King's College London or Leicester for Medicine Watch

Poll: Which of the two would you pick for Medicine?
King's College London (27)
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Catatonia
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Hey there ^^

I have been accepted for Medicine by King's College London and by Leicester and now I have a decision to make. I am an international applicant so obviously I'm paying a lot of money either way but 5 years at Leicester will help me save approximately £30000.

Leicester has the advantage of having the university experience, it being cheaper and seeming like a much better place to live but I feel that the course at KCL might be a bit better due to the clinical experience I will get at the hospitals in London and the kind of diseases I will get to witness due to the diversity of London.

If there are any fellow applicants or current students there who would like to help me out, I would really appreciate it. Which university would you pick and why?

Cheers
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Which course structure do you prefer? I know KCL has quite a unique mish-mash of everything possible from traditional lectures led learning which gradually phases into PBL and then case-based learning. This is quite a unique factor compared to most medical schools. If you feel you're better suited to that, it might be worth taking KCL.
Otherwise, Leicester not only has cheaper fees, but its student living costs will be much cheaper too.
I wouldn't worry too much about the whole 'I'll be exposed to more diseases in London' thing - as all medical schools are connected to large district generals where you will be exposed to a very wide range of illnesses where people from all across the region will be referred to. London might be more gimmicky in the sense that it has very famous hospitals well known for some acute specialisms, but more than likely, you won't spend a significant amount of time in those depts.

best of luck with your decisions and congratulations on your offers
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I suppose if you want the overall university experience, go for Leicester.

Good luck
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KCL is apparently known for highly developed surgical facilities. They call themselves " the best uni for teachings in anatomy ". SO if you think of going into surgery, they may be the better choice.

But I think you will be happy in both Uni's. I personally would go for Leicester due to location and financial reasons plus the university experience.
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If it helps you might find this website helpful with your decision:

Kings

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I personally would have gone for kings, but as Leicester works out £30000 cheaper, I would say go to Leicester!!
Kings also has less clinical exposure as Leicester in the early yrs and tbh London hospitals won't be that much better, they actually tend to not be that good for med students as they are always so busy and you loose out on more small group teaching.
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I would personally take King's but 30 grand is a lot of money. Depends how rich you are. I'm not quite sure what the "university experience" is meant to mean, people at KCL have the university experience as well and Leicester is not the most exciting place in the world.
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(Original post by thisismycatch22)
I would personally take King's but 30 grand is a lot of money. Depends how rich you are. I'm not quite sure what the "university experience" is meant to mean, people at KCL have the university experience as well and Leicester is not the most exciting place in the world.
Thank you for your input!

And I was referring to the whole 'a single campus' feel but you make a good case
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I've loved my time at GKT so far, I haven't found London to be as expensive as everyone says though. Out of interest, how will it cost you 30k more in London? Are the fees for GKT really that much more? From speaking to friends at other unis, I think that this year has cost me around 2-3k more than them, mainly due to accommodation! Despite this, I wouldn't have chosen any other medical school
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Kings is way nicer.

And London is way nicer than Leicester.
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(Original post by billet-doux)
I've loved my time at GKT so far, I haven't found London to be as expensive as everyone says though. Out of interest, how will it cost you 30k more in London? Are the fees for GKT really that much more? From speaking to friends at other unis, I think that this year has cost me around 2-3k more than them, mainly due to accommodation! Despite this, I wouldn't have chosen any other medical school
When I take the average living cost AND tuition fees for five years - the overall difference is 30k (the clinical years are significantly more expensive per year) but I'm glad to hear that the living costs are not as high as they're made out to be!

Thank you so much for replying!

Also, do you think you could PM me info about residences. I've checked out Wolfson and Great Dover because they are nearby but what about the others? Which ones are closest after that? Also, is ensuite really important?

Thanks in advance x

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Living in London can be expensive depending on how you choose to live your life, but its not that bad with a bit of common sense, a budget you can keep to and knowledge about the right sort of places to go to if you want your money to go further. Obviously going/eating out every single night (which of course you won't do as a medical student anyway ) will cost a lot in the long run, but you can choose to do much cheaper student things in London. Yes it's generally more expensive to live in London, that is a fact, but its not that much more expensive especially if you know where to go (obviously getting to said places by means which totally avoid the insanely over priced TFL fares). :p:
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(Original post by Catatonia)
When I take the average living cost AND tuition fees for five years - the overall difference is 30k (the clinical years are significantly more expensive per year) but I'm glad to hear that the living costs are not as high as they're made out to be!

Thank you so much for replying!

Also, do you think you could PM me info about residences. I've checked out Wolfson and Great Dover because they are nearby but what about the others? Which ones are closest after that? Also, is ensuite really important?

Thanks in advance x

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I live in GDS at the moment, and I'd recommend it because it's so close to campys (around a 7 min walk) and it has an ensuite! Other than that I'd recommend Wolfson, it's even closer than GDS and much much cheaper! If ensuite isn't important for you then this would be a great choice. King's College Halls are meant to be very sociable but theyre quite far away hence why I wasn't too keen, and the same goes for Hampstead.
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