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Wha Gwan,

As you know I have a place at KCL, but owing to issues of cost and safety fears, I am also applying for postgrad study at Bristol. I am therefore wondering what is a realistic cost of living, rent inc, for a month in:

a) halls of residence

b) the private sector

And finally, what areas of the city are considered no go areas, due to high crime.
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Bristol is better than KCL.
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Bristol is better than KCL.
Easily, I should think... my friend who's going to KCL is having to get a train to uni everyday because the accomodation is so spread out. That's a lot of train fares...

I think hall fees are mostly between about £3000-£4000, depending on if it's self-catered or catered or shared etc.
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The main 'no-go' area is St. Pauls. If you stay around the university area it won't be a problem though - there's no need to go out of Redland/Cotham/Clifton/Gloucester Road area really.
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Basically your looking at around £7,000 a year living costs for halls.
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Blood,

Bristol is NOT a better University then Kings. It is very good in its own right, the KCL is an international name and reputaton. I have friends who are at McMaster in Canada, and they have all heard of Kings.

Plus in the Guardian rankings, KCl is 5, Bristol 11.

But like I said, both are good. Its a cost issue which forces my hand it seems.
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I think bristol is better. hehe!
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On what grounds?

Seriously honey, ask foreign people about UK universities, and after Oxbridge, only 4 or 5 resonate in there minds, thats UCL, Imperial, LSE, KCL and SOAS.

Bristol is VERY good, but for reputation and name-weight clout, King's is a heavyweight, Bristol a cruiserweight.
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On the grounds that i'm allowed an opinion. And i like the atmosphere and the people at bristol better than in london.
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Aye, cant argue on the ppl bit. London's biggest +1 is that its got loads of gorgeous East European chicks, and RICH upper class South Asian girls, who are hot AND have the air wealth would give you.
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(Original post by legbreakgoogly)
On what grounds?

Seriously honey, ask foreign people about UK universities, and after Oxbridge, only 4 or 5 resonate in there minds, thats UCL, Imperial, LSE, KCL and SOAS.

Bristol is VERY good, but for reputation and name-weight clout, King's is a heavyweight, Bristol a cruiserweight.
When u say all the London Unis, what you mean is they've heard of UL cos they've heard of London surely?

oh and the guardian sucks anyway, the times league tables are so much better :p:

But, more seriously, differences of half a dozen places in the top 20 in a league table is going to result in very little visible difference on the ground.
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(Original post by legbreakgoogly)
On what grounds?

Seriously honey, ask foreign people about UK universities, and after Oxbridge, only 4 or 5 resonate in there minds, thats UCL, Imperial, LSE, KCL and SOAS.

Bristol is VERY good, but for reputation and name-weight clout, King's is a heavyweight, Bristol a cruiserweight.
pfft, i'm guessing your going to a UoL uni?

Whilst i agree foreign people would recognise oxbridge and imperial and lse (probably alot more than bristol). That doesn't make them better places to live. I disagree that SOAS would have more of a reputation, i personnally think you said it because of its high ranking in tables, rather than general rep..
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Yep i really like those girls! very valid reson for chosing a uni.
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(Original post by legbreakgoogly)

Bristol is VERY good, but for reputation and name-weight clout, King's is a heavyweight, Bristol a cruiserweight.
Yeah, many of the London Unis have a big big reputation... King's probably is a heavy-weight Uni ... but if King's is then Bristol is definately a heavy-weight.

But who says reputations are always deserved.
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The Big 5 are heavyweights induvidually too, as well as of course having the whole London thing. Its unjust to suggest that they do not carry greater pulling power.

I have a MA place at Kings in 2006, yes, I defered my entry. I am also applying to UB as this thread suggests.
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yes but surely you have to see that they are more recognised by people from abroad because its "kings college LONDON". Rather than simply on their own. I think the london part does alot for them, surely people from canada are spotting the fact its a london uni.

I do agree its well respected, and certainly uni's like LSE are very competitve but i don't think bristol is "in a different leaque" to KCL.
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(Original post by legbreakgoogly)
Blood,

Bristol is NOT a better University then Kings. It is very good in its own right, the KCL is an international name and reputaton. I have friends who are at McMaster in Canada, and they have all heard of Kings.

Plus in the Guardian rankings, KCl is 5, Bristol 11.

But like I said, both are good. Its a cost issue which forces my hand it seems.
Oh please... :rolleyes:

KCL trades off the fact that it comes under the UoL umbrella. They like to think they're the same university as UCL, ICL and LSE, which really are up at the top. But Bristol has a better reputation with employers than KCL.

If you chose your university based on the Guardian rankings, I pity you. Frankly, they're ********.

http://education.guardian.co.uk/univ...163903,00.html

Abertday Dundee for law, anyone? No, seriously! It's the 8th best in the country! And SOAS is better than Cambridge, don't you know?

Not convinced? Let's try languages.

http://education.guardian.co.uk/univ...163896,00.html

APU's right up there I see... :rolleyes:
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yes but surely you have to see that they are more recognised by people from abroad because its "kings college LONDON". Rather than simply on their own. I think the london part does alot for them, surely people from canada are spotting the fact its a london uni.

I do agree its well respected, and certainly uni's like LSE are very competitve but i don't think bristol is "in a different leaque" to KCL.

I never suggested it was a different league to Bristol. UB is EXCELLENT, no doubt. But ppl suggesting that KCl isnt a bigger name, or doesnt impress employers more is just crazy.

Yes, they do benefit from "London" at the end, who doesnt?
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your changing your statement a bit, you said "Bristol is NOT a better University then Kings".

Now your saying its got a bigger name, which is different.

I think your probably right that more people will recognise KCL than Bristol, becaus of the london thing. Meh :confused:
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I am always right. You will learn this. Resistance is futile.
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