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Cambridge or UCL law?

Hi,
I've got an offer from both Cambridge and UCL for law, but am unsure which to choose. Cambridge has higher academic prestige and career prospects yet it feels like I'd have more fun at UCL, and it would be a bit less intense academically. It also feels more like my scene than cambridge although it is more expensive which is also important to consider. Any advice on which to firm would be greatly appreciated
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it depends on you tbh. what you want to do after uni and wear you live. if you're international look into accommodation and prices of living in Cambridge and in central London and see what works for you. cambridge has more of a name but is less casual and i personally would go for ucl since i live nearby but it all goes down to you and your personal preferences. talk to people who've gone to both (through alumni networks and on the internet) that way you get an actual representation of what each uni is like and not just what they're paid to say.
Original post by sebgentile01
Hi,
I've got an offer from both Cambridge and UCL for law, but am unsure which to choose. Cambridge has higher academic prestige and career prospects yet it feels like I'd have more fun at UCL, and it would be a bit less intense academically. It also feels more like my scene than cambridge although it is more expensive which is also important to consider. Any advice on which to firm would be greatly appreciated

Go with your gut.
Both are going to be fairly academically intense. You can have as much or little fun at any uni as you wish - that's dependent on you, not the uni.

How do you feel about the supervision system at Cambridge? That is probably the biggest material difference between the two.
Original post by sebgentile01
Hi,
I've got an offer from both Cambridge and UCL for law, but am unsure which to choose. Cambridge has higher academic prestige and career prospects yet it feels like I'd have more fun at UCL, and it would be a bit less intense academically. It also feels more like my scene than cambridge although it is more expensive which is also important to consider. Any advice on which to firm would be greatly appreciated

I note you claim on the Oxford thread to have an offer from them as well - how have you applied to both Oxford and Cambridge?
Original post by Muttley79
I note you claim on the Oxford thread to have an offer from them as well - how have you applied to both Oxford and Cambridge?

I'll be completely honest that was just me and my friend memeing on oxford decision day. My apologies but this is genuine
Original post by artful_lounger
Both are going to be fairly academically intense. You can have as much or little fun at any uni as you wish - that's dependent on you, not the uni.

How do you feel about the supervision system at Cambridge? That is probably the biggest material difference between the two.

honestly not really sure what i think about supervisions rather than seminars, i kind of prefer being in a bigger group but I think I'd adapt to whatever so it wouldn't matter that much. Do you know how much harder cambridge would be to get a first, or would i need to talk to alumni?
Original post by sebgentile01
honestly not really sure what i think about supervisions rather than seminars, i kind of prefer being in a bigger group but I think I'd adapt to whatever so it wouldn't matter that much. Do you know how much harder cambridge would be to get a first, or would i need to talk to alumni?

Cambridge will be intense and busy, but it comes with a lot of extra value. The college system is also really good and there is a lot more personal support and contact with tutors.
Are you sure you want to give up a Cambridge offer? They wouldn’t have made it if they didn’t think you could cope. And plenty of students there do loads of extracurricular things, and you would still get time to socialise.
Original post by sebgentile01
honestly not really sure what i think about supervisions rather than seminars, i kind of prefer being in a bigger group but I think I'd adapt to whatever so it wouldn't matter that much. Do you know how much harder cambridge would be to get a first, or would i need to talk to alumni?


Not sure, I imagine it'd probably be similar, you could look at if they have any published data on first rates, or make a FOIA request, I really doubt there would be a significant difference for that subject area.
Original post by sebgentile01
I'll be completely honest that was just me and my friend memeing on oxford decision day. My apologies but this is genuine


Perhaps you should rethink law ... that really wasn't very honest was it?
We do actually do things besides work at Cambridge lol. My flatmates went clubbing every single night during freshers, and they still go out a few times a week now (it's so annoying when they come back drunk and shouting at 4am). There are obviously loads of societies here too if that's something you're interested in. I don't know the accommodation situation for every college but they all seem to like shoving large groups of first years into corridors together (I'm on a corridor with 17 other people :frown:) so if you don't mind people and are good at making friends you'll probably have at least a few flatmates you get on with.

Getting a first at Cambridge would, of course, be harder though. Only a certain percentage of students in each tripos can get a first. We're competing against everyone else on our course... and they were all good enough to get into Cambridge too. We're also told where we ranked in our tripos at the end of each year which sounds both fun and horrifying (I'm a first year so I can't even really guess where I'll rank yet). I'm a natsci so I can't say anything about law specifically.
Original post by Muttley79
Perhaps you should rethink law ... that really wasn't very honest was it?

lmfao chill
Original post by sebgentile01
Hi,
I've got an offer from both Cambridge and UCL for law, but am unsure which to choose. Cambridge has higher academic prestige and career prospects yet it feels like I'd have more fun at UCL, and it would be a bit less intense academically. It also feels more like my scene than cambridge although it is more expensive which is also important to consider. Any advice on which to firm would be greatly appreciated

Never really heard UCL decribed as a fun place before :confused:

London unis don't have high student satisfaction so Cambridge would probably be more fun if you can cope with the pressure. I would only pick UCL if I loved big cities
Original post by sebgentile01
Hi,
I've got an offer from both Cambridge and UCL for law, but am unsure which to choose. Cambridge has higher academic prestige and career prospects yet it feels like I'd have more fun at UCL, and it would be a bit less intense academically. It also feels more like my scene than cambridge although it is more expensive which is also important to consider. Any advice on which to firm would be greatly appreciated

Go to Cambridge
Original post by Muttley79
Perhaps you should rethink law ... that really wasn't very honest was it?


Original post by Tammie2345524
We do actually do things besides work at Cambridge lol. My flatmates went clubbing every single night during freshers, and they still go out a few times a week now (it's so annoying when they come back drunk and shouting at 4am). There are obviously loads of societies here too if that's something you're interested in. I don't know the accommodation situation for every college but they all seem to like shoving large groups of first years into corridors together (I'm on a corridor with 17 other people :frown:) so if you don't mind people and are good at making friends you'll probably have at least a few flatmates you get on with.

Getting a first at Cambridge would, of course, be harder though. Only a certain percentage of students in each tripos can get a first. We're competing against everyone else on our course... and they were all good enough to get into Cambridge too. We're also told where we ranked in our tripos at the end of each year which sounds both fun and horrifying (I'm a first year so I can't even really guess where I'll rank yet). I'm a natsci so I can't say anything about law specifically.


You went out every night… during FRESHERS 🥶 wow your flatmates sound mental lad
Original post by harrysbar
Never really heard UCL decribed as a fun place before :confused:

London unis don't have high student satisfaction so Cambridge would probably be more fun if you can cope with the pressure. I would only pick UCL if I loved big cities

I could not agree more. There is nothing particularly special about UCL or any of the other London universities, apart from the fact that they are in London and are thus well known the world over. The 'big four' (UCL, KCL, Imperial and LSE) are, of course, very fine places of learning but have nowhere near the pedigree of Cambridge. Having obtained a place at Cambridge it would be foolish to let it go unless the desire to live and study in London was the overriding priority.
Original post by LawStudent456
You went out every night… during FRESHERS 🥶 wow your flatmates sound mental lad

I didn't go out once. I don't like crowds, don't drink alcohol and would hate to listen to drunk people shouting so clubbing would not be a pleasant experience :smile: but yes, my flatmates are crazy. One of them came back drunk and decided to karate kick a door down.
Original post by Tammie2345524
I didn't go out once. I don't like crowds, don't drink alcohol and would hate to listen to drunk people shouting so clubbing would not be a pleasant experience :smile: but yes, my flatmates are crazy. One of them came back drunk and decided to karate kick a door down.


What’s even the point of moving out for uni lmao
Original post by LawStudent456
What’s even the point of moving out for uni lmao

... So that I can study at said university? I don't live in Cambridge.

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