(Original post by themechanist)
I know immediately, people will think Imperial no brainer but having visited both unis and done extensive research I've weighed pros and cons of both unis. I received offers from both Bath and Imperial almost straight away after applying along with receiving a scholarship from Imperial. (my ps and interview at imperial went well).
During university I'm planning a start up company in electronics/robotics and I want my later career to heavily focus on robotics technology development.
The course at Imperial is Design Engineering
The course at Bath is Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
-In global top ten
-Course covers both mech and elec topics
-Opportunities for starting company with industry links and in london
-London is closer to home
-Very large work load apparently
-Course talks about product development excessively (I like engineering for the sake of engineering)
-Terrible Social Life
-Expensive to live in
-In Top ten of UK universities
-Course covers both mech and elec topics
-Campus is amazing
-Social life looks amazing
-Far from home
-Not as reputable as Imperial
-Not sure if reputation will drag me down as oppose to being at imperial
I do like both courses very much and need opinions and thoughts on what I should. I'm going to firm imperial and backup bath regardless but come results day I want to be 100% sure on which uni.
My main piece of advice would be to not rely on university rankings or reputations, as this can be very misleading since there is a LOT more to university than this. Imperial may be higher ranked overall than Bath, but it has remarkably low student satisfaction and hence a higher drop-out rate. On the other hand, the student satisfaction at Bath is one of, if not the highest in the UK. Aside from that, Bath has an outstanding reputation with world-class researchers and students alike (for example, many of my lecturers have defined new dinosaur species and do ground-breaking research in bacterial genomics). It's important to remember that rankings are not a true representation of a university's reputation and calibre.
As you said, London is a very expensive place to live as a student. This can be quite stressful as a student when you're trying to also maintain a balance between studying & socialising. Bath is more expensive than other student towns, but it certainly isn't as expensive as London so this is a massive perk of Bath over Imperial. Also, in London universities you usuallly have to live in halls across the city in first year, whereas at Bath you have the benefit of living in halls on campus (there are 2 halls in the city centre but it is very central) so it is a lot
more social and a lot less stressful (i.e. in terms of getting to lectures etc. on time).
With regards to your desire to start a company, Bath offers a placement year which would be massively beneficial. Some of the companies people go on to do placements (often paid) with include Rolls-Royce, McClaren, General Motors, Ford, Red Bull F1 etc. Aside from giving invaluable experience and making you massively more employable than students from other universities, a lot of these companies often offer the placement students graduate jobs. Even if you didn't want to pursue a career with these companies, the experience and industry links obtained from a placement would be hugely beneficial for starting a company. As well as placements, there's tonnes of extra-curricular things that would help you in your aspirations to start a company. For example, many engineering students take part in Team Bath Racing - you can find out more information about it here
As you said, the course at Bath is amazing. It covers more topics than a lot of unis and focuses more on the engineering as opposed to excessive product development which you mentioned you weren't keen on. The Bath course is one of the most renowned in the UK, and the university has an outstanding reputation (regardless of where it is ranked relative to Imperial).
Overall, from what you've said it's clear you're aware that Bath is more suited to you with regards to social life, course content, affordability, student satisfaction and campus. As I've said, the placements programme and extra-curricular activities are also another perk. I'd definitely suggest considering Bath, as things like social life, course content and student satisfaction are massively overlooked in favour of ranking charts, but they're far more important. There's no point going to a highly ranked university if you'll be miserable and want to drop out, especially when you don't think the course is right for you.
I hope this has helped give you some more insight into Bath, and feel free to ask if you have any more questions.
Eryn, a 2nd year Natural Sciences student