My firm choice will be Cambridge, but it looks highly unlikely that I am going to make my offer. My two next options are imperial vs. Edinburgh both for Biochemistry. I realise Imperial has the better reputation, but I've always had my doubts about it.
My issues with imperial are the following:
1) Living in London seems dreadful. Spending ages commuting to and fro, having to rent out some dingy little apartment after first year in the middle of London, all feels a bit overwhelming and very unconducive to a typical student life.
2) Cost 9000 Vs 0 (EU) + excruciating living costs in London vs Edinburgh
3) Grim reviews about social life/ student satisfaction. Large proportion of international (particularly asian) students that bring the workaholic culture along with them. Apparent dissatisfaction with the actual course and feedback from lecturers.
It seems to me as if Imperial is a bit of a degree factory, disinterested in its own students and full of Oxbridge rejects who keep their head down for 3 years, power through their degree and emerge straight into a 9-5 job (albeit with a higher salary). My questions are then: Am I very wrong about any of my impressions? And, if not, then is Imperial really worth it in terms of graduate prospects thereafter compared to Edinburgh (especially with respect to international employer reputation)? Will an imperial degree make right all those years spent missing out on a conventional student life and sprouting grey hairs in London life?
The decision deadline is very soon and I'm leaning towards Edinburgh, but I just thought I would give it one last thought in this post. Any responses are welcome!
P.S. Might be wrong thread, but is there any difference in terms of reapplying to Cambridge while at Imperial Vs. Edinburgh? Or are both highly discouraged?
Would you pay less for a humanities degree?