Nottingham vs UCL (Worried about London costs)...

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Hi everyone

Ive got offers for UCL, Kings, Nottingham and Manchester. Theyre all unconditional since I applied post a-level. Between UCL and Kings I think Id favour UCL, and out of Manchester and Nottingham I prefer Nottingham.

So now Ive got to decide between Nottingham and UCL.

But now this is the problem... they are so completely different Im having a really difficult time choosing! They are both excellent unis and both more or less neck and neck for my subject (History). I think UCL is maybe a tiny bit more prestigious and maybe the course is a little more flexible at UCL but thats the only real difference academically.

The problem with UCL for me is cost.

Is anyone else concerned about how much youll have to spend in the second and third years to go to a London uni?

In the first year its not so bad since accommodation is around £100 per week, as it is for virtually any major uni in the country (inc Notts). But what about the second and third years- the most important ones- when you have to live out...?

Ive heard of £200 - £300 per week in London being average rent, compared to £60 for other uni towns. Not to mention the fact of it maybe being a bad area and having to commute in. A lot of costs there.

Can any UCL or Uni of London students give me any advice about this? Is anyone else considering London unis worried about this too?

Thanks!
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(Original post by polarbear)
Hi everyone

Ive got offers for UCL, Kings, Nottingham and Manchester. Theyre all unconditional since I applied post a-level. Between UCL and Kings I think Id favour UCL, and out of Manchester and Nottingham I prefer Nottingham.

So now Ive got to decide between Nottingham and UCL.

But now this is the problem... they are so completely different Im having a really difficult time choosing! They are both excellent unis and both more or less neck and neck for my subject (History). I think UCL is maybe a tiny bit more prestigious and maybe the course is a little more flexible at UCL but thats the only real difference academically.

The problem with UCL for me is cost.

Is anyone else concerned about how much youll have to spend in the second and third years to go to a London uni?


go ucl,in the long run you will be earning s**t loads in london anyway,its for the best
In the first year its not so bad since accommodation is around £100 per week, as it is for virtually any major uni in the country (inc Notts). But what about the second and third years- the most important ones- when you have to live out...?

Ive heard of £200 - £300 per week in London being average rent, compared to £60 for other uni towns. Not to mention the fact of it maybe being a bad area and having to commute in. A lot of costs there.

Can any UCL or Uni of London students give me any advice about this? Is anyone else considering London unis worried about this too?

Thanks!
choose ucl you will eventually end up in london earning s**t loads anyway.trust its better in the long run,the only job opportunity in nottingham is some crabby call centre
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choose ucl you will eventually end up in london earning s**t loads anyway.trust its better in the long run,the only job opportunity in nottingham is some crabby call centre
I wouldn't take too much notice of what andyreid says... his sole purpose in life appears to be to come and here and try and put people off coming to Nottingham.
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Hi,
I am going to LSE to study History and I can tell you the £200 p/week is rubbish, look at about £100 and that is about right. I am worried about the costs too, but don't forget that you get a bigger loan and there are plenty of jobs to be had. I had the decision between LSE, Warwick and York (the main three, anyway) and picked LSE because I had better employment prospects, better course and i like London and hate campuses-try not to let the costs dictate where you go because you will always find a way to fund yourself. Good luck
Claire
PS: well done for getting UCL, they rejected me :-)
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Hi,
I am going to LSE to study History and I can tell you the £200 p/week is rubbish, look at about £100 and that is about right. I am worried about the costs too, but don't forget that you get a bigger loan and there are plenty of jobs to be had. I had the decision between LSE, Warwick and York (the main three, anyway) and picked LSE because I had better employment prospects, better course and i like London and hate campuses-try not to let the costs dictate where you go because you will always find a way to fund yourself. Good luck
Claire
PS: well done for getting UCL, they rejected me :-)
no way £100 a week, my friend is at lse now and was looking at houses costing £140 a week, stupid amounts for scummy places

you should be fine in london as long as you are sharing with a lot of other people eg houses of 6/7/8 etc, any smaller than that be extortionate
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no way £100 a week, my friend is at lse now and was looking at houses costing £140 a week, stupid amounts for scummy places

you should be fine in london as long as you are sharing with a lot of other people eg houses of 6/7/8 etc, any smaller than that be extortionate
Well, no. My boyfriend just secured a house that I can live in in my second year, in South K no less, for £105 a week (5 rooms with all of his friends). If i move in next year it brings rent down to £85. So, it is possible to work on a budget of £100
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choose ucl you will eventually end up in london earning s**t loads anyway.trust its better in the long run,the only job opportunity in nottingham is some crabby call centre
...ummm, yeah, but you can go to uni somewhere cheaper (allowing more time and money for 'socialising') and still end up working in London afterwards... I mean, I'm going to Warwick, but don't intend to hang around there for very long after my degree.
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hmmm tough decision...

I live in London, and yes it is expensive. I love going up north because i'm amazed about how cheap everything is. And you can forget black cabs here if you're on a budget... but getting home from clubs etc theres always night buses and Addison Lee (super good cab company - relatively cheap and can get 7 seaters for the same price). Anyway i'm getting a bit ahead... you still havnt decided.

Myself, i'm going up to Leeds, mostly so I can experience living somewhere else as I have always lived here and i'm sure I will after uni so I think it will be good for me. And the lower costs are a huge plus.

Ultimatly, choose which one you prefer. This is 3 years of your life - you should enjoy them... on the other hand... if going to UCL would mean that you are struggling financially maybe it's not too good an idea... ooo i don't know! If you like London, you can always live here after uni when you are earning money to pay for the location and life style!

Good luck with your decision. I'm sure whichever you choose will end up just as good as the other anyway... flip a coin? in fact that sometimes works, because you realise what you actually want if you get the one you dont want
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Thanks for all the advice guys!

Im going to go back through the syllabus again tonight but I think the course at UCL might be more suited to me. Its just the whole living-cost thing thats putting me off a bit.

I tried contacting the UCL accomodation office but of course they could only say "it varies" as to how much ppl pay for staying out in their second and third years. I just wish I could find some more concrete answers!

Thanks again guys, and advice from anyone else would really be appreciated.
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BTW

If u stay in an intercollegiate hall its bout 100 quid a week for catered accomodation.

thats not bad
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Hi everyone!

Cheers again for all the replies. However I have decided to go with Nottingham and replied to UCAS last week. Im really excited now and greatly looking forward to it.

Thanks again
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