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    Hey guys,

    just wondering if anyone could suggest which you pick if u wer to choose between going to London School of Economics or Boston University? Dont forget to take the potential social life, or lack thereof, into account.
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    I don't think anyone will know the answer to this one to be honest- most people on here are English and will say LSE, I'd really see if you could get on an American board and ask current Boston Students what they think, and get onto the LSE section of this website and do the same. You're probably not going to get any objective comparison or anyone with experience on both on here I'm afraid- and unfortunately that won't stop people telling you that one is so much better than the other either...
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    Gotta agree with the guy above, no-one here will really know about Boston so it's hard to say. I do know that LSE is excellent though, and that a lot of people would give their right hand for a place there.
    You should look into the comparative costs for the two places and which culture you'd like to live in for a few years and try and make an informed decision. There are very few on here who could give you an objective opinion on it.
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    (Original post by cougar12)
    Hey guys,

    just wondering if anyone could suggest which you pick if u wer to choose between going to London School of Economics or Boston University? Dont forget to take the potential social life, or lack thereof, into account.
    tbf, unless your pretty poor (which includes house, savings, etc. as US universities cunningly take into account your assets when calculating your need) uni in the US costs bare $$$.

    LSE has a better rep (ie. prestige, which is very helpful to get into competitive jobs eg. IB, Law) esp. in the UK.

    Dno about social life, but you'd have to think that it was a lot better to justify the extra cost and lack of prestige IMO.

    Also US undergrad is 4 years vs. 3 years in the UK for the same level degree - so an extra year of cost.
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    Off topic, but I met the dean of Boston while on holiday in the Caribbean a few years ago.
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    Hey people-- so, I didn't go to BU, though I did go to school in the states (I'm coming to the UK for grad school). From what I understand about school abroad, the most basic difference about college in the US is that you get a liberal arts education, unless you're doing grad work or in a special program--though with the latter, you probably still have different multidisciplinary requirements. That means you don't enter college specifying in a specific field. Instead, you go there and pursue your interests as well as some others--maybe even putter around different majors until your sophomore year, while fulfilling different requirements. From what I've heard, we may end up less specialized, but we also get a broader sense of other fields of study. There is just more open to you.
    Also-- while tuition here is a bit pricier, the pound is a lot stronger than the dollar, so that's something to consider.

    Socially speaking-- its always cool to meet international students, and to explore life somewhere new. I have friends that love Boston, but I don't know exactly what its like socially, especially in contrast to LSE. I do think that being able to explore America or just the Northeast would be cool ($15--or cheaper-- buses to NYC from Boston, for example-- that's what, 9 pounds?). It gives you a different experience and outlook on life-- and, I would imagine-- makes you stand out as a student, job applicant, human, whatever. (Not that you don't stand out if you don't have some costly international experience-- I just think its a cool opportunity). Also, people will probably find your accent sexy.

    I'm not sure if this is helpful-- probably very rambling and vague and you should probably google around from American student sites and take things with a grain of salt. Maybe even look on facebook. One thing I always encourage people to do is email professors (in the UK and US) and ask what they think too-- they've seen it all, and can suggest what might be helpful to you.
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    man, I used the word "cool" too many times in that post. I need to get some sleep.
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    (Original post by 0404343m)
    I don't think anyone will know the answer to this one to be honest- most people on here are English and will say LSE, I'd really see if you could get on an American board and ask current Boston Students what they think, and get onto the LSE section of this website and do the same. You're probably not going to get any objective comparison or anyone with experience on both on here I'm afraid- and unfortunately that won't stop people telling you that one is so much better than the other either...

    Thanks, ive now been on a couple of other US boards, but i was still wondering, even after looking at the LSE sections of this website, if anyone could tell me if the social life is good in LSE. the LSE sections are all dated 2005 and 2006 so is there any new info i could get on the matter. Ive been given a place in High Holborn hall of residence, if tht will help.
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    If you wanna find out more about social life then go to the LSE forum: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=19

    You will be in London though, so there will be TONS of stuff to do, a great nightlife and good cultural stuff. As i said though, ask on the forum about the SU, what student are like etc.
 
 
 
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