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4.0 out of 5 stars based on 48 reviews
4.0 / 48 reviews
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Halls of Residence
Halls of Residence
3.9 out of 5 stars based on 8 reviews
3.9 / 8 reviews
Location
Location
4.4 out of 5 stars based on 842 reviews
4.4 / 842 reviews
Clubs & Societies
Clubs & Societies
4.2 out of 5 stars based on 6 reviews
4.2 / 6 reviews
Party Vibe
Party Vibe
4.2 out of 5 stars based on 842 reviews
4.2 / 842 reviews
Freshers' Week
Freshers' Week
5.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
5.0 / 1 review
School of Oriental & African Studies - University of London

Overview

SOAS is the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study and research of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. SOAS has the largest concentration of specialist staff (350+ academics) concerned with the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East at any university in the world.SOAS is based in the heart of London and is consistently ranked among the top higher education institutions in the UK and the world.

Student Stats

Number of students5415
Male : Female39 : 61
Fulltime : Part time88 : 22
UK : International53 : 47

Awards

Location
Top 20 University for Location

Reviews

The School of Oriental and African Studies Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars based on 48 reviews
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Campus/University buildings
4.0 out of 5 stars based on 22 reviews
Learning facilities
3.6 out of 5 stars based on 22 reviews
Sports facilities
2.2 out of 5 stars based on 22 reviews
Student Union
3.8 out of 5 stars based on 22 reviews
Careers service
3.5 out of 5 stars based on 22 reviews
Organisation
3.1 out of 5 stars based on 22 reviews
Inclusivity
4.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Health and Wellbeing services
3.7 out of 5 stars based on 3 reviews
Support for international students
4.0 out of 5 stars based on 3 reviews
Support and facilities for disabled students
3.7 out of 5 stars based on 3 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review

Anonymous

6th July 2018
The university is in the perfect location with access to the tube and also very easy to find with many amenities (shops) nearby. The careers services are somewhat lacking, failing to offer advice in general. The organisation can also be contested with regards to the structure of lectures which are at times inadequate. The course module options are however very extensive and interesting.
Campus / University buildings
4.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Learning facilities
2.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Sports facilities
1.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Student Union
2.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Careers service
2.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Organisation
3.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Inclusivity
5.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Focuses extremely well on inclusivity and diversity.
Health and wellbeing services
3.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Somewhat good access to health support; however I have not had specific experience.
Support for international students
Support and facilities for disabled students
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4.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review

Jethro Jenkins

2nd July 2018
SOAS is a vibrant and diverse university with a relatively small student body. The courses focus on parts of the world often ignored by other university courses - Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The students are politically active, interested in decolonial thought and social justice. It is a fantastic university for experiencing other cultures, and there are frequent music, poetry, art and film events showcasing the work of nonwestern artists, as well as food and drink from around the world.
Campus / University buildings
4.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Learning facilities
3.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Sports facilities
2.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Student Union
5.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Careers service
3.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Organisation
2.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Inclusivity
4.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
The student union is dedicated to ensuring SOAS is a safe space for queer people, working class students and PoC. Although there are problems with BME attainment which soas management are failing to adequately address
Health and wellbeing services
3.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
There are counselling sessions available to students, but sometimes the wait can be long and there have been complaints about the quality of mental health support.
Support for international students
5.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Soas has a very high number of international students, who generally get the support they require.
Support and facilities for disabled students
4.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
There is disabled access around the building and a disabled student officer. The union strive for inclusivity at all times.
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Course review , 10/03/2016

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LLB (Hons) Law
4.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
4.0 / 1 review

My degree is different from other university as it does not only consist of English Common law but also Asia and Africa allowing from greater knowledge outside the English legal system. The readings we get are very interesting and really help us to understand other areas of law which are not just about being a part of a law firm and BAR but also about researchers of law.

Course review , 10/03/2016

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BA (Hons) Japanese
3.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
3.0 / 1 review

The workload for a BA in Japanese at SOAS is too much when you compare it to other Japanese degree programmes at other UK universities. This presents a problem because graduates of other Uk universities can achieve higher classifications due to the relaxed workloads. 

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Course module review - Chinese 403: Modern Chinese Literature, 20/05/2016

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Chinese 403: Modern Chinese Literature
5.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
5.0 / 1 review

One of the best organised courses from the Chinese departement I have experienced at SOAS. The structure and content of the course make it very enjoyable. It is a combinations of both Chinese and English texts, along with lectures and translation classes. I feel like the class made me learn a lot about modern Chinese history despite the fact I never took any history class as such.

Course module review - Politics of the World Economy, 19/05/2016

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Politics of the World Economy
4.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
4.0 / 1 review

I would recommend this course to others. It is part of the international relations department. It offers a good balance between economics and politics as well as theory and practical issues. It revises several approaches, which offers great intellectual stimuli. It then applies the theory to relevant contemporary issues. It has helped me complement my knowledge of economics by bringing analysis of related political issues. It is assessed through a combination of essays, presentations and exam.

Course module review - Introduction To Social Anthropology, 14/05/2016

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Introduction To Social Anthropology
5.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
5.0 / 1 review

Introduction to Social Anthropology provides a foundation to the study itself and therefore is the most interesting module in 1st year and the most necessary. It has a balance of general topics in the first term and more theory in the second which makes it a lot easier to get through. The topics at the start include things like Kinship, Gender, Race, Colonialism, Gift giving/trade which are all taught in a way to provide you with new, relevant information which not only is applicable to society but also your own life.

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3.9 out of 5 stars based on 68 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars based on 57 reviews
4.0 / 57 reviews
111 University of Cumbria
3.9 out of 5 stars based on 56 reviews
3.9 / 56 reviews
112 London Metropolitan University
3.8 out of 5 stars based on 85 reviews
3.8 / 85 reviews
113 Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
4.1 out of 5 stars based on 33 reviews
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Rank Hall Name Student Rating
1 Dinwiddy House
3.5 out of 5 stars based on 4 reviews
3.5 / 4 reviews
2 Nutford House
5.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
5.0 / 1 review
3 Helend Graham House
4.0 out of 5 stars based on 2 reviews
4.0 / 2 reviews
4 Lilian Penson House
4.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
4.0 / 1 review
5 College Hall (SOAS)
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6 Connaught Hall (SOAS)
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7 Garden Halls
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8 Goldsmiths House (SOAS)
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9 International Hall
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10 Urbanest St Pancras
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Rank City Student Rating
3 Sheffield
4.6 out of 5 stars based on 232 reviews
4.6 / 232 reviews
4 Manchester
4.6 out of 5 stars based on 196 reviews
4.6 / 196 reviews
5 Leeds
4.6 out of 5 stars based on 148 reviews
4.6 / 148 reviews
6 Brighton
4.6 out of 5 stars based on 163 reviews
4.6 / 163 reviews
7 London
4.4 out of 5 stars based on 842 reviews
4.4 / 842 reviews
8 Glasgow
4.5 out of 5 stars based on 137 reviews
4.5 / 137 reviews
9 Cardiff
4.5 out of 5 stars based on 114 reviews
4.5 / 114 reviews
10 Bristol
4.5 out of 5 stars based on 154 reviews
4.5 / 154 reviews
11 Edinburgh
4.5 out of 5 stars based on 122 reviews
4.5 / 122 reviews
12 Birmingham
4.4 out of 5 stars based on 215 reviews
4.4 / 215 reviews
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Rank Society and Clubs Name Student Rating
1 Pakistan Society
4.5 out of 5 stars based on 2 reviews
4.5 / 2 reviews
2 Islamic Society
4.0 out of 5 stars based on 2 reviews
4.0 / 2 reviews
3 Debating Society
4.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
4.0 / 1 review
4 SOAS Goes To Calais And Beyond
4.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
4.0 / 1 review
5 180 Degrees Consulting
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6 4D Presents
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7 ABACUS
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8 Afghan Society
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9 African Art Society
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10 Afro Caribbean Society
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Rank Nightlife / Bar Name Student Rating
1 Ministry of Sound
4.3 out of 5 stars based on 89 reviews
4.3 / 89 reviews
2 Electric Ballroom
4.6 out of 5 stars based on 24 reviews
4.6 / 24 reviews
3 G-A-Y
4.4 out of 5 stars based on 45 reviews
4.4 / 45 reviews
4 Fabric London
4.4 out of 5 stars based on 32 reviews
4.4 / 32 reviews
5 Guy's Bar
4.6 out of 5 stars based on 14 reviews
4.6 / 14 reviews
6 XOYO
4.1 out of 5 stars based on 57 reviews
4.1 / 57 reviews
7 Tape London
5.0 out of 5 stars based on 6 reviews
5.0 / 6 reviews
8 Lightbox
4.3 out of 5 stars based on 18 reviews
4.3 / 18 reviews
9 Tiger Tiger (London)
4.0 out of 5 stars based on 43 reviews
4.0 / 43 reviews
10 Corsica Studios
4.7 out of 5 stars based on 9 reviews
4.7 / 9 reviews
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1 SOAS, University of London
5.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
5.0 / 1 review
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Awards

Location
Top 20 University for Location

Location Details

The School of Oriental and African Studies
London
WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom