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    (Original post by PhysicsIP2016)
    omg seriously?! I hope the rooms are big for that price...
    Some of them are tiny corridor boxes, others are bigger. Crossing my fingers I luck out in the ballot. :lol:
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    (Original post by paddy10663)
    Second floor SHB as well!

    I'm not sure what the layout inside is like, but the third floor looks really cool - they've got a balconies running all along each edge.
    (Original post by niamhscarlett)
    Yeah It's good to know we won't be going without knowing anyone first!!

    (Original post by kn_dragon)
    Oh wow same! XD second floor too! i'll definitely be seeing you on the first day then

    Second floor SHB as well , (never realised there was so many Caisians on TSR.)
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Some of them are tiny corridor boxes, others are bigger. Crossing my fingers I luck out in the ballot. :lol:
    Oh man, a ballot as well 😱 I feel for you...
    Does Kings have a college rooms database?
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    (well the rooms are on a price range 1.1 to 1.5k per term, but they're all non-ensuite, though they do differ in size)

    I'm pretty sure all the utility bills are paid for, but the KFC is separate: 170 per term.

    And yep, they did have a option for the bedding pack, dunno about laundry, but the bedding pack cost 25 quid ontop of the rent.
    If you rent their bed linens, they change it to clean one (usually) every two weeks and laundry charge for that is included.
    Some colleges charge utility separately and others included in rent.

    If nothing is included in your rent and still that price for non- en suite, perhaps king's is not as socialist as they want us to believe.........
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    Slightly old data - but this might be interesting:

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    It still surprises me how much variation there is between colleges. And note the rent is "average" and again there's a range of rents above and below each college average (except Homerton and Newnham where everyone pays the same).
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    (Original post by kn_dragon)
    Oh wow same! XD second floor too! i'll definitely be seeing you on the first day then
    (Original post by paddy10663)
    Second floor SHB as well! I'm not sure what the layout inside is like, but the third floor looks really cool - they've got a balconies running all along each edge.
    (Original post by JJarosz98)
    Second floor SHB as well , (never realised there was so many Caisians on TSR.)
    Well, looks like we have a little group going! What are you all studying? I'm studying PBS.
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    (Original post by PhysicsIP2016)
    Oh man, a ballot as well 😱 I feel for you...
    Does Kings have a college rooms database?
    Haha, yeaaaah.

    I don't think so - they used to have one set up by the old JCR from years ago, from what I gather on TSR but not anymore. The link is dead, at least.

    (Original post by vincrows)
    If you rent their bed linens, they change it to clean one (usually) every two weeks and laundry charge for that is included.
    Some colleges charge utility separately and others included in rent.

    If nothing is included in your rent and still that price for non- en suite, perhaps king's is not as socialist as they want us to believe.........
    Ah, I don't suppose the bed linen you receive are new ones, are they?

    I'll update you once I get my final allocation.
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Slightly old data - but this might be interesting:

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    It still surprises me how much variation there is between colleges. And note the rent is "average" and again there's a range of rents above and below each college average (except Homerton and Newnham where everyone pays the same).
    Some years ago, John's tried to offer free accommodation to their students but met fierce opposition from all other colleges because it'd create unfair competition, so John's reluctantly gave up the idea.
    It's interesting to see their rent is just about average and aren't even trying to offer cheaply.
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Haha, yeaaaah.

    I don't think so - they used to have one set up by the old JCR from years ago, from what I gather on TSR but not anymore. The link is dead, at least.



    Ah, I don't suppose the bed linen you receive are new ones, are they?

    I'll update you once I get my final allocation.
    What, brand new bed linen every two weeks?
    Dream on.....
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    Hello everybody. I am going to be a fresher in October studying History. This is the first time I am posting on this forum

    I was wondering if there are any other History students and if they are doing anything to prepare (academically) for their arrival?
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    Hi. Currently, I'm trying to budget and I'm just wondering how much money I should set aside for course costs (books etc). I'm doing medicine by the way.

    Thanks in advance for any replies.
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    (Original post by Addie16)
    Hi. Currently, I'm trying to budget and I'm just wondering how much money I should set aside for course costs (books etc). I'm doing medicine by the way.

    Thanks in advance for any replies.
    I don't think you'll have to buy so many books yourself.
    You'll have 3 options for borrowing books from : 1) your department's library, 2) your college's library and 3) UL.
    All of them should have very good stocks of books students regularly use (often multiple copies). If your college don't have a book you need, you can request them to buy it for you. As long as they think it's useful book to add to their catalogue for other students as well, they'll buy it for you.
    Also, you can access to many books digitally as well.
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    I don't think you'll have to buy so many books yourself.
    You'll have 3 options for borrowing books from : 1) your department's library, 2) your college's library and 3) UL.
    All of them should have very good stocks of books students regularly use (often multiple copies). If your college don't have a book you need, you can request them to buy it for you. As long as they think it's useful book to add to their catalogue for other students as well, they'll buy it for you.
    Also, you can access to many books digitally as well.
    Ok cool. Thanks for the quick reply.
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    (Original post by Addie16)
    Hi. Currently, I'm trying to budget and I'm just wondering how much money I should set aside for course costs (books etc). I'm doing medicine by the way.

    Thanks in advance for any replies.
    Depends how much you want to have your own copies of things. All the medical textbooks are expensive (£50+ each), but your college will have multiple copies of the core texts in the library, so you can use them until you've got a feel for which ones you really want to buy - or just keep using them all year! Your college may also organise a second hand book sale early on so you can pick up some more cheaply from students in older years. There'll be a few extra costs like lab coats for dissection etc, no idea what they're charging for that these days but it won't be a huge amount. I don't think I spent more than £200 on books in any year, and in hindsight some of them were not necessary.

    Once you get to clinical, you'll need a stethoscope, which is about £45-60 for the most commonly used one (Littman Classic II SE) and will need enough smart outfits to keep you going through placements, but you don't need to worry about that for a while yet!
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    (Original post by Addie16)
    Ok cool. Thanks for the quick reply.
    You're welcome.

    Digitalisation of books is an ongoing programme at UL, so just keep on checking their catalogue to see if a book you need became digital.
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    (Original post by niamhscarlett)
    Well, looks like we have a little group going! What are you all studying? I'm studying PBS.
    That's cool, economics myself
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    (Original post by Addie16)
    Ok cool. Thanks for the quick reply.
    To add on to what Helenia said, most colleges have some sort of fund set aside especially for medics, for their textbooks and clinical equipment - so you might want to have a chat to your tutor about that.
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    It's the same at girton and so expensive (152.50/week) which is £5795 per year -.-

    (Original post by jneill)
    Slightly old data - but this might be interesting:

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    It still surprises me how much variation there is between colleges. And note the rent is "average" and again there's a range of rents above and below each college average (except Homerton and Newnham where everyone pays the same).
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    (Original post by RThornton)
    It's the same at girton and so expensive (152.50/week) which is £5795 per year -.-
    Hmm, yes Girton is missing from that chart - perhaps they didn't reply to the FOI request.
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Slightly old data - but this might be interesting:

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    It still surprises me how much variation there is between colleges. And note the rent is "average" and again there's a range of rents above and below each college average (except Homerton and Newnham where everyone pays the same).
    That feel when Caius is so expensive it doesn't even deserve to be a data point
 
 
 
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