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    Some have mentioned online that Birkbeck is for older students and you won't have the same experience as other Universities as a first year student and I can't seem to see why? Others have mentioned they only do evening courses which could possibly be the reason?

    Although it is ranked fairly high in London Universities, I don't want to miss out on full university experience
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    I was considering Birkbeck for Computer Science because my grades seemed like a good fit and they had a good ranking, so I visited three times. It might be okay for subjects other than computer science but the lecturers left a very bad impression on me. During my visits I was mostly surrounded by mature learners and they tended to be quite friendly.. The university it's self is quite nice. They mostly have evening courses but i do think they have some courses during the day but they are quite rare. They do have societies for most things so you should be able to meet new people quite easily. I'm not sure about socialising with people on the course as I would think they would have jobs during the day and might be too tired after the evening sessions to go out. You would definitely miss out on the "full university experience" that you're looking for and it probably isn't the university you're looking for at this point in your life.
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    I had an offer from them through clearing last year but had to withdraw. I'm not the most sociable person but even so, the fact that everyone was a lot older than me put me off and the whole 'evening class' stuff didn't fit my lifestyle because I don't have a 9-5 job. I'd say you're much better off at a different university. If you can't through to anywhere, I'd strongly suggest a gap year because one year off is better than 3 wasted.

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    (Original post by Notorious123)
    Some have mentioned online that Birkbeck is for older students and you won't have the same experience as other Universities as a first year student and I can't seem to see why? Others have mentioned they only do evening courses which could possibly be the reason?

    Although it is ranked fairly high in London Universities, I don't want to miss out on full university experience
    You need to check the details of your course for how the timetable is likely to work for you. It is true that because their part-time degrees are targetted at people with jobs and so they are largely based on evening sessions, but I'm not sure the same is true for full-time degrees.
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    It totally depends on your course. There's loads of traditional uni age students at Birkbeck aswell. Its definitely a different experience to a campus uni but the student union area and bar etc is shared with other Uni of London students so socialising isn't an issue unless you make it


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