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I am a student from the US and deciding between LSE and UCL for a MSc in Social Policy and Planning or an MA History. Does anyone have any idea about these programs? Or, more importantly how social life is for postgrads at either of these places? What kind of people go to each school? And where is the best place for postgrads to live?
I need to decide soon which offer to accept and being an international student it is hard to get the insider information on these places!
Thanks so much!
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I am a student from the US and deciding between LSE and UCL for a MSc in Social Policy and Planning or an MA History. Does anyone have any idea about these programs? Or, more importantly how social life is for postgrads at either of these places? What kind of people go to each school? And where is the best place for postgrads to live?
I need to decide soon which offer to accept and being an international student it is hard to get the insider information on these places!
Thanks so much!
It depends on what you are looking for. Overall it probably would be wise to make your decision based on which course you'd prefer to do, take a look at the content and structure. Your prospects after completion will depend on how well you do during the course, so do I cannot overemphasise the importance of this decision.

Aside from that, the graduate school at UCL is incredibly easy to get into. The university does not have a significant international reputation, I think just about anybody with any ole 2:1 from absolutely any university can get in with a worrying degree of ease. The LSE on the other hand is renowned for its graduate school, your fellow classmates are likely to be far better qualified at the LSE.

UCL is a good undergraduate school, but I don't think it's much more than that. There is not sufficient demand on a large proportion of its graduate degrees, therefore the standards seem to decline at that particular level. This does not happen at the LSE, due to its international reputation. Incidentally, I do believe that your fellow countrymen make up the largest intake outside of the EU. Aside from that though, overall even UCL is a well respected institution, although, I would say that you should only go there if you have a very strong preference for that particuar degree.

There are other factors you may wish to consider. As you must be well aware, the LSE is a specialist institution, the plus point being that you can take outside modules throughout the school in whatever field you wish to study alongside what you're doing in your own department. Of course you may be able to do this at other universities, however at the LSE due to its highly specialised nature, just the sheer scale of the study options you're likely to have is perhaps unique. UCL is of course multi-faculty so the student population of the university is more diverse in what they're studying, this could be a plus point if you've many outside interests.

Regarding location, if you've not actually been over, geographically they're located in close proximity of each other, perhaps a 10-15 min. walk, so that's not a factor. Following on from this, due to the close proximity, there's a good deal of interaction between students throughout London, it's very easy getting to know people from any of the universities nearby. You may also want to think about intercollegiate halls, due to there greater diversity. Although, unfortunately, unless things have changed, there is no guarantee of university accommodation at the LSE-bit of shame really.
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Thank you JS for all that knowledge! I really did not know much of what you told me, so I really appreciate you taking the time to explain the intricacies of the schools.
thanks again!
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definetly go for LSE
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