Imperial College London

Kensington and Chelsea | South East England

Varied union activities City

Ucas code: I50

Fittingly positioned on Exhibition Road London's historical central hub of Science, Technology and Culture Imperial College London is consistently ranked in the top ten of world universities. You will find all 15,000 students share a 'work hard, play hard' attitude. There are 320 different clubs and societies and Imperial graduates have one of the highest average starting salaries in the UK.
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What students say about this university

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    • The upside

      Good learning infrastructure all around, good lecturers, IT facilities, library facilities etc

      2012, 9th year, Clinical Medicine

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    • Everyday expenses

      The cost of living in London is higher than in other places, but that doesn't necessarily mean you can't manage on a sensible...

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      2013, 1st year, Mechanical Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified

      Everyday expenses

      The cost of living in London is higher than in other places, but that doesn't necessarily mean you can't manage on a sensible budget. Make a chart/spreadsheet of your expenses and what you are spending the money on. This way if you do start to overspend you can quickly see where the money is going. Being in a city there are lots of "local" smaller supermarkets in the vicinity. By going into these at reduction time in the early evening you can often pick up very good deals on food to eat that day or the next, and thus reduce your food bills. Only eat out when it's a special occasion as this can really ruin your bank account. When you do go out, don't feel ashamed about asking for Tap water. It's refreshing and usually free! Nights out in London is one of the most expensive things relative to other places. Pre-drink where possible and manage how much you spend. Taking a bank card to a club is never a good move as I have found you are far more likely to spend more money.

      2013, 1st year, Mechanical Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Political scene

      Lots of different clubs and societies for each political persuasion, debating societies and mini elections too!

      2014, 2nd year, Electrical Engineering

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    • Finances

      I started looking in June, as its the London rental market. London is expensive so dont be surprised to by paying a lot more...

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      2016, 2nd year, Pre Clinical Medicine

      Finances

      I started looking in June, as its the London rental market. London is expensive so dont be surprised to by paying a lot more than your friends who go to uni elsewhere.

      2016, 2nd year, Pre Clinical Medicine

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    • The upside

      Does Well on Providing financial support

      2013, 1st year, Mathematical & Theoretical Physics

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    • Academic Experience

      Most weeks tend to be pretty full of teaching, mostly lectures, but also small group tutorials and things like anatomy classes....

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      2013, 2nd year, Pre Clinical Medicine

      Academic Experience

      Most weeks tend to be pretty full of teaching, mostly lectures, but also small group tutorials and things like anatomy classes. The content is fairly challenging at first but is certainly interesting if you have an interest in medicine, which you supposedly would do if you're thinking about studying it, and is not too difficult once you do some revision. In my first year, I had to do a few reports, presentations, one essay, and 6 exams. The feedback from tutors has been OK, but I would have appreciated more detailed feedback.

      2013, 2nd year, Pre Clinical Medicine

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Sporty

62%

MED

Political

38%

LOW

Varied union activities

78%

HIGH

Diverse local nightlife

73%

MED

Creative

49%

LOW

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
Student score 83% HIGH
% of graduates in work or further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £29k HIGH

Overall student satisfaction

88%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

16,610

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

54%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

8%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

37%

of students are female

Young / Mature

10%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

48%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

78%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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