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    Hi, I have recieved an offer from Imperial to study physics next year, and soon enough I will have a very difficult decision to make. I love the buildings, the location and the atmosphere of Imperial , but the major worry that I have is the accomodation.

    From what Ive heard, the first year is in halls which is all good. In the information pack I got it said that some rooms are individual and some are shared. How high is the demand for each type of room and what is it like sharing a room with someone you have never met before?

    After first year, you get thrown out of halls and have to find your own place to live. Obviously student accomodation is never going to be that amazing, but the demand for housing in London is extremely high anyway, so how hard is it to get cheap student accomodation that is nice? (by nice I mean suitable for a human to live in)
    Also, as most student houses are probably most likely to be a bus/tube ride away from Imperial, does this affect your social life in the college? i.e. do you ever find yourself not being bothered to travel across London to get to there?
    And also, how easy is it to make friends in first year that you can then go on to share accomodation with in second/third year?

    And another thing, totally unrelated to accomodation. The workload at Imperial: is it really that bad?

    Sorry for all the questions, any answers would be much appreciated!
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    Can't say that I'll be able to answer everything - I'm also an Imperial pre-frosh (potential) myself (got an offer for Biomed Eng); but I'll do what I can based on the info my guides gave - they were VERY helpful and informative! One was from the Canary Islands, the other two were Brits.

    (Original post by Supernovae)
    From what Ive heard, the first year is in halls which is all good. In the information pack I got it said that some rooms are individual and some are shared. How high is the demand for each type of room and what is it like sharing a room with someone you have never met before?
    This one is pretty hard to say/predict - the demand, that is. I suppose that's why you get 5 choices with regards to accommodation, so that chances are you'll get at least one of your choices...but if you don't, they'll try and find you something similar (even though it may be in a hall that's further away?)

    About sharing a room with someone new...as someone who's in boarding school at the moment (been there, done that, got the T-shirt! ), I must say that it's not bad at all - as long as you make the effort. Besides, sharing a room means you'll automatically have a good starting point where you can make new friends!

    After first year, you get thrown out of halls and have to find your own place to live. Obviously student accomodation is never going to be that amazing, but the demand for housing in London is extremely high anyway, so how hard is it to get cheap student accomodation that is nice? (by nice I mean suitable for a human to live in)
    The "throwing-out" is correct...well, unless you apply to be a hall senior (that's actually quite a nice option which I might look at if I end up at IC.) Imperial apparently has a very well-stocked database of places in the private sector (along with agents and such), and their Student Accommodation Center seems to provide pretty good assistance in finding something you'll cope with/love.

    Also, as most student houses are probably most likely to be a bus/tube ride away from Imperial, does this affect your social life in the college? i.e. do you ever find yourself not being bothered to travel across London to get to there?
    The two guides I spoke to - who lived about 20-mins away - said it's not bad at all. London's so accessible, there really is no excuse Besides, even if you live further away from your mates, there's always time to catch up - lunch, etc?

    (By the way, some people don't have the luxury of a bus/tube ride. Either that, or they've chosen to walk. )

    Also, what with lectures ending early on Wednesdays, that leaves you time for social stuff (like the clubs and societies...)

    And also, how easy is it to make friends in first year that you can then go on to share accommodation with in second/third year?
    I quote what one of them said: "Unless you have a severe problem with humankind, not at all...?"

    And another thing, totally unrelated to accommodation. The workload at Imperial: is it really that bad?
    It is what you make of it. :P Some choose to relax most of the time, pull a few all-nighters when crunch time hits (and still come out pretty good - that's my Canary Islands guide), others work consistently (the Brit guides)...though you're guaranteed to be in hot soup if you do jack squat whatsoever and expect to get away with it.

    Hopefully that's a start
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    I was wondering, are the shared rooms (twin rooms) single sex or could they lump a guy and a girl in together? I'd much rather have a female roomie
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    (Original post by nikita_atikin)
    I was wondering, are the shared rooms (twin rooms) single sex or could they lump a guy and a girl in together? I'd much rather have a female roomie
    Dont quote me on this, but I think I read somewhere that its single sex only.
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    (Original post by freefrag)
    Dont quote me on this, but I think I read somewhere that its single sex only.
    Oh good Couldn't imagine living with a boy tbh!
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    Well being a 2nd year I should be able to answer most of this.

    Halls wise you get 5 choices. There is no guarantee you will get one of these, some people I know only applied for single ensuite and got a twin. It happens, how often I don't know. Room sharing mixed results, I know some that have been amazing for friends, other that have made work and one where the 2 just had to try and not strangle each other for a year (rugger bugger and gay as a christmas tree in the same room was never going to work well, even then they made it work). As far as I know single sex twins only.

    Now when it comes to 2nd year it depends. Odds are if you were in the near halls you will be moving further out (I know few people who can afford south ken rents). I live in hammersmith. The house I live in is clean and lovely (mainly because of the people I live with, I am the least clean and my greatest sin is leaving shoes in the living room). For me campus is not far (35min walk or 20 mins bus journey). Accomadation in 2nd year varies on how much you are willing to pay to an extent. I know people living in dives, but it is cheap.
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    (Original post by crazylemon)
    Room sharing mixed results, I know some that have been amazing for friends, other that have made work and one where the 2 just had to try and not strangle each other for a year (rugger bugger and gay as a christmas tree in the same room was never going to work well, even then they made it work)
    I am crying with laughter. :rofl:
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    (Original post by nikita_atikin)
    I am crying with laughter. :rofl:
    It made my corridor dynamics, 'interesting' shall we say :p:
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    This thread is making me really want to go to Imperial! (Sorry for pointless comment)
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    (Original post by bluesky42)
    This thread is making me really want to go to Imperial! (Sorry for pointless comment)
    Come you will love it

    Don't hate the medics though, I have to have a major PR mission with IC strangers most of the time
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    (Original post by crazylemon)
    It made my corridor dynamics, 'interesting' shall we say :p:
    I can imagine! Corridors etc aren't single sex, are they? And what are the bathrooms like? (for the non ensuite people) I mean how many people share them? Is it like a proper bathroom or is it loads of shower cubicles? Also do the standard rooms have wash basins? (I'm a contact lens wearer you see) And are the kitchens a bit of a food-steal fest? I know you get your own cupboard and fridge shelf thing. And are meal times fun? I mean do all the people sharing the kitchens sit down together and eat or do they just eat in their rooms?
    Sorry for the questions but nothing like getting answers from someone who experienced it first hand
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    (Original post by nikita_atikin)
    I can imagine! Corridors etc aren't single sex, are they? And what are the bathrooms like? (for the non ensuite people) I mean how many people share them? Is it like a proper bathroom or is it loads of shower cubicles? Also do the standard rooms have wash basins? (I'm a contact lens wearer you see) And are the kitchens a bit of a food-steal fest? I know you get your own cupboard and fridge shelf thing. And are meal times fun? I mean do all the people sharing the kitchens sit down together and eat or do they just eat in their rooms?
    Sorry for the questions but nothing like getting answers from someone who experienced it first hand
    Corridors are not single sex. In my halls there was one all girl corridor on the top floor other than that no. And I think for security bottom floor is all guys.

    I had ensuite so my total knowledge is sketchy. I think all non ensuite have a sink (all those I have seen do). (Contacts can be a pain can't they?)

    The bathrooms themselves for non ensuite I have seen tend to be shower cubicles and cubicles for toilets, though some also have a bath (not that I ever used it)

    Food stealing wise I never had a problem, not sure why as most people had something kicked at some point (when knew who it was and when locks were put on the kitchen doors the problem mysteriously vanished. You can lock the cupboard (I never did, I had a liberal policy regarding my pan usage). The fridge is a free for all though, protip: bag a top shelf on move in day, then if peoples stuff leaks it doesn't go on your food. Some rooms have minifidges (wilson hour I THINK) but otherwise unless you need them for medication they are a no no.

    I loved meal times, but then my corridor bonded really well, one of my friends made a roast every sunday so 5/6 of us eating all together and I ended up sharing a fair few meals with the 2 I now live with. Most people at in the kitchen, we had a few shy ones (one girl who after 2 terms of being open and inviting and inclusive I had got about 5 sentences out of) but not many. Other corridors were a bit ghost towny, if you get one like that find a corridor like mine was to 'adopt' you, we had people from other floors eating in our kitchen all the time.


    Anything else feel free to ask, I like helping out
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    (Original post by nikita_atikin)
    I can imagine! Corridors etc aren't single sex, are they? And what are the bathrooms like? (for the non ensuite people) I mean how many people share them? Is it like a proper bathroom or is it loads of shower cubicles? Also do the standard rooms have wash basins? (I'm a contact lens wearer you see) And are the kitchens a bit of a food-steal fest? I know you get your own cupboard and fridge shelf thing. And are meal times fun? I mean do all the people sharing the kitchens sit down together and eat or do they just eat in their rooms?
    Sorry for the questions but nothing like getting answers from someone who experienced it first hand
    Corridors certainly aren't single-sex AFAIK. Each floor shares a kitchen, and I met two girls and a dude hanging around in their kitchen when I visited - they were from the same floor.
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    (Original post by arianex)
    Corridors certainly aren't single-sex AFAIK. Each floor shares a kitchen, and I met two girls and a dude hanging around in their kitchen when I visited - they were from the same floor.
    I'm glad corridors aren't single sex tbh, I'd feel safer if there were some guys around. Besides too many girls will just result in brain fizzle.

    (Original post by crazylemon)
    Corridors are not single sex. In my halls there was one all girl corridor on the top floor other than that no. And I think for security bottom floor is all guys.

    I had ensuite so my total knowledge is sketchy. I think all non ensuite have a sink (all those I have seen do). (Contacts can be a pain can't they?)

    The bathrooms themselves for non ensuite I have seen tend to be shower cubicles and cubicles for toilets, though some also have a bath (not that I ever used it)

    Food stealing wise I never had a problem, not sure why as most people had something kicked at some point (when knew who it was and when locks were put on the kitchen doors the problem mysteriously vanished. You can lock the cupboard (I never did, I had a liberal policy regarding my pan usage). The fridge is a free for all though, protip: bag a top shelf on move in day, then if peoples stuff leaks it doesn't go on your food. Some rooms have minifidges (wilson hour I THINK) but otherwise unless you need them for medication they are a no no.

    I loved meal times, but then my corridor bonded really well, one of my friends made a roast every sunday so 5/6 of us eating all together and I ended up sharing a fair few meals with the 2 I now live with. Most people at in the kitchen, we had a few shy ones (one girl who after 2 terms of being open and inviting and inclusive I had got about 5 sentences out of) but not many. Other corridors were a bit ghost towny, if you get one like that find a corridor like mine was to 'adopt' you, we had people from other floors eating in our kitchen all the time.


    Anything else feel free to ask, I like helping out
    I think it's hilarious how the bottom floor is all male "for security" :rolleyes:

    And oh yeah contact lenses are a pain I assume you're a wearer too. I just don't want to be running up and down the corridor look for a sink juggling my contacts stuff. Mine are soft as well which means the tiniest bit of dirt on them is like my eyes are on fire.

    But thanks for all the info Stupidly overasked question but how social really is Imperial? Loads of people seem to say that the first year is a drunken daze but it gets hardcore second year on. Or is it hardcore right from the beginning? And are people up for going to the gym together and stuff because I do want to check out Ethos but I dont want to look like a saddo going there by myself when there are loads of other 4th years etc looking all muscly and looking at me like I should go home.
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    (Original post by nikita_atikin)
    I think it's hilarious how the bottom floor is all male "for security" :rolleyes:

    And oh yeah contact lenses are a pain I assume you're a wearer too. I just don't want to be running up and down the corridor look for a sink juggling my contacts stuff. Mine are soft as well which means the tiniest bit of dirt on them is like my eyes are on fire.

    But thanks for all the info Stupidly overasked question but how social really is Imperial? Loads of people seem to say that the first year is a drunken daze but it gets hardcore second year on. Or is it hardcore right from the beginning? And are people up for going to the gym together and stuff because I do want to check out Ethos but I dont want to look like a saddo going there by myself when there are loads of other 4th years etc looking all muscly and looking at me like I should go home.
    Yeah I am a wearer but I wear dailies (an am so pro/stupid I put them in and take the out miles from a sink :p:)

    Social wise first year for me was alot of fun, I had a drunken haze in first term certainly and the next to terms were pretty much the same with minor toning down. This year I rarely go out on the lash so to speak (only been wasted 3 times, very proud.) and it does get more serious. Compared to other unis possibly less people are up for it then elsewhere (we have team china which sit in their rooms playinf wow/working) but you will find people if you are that way inclined. As for the gym I think I used it 4 times last year (you are asking the wrong guy, I went with 3 other girl friends and we all had fun epic failing with the bench press ) but I did use the pool (now as I am based in charing cross hospital I havent been .

    As for the muscly people, there are mirrors so they can be distracted with their own reflection :p:
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    (Original post by crazylemon)
    Yeah I am a wearer but I wear dailies (an am so pro/stupid I put them in and take the out miles from a sink :p:)

    Social wise first year for me was alot of fun, I had a drunken haze in first term certainly and the next to terms were pretty much the same with minor toning down. This year I rarely go out on the lash so to speak (only been wasted 3 times, very proud.) and it does get more serious. Compared to other unis possibly less people are up for it then elsewhere (we have team china which sit in their rooms playinf wow/working) but you will find people if you are that way inclined. As for the gym I think I used it 4 times last year (you are asking the wrong guy, I went with 3 other girl friends and we all had fun epic failing with the bench press ) but I did use the pool (now as I am based in charing cross hospital I havent been .

    As for the muscly people, there are mirrors so they can be distracted with their own reflection :p:
    Mine are yearlies Dailies are a lot more convenient I'd imagine though.

    Oh that's a bit disappointing about the gym but I suppose I could always find someone! Basically I might as well get fit if im going to be living near a gym. But are people up for going to stuff like freshers balls and other summer balls and things like that? And another issue you pointed out, is it reeeaaalllyyy racially segregated? I mean I've lived in a multi cultural environment all my life so I want multi-race friends at university too but I'm of Indian origin so will I end up with only Indian friends? Sorry I know it's a really childish question but I'm curious that's all because I just want to fit in well.
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    (Original post by nikita_atikin)
    And another issue you pointed out, is it reeeaaalllyyy racially segregated? I mean I've lived in a multi cultural environment all my life so I want multi-race friends at university too but I'm of Indian origin so will I end up with only Indian friends? Sorry I know it's a really childish question but I'm curious that's all because I just want to fit in well.
    Snap, Nikita! I'm Chinese but I've been in a multi-cultural bubble from day one (yay Malaysian upbringing)

    From what I remember on my tour...whether it was in the eateries, libraries and JCR, you sometimes get little bunches of people from the same race, and bunches of people who are of different racial origins. So I doubt it's racially segregated!

    My guess is that if you actively seek to mix with peeps from other cultures, you'll get that I can vouch for that -- in my school at present there are two types of Asians: there's a large group of Hong Kong-ers who keeps to themselves and "their kind" from day one, and there are select few HKers + some other Asians (Malaysian-born Chinese like me) who hang out with the non-Asian peeps regularly. The latter get dissed by the former for being "try-hards". ><
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    (Original post by nikita_atikin)
    Mine are yearlies Dailies are a lot more convenient I'd imagine though.

    Oh that's a bit disappointing about the gym but I suppose I could always find someone! Basically I might as well get fit if im going to be living near a gym. But are people up for going to stuff like freshers balls and other summer balls and things like that? And another issue you pointed out, is it reeeaaalllyyy racially segregated? I mean I've lived in a multi cultural environment all my life so I want multi-race friends at university too but I'm of Indian origin so will I end up with only Indian friends? Sorry I know it's a really childish question but I'm curious that's all because I just want to fit in well.
    Sorry about the gym, just not my thing so can't help. You can probably find a gym buddy fairly easily.

    People will be up for balls and such. Pretty much everyone I know went to the summer ball...not that I remember huge amounts of it...Freshers balls I went to both IC and the medics ones, again lots of people go. Pretty much everyone also goes to the mingle which is the first night (you may have read on here what happened to me at the mingle if you have read some of the older posts...certainly one way to break the ice :p:)

    Racial segregation is only an issue if you make it into one. Most obvious in chinese internationals who speak in chinese, I can hardly join in. In my closer friends I have a Kenyan, Luxembourgian, brazillian, Singaporean, someone from hong kong, taiwan and britsh indian, so don't worry. It will only be a problem if you exclusively go out with only other asians.

    If you like people, don't have thirty heads and don't lock yourself in your room for weeks you will make friends.
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    (Original post by arianex)
    Snap, Nikita! I'm Chinese but I've been in a multi-cultural bubble from day one (yay Malaysian upbringing)

    From what I remember on my tour...whether it was in the eateries, libraries and JCR, you sometimes get little bunches of people from the same race, and bunches of people who are of different racial origins. So I doubt it's racially segregated!

    My guess is that if you actively seek to mix with peeps from other cultures, you'll get that I can vouch for that -- in my school at present there are two types of Asians: there's a large group of Hong Kong-ers who keeps to themselves and &quot;their kind&quot; from day one, and there are select few HKers + some other Asians (Malaysian-born Chinese like me) who hang out with the non-Asian peeps regularly. The latter get dissed by the former for being &quot;try-hards&quot;. &gt;&lt;
    Yeah, I really hope I get to meet loads of cultures etc because I don't think I'd fit in in an only single race group, Indian or whatever else. So a multi ethnic group is the best for me.



    (Original post by crazylemon)
    Sorry about the gym, just not my thing so can't help. You can probably find a gym buddy fairly easily.

    People will be up for balls and such. Pretty much everyone I know went to the summer ball...not that I remember huge amounts of it...Freshers balls I went to both IC and the medics ones, again lots of people go. Pretty much everyone also goes to the mingle which is the first night (you may have read on here what happened to me at the mingle if you have read some of the older posts...certainly one way to break the ice :p:)

    Racial segregation is only an issue if you make it into one. Most obvious in chinese internationals who speak in chinese, I can hardly join in. In my closer friends I have a Kenyan, Luxembourgian, brazillian, Singaporean, someone from hong kong, taiwan and britsh indian, so don't worry. It will only be a problem if you exclusively go out with only other asians.

    If you like people, don't have thirty heads and don't lock yourself in your room for weeks you will make friends.
    Thanks for all the info, you've been a great help Can't wait for Imperial now! Just got to meet the offer :nothing:
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    (Original post by nikita_atikin)
    Thanks for all the info, you've been a great help Can't wait for Imperial now! Just got to meet the offer :nothing:
    happy to help, it is what I do :top2:

    I am sure you will be fine
 
 
 
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