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I have received an offer from imperial to study biochemistry next year. I know I should go there as I know it will set me up but I’m wondering what the social scene is like? I’ve heard that nobody goes out and has a life but idk if that’s true. Please help as having a good social life is very important to me
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I'm literally worrying about the exact same thing haha.
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I'm literally worrying about the exact same thing haha.
I’m so stressed about it and having no friends to go out with
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I’m so stressed about it and having no friends to go out with
If I get my preference college at Durham I'm likely to pick it over ICL for that exact reason. Its gonna be a difficult decision though cus its 3rd in the World for Civil Engineering lol.
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I have received an offer from imperial to study biochemistry next year. I know I should go there as I know it will set me up but I’m wondering what the social scene is like? I’ve heard that nobody goes out and has a life but idk if that’s true. Please help as having a good social life is very important to me
you will not have anything that resembles a social life in Imperial. people go there to get a good degree from a world famous uni. the good news is that the 3 years will fly ridiculously fast.
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If I get my preference college at Durham I'm likely to pick it over ICL for that exact reason. Its gonna be a difficult decision though cus its 3rd in the World for Civil Engineering lol.
Yeh I have bristol which I am considering over it but an icl degree will be better but I also don’t wanna have a bad 4 years
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you will not have anything that resembles a social life in Imperial. people go there to get a good degree from a world famous uni. the good news is that the 3 years will fly ridiculously fast.
Oh god is it really that bad???
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Oh god is it really that bad???
honestly degrees from imperial are a lot of work (as they are from any uni) so the lack of a social life will only affect the 10% of your time you could even devote to one. the main problem with imperial is the low student satisfaction rather than the social life. but as someone who has graduated, do not underestimate the importance of how quickly the time will fly. one term/semester is like 15 weeks before exams but the benefits of an imperial degree will be enduring
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honestly degrees from imperial are a lot of work (as they are from any uni) so the lack of a social life will only affect the 10% of your time you could even devote to one. the main problem with imperial is the low student satisfaction rather than the social life. but as someone who has graduated, do not underestimate the importance of how quickly the time will fly. one term/semester is like 15 weeks before exams but the benefits of an imperial degree will be enduring
So is there no social life at all? Is everyone ok with having no life
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So is there no social life at all? Is everyone ok with having no life
of course there is a social life... but it's not going to be Leeds or Newcastle is it!
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Hey, so I'm currently in my second year at Imperial and I see people worrying about this a lot so figured I'd respond! Obviously yes, it may not be as much of a social life as at a different uni purely because there is more work involved in the degree, however, the idea that there is no social life at all is very much false. Whilst you do get some people who don't go out at all and spend all their time studying, you will also find a large amount who enjoy drinking and going out. I know people who go clubbing at least once a week, whereas I also know people who have never been out since being at imperial - it really depends on what you want to do. Personally, I will go out and do something with friends at least once a week - whether this is drinking, going out for a meal or going on a random outing, and I'm still finding lots of time to actually focus on my work! Hope this helps a bit (and isn't just my vaguely drunk rambling)
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Hey, so I'm currently in my second year at Imperial and I see people worrying about this a lot so figured I'd respond! Obviously yes, it may not be as much of a social life as at a different uni purely because there is more work involved in the degree, however, the idea that there is no social life at all is very much false. Whilst you do get some people who don't go out at all and spend all their time studying, you will also find a large amount who enjoy drinking and going out. I know people who go clubbing at least once a week, whereas I also know people who have never been out since being at imperial - it really depends on what you want to do. Personally, I will go out and do something with friends at least once a week - whether this is drinking, going out for a meal or going on a random outing, and I'm still finding lots of time to actually focus on my work! Hope this helps a bit (and isn't just my vaguely drunk rambling)
Thank you this helps so much! I talked to someone else who said the exact same thing so I’m confident now I’ll be ok
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First of all , congrats! I am a prospective imperial engineering student so I have the exact same question in my mind

Second of all, gonna keep watch on this thread for any survival tips regarding ICL!
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I don't know what some of you guys are on about, there's constantly bar nights, pub crawls and people are out Friday, Wednesday and sometimes Tuesday nights. The reason it's not a total sesh fest with drugs and alcohol every night is because to get into here you were most likely very smart and able to focus on your work, so people tend to be inclined to actually care about and put some effort into their course. Just find the balance.
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I have received an offer from imperial to study biochemistry next year. I know I should go there as I know it will set me up but I’m wondering what the social scene is like? I’ve heard that nobody goes out and has a life but idk if that’s true. Please help as having a good social life is very important to me
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I'm literally worrying about the exact same thing haha.
Sounds like you guys are guaranteed to find at least one friend there.
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I don't know what some of you guys are on about, there's constantly bar nights, pub crawls and people are out Friday, Wednesday and sometimes Tuesday nights. The reason it's not a total sesh fest with drugs and alcohol every night is because to get into here you were most likely very smart and able to focus on your work, so people tend to be inclined to actually care about and put some effort into their course. Just find the balance.
but isn't the other major factor being London isn't a student city?
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So is there no social life at all? Is everyone ok with having no life
It's London (and Imperial is in the nicest part of the city!), there are loads of things to do.

Maybe the party scene isn't quite the same as in other places but it's nonsense to say that you won't have a life, university is what you make of it really. London has loads of other universities too, and you have the opportunity to meet people from everywhere through societies, sports clubs, nights out etc.
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but isn't the other major factor being London isn't a student city?
Apart from the 400k students spread across 39 higher education institutions.
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but it's not the same is it
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but it's not the same is it
I don’t know what you’re looking for really. What do you get in a “student city” that you don’t have in London?
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