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Is the social life at imperial college london really as bad as everyone says it is? If anyone is a student there currently, I would appreciate it so much if you wouldn't mind answering these questions in as much detail as possible.
- Is the gender ratio very apparent?
- Do students even socialise?
- Is there a decent nightlife?
- Is there opportunity to have a life outside of your uni work?
Original post by aran_cp
Is the social life at imperial college london really as bad as everyone says it is? If anyone is a student there currently, I would appreciate it so much if you wouldn't mind answering these questions in as much detail as possible.
- Is the gender ratio very apparent?
- Do students even socialise?
- Is there a decent nightlife?
- Is there opportunity to have a life outside of your uni work?

Whilst I'm the worst person to answer this question, since I'm here I will do my best. So my experience isn’t as a proper Imperial student bc I didn't live on campus during first year bc of covid and we didn't go on campus unless it was for tutorials (once a fortnight) and labs (approx. rarely- twice a term). I can say that outside of work u will have time but (and this is a big but) it all depends how u schedule and keep on top of things. It's like this with almost every uni but ofc Imperial is discredited for the work load I.e. student review on satisfaction is very low according to the Guardians research I believe. Gender ratio wise I'm not sure. For chemistry it seems equal and if anything it seems there's more females than males in some of my classes. That's for chemistry tho and it could just be an odd coincidence for me idk. Students socialise. It's not like the myth is fully true. It's just ppl most probably socialise w those they either live w or near and those in their classes. I personally don't have per say any friends but that's a) bc of a lack of trying and b) I wasn't on campus alot nor live in uni accom. And I can't answer the nightlife one bc a) I'm Muslims so I don't party like that and b) I wasn't on campus/ uni accom sorry. Hope this helps or is atleast a bit useful:smile:
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Original post by aran_cp
Is the social life at imperial college london really as bad as everyone says it is? If anyone is a student there currently, I would appreciate it so much if you wouldn't mind answering these questions in as much detail as possible.
- Is the gender ratio very apparent?
- Do students even socialise?
- Is there a decent nightlife?
- Is there opportunity to have a life outside of your uni work?


Gender ratio apparent? Yeah you notice it, but it also would be the case if you were doing a physics/engineering/computing course at any university. At other universities, arts and humanities courses balance it out so that the overall ratio is equal. Anyway, the proportion of female students has been slowly increasing.

Do students socialise? Of course they do.

Decent nightlife? Mate, it's London.

Life outside of uni work: yes. It does depend on how much work you actually choose to do. Inevitably there will come times when you do have to sacrifice going out to meet a project deadline or something. But not often, in my experience.
Very few women
Not much socialising
No decent nightlife
People do like to go out but work load is high
If you want to party for 4 years go somewhere else.
Original post by aran_cp
Is the social life at imperial college london really as bad as everyone says it is? If anyone is a student there currently, I would appreciate it so much if you wouldn't mind answering these questions in as much detail as possible.
- Is the gender ratio very apparent?
- Do students even socialise?
- Is there a decent nightlife?
- Is there opportunity to have a life outside of your uni work


I'm an Imperial alumni (graduated in 2011) and honestly reading through some of rubbish in threads on this website about Imperial's poor social life and "nerdy geeks" is just so despairing. Often from people who've never attended or going of lazy stereotypes & tropes to perhaps to justify their own inability to get in.

Your social life is what you want it to be! It's a London university and you're not restricted to your campus or your social circle - especially in 2022 when you have god knows how many social apps to meet like-minded people. If you want a good social life in London you can find one easily regardless of the university you're attending.

And the dumb stereotype that super clever people can't have fun is just that. Like people have some finite capacity for successful traits and so if you're super smart you have to be weak socially to compensate. It's amazing how despite how often liberal some university students claim to be they'll happily trot out stereotypes to bash so called "nerdy geeky males" - something they wouldn't do to a minority group.

Anyway tl;dr - Imperial is a fantastic place to study and it's world class academic reputation speaks for itself. It only ranks behind Oxbridge in the UK in that and whilst any university degree is not a guarantee of career success, it unquestionably gives you a leg above any other non-Oxbridge university in the UK job market. You can still have a fantastic social life and it's not worth losing those mentioned benefits just because of unjustified stereotypes about Imperial's poor social life.
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