The union is great when you're in your first year, although my experience has been that you tend to go out to places you live near in the 2nd and 3rd year (which means Camden for most people). There are always people willing to go out though so don't worry.

    There are loads of clubs and societies available, and I know that with the sporting socs especially there's a lot of socialising as well.

    As I mentioned briefly most people tend to end up living around Camden after they move out of halls - it's close to UCL (some parts could be classed as walking distance, otherwise it's about 10 minutes on the bus) and there's a lot of nightlife going on. It's also the cheapest local area (what with places like Belgravia, Bloomsbury etc being close by as well).

    As for being in SSEES, the only difference is that there are more societies/clubs and freshers events to choose from. It's not like you'll feel seperate from UCL, there are plenty of other subjects (sciences, English etc) which don't even allow you to do modules from different departments (whereas that's not so with SSEES).

    Basically I wouldn't worry about the social side of things, as long as you're up for it and willing to make an effort you'll have lots of fun:yep:

    Also this is based on my experience of studying Russian with Management BA at SSEES for a year, and then switching (Russian wasn't for me as it turns out) to Information Management for Business BSc (am currently in the second year of this degree, meaning I have been at UCL for 3 years so far).
    That was really helpful! I do realise it wasnt aimed at me, but im enjoying your wisdom anyway...

    How expensive have you found it in terms of going out or doing anything interesting during the day??
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    It is basically a campus tbh. You could easily go a whole year without going anywhere more than a 20 minute walk away from your halls, and that's including nights out, unless you like to be "adventurous" (LORD knows why).

    Hope you're at Campbell East or West. Then you will additionally be about 20 seconds away from half your classes.

    I have a couple of friends doing SSEES History and I do half my degree at SSEES. I don't think we have that different an experience of UCL from other people. There's a lot of SSEES-centric stuff but anyone else can turn up to it as well; it's rather like being in an overlarge faculty, as well as your personal faculty.
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    (Original post by logic123)
    i dont give a s**t about the social aspect of uni , i jut want to go there get my degree and start life, plenty of time to party one you graduated
    Lol.
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    (Original post by paddy)
    Ah ok.

    UCL is a great university for social life as long as you're willing to make the effort. When I was in halls in my first year I had an amazing time, so much fun. All of my best friends now were friends I made either in halls or through people who were in my halls.

    There are LOADS of student nights, both UCL nights and general London student nights. The union is great when you're in your first year, although my experience has been that you tend to go out to places you live near in the 2nd and 3rd year (which means Camden for most people). There are always people willing to go out though so don't worry.

    There are loads of clubs and societies available, and I know that with the sporting socs especially there's a lot of socialising as well.

    As I mentioned briefly most people tend to end up living around Camden after they move out of halls - it's close to UCL (some parts could be classed as walking distance, otherwise it's about 10 minutes on the bus) and there's a lot of nightlife going on. It's also the cheapest local area (what with places like Belgravia, Bloomsbury etc being close by as well).

    As for being in SSEES, the only difference is that there are more societies/clubs and freshers events to choose from. It's not like you'll feel seperate from UCL, there are plenty of other subjects (sciences, English etc) which don't even allow you to do modules from different departments (whereas that's not so with SSEES).

    Basically I wouldn't worry about the social side of things, as long as you're up for it and willing to make an effort you'll have lots of fun:yep:

    Also this is based on my experience of studying Russian with Management BA at SSEES for a year, and then switching (Russian wasn't for me as it turns out) to Information Management for Business BSc (am currently in the second year of this degree, meaning I have been at UCL for 3 years so far).
    That was really helpful thank you As it stands unless I get an offer from Warwick, UCL will be my firm, and even with an offer from Warwick, it'll be a hard choice
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    (Original post by Beckettrose)
    That was really helpful! I do realise it wasnt aimed at me, but im enjoying your wisdom anyway...

    How expensive have you found it in terms of going out or doing anything interesting during the day??
    It varies A LOT tbh. Student nights are often the cheapest - for instance I was at the UCL union on Saturday night for karaoke and the drinks were all £1.50 (except for double shots obvs) and shots were £1 (I think, I'm not a shots drinker really). However if you go out to a non-student place it can be a lot more expensive (emphasis on can, it really depends where you go).

    As for during the day there's lots to do if you're on a budget. The British Museum is right around the corner and it's free entry (honestly you could go there so many times, it's so big and they always have new exhibitions every now and then). There's lots of cafés and pubs in the area, but ULU (university of London union) is nextdoor and has very nice and reasonably priced food and drink.

    If you are less worried about a budget there's always Oxford Street for shopping:p:

    (Original post by Max Hinks)
    That was really helpful thank you As it stands unless I get an offer from Warwick, UCL will be my firm, and even with an offer from Warwick, it'll be a hard choice
    I had to make that same choice (albeit not for History). I did really like Warwick, but I just felt at the end of the day that I would feel stifled in such a confined campus (plus Lemington Spa for living out didn't really seem appealing). Living in London though is amazing
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    Ive got an offer from UCL for human sciences, and i am also worried about the social life at UCL.. i live in london already but i definitely want to get the full uni experience.. will i get it at UCL?? also, i haven't heard much about sport at UCL, i hear that you need to get a coach down to the sports grounds... is sport not big there? i would assume that they would have their on swimming pool etc or am I wrong?
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    Con: Waiting forever to get on a computer in the library and to print! UCL is heavily oversubscribed for such a small place, other than that, what a great place!
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    (Original post by coco563)
    Ive got an offer from UCL for human sciences, and i am also worried about the social life at UCL.. i live in london already but i definitely want to get the full uni experience.. will i get it at UCL?? also, i haven't heard much about sport at UCL, i hear that you need to get a coach down to the sports grounds... is sport not big there? i would assume that they would have their on swimming pool etc or am I wrong?
    Do you know where UCL actually is? Hardly going to have their own sports grounds on campus! There's a 33m pool next to UCL, owned by ULU (University of London Union). See UCL union's website http://www.uclu.org/
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    I'm deciding between a gap year/reapplying and doing history at SSEES (if they give me an offer at my interview.)

    I guess I'm really worried that SSEES is separate from the rest of UCL and about feeling a little bit underrated compared to those studying history at the history department.

    Any advice?
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    (Original post by BryonieIV)
    I'm deciding between a gap year/reapplying and doing history at SSEES (if they give me an offer at my interview.)

    I guess I'm really worried that SSEES is separate from the rest of UCL and about feeling a little bit underrated compared to those studying history at the history department.

    Any advice?
    I can sympathise with you completely - you have such excellent UMS as well, UCL history must have been a real bloodbath this year

    Universities tend to get more competitive each year so unless there is something huge you can do to improve your application it might not be worth reapplying - I think it's basically a lottery for certain courses.

    That being said, if you want to have a gap year (for travelling, work experience, general maturity etc) then why not reapply? Just make sure that getting a place at UCL isn't the main aim of your gap year.

    What were your GCSEs, if you don't mind me asking?
 
 
 
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