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

      The number and variety of different societies

      2013, 1st year, Applied Chemistry

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    • Finances

      Near the main campus, there is lack of any good-value shops, if you live further away, there's plenty but you have to walk/ pay...

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      2016, 1st year, Pre Clinical Medicine

      Finances

      Near the main campus, there is lack of any good-value shops, if you live further away, there's plenty but you have to walk/ pay for the travelcard. That's a general rule for London: the further away from the centre you live, the more money you save (even if you have to buy travelcard). If you go out to student-friendly bars, they usually have good value for drinks (don't go out too often though if you're on tight budget). Don't buy unnecessary things (this also goes for food, that is where majority of people waste ton of money, not even realising it). If you think you can manage your time well, find a part-time job - that will help a lot in later years (if you save up) or even at the moment if you want to attend a conference where you have to pay, or go out with friends, or simply to treat yourself! I am not that familiar with job opportunities provided by the university as I found myself a part time job at a event-staffing company very early after starting the year, there are few jobs that I know of but I prefer to the job that I have to anything on campus. Regarding travel, just like I said before, it is better to live further away and pay for the travel; it gives you more flexibility as you do not feel guilty for spending money on travel if you need to go somewhere else (you have the travelcard, which allows you to go anywhere within the zones you paid for).

      2016, 1st year, Pre Clinical Medicine

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    • The downside

      too many lectures in 1st and 2nd year. Lecture every day from 9am to 5pm.

      2012, 9th year, Clinical Medicine

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    • The upside

      level of work is quite high - challenging good lectures - almost all are very good at comunicating the science

      2012, 1st year, Physics

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    • The downside

      University life; it is just work work work.

      2012, 3rd year, Mechanical Engineering

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    • Sport

      Really good rivalry between Imperial College and Medical School. Range of sports teas for all levels (5 Medical school netball...

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      2014, 2nd year, Pre Clinical Medicine

      Sport

      Really good rivalry between Imperial College and Medical School. Range of sports teas for all levels (5 Medical school netball teams alone)

      2014, 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
% of graduates in work or further study 95% MED
Student score 79% MED
Average graduate salary £29k HIGH

Overall student satisfaction

83%

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

71%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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