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University College London Profile: Top 3 reasons why UCL could be for you
With almost 40,000 students, and nestled in the heart of one of the most exciting cities in the world, UCL might not be the best choice for those who want a small and cosy environment or a traditional on-campus approach.
However, if you relish meeting people from all around the world and rubbing shoulders with people studying all kinds of subjects, you will thrive.
Students mostly live in designated ‘halls of residence’ dotted around London – most are close to the majority of the main libraries and lecture halls.
However, as a student at UCL it’s likely that you’ll be taking the tube or bus fairly regularly to get around the city – unlike your friends at campus universities, you won’t be walking everywhere.
The university is very much scattered over the city. It means that you don’t get the claustrophobic atmosphere of university towns where everything appears to be part of the academic institution, but it does mean you will probably spend more time travelling.
2. It’s good!
Not only is it one of the best universities in the UK, it’s one of the very best in the world. UCL is ranked seventh in the world’s top ten universities by the QS World University Rankings (2015).
A strong degree from UCL on your CV will tell future employers that you are likely to be academic and hard-working. UCL is also the top-ranked university in the UK for research, with almost 52% of the student community engaged in graduate studies.
Even if you’re not thinking about postgraduate studies at this point, having a large number of postgraduate students as part of the community can be very positive: there will be chances to engage in interesting cutting-edge research as it pertains to your subject, you may have the opportunity to be mentored by young and enthusiastic people passionate about their field and – who knows? – you may even be inspired to go on studying yourself.
Despite its student body size, UCL has a great tutor to student ratio – this means that class sizes are small and there is plenty of room for individual attention.
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3. It’s diverse!
Rest assured, UCL has a good track record in progressive thinking and equality.
In fact, it was the very first university in England to admit female students, in 1878, on equal terms with men. Today, there is even a slightly higher ratio of female to male students.
Students from 150 countries study at UCL – just think of the friends you’ll make and the travel opportunities that might afford!
Despite not being a campus university, there is plenty of opportunity to get involved in student life. In terms of activities and socialising, there really is something for everyone.
UCL is a college, part of the University of London, and there are opportunities to engage with students from across the other colleges too – Imperial College, Royal Academy of Music, SOAS.
If you chose to live in halls that are open to students from all across the University of London, you’ll enjoy even more diversity: you could be living across the hall from a virtuoso violinist from one of the music academies, or an Aeronautical Engineer from Imperial College.
£9,250 for full-time home/EU undergraduates in 2017-18. International student fees range from £16,340-32,670.
Students whose household income is £42,875 or less, will be eligible to receive an annual UCL undergraduate bursary worth up to £2,500.
For catered halls, fees start at £152.42-166.46 for a twin room. For self-catered halls, prices start at £102.970-125.44 for a twin room and £137.62-235.55 for a single room.
For more information, visit the UCL website.