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Warwick, Durham or Imperial?

Hi, I'm a student applying for Chemistry in 2022. I'm still awaiting my offers from these three universities. My problem is that even assuming that I get offers from these choices (unlikely, I know), I'm really not sure what where to go.
On the one hand, Imperial is the most prestigious, but I don't have the work ethic to go there and I'm not sure if I will be happy there. I think that I would enjoy living in London, the only constraint for Imperial is the workload and little social life. I am a very sociable person so social life is very important to me.

Durham is a great school for chemistry, but I visited it and was shocked by how posh everyone seemed. Don't get me wrong, I am quite posh but Durham was on a whole other level. How much better than durham than Warwick for chemistry?

I know that if I go to warwick, I will have fun. It seems like the perfect university for social life. My only concern is that it is not as prestigious as Imperial or Durham. However, if I can get a first at Warwick, is that as valuable for employers than a 2:1 at Imperial or Durham?
What do you guys think. I would love to hear from students who are studying at these unis.
Original post by Ohsilver64
Hi, I'm a student applying for Chemistry in 2022. I'm still awaiting my offers from these three universities. My problem is that even assuming that I get offers from these choices (unlikely, I know), I'm really not sure what where to go.
On the one hand, Imperial is the most prestigious, but I don't have the work ethic to go there and I'm not sure if I will be happy there. I think that I would enjoy living in London, the only constraint for Imperial is the workload and little social life. I am a very sociable person so social life is very important to me.

Durham is a great school for chemistry, but I visited it and was shocked by how posh everyone seemed. Don't get me wrong, I am quite posh but Durham was on a whole other level. How much better than durham than Warwick for chemistry?

I know that if I go to warwick, I will have fun. It seems like the perfect university for social life. My only concern is that it is not as prestigious as Imperial or Durham. However, if I can get a first at Warwick, is that as valuable for employers than a 2:1 at Imperial or Durham?
What do you guys think. I would love to hear from students who are studying at these unis.

Imperial and all other top Universities will include people who have a good work ethic, are smart and can handle high workloads; if you're going to do chemistry at university, it isn't going to be easy and that's why a lot of people respect it in the first place. London Universities are seen as having a 'bad social life' but really and truly, it's what you make of it - there are lots of people you can meet in London so if you're not willing to put yourself out there, then nobody will bother.

Imperial is by far the best out of all of them for chemistry since it specialises in science. Warwick is more so known for their business school which attracts a lot of top employers; you'll probably have heard of how it's target university, same with Imperial, for investment banks. Durham is very posh but there will be posh people at Imperial and somewhat at Warwick as well so you can't avoid them forever lol.

If you get offers from any of these Universities, be prepared to work hard, meet posh kids and get out of your comfort zone.

I'm curious as to why you didn't apply to UCL as well since the University is great and has a good social life.
How to Choose Firm and Insurance - the 'piece of paper' exercise at the end is very useful - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/university/apply/firm-and-insurance-choices

Btw, you dont need to make this decision for months - and you dont get any extra credit for making a rushed decsion.
Remember - once you have entered these decsions on UCAS, all your other offers just disapear and you can't get them back, so it makes sense to wait as long as you can.
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Thanks so much for your reply, it is really helpful. I wrote this a month ago, and feeling particularly nervous because I felt that deep down I didn’t belong at a place like Imperial and maybe I was trying to justify this feeling. Since then I have become a more confident student in general. What you said is true, and it is the best choice to take the more difficult but ultimately more rewarding option in Imperial. I’ll find a way to have fun wherever I am, so I might as well make it the best school possible.

I didn’t apply to UCL since it seemed a rather daunting school. It is great for Chemistry, but I have heard that it is very cliquey and that there is no sense of community. I know that Imperial is similar in this respect, but for whatever reason Imperial is much more appealing to me ( I know, stupid). I visited the UCL campus while doing work placement in London and it didn’t have the same glamour and appeal as Imperial and South Kensington.
Original post by Aspstudent
Imperial and all other top Universities will include people who have a good work ethic, are smart and can handle high workloads; if you're going to do chemistry at university, it isn't going to be easy and that's why a lot of people respect it in the first place. London Universities are seen as having a 'bad social life' but really and truly, it's what you make of it - there are lots of people you can meet in London so if you're not willing to put yourself out there, then nobody will bother.

Imperial is by far the best out of all of them for chemistry since it specialises in science. Warwick is more so known for their business school which attracts a lot of top employers; you'll probably have heard of how it's target university, same with Imperial, for investment banks. Durham is very posh but there will be posh people at Imperial and somewhat at Warwick as well so you can't avoid them forever lol.

If you get offers from any of these Universities, be prepared to work hard, meet posh kids and get out of your comfort zone.

I'm curious as to why you didn't apply to UCL as well since the University is great and has a good social life.
Don't think Warwick is especially well known for chemistry. Its flagship departments are maths, economics, CS and the business school. I think Imperial clearly stands head and shoulders over the other two, and I'd peg Durham ahead of Warwick for chemistry specifically. Social life is what you make of it. You can have a great social life at any uni - you can also have no social life even at the most notorious "party schools". It has nothing to do with the uni or workload and everything to do with how you manage and prioritise your time and who you engage with.

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