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    i have an interview at UCL on the 22nd to study Architecture and have sent a portfolio to Westminster, received an offer from Greenwich and still to hear back from CSM.

    i'm from the north west and it's been my dream for around four years now to study in London, however i haven't considered whether or not it's infact going to actually be possible.

    my mum cannot currently afford to give me an university funding WHATSOEVER and i have no savings, it's just not been possible.

    will it be possible for me to study at a central london university or not? ie, will i qualify for the grants, will the goverment be willing to cover the costs of my education...

    i'm really worried at the moment... :eek3:

    ps i don't mind being completely skint and having to struggle through university, as long i can get there...
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    Well you need to look into grants yourself, they are usually based on your parents' income so only you will know the answer to that.
    As for going to university in London without financial support from your parents, plenty of us manage it. I'm in my third year at KCL and don't get money from my parents. The answer? Work. I've worked part time since I was at school and continue to now. You don't need to do loads of hours, especially if you're quite happy being poor, but just so you can buy nice food, have the occasional night out etc. You will learn to budget when you get to uni if not before, but there are lots of things you can do to save money.
    Don't let financial worries hold you back from studying where you want to, if London is what you want. You will survive, we all do!!
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    How about cutting back on the France and America trips listed in your signature?
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    You can't be that broke if you're going to Chicago, NY and Paris on holiday. :eyebrow:

    Or maybe I'm reading your sig wrong?
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    they're not holidays as such. more low budget school trips and hostel backpack ventures, the cost of which i worked for part time..
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    i'll be studying architecture and from reading student's blogs/posts etc who are aswell studying architecture, they don't get time to eat nevermind work part time...
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    I'm in pretty much exactly the same position as you. I live N.Ireland and the only offer I have at the minute is from Westminster. I sorta freaked at the prospect of accually having to move to London since like you I havn't got any savings and my parents can't afford to help me at all. So I guess we just gotta do what everyone else does, get a loan and worry about it later.
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    ...oh an try an get a part time job.
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    Sure they will. My friend qualifies for the minimum amount of gov funding possible, is as middle class as it gets, her parents don't fund her and she survives at UCL.
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    You can get higher grants and loans if you study in London. Work them out here ...

    http://www.studentfinance.direct.gov..._schema=PORTAL
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    You will be OK if you get a government grant.

    It's impossible to live in London on the minimum loan and no money from parents unless you get a job!
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    cheers guys!
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    As well as all the brill advice given above - don't forget your NUS card and the offers on student beans:

    http://www.studentbeans.com/

    You don't even need a uni email address to sign up for student beans.

    http://www.nus.org.uk/en/NUS-Extra/

    And budget - like someone said earlier - you are given a higher grant and loan amount if you study at a London university - people even manage to get by without working part-time as long as they watch their money.

    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/ban...nning#bplanner

    I know for some courses with high workloads (such as architecture, medicine and some science courses) in the last years you might not physically have any time to work part-time.

    So use your first year if you can and the holidays to work as much as you can around any extra reading you might do and save any cash for when uni starts.

    Don't let money concerns stop you from wanting to study in a particular city - especially London - with so much to offer that is actually free, museums, events, in some cases cinema screenings etc.

    http://www.londonisfree.com/

    http://www.princecharlescinema.com/

    Go for it.
 
 
 
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