Imperial College London

Diverse backgrounds

Please let us know whether you think your university does enough to attract and cater for students from a diverse range of backgrounds?


"Imperial has one of the widest student bodies in terms of background with a lot of international students. Sadly, integration between the different groups is not at its best."
"The student body is very diverse in terms of ethnicities and there are loads of international students. However, despite this mix, most students come from a privileged background and students from less well-off families are underrepresented."
"There is a centre for international students and the student hub also provides immediate help to students regardless of their backgrounds. They are very informed in terms of students' needs including visas and bursaries etc."
"There should be more help to reduce stress and anxiety, in my opinion."
"There were more students from international backgrounds than students who were British citizens in my student accommodation. Imperial is the UK's most diverse university! There's no need to worry about not fitting in because the whole place is just a melting pot of talented people from all around the globe."
"There is great student support and the student hub will help you deal with any issues. There are also lecturers in each department that can help with diverse problems. The clubs and societies are so varied that I believe anyone can integrate."
"Imperial has been rated the UK's most international university and has a lot of support for people from across the globe."
"It's a very international university that also does lots of outreach to attract people from a wide range of backgrounds."


"There are lots of people from different backgrounds and lots of cultural nights to represent and cater to different needs."
"There is a lot of support provided to all Imperial students. The university has a student hub, which helps with any issues a student is facing. There are also departmental faculty who are there for any emotional support. A variety of services are also provided to students to help them out. It is all very structured."
"Yes, I think the university is really helpful, especially for foreign students. They have a dedicated hub for international students, which is great."
"Yes, I believe it does. It has many students from diverse backgrounds and clubs to support them."
"Absolutely, I moved here from Germany."
"I do, but by the nature of being a science university it is never going to be as diverse as somewhere that teaches other subjects. That said, they could do more to attract women as the gender ratio is very nearly 2:1."
"We have the highest percentage of international students in the UK. I have friends from poor, middle-class and wealthy families. I'm yet to come across someone who tried and didn't fit in."
"There are lots of different nationalities, but probably an over-representation of people from independent schools rather than people from less advantaged backgrounds. This has bothered some of my friends who had a hard time fitting in at first (although this is probably also an issue at other Russell Group unis)."
"Many of the students are internationals so I think Imperial College attracts many international students due to its location, prestige and all the financial help it offers."
"There are many cultural societies, prayer rooms and cultural days available."

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