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UCL. I think that UCL's reputation is stronger than LSE. What do you think?
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For what course?

LSE is of course better for MacroEconomics, Law and PPE. UCL is better for Microeconomics and other Social Sciences.
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LSE for everything it does, I thought that obvious, UCL for everything LSE doesn't do
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LSE for everything it does, I thought that obvious, UCL for everything LSE doesn't do
LSE managerial science is a complete joke FYI.
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It is funny how LSE is mentioned for Economics. If you take Economics out of the equation, UCL beats LSE hands down.
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Depends on what course I guess - but LSE is definitely better
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LSE for everything it does, I thought that obvious, UCL for everything LSE doesn't do
I have heard of people who transfer from LSE to UCL because they do not really like it there.
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I'm just trying to validate to myself choosing LSE was the right choice, because I had offers from UCL LSE and Imperial all of which I met, but I thought LSE was best so I chose it..
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I have heard of people who transfer from LSE to UCL because they do not really like it there.
Plausible, I can see how many people wouldn't like the environment, the quality of the uni can't be doubted though, I thought the general ranking was Oxbridge, LSE Imperial > UCL, Warwick, Durham > Kings, Bath, Bristol etc.
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Plausible, I can see how many people wouldn't like the environment, the quality of the uni can't be doubted though, I thought the general ranking was Oxbridge, LSE Imperial > UCL, Warwick, Durham > Kings, Bath, Bristol etc.
True. Do not get me wrong, LSE is a fantastic university; but when you compare it with UCL, I do not think that LSE would beat UCL. This is because LSE is a '''newer' college in University of London than UCL.

It is the same as comparing MIT with Yale or Harvard. MIT is great, but it is laughable to say that MIT is generally better than Yale or Harvard.
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True. Do not get me wrong, LSE is a fantastic university; but when you compare it with UCL, I do not think that LSE would beat UCL. This is because LSE is a '''newer' college in University of London than UCL.

It is the same as comparing MIT with Yale or Harvard. MIT is great, but it is laughable to say that MIT is generally better than Yale or Harvard.
I don't see it like that at all, nor does anyone I've ever spoken too. I'd say comparing MIT-Harvard to LSE-UCL is much more laughable, if you were to replace UCL with Oxbridge maybe, but in terms of prestige (as that seems to be what you're referring to) people abroad - I find - tend to have heard of Oxbridge LSE and Imperial, but UCL not so much. And also, I think laughable is far too strong a word to be used when describing the statement 'MIT is better than Yale/Harvard'.
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I don't see it like that at all, nor does anyone I've ever spoken too. I'd say comparing MIT-Harvard to LSE-UCL is much more laughable, if you were to replace UCL with Oxbridge maybe, but in terms of prestige (as that seems to be what you're referring to) people abroad - I find - tend to have heard of Oxbridge LSE and Imperial, but UCL not so much. And also, I think laughable is far too strong a word to be used when describing the statement 'MIT is better than Yale/Harvard'.
Fair enough.

I used the MIT argument to try and make the point that the view of prestige and reputation that surrounds Yale and Harvard is greater than that of MIT. I do not mean to disrespect MIT. To be fair, it would be laughable to compare LSE-UCL to Harvard-MIT.

I am using prestige to compare both universities because I think that the original question was plainly about both universities and not particular courses.

I think that UCL is a stronger university in general terms. Apart from the high ranks in Politics and Economics, I have, honestly, not witnessed any debate that puts LSE higher than UCL. With Warwick coming strong as an Economics power house, I think that LSE's position at the top of the Economics table would be occupied by Warwick in the near future.

I do not study at any of the universities, but it seems that you do. I am basing my judgments on information that I obtained from chatting with friends and relatives from both universities and also rankings.
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Depends entirely on the subject. Both are strong unis; both have good national and international reputations.

UCL tends to do better on league tables overall (it is often in the top ten globally; recently it was as high as 4th in one) than LSE, but LSE is also more specialised and they tend to suffer for that. I would also add that UCL generally does better than Imperial as well, but Imperial is better at certain subjects. Never understood why people are so keen to place UCL below both when it tends to outperform them or is on a par. UCL and Imperial regularly just switch places on domestic league tables.

Don't know how much faith you put in league tables though.
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I'm just trying to validate to myself choosing LSE was the right choice, because I had offers from UCL LSE and Imperial all of which I met, but I thought LSE was best so I chose it..
What course?
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Maths & econ
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Maths & econ
Then LSE is the better choice for those courses.
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Plausible, I can see how many people wouldn't like the environment, the quality of the uni can't be doubted though, I thought the general ranking was Oxbridge, LSE Imperial > UCL, Warwick, Durham > Kings, Bath, Bristol etc.
Which general ranking? Of kids?

There is no way Warwick and Durham are superior to KCL, Bristol and Edinburgh.
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True. Do not get me wrong, LSE is a fantastic university; but when you compare it with UCL, I do not think that LSE would beat UCL. This is because LSE is a '''newer' college in University of London than UCL.

It is the same as comparing MIT with Yale or Harvard. MIT is great, but it is laughable to say that MIT is generally better than Yale or Harvard.
This is complete rubbish and very low thinking.

I can't see how age is the sole function of reputation. Otherwise Glasgow and Aberdeen would be far superior universities to LSE and Imperial.

Complete childish reasoning.
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Fair enough.

I used the MIT argument to try and make the point that the view of prestige and reputation that surrounds Yale and Harvard is greater than that of MIT. I do not mean to disrespect MIT. To be fair, it would be laughable to compare LSE-UCL to Harvard-MIT.

I am using prestige to compare both universities because I think that the original question was plainly about both universities and not particular courses.

I think that UCL is a stronger university in general terms. Apart from the high ranks in Politics and Economics, I have, honestly, not witnessed any debate that puts LSE higher than UCL. With Warwick coming strong as an Economics power house, I think that LSE's position at the top of the Economics table would be occupied by Warwick in the near future.

I do not study at any of the universities, but it seems that you do. I am basing my judgments on information that I obtained from chatting with friends and relatives from both universities and also rankings.
On what basis? What are the drivers you considered to come to that conclusion?
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