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hi im currently in year 12 planning to apply for chemistry this year
ive considered a few options for uni (2025 start) and one of them happens to be imperial, but whenever its mentioned i get many comments telling me not to study in london because of bad student experience and very high living costs
is this true? i really like the chemistry course from what ive seen on the website and am planning to go to the open days soon but is being a student in london as bad as people say?
Original post by lola028
hi im currently in year 12 planning to apply for chemistry this year
ive considered a few options for uni (2025 start) and one of them happens to be imperial, but whenever its mentioned i get many comments telling me not to study in london because of bad student experience and very high living costs
is this true? i really like the chemistry course from what ive seen on the website and am planning to go to the open days soon but is being a student in london as bad as people say?

lots of my friends go to london unis and others various places, i'd say each uni experience is relatively similar in terms of cost etc... London is definitely busier but i also think job options are more readily available... I think it just comes down to whether you'd prefer campus or city based both are great though..
Original post by lola028
hi im currently in year 12 planning to apply for chemistry this year
ive considered a few options for uni (2025 start) and one of them happens to be imperial, but whenever its mentioned i get many comments telling me not to study in london because of bad student experience and very high living costs
is this true? i really like the chemistry course from what ive seen on the website and am planning to go to the open days soon but is being a student in london as bad as people say?


Being in London is great in my opinion! But it's not for everybody. It's a huge place, really busy (nothing ever stops), and really expensive. But it's a really fun place to be, because there's always something happening. If you come here with an open mind, you'll definitely have a good student experience.
Original post by lola028
hi im currently in year 12 planning to apply for chemistry this year
ive considered a few options for uni (2025 start) and one of them happens to be imperial, but whenever its mentioned i get many comments telling me not to study in london because of bad student experience and very high living costs
is this true? i really like the chemistry course from what ive seen on the website and am planning to go to the open days soon but is being a student in london as bad as people say?

It's not a typical uni experience. You wont have the closedness, fishbowl experience you get on campus.
I went to LSE and tbh I regret it greatly, if I had my time again I would have gone outside London for uni

But it depends on the person, many love London and all it has to offer
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Original post by Zürich
It's not a typical uni experience. You wont have the closedness, fishbowl experience you get on campus.
I went to LSE and tbh I regret it greatly, if I had my time again I would have gone outside London for uni
But it depends on the person, many love London and all it has to offer

oooo ok thats interesting
yeah i guess it depends on the person, i used to live in london and loved it (never wanted to leave haha) but i dont want to go and regret it hopefully the open days are good
im honestly stuck between campus and city like london
Original post by lola028
oooo ok thats interesting
yeah i guess it depends on the person, i used to live in london and loved it (never wanted to leave haha) but i dont want to go and regret it hopefully the open days are good
im honestly stuck between campus and city like london

Most likely youll live in London for work after Uni so you will have all of that experience too
You will never have the campus experience and all of those memories
Original post by lola028
hi im currently in year 12 planning to apply for chemistry this year
ive considered a few options for uni (2025 start) and one of them happens to be imperial, but whenever its mentioned i get many comments telling me not to study in london because of bad student experience and very high living costs
is this true? i really like the chemistry course from what ive seen on the website and am planning to go to the open days soon but is being a student in london as bad as people say?

@lola028

Imperial is up there as one of the best places to go for science, so if you want to study there don't be deterred it will definitely look great on your CV and open doors for you.

You have previously lived in London, so you already know what the place is like. Universities bring their own mini bubbles of culture and I guess how much you get out of that depends on how much you get involved and plugged into the different events and activities available. Perhaps, realistically wherever you go there will be demands on your time due to the nature of your course, but hopefully wherever you decide to go you can find a good balance!

All the best,

Oluwatosin 3rd year student University of Huddersfield

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