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Hi so I have offers from both UCL and Imperial for medicine but I'm not sure which is the better option and was wondering if anyone had some advice.
I sort of had my heart set on UCL because I got an offer at the start of January so it's kind of been in my head that i'd go there for the past few months, but last night i got an offer from Imperial and it said i'd been awarded a scholarship.
I liked both when I visited/went for interviews but UCL seems more central and fun (just the vibe i got after talking to students who go to both but may be a misconception).
London's so expensive though so maybe it would be wiser to choose Imperial as I have a partial scholarship and both universities are amazing in their own right.

Does anyone have any advice? honestly it's not a bad issue to have but i just want to make the right decision, thanks
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How much is the scholarship?

Note that Imperial has substantially changed its course structure recently - hopefully you are well aware of that.

Imperial is clearly sciences only, and is heavily male dominated. You do hear anecdotes about social life there... I couldn't vouch for accuracy at all.

What factors are important to you?
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(Original post by coffeebanana)
Hi so I have offers from both UCL and Imperial for medicine but I'm not sure which is the better option and was wondering if anyone had some advice.
I sort of had my heart set on UCL because I got an offer at the start of January so it's kind of been in my head that i'd go there for the past few months, but last night i got an offer from Imperial and it said i'd been awarded a scholarship.
I liked both when I visited/went for interviews but UCL seems more central and fun (just the vibe i got after talking to students who go to both but may be a misconception).
London's so expensive though so maybe it would be wiser to choose Imperial as I have a partial scholarship and both universities are amazing in their own right.

Does anyone have any advice? honestly it's not a bad issue to have but i just want to make the right decision, thanks
Am in the same dilemma as u, but I have no scholarship coz international student
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How much is the scholarship?

Note that Imperial has substantially changed its course structure recently - hopefully you are well aware of that.

Imperial is clearly sciences only, and is heavily male dominated. You do hear anecdotes about social life there... I couldn't vouch for accuracy at all.

What factors are important to you?
Obviously academics are important but i consider both universities to be at a similar level for that. Otherwise student satisfaction is an important factor. I've seen that Imperial's is higher (https://www.thecompleteuniversitygui...kings/medicine) but from what I've heard, UCL medical students generally have more time to socialise and are more chill and since medicine is such a busy course that's also very important to me.
The scholarship is £1000 a year for 4 years. It's not loads but I think I'd feel quite guilty throwing away that much money because it all makes a difference.
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Am in the same dilemma as u, but I have no scholarship coz international student
what do you think you are going to do? i have until the 19th of may to make my decision but with all the uncertainty around university places with the coronavirus issue my parents think i should firm as soon as possible
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Obviously academics are important but i consider both universities to be at a similar level for that. Otherwise student satisfaction is an important factor. I've seen that Imperial's is higher (https://www.thecompleteuniversitygui...kings/medicine) but from what I've heard, UCL medical students generally have more time to socialise and are more chill and since medicine is such a busy course that's also very important to me.
The scholarship is £1000 a year for 4 years. It's not loads but I think I'd feel quite guilty throwing away that much money because it all makes a difference.
Yeah they both do very similarly in exams too.

Imperial's satisfaction will be re: the old course though. Now that they've made changes, which I understand are substantial, we won't really know. Clearly this year are super annoyed as they were told they were getting the old course, but are now being forced into the new one that they didn't know about on application.

Problem is, 'what you've heard' probably isn't all that reliable. If its all you've got to go on though :dontknow:

£4k is a lot to some people and not much at all to others. Think about how it will actually affect your life - how much you will need to spend, how much you will have available as things stand - and consider it in that light.
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what do you think you are going to do? i have until the 19th of may to make my decision but with all the uncertainty around university places with the coronavirus issue my parents think i should firm as soon as possible
Hmm I'm not sure which school I prefer yet, if u dont mind me asking, r u leaning towards imperial or UCL at the moment and why?
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