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Imperial College London

Kensington and Chelsea | South East England

Diverse local nightlife 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

Dialog 1142 comments (298 students)
    • The upside

      Tutorials are great, well for me it was. I had some great tutors who guided us through our first year of Chemistry so it wasn't...

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      2012, 1st year, Chemistry

      The upside

      Tutorials are great, well for me it was. I had some great tutors who guided us through our first year of Chemistry so it wasn't completely, "Oh, you're in uni now so you must find out absolutely everything by yourself" There are also some great lecturers who are absolutely hilarious. Really make your day. Even at uni...

      2012, 1st year, Chemistry

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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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    • Creative scene

      Although there aren't any "creative" courses, there are plenty of options to get creative. Music centre, extra curricular...

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      2014, 2nd year, Electrical Engineering

      Creative scene

      Although there aren't any "creative" courses, there are plenty of options to get creative. Music centre, extra curricular activities and clubs and societies all provide opportunities, although some aren't necessarily well promoted

      2014, 2nd year, Electrical Engineering

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    • Nightlife

      The Southside en-suite apartment per se is just enough for me. I can rest, study, shower inside; I can go to the floor kitchen...

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      2016, 1st year, Electronic Engineering

      Nightlife

      The Southside en-suite apartment per se is just enough for me. I can rest, study, shower inside; I can go to the floor kitchen to cook for myself and to the basement to do my laundry. The best aspect is its proximity to the main campus.The worst aspects are the following:non-existent wifi signalsdelays with hall admin staff in trying to sort out minor issues with furniture barbaric neighbors making vulgar noises very late into the night, trashing the kitchen and common room with their bacchanal, debauched parties Southside and Eastside are close, clean and relatively modern.Beit Hall has the Union bars and seems to be party-oriented.Evelyn Gardens is decent but far awayWoodward is brand new but very, very far away

      2016, 1st year, Electronic Engineering

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    • The downside

      Metric, the union night club is pretty awful.

      2013, 1st year, Earth Science

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    • The downside

      aiding more in the hard areas of education

      2013, 1st year, Mathematical & Theoretical Physics

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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.

Creative

46%

LOW

Political

38%

LOW

Sporty

62%

MED

Varied union activities

78%

HIGH

Diverse local nightlife

74%

HIGH

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 95% MED
Student satisfaction score 78% MED
Average graduate salary £29k HIGH

Number of students

17,689

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

54%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

8%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

61%

of students are male

Young / Mature

10%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

50%

of students here are from outside the UK

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