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University College London (UCL)

University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT LONDON, United Kingdom
3.99 / 5 based on 144 reviews.
Description:
University College London (UCL) is the oldest and largest College of the federal University of London and is a cosmopolitan university situated in the centre of one of the world's great cities. UCL has a long tradition dating back to 1850 of welcoming students from overseas - indeed UCL was the first university in England to admit students regardless of race, religion and gender.


Programmes
Accreditations
86% of students recommend
144 reviews
Housing
3.8/5
All experiences (144)
Student life
4.4/5
5 stars (48)
Academic
4.2/5
4 stars (60)
Languages
4.3/5
3 stars (36)
Expenses
3.1/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.4/5
1 star (0)
Well, I travelled throughout England, Ireland, France, Spain and Italy. The English students definitely get more vacation time than American students do, so take advantage of it. The University College London had three weeks off around Christmas/New Years and a month off between the end of March and the end of April. Furthermore, I felt that the courses of study (for everyone) were less intensive, so there is more time to even take short breaks. In other words, I often hung out, with even... Read Review
ingrid7, United States

144 reviews of University College London

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HOUSING    
by ingrid7, Smith College, Southampton, United States
Photography, University Agreement
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? I lived in one of UCL's more modern student apartment complexes. However, my unit consisted of a hallway with four single bedrooms off to one side, a bathroom off to the other side and a kitchen at the very end of the hall. The rooms were decent in size, considering that they are located in a city, however there was no comfortable common space and my flatmates and I were often frustrated with the absence of a living room type space. Ideally, if I were to do it again, I would get a private apartment. Yet, the only drawback to this is that apartments in London are way expensive and the chances that one will find non-Americans to flat-hunt with, shortly after one's arrival, are pretty much slim to none. Furthermore, I strongly suggest that if one wants to meet and hang out with the English/non-Americans during the year, DO NOT SHARE HOUSING WITH A BUNCH OF AMERICANS! Whereas, I continue to return to London to visit with all of the English and European friends that I met through my housing situation and friends of flatmates, etc, all of the Americans that I knew who lived with other Americans, only hung out with Americans and never made any lasting friendships with the English/Europeans.
Personal comments:
none
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STUDENT LIFE    
by ingrid7, Smith College, Southampton, United States
Photography, University Agreement
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
SOHO rocks! If you dig jazz, you have to get out to Ronnie Scott's. Not to be confused with a jazz joint, the Blue Note is an awesome club that spins a lot of great techno and drum and bass, as does Bar Rhumba. Stay clear of the tourist trap clubs in Leicester Square. The Ministry of Sound (largest club in the City) is definitely iffy, but if you like mainstream vocal house/generic techno, try it out. Just about all of the galleries are worth the visit. London's curator's are extremely wise in their choices of exhibitions. Thursday nights at any of the University Union's is where it's at. However, plan on going early because they do have maximum capacities and the lines start forming really early. Unions are also the cheapest places around to eat and a great place to meet friends for lunch. If you play sports, join one of the University teams. I played soccer on the Women's Football team and had an absolute blast travelling around. It's also a great way to meet friends. However, if you are a guy and do intend on going out for a team, especially for soccer, rugby or hockey (field hockey), keep in mind that the Brits are pretty intense, however they do have different level teams within each sport, provided that the sport is popular enough. In all, London is totally what you make of it. It was the best year of my life and I'd return to the City and UCL in a second...provided that it were free. Oh, by the way, it is soooooooo much cheaper to attend the University of London colleges through direct application. I think that I only payed about 13k, whereas I would have payed several thousands of dollars more if I had gone through an American program. My decision to apply directly definitely paid off, especially since living in London is so unbelievably expensive!!! that it is beyond words.
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ACADEMIC    
by Lucenzo, Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Physique Electronique, Lyon, France
Engineering, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
In the department I was in (Electronic Engineering) there were some basic courses (4 or 5 courses) for all the students and some optional courses you could choose (4 or 5 to choose among 10).



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
The final project we had to do and the end of the Master was 90% of the time an academic project. I would have prefered to do a project in an industrial company.

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by Lucenzo, Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Physique Electronique, Lyon, France
Engineering, Erasmus
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
Most of the time the ERASMUS exchange is possible only if the student has already got a good knowledge of the language he/she will have to speak in the host university, which can be a problem if you goal is to learn (or improve) this language. Otherwise, I had some problems at the beginning but everyone (Professors, other students,...) were aware of that and helped me improve my skills.
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EXPENSES    
by Lucenzo, Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Physique Electronique, Lyon, France
Engineering, Erasmus
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Second-hand bedding
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Government assistance
An ERASMUS grant
local job
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits:
The life in London is quite expensive, especially in central London. The accomodation for example was more expensive than the one I had in France even if it was in an University residence. My nightlife in London was also more "active" than the one I had in France and then I obviously spent more money on it.
Nightlife, Overall, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Food, Travel, Telephone: was the same price as at home.
Personal comments:
A good surprise was the rapidity to find a "local job". The university has a lot of opportunities in terms of cathering (waiter in pub or restaurant is one of the most popular job) and any other job. Most of them take you 1 day a week or 2-3 evenings or more, it really depends on the amount of money you need. The university also has good relationships with local companies who are always looking for people to employ for a short time.
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OVERALL    
by ingrid7, Smith College, Southampton, United States
Photography, University Agreement
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
I wish I would have know that University College London and London, itself, were so cool. I would have made preparations to transfer, as opposed to study abroad, in a second.
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
I'd definitely recommend the University College London based upon student life, location, activities, etc. to everyone. However, as far as academics are concerned, I only really know about the Slade School of Art and its courses.



FINAL COMMENTS

Well, I travelled throughout England, Ireland, France, Spain and Italy. The English students definitely get more vacation time than American students do, so take advantage of it. The University College London had three weeks off around Christmas/New Years and a month off between the end of March and the end of April. Furthermore, I felt that the courses of study (for everyone) were less intensive, so there is more time to even take short breaks. In other words, I often hung out, with even those of my friends who were in law school and med school, something that is pretty much unheard of in the United States.
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