Radu, Management Science, minor in Intelligent Systems, UCL

I will try to provide an opinion that is not biased by a particular course / subject of study. The
separation of disciplines is fairly recent historical event anyway, probably stemmed from the
desire to formalise knowledge discovery.

Look at what makes the world ticking and combine it with what you like and there you go.

Radu Mazilu

First Impressions

So.. independent of what you choose to study, you
probably want to think hard about the environment in which your studies will take you. Sure,
what you study matters and I’ll get to that, but the people that you will surround yourself with
during those studies will more or less have a defining impact on the outcome of your studying
experience. This principle extends way beyond studying and applies to most areas of life I
think.

You will most defintely meet amazing people

London Life. 🙂

Ok, so, is London a good place to be? Well, financially speaking the average graduate here
does pretty well. However, I would argue that the nominal value of money (i.e. what you earn)
appears to be higher that the real value of what you earn (i.e. what the money you have can
buy). Still, on average, I observed standards of living are pretty high here. Culturally, the city
has a decent heritage as well. Shakespeare wrote here, Monet painted here, Darwin and
Gandhi studied here (at UCL, actually) and Richard Branson started his first business here.
There really are many now famous people you could be inspired by.

London is a place which gives you lots of opportunites for your free time.

UCL Studies

I’ve had contact with multiple universities in the UK, and I think in terms of courses they offer
and quality of material, many of the top ones are more or less the same. But again, if the only
reason you want to go to university is to “study” (i.e. gain information), ask yourself if this is the
most efficient way to do it. You could probably learn a lot more information for less money in
three years on your own if you are disciplined enough and have a real desire to learn,
compared to going to university. However, if it makes sense for your strategy to go to
university and you’re not only doing it because everyone else is, think more about about the
people you will have the chance to meet, rather than about the modules you will study.
Now, of course you cannot randomly pick a course. You could, however, look objectively at
what brings value to the current state of the world (current economy for example), what you
enjoy doing or would like to do and find a match between the two.
UCL is definitely considered a respectable academic institution, because they invested in
research areas with a lot of potential benefits for the world. Teachers are quite easy to get
along with, there is a lot of coursework (varies based on the course you pick, but the workload
is generally high) and you are surrounded by a lot of smart students. It is a challenging
environment, and they push you to do great things. You have societies on most subjects you

can imagine and if you can’t find what you’re interested in, you can form your own society. The
libraries are great, talks that are intellectually stimulating are organised all year round and the
university’s connections to industry are strong. You can attend plenty of events to meet people
from different companies (although you have to consider that companies with enough money
to recruit directly from universities will bias you towards a certain type of workplace. Decide for
yourself if it really is the type of workplace you want to be a part of).
Therefore, in both academic and extracurricular pursuits, UCL will provide everything that is
reasonably within their capabilities, but ultimately it is the effort you put in and your
involvement with what they offer that will make or break your experience.