I chose LSE to push myself out of my comfort zone, and I don’t regret it. Everyone told me that I’d be better suited to an university with a friendlier student body and more activities with which I could get involved. Sure, at first, it took time to settle in, but when everyone is new to LSE, we’re all in it together and eager to meet new people (especially in the first few weeks, so make good use of that). If you’re someone who wants to be involved in student life, there are opportunities to join as many societies and clubs as you’d like and you’ll be meeting others who are equally interested. On the other hand, if you’re someone who wants to focus on your degree, you can do that too. For instance, a friend who did an exchange year described the students as “ambitious”, with many being career-driven. How you choose to spend your few years at university is up to you. (However since there is this flexibility, I’ve heard some express their frustration of the lack of unity amongst the entire student body.) Remember – even if you don’t meet “your people” in the first week, or the first year even, continue making the effort and you’ll find people you click with eventually. What I will say about internationality is that the student body itself is diverse, but there does not seem to be much effort made amongst the students to mingle.
In terms of academics, I can only speak about the law department. The teaching is of a high standard. The professors and teachers know their material well, and are eager to help you so you should make use of office hours. Amongst the law students, there is definitely a push towards commercial law and it is easy to get swept up in all of that. If that is the route you’re interested in, getting career advice from older students seems to be more practical than the careers service. There are less opportunities for you to be introduced to other career paths (i.e. ones that you would not have thought of), so it’s more on you to search for them yourself.
On the whole, I’m enjoying my time thus far. The ride has not been without its bumps, but it’s all a learning experience! If you want to immerse yourself in an environment which pushes you to be independent and meet ambitious, intelligent individuals, check out LSE.