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Patrick

University of Edinburgh

Philosophy MA (Hons)
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08 Jun 18

On applying to Edinburgh I was aware of some of the poor satisfaction ratings, but didn’t think much of them given the reputation of the University. I have always loved the city and all seemed perfect on paper, so didn’t think twice about going. However, having now left before the end and largely wasted a few years I seriously wish I had. I was straight A’s at A level but never really felt at all like my feet were on the ground here academically, and rarely felt engaged or stimulated by my course. Many people do well here and obviously much of this falls on me, but I definitely feel I could have done much better elsewhere. Likewise, the university administration is cold, unhelpful and impersonal, at times inept. Cant ever remember feeling like I was being supported, and if you want any assistance you have to actively hound down the staff. The only real ‘contact’ you have with the uni is through your tutor, who (while I’m sure excellent as an academic) just wasn’t qualified to give any useful guidance, just repeating generic advice you could find in the prospectus, and the uni clearly cares way more about its reputation than its students. Then there is the culture of the campus, which i found to be this weird mix of ‘rah’ rich kids and Student Union PC culture you more associate with american uni’s, which i found impossible to navigate. It’s a very big uni and different people will have different experiences, but I remember feeling very isolated and frustrated a lot of the time here, as well as unhappy. Dont want to necessarily recommend against going because some people have a fantastic experience and I definitely had some bad luck in my time here with regards to the people I found myself in, but I would suggest taking the bad reviews seriously.

orla

University of Edinburgh

Software Engineering BEng (Hons)
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07 Apr 18

I was a straight A student at school, my average now is 46%. Dreams die here, dont come here, people are rude and horrible and no one cares about your problems. Edinburgh takes independent study to a whole new level, I feel bad for students that have to pay tuition because they really arent getting their moneys worth at all!

Anonymous

University of Edinburgh

Digital Society MSc
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30 Mar 18

It has been stressful due to terrible accomodation and unhelpful/ rude managment team. Also we had strikes and over a month of missed lectures which coupled with little contact time in sem 2 meant i dont feel ive gained much from semester 2. Sem one was good. Sem 2 pretty bad.

Laurie

University of Edinburgh

Law and Spanish LLB (Hons)
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19 Dec 17

My love life is a mess though

Melanie

University of Edinburgh

Philosophy and Economics MA (Hons)
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18 Dec 17

I enjoy university very much, I like my course and the city, but it is very expensive and competitive place.

Ellen

University of Edinburgh

Medicine MB ChB
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18 Dec 17

Andrea

University of Edinburgh

Scottish Studies MA (Hons)
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Emily

University of Edinburgh

International Relations MA (Hons)
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Bethany

University of Edinburgh

Sustainable Development MA (Hons)
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18 Dec 17

Good

Alqandra

University of Edinburgh

Comparative Public Policy MSc
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18 Dec 17

Had some issues but they have been reduced.

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34th / 126
4.10
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3.83
COURSE & LECTURERS
83rd / 126
3.81
STUDENTS' UNION
37th / 126
3.85
ACCOMMODATION
17th / 126
3.97
UNI FACILITIES
18th / 126
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CITY LIFE
6th / 126
4.60
CLUBS & SOCIETIES
36th / 126
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STUDENT SUPPORT
115th / 126
3.63
GIVING BACK
83rd / 126
3.43
OVERALL RATING
4.2
JOB PROSPECTS
3.8
COURSE AND LECTURERS
3.9
STUDENTS' UNION
3.9
ACCOMMODATION
4.0
UNI FACILITIES
4.2
CITY LIFE
4.5
CLUBS & SOCIETIES
4.1
STUDENT SUPPORT
3.8
GIVING BACK
3.5

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WUSCA student rating
34 / 126
CompUniGuide ranking
23rd
Total number of students
20,865