It has been rather dismal. The takeaway is this: in terms quality of lecture content, SOAS scores high. However, there is a high level of the incompetency, disorganisation, and overall lack of communication between the university's various departments. This one fatal flaw so much outweighs any other strengths the university may have that I would STRONGLY urge anyone thinking of applying to think twice.
The university has Career Centre, and holds several job fairs/industry insights seminars. The Career Centre also sources part-time work and internships, many of which are designed to promote social mobility.
There is an emphasis on group discussion in most SOAS classes, and you can tell the professors want their students to develop their own ideas.
SOAS students are know to be activists, and the student union reflects that, though how effective it is in its endeavours can be questioned. It always strives, however, for fair representation of all groups.
SOAS university facilities are somewhat lacking in terms of comfort. The campus is tiny, the corridors very narrow, the library very cold. There is a student run convenience store in the student centre, a coffee shop in the Senate House building, and that's about it. A plus is that water fountains are readily available in the main building, dispensing both hot and cold water. There is also a cantine, serving hot food, though its prices are not always cheap. Disabled, male/female, and gender neutral toilets are available.
The SOAS campus is located in Bloomsbury, right next to the British museum. It is also close to other universities' facilities such as UCL, RADA, Birkbeck etc. As a result the surrounding shops, cafes and restaurants cater to students. Most SOAS dorms however are located at least a 20 minutes walk from the campus, the biggest of which is next to King's Cross Station.
I have not delved too deep into SOAS society culture, but they seems to have a wide array of clubs, ranging from sports, lgbqi and other social minorities, religious, and most notably cultural.
The university is very lacking in this sector. Support systems exist, but like everything in SOAS have to be hard sought out by the individual. You also get the feeling that all of these are very new, that or they are just incompetent (probably the latter).
Some great scholars, but too much in fighting and lack of collaborative spirit and organization, such a shame, lots of wasted potential. You'd think that such a small institution could foster collegiality.
Very little student support
Almost non existent, felt left alone throughout my studies.
Not that much
Uni at SOAS is highly political, super fun and quite work based. The societies are wicked particularly drag soc and a lot of the cultural societies. ACS throws the best parties. You learn a lot about who you are and appropriate ways to act in spaces. It’s amazing.
Facilities meh Representation wicked
It doesn’t feel like it’s coming to an end! I love soas for the way it has shaped who I am and made me a better person. I am so grateful and fortunate to be here. Alhamdiullah
We have a dedicated careers team you can drop to go see any day from Monday to Friday! They are really friendly and generally you can go to them with any questions you may have or even if you want them to help you take the first step. I usually look at the jobs they advertise in their emails and also wants on offer online, then speak to them about applying.
I like that we are taught from a post-colonial which is certainly something my education was lacking until university. I like that we are not given the same rhetoric in every lecture but rather given the chance to become deep thinkers ourselves. I have got a lot smarter since I came to university and I only have soas to thank for that. I also like that we can take open options from modules from other departments (I have taken a few development modules this year to see if I want to do a masters in the field and also did IR last year) so I feel like there’s a chance to do anything, if you want it enough.
anyone and everyone can apply to be part of the SU which is great! We also get weekly emails so that nobody misses out about the things on campus. As a Muslim, I don’t really use the bar bit but I do love the JCR.
I can’t imagine needing anything else! I do wish some of the flits were a bit faster and the toilets were more clean but that’s about it.
Yes for sure. I could walk to uni but sometimes I get leg/back pain so I take the bus there and it takes 10 minutes. When I don’t have pain and I walk, it’s about the same distant (when you consider having to wait for the Bus) give or take.
I have been in a lot of societies and the great thing is that you can always create a society if you feel a void! I have been in everything from an Islamic society to a cultural society to a few charity societies which have not only helped my social life but also my CV! I don’t do any sports at university so I can’t comment directly but I have a great friend who does basketball and they have a lot of socials.
I go to counselling at uni which is great but I wish they provided more long term help than just helping you see areas you need help and where to go in relation to S.A. I understand that might be a bit triggering for some so I aooogise. I like the feedback given and I also like that you can email to see your tutor whenever. Overall, an amazing experience in terms of feeling like you can get the support you need.
This is my first experience and so far it’s good thanks to SOAS where the sense of community is big. Money can be short sometimes but there are a lot of things you can do/eat without spending too much. London is vibrant so you’re never bored so it’s nice
Some lecturers aren’t good some are so it’s not linear.
They’re listening a lot and’ caring so you’re very comfortable asking for help or anything.
Yes very good! It’s une Bloomsbury so the area is vibrant, short walk to Oxford Circus, Soho and nice other places. You have many different restaurants, shops, so it’s very cool, a lot of accommodation are in the same area so very practical as well for those who live nearby.
Super good, they follow you a lot
SOAS is a highly specialized and research focused institution, well connected to the broader international academic field. It suits my interests perfectly. It offers a variety of programs in Asian and African cultures, taught by competent and inspiring scholars.
There's a career service office, but I haven't used it yet.
Faculty is excellent. I like the use of power points and handouts for each lecture. No complaints so far.
They are very active and engaged. Perhaps too much! It's hard to keep on with all the things they do.
Pretty convenient. Great library.
Yes, it's very centric.
There are many interesting activities.
Very good in general. Though the Doctoral School could improve the quality of their services.
My overall university experience has been good so far. The only hindrance to my performance are personal problems but the school has been able to provide me help with managing school work so it has been helpful. The year abroad was an essential part of my degree and it really gave me a broader perspective on my studies and important life lessons in general.
There is a very active career department that provides a lot of help for things such as CV making and finding your career path. In addition, SOAS provides many examples for internships and interesting possibilities for working life.
I like my course because it is an interesting combination where I can study exactly what I want. My favourite part of my course was the year abroad in Korea, but even after coming back I can still learn do many new things about Korea and concentrate my politics studies in the East Asian area when I want to. The only courses that I don't find interesting are the mandatory ones, other than that, I think the course selection is extremely variant and provides many options for everyone interested in the areas SOAS is specialising in.
The Student Union is doing a good job supporting all students and arranging events.
Some facilities are good, some are bad. For example, the bathrooms in some of the buildings are not in a good state which forces me to use another bulding if I need the toilet. Other than that, there are relatively good amount of study places and even places for relaxation which make life easier on campus.
Yes, the university is in a central place and very convenient for any services and shops. In addition loads of student accommodation nearby.
There are many societies, sports, academic, music, language etc. so I am sure everyone would find something they like. The societies are quite active and engaging to all people.
The tutors I've had so far have been extremely helpful and knowledgeable on the topics they've been teaching. They've also provided support around the topics and been helpful in motivating me in the specific areas we've been studying. They've given extensive and helpful feedback for my coursework as well. Tutors are an essential part of my university life and help me with understanding the topics more than the lectures does sometimes. The counselling services are a good way to receive help for personal problems and assistance in how to find further help. They've provided me a lot of help with mitigating circumstances and getting my life more on track recently. I'm pleased with the help I've received.
Love the people I have met here, but i feel like there's not enough academic support and improvement
The library is not big enough to accommodate all students
Career department holds events
Lecturers are helpful and organised
Needs better eating facilities
Yes, but everything is expensive
Has good variety
Tutors always happy to help