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Hi!

Although I'm from EU, I study in Canada, and I just finished my first year here. Unfortunately, my university decided to increase the fees once again, so I decided to transfer to the UK. I anyway wanted to do Master in the UK, so it's not a problem to move to the UK a bit earlier.

Normally, the deadline to apply is in January, but after contacting the universities and signing up on UCAS, I realized that most of the universities still have places and accept the transfer students for the fall semester in September despite that we have June now...

I selected the universities I contacted before, so I know that I can transfer to them, but I have a dilemma now. Why do they still have the places if they are really good?

So I chose Kings College London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester. I chose the universities which accept transfers in my programme and the ones which have a "good" reputation.

I checked the rankings and reviews, and I've seen a lot of people are unhappy about studying at KCL. They write that professors don't care, that the university is overrated and have aging buildings and that if you have any problems, you are left alone because no one cares about you.

Despite being lower in the rankings Birmingham and Manchester have very good reviews.
As I wait for the decision, I think now which university I really should choose in case of acceptance.
Although I would prefer to study at KCL, I care the most about the quality of teaching. It's not that I care about one or two bad reviews because there are frustrated immature and dissatisfied people everywhere but the thing is that the amount of bad reviews about KCL is significant.

What do you think about it? I study now at good university, and I don't want to choose the bad option. I've been in London many times, but somehow I never had a chance or I simply never thought to visit KCL inside.

Thank you very much for your help
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Kcl is amazing
there is obviously a reason why its ranked so high
also its quite international and has a good rep

trust me its good - whats the course btw?
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Hi!

Although I'm from EU, I study in Canada, and I just finished my first year here. Unfortunately, my university decided to increase the fees once again, so I decided to transfer to the UK. I anyway wanted to do Master in the UK, so it's not a problem to move to the UK a bit earlier.

Normally, the deadline to apply is in January, but after contacting the universities and signing up on UCAS, I realized that most of the universities still have places and accept the transfer students for the fall semester in September despite that we have June now...

I selected the universities I contacted before, so I know that I can transfer to them, but I have a dilemma now. Why do they still have the places if they are really good?

So I chose Kings College London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester. I chose the universities which accept transfers in my programme and the ones which have a "good" reputation.

I checked the rankings and reviews, and I've seen a lot of people are unhappy about studying at KCL. They write that professors don't care, that the university is overrated and have aging buildings and that if you have any problems, you are left alone because no one cares about you.

Despite being lower in the rankings Birmingham and Manchester have very good reviews.
As I wait for the decision, I think now which university I really should choose in case of acceptance.
Although I would prefer to study at KCL, I care the most about the quality of teaching. It's not that I care about one or two bad reviews because there are frustrated immature and dissatisfied people everywhere but the thing is that the amount of bad reviews about KCL is significant.

What do you think about it? I study now at good university, and I don't want to choose the bad option. I've been in London many times, but somehow I never had a chance or I simply never thought to visit KCL inside.

Thank you very much for your help
In 2018 King’s College London was ranked by QS as

the 5th best university in whole U.K.,

3rd in London,

7th in whole Europe

and 23rd in the world!

Is it like to be bad?

Take care about what’s the forum where you are taking a look...

There’s a HUGE competition between UCL and King’s, both are the biggest unis in London, covering most subjects.

LSE students, on the other hand, struggle to accept that their university are one of the lowest British unis ranked in international rankings as Shanghai and US Global ranking, LSE has a great reputation in U.K. local rankings, but the same does not happen in International rankings.

So take care where are you looking for information.

Be that as it may, if you wanna boost you career I find there’s no doubt which of those unis you have to get into, King’s as even you mentioned, have a global good reputation.
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(Original post by Leeholl)
In 2018 King’s College London was ranked by QS as

the 5th best university in whole U.K.,

3rd in London,

7th in whole Europe

and 23rd in the world!

Is it like to be bad?

Take care about what’s the forum where you are taking a look...

There’s a HUGE competition between UCL and King’s, both are the biggest unis in London, covering most subjects.

LSE students, on the other hand, struggle to accept that their university are one of the lowest British unis ranked in international rankings as Shanghai and US Global ranking, LSE has a great reputation in U.K. local rankings, but the same does not happen in International rankings.

So take care where are you looking for information.

Be that as it may, if you wanna boost you career I find there’s no doubt which of those unis you have to get into, King’s as even you mentioned, have a global good reputation.
I want to study at King's but it's definitely not as highly regarded as UCL or LSE. But yeah King's College London is held in very high regard and it underperforms in many student league tables that factor in satisfaction because apparently, the administration is quite terrible. However, you have to note that all London universities perform badly in satisfaction purely because of the fact they are in London and many aren't campus-based. If you love London then this becomes pretty irrelevant imo.

For ranking tables like QS that rank things like employment prospects and research it ranks very highly and King's has an excellent reputation. Out of all the universities OP has listed King's is probably the only one people abroad will actually know and will offer the best employment prospects by far. In fact, in some countries due to it's reputation in the past King's is probably held in higher regard then UCL.

If I was the OP I would definitely pick King's. Although there could certainly be debate about domestic reputation and which to go for internationally King's is undeniably the strongest choice.
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I want to study at King's but it's definitely not as highly regarded as UCL or LSE. But yeah King's College London is held in very high regard and it underperforms in many student league tables that factor in satisfaction because apparently, the administration is quite terrible. However, you have to note that all London universities perform badly in satisfaction purely because of the fact they are in London and many aren't campus-based. If you love London then this becomes pretty irrelevant imo.

For ranking tables like QS that rank things like employment prospects and research it ranks very highly and King's has an excellent reputation. Out of all the universities OP has listed King's is probably the only one people abroad will actually know and will offer the best employment prospects by far. In fact, in some countries due to it's reputation in the past King's is probably held in higher regard then UCL.

If I was the OP I would definitely pick King's. Although there could certainly be debate about domestic reputation and which to go for internationally King's is undeniably the strongest choice.
King’s is much higher regarded than LSE internationally, and it is expressed in any international ranking.

no way for you try to compare UCL and LSE, in general UCL is definitely much higher regarded here in the U.K. than LSE.

LSE is well-known for its business-related and social sciences courses, but not for its science-related courses and Humanities and LSE health-related programme is rubbish, definitely!
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I would have said KCL has one of the best international reputations, one of the best UK reputations at least.

I haven't heard anything notable to complain about regarding it.

From your suggestions KCL is in an entirely different league.
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King’s is much higher regarded than LSE internationally, and it is expressed in any international ranking.

no way for you try compare UCL and LSE, in general UCL is definitely much higher regarded here in the U.K. than LSE.

LSE is well-known for its business-related and social sciences courses, but not for its science-related courses and Humanities and LSE health-related programme is rubbish, defiantly!
Stop talking rubbish. No LSE is generally regarded as one of the best universities outside of Oxbridge alongside imperial and has the highest graduate prospects in the UK (in terms of graduate pay).

It doesn't even offer science courses... UCL is not as highly regarded as LSE for the courses that LSE offers, there is simply no debate. Of course, it will be more highly regarded in science courses because they don't exist.

League tables aren't everything. Do you realise that QS has criteria such as the number of citations per faculty? This will have almost no impact on employability.

No King's is not more reputable then LSE internationally. LSE is regarded as being one of the best institutions for social sciences in the entire world.

You're completely misusing the various different league tables.

King's is a fantastic university and it is my dream to study there but I don't understand why you're trying to make it something it is clearly not.
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Stop talking rubbish. No LSE is generally regarded as one of the best universities outside of Oxbridge alongside imperial and has the highest graduate prospects in the UK (in terms of graduate pay).

It doesn't even offer science courses... UCL is not as highly regarded as LSE for the courses that LSE offers, there is simply no debate. Of course, it will be more highly regarded in science courses because they don't exist.

League tables aren't everything. Do you realise that QS has criteria such as the number of citations per faculty? This will have almost no impact on employability.

No King's is not more reputable then LSE internationally. LSE is regarded as being one of the best institutions for social sciences in the entire world.

You're completely misusing the various different league tables.

King's is a fantastic university and it is my dream to study there but I don't understand why you're trying to make it something it is clearly not.
Its in that upper tier....

Oxbridge

Then: Imperial, LSE, UCL then Kings

However imo its the lowest of them,

Its not too far away from competing with the

Baths, Bristols, Nottinghams, Manchesters....its maybe slightly elevated above those names because its in London.
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(Original post by Leeholl)
King’s is much higher regarded than LSE internationally, and it is expressed in any international ranking.

no way for you try compare UCL and LSE, in general UCL is definitely much higher regarded here in the U.K. than LSE.

LSE is well-known for its business-related and social sciences courses, but not for its science-related courses and Humanities and LSE health-related programme is rubbish, defiantly!
You really believe your own ********, don't you?
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Cost of living and housing are huge issues for KCL and other London colleges. Students rate accommodations as pricey and poor. Depending on subject, Manchester, Notts and Birmingham are equal in terms of teaching and research. The only 2 areas are law and medicine where KCL excels over Man,Nott and Bham.
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Stop talking rubbish. No LSE is generally regarded as one of the best universities outside of Oxbridge alongside imperial and has the highest graduate prospects in the UK (in terms of graduate pay).

It doesn't even offer science courses... UCL is not as highly regarded as LSE for the courses that LSE offers, there is simply no debate. Of course, it will be more highly regarded in science courses because they don't exist.

League tables aren't everything. Do you realise that QS has criteria such as the number of citations per faculty? This will have almost no impact on employability.

No King's is not more reputable then LSE internationally. LSE is regarded as being one of the best institutions for social sciences in the entire world.

You're completely misusing the various different league tables.

King's is a fantastic university and it is my dream to study there but I don't understand why you're trying to make it something it is clearly not.

Mate, take it easy... What I said is just a FACT!

I know you LSE students WISH your uni was the best out Oxbridge (or as good as Oxbridge). But it is NOT.

Out of business-related courses and social sciences, nobody cares about LSE internationally.

I've had visiting positions in Latin America and Asia, in Asia when you say "LSE" majority of people in universities ask: What? Same in Latin America.

So you LSE guys, come down to earth: your uni is far away from UCL (not to mention Oxbridge), their positions in international rankings are just a proof of what I said...

In Shanghai Ranking LSE is even out of top 150! In US Global Universities LSE is out of top 50!

Ok, you don't accept facts... so carry on dreaming!
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Out of business-related courses and social sciences, nobody cares about LSE internationally.
Man, LSE doesn’t offer any sciences/med-related subjects. If you’re uninformed about it, please don’t spread the false information.

LSE and Imperial are the only 2 universities that are at Oxbridge-level. It is a FACT that they’re good at what they’re specialized at (business/economics and STEM, respectively).

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I’m pretty sure you’re not a UK national(?) judging by the way you interpret the university rankings.
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Man, LSE doesn’t offer any sciences/med-related subjects. If you’re uninformed about it, please don’t spread the false information. LSE and Imperial are the only 2 universities that are at Oxbridge-level. It is a FACT that they’re good at what they’re specialized at (business/economics and STEM, respectively).

I’m pretty sure you’re not a UK national(?)
It's the London School of Economics and Political Science

http://www.lse.ac.uk/News/Latest-new...ocial-sciences

It's one of the best for social sciences.

LSE, UCL, KCL and Durham are Oxbridge level (I think anyway....)
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It's the London School of Economics and Political Science

http://www.lse.ac.uk/News/Latest-new...ocial-sciences

It's one of the best for social sciences.

LSE, UCL, KCL and Durham are Oxbridge level (I think anyway....)
Yep, u gotta tell Leeholl about that.

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(Original post by Çharizard)
Man, LSE doesn’t offer any sciences/med-related subjects. If you’re uninformed about it, please don’t spread the false information.

LSE and Imperial are the only 2 universities that are at Oxbridge-level. It is a FACT that they’re good at what they’re specialized at (business/economics and STEM, respectively).

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I’m pretty sure you’re not a UK national(?) judging by the way you interpret the university rankings.





beyond "business/economics" and "social science", LSE offers:

Psychology
Philosophy
Accounting
Mathematics
Data science
Statistics
History
Law
English Language
Culture and the Environment
International Relations

So mate, every single uni has its own area of specialisation, where each one is reputable (sometimes as reputable as Oxbridge)! BUT LSE has a much wider range of courses than Imperial!

This is NOT about the best courses offered by LSE (in business-related and social science areas), but about LSE as a whole it is far away from UCL!

And stop hinting that LSE just offer social science and business-related courses!
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(Original post by Leeholl)
beyond "business/economics" and "social science", LSE offers:

Psychology
Philosophy
Accounting
Mathematics
Computer science
Statistics
History
Law
English Language
Culture and the Environment
International Relations

So mate, every single uni has its own area of specialisation, where each one is reputable (sometimes as reputable as Oxbridge)! BUT LSE has a much wider range of courses than Imperial!


This is NOT about the best courses offered by LSE (in business-related and social science areas), but about LSE as a whole it is far way from UCL!

And stop hinting that LSE just offer social science and business-related courses!
LSE offers computer science?... are u retarded or what mate?
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I have had family go to it and it's a good Uni, but it depends on the course you do.
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Is it any good for Comp Sci?
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I have had family go to it and it's a good Uni, but it depends on the course you do.
Exactly, as any uni!

I think just Imperial ranks in QS Top 30 of all courses it offers haha
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Exactly, as any uni!

I think just Imperial ranks in QS Top 30 of all courses it offers haha
indeed. i rate KCL highly.
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