(Original post by Al1ce)
Hi, yes I have lots of questions! What's it like to find accommodation in London as I'm guessing due to the small number of university accommodation most students have to find it privately? Is it expensive to live in London? Do you feel safe in such a big city? What course are you doing, is it difficult and how much support do you get from the lecturers? Any opinions on the uni and London as a whole would be amazing! Thank you!
Hi, sorry for the late response! I didn't get a notification for some reason.
In terms of accommodation you needn't worry at all. There's plenty of places and all first years are guaranteed a place as long as you submit your forms on time (I didn't- and still got a place). The only people I'm aware of that rent privately are second years and beyond.
In terms of expense, well London is known to be expensive but you'll get a higher loan to compensate. RVC also have bursaries to the tune of several thousand pounds that you may be entitled to. Rent is around £8000 per year. Food depends on how frugal you are but I get by on £15/week and I'm not at risk of wasting away any time soon
. A main thing that might be an issue however is transport if you live in one of the accommodations. College Grove and Mary Branker are fine (walking distance to college), but Emily Bowes is in Tottenham about 40 minutes away by train (at rush hour! At quieter times it's much nice, about 25 minutes). My flatmates are divided but I'm adamant that the cheapest way to travel is getting a zone 2-3 travelcard which is £65.30 per month with a student Oyster card.
In terms of safety, I grew up in London and have never known any different, but I feel safer in Camden/Tottenham than where I grew up
Royal College Street is reasonably quiet. The truth is that in all cities if you want trouble, you can find it. Obviously you have to have some common sense but I regularly walk around by myself at night with headphones in and I'm not fazed at all
Is there anything particular you're worried about?
I'm on BVetMed (although I live with a BioVet so I can ask her if you have any specific questions). I don't find it difficult conceptially; the struggle comes in managing the workload. Lecturers are very approachable, they're always available to ask questions to at the end of lectures, plus they always give their emails out in case we thing of anything else to ask after. I'm not sure if this is the case for BioVets, but after each 'strand' (topic), vets have a clinic session where we have an hour timetabled with lecturers to ask any questions on that subject. For bigger projects (for example essays), we're supported by tutors. Students are in tutor groups of about 6 people and I've found my tutor to be quite helpful and quick to respond to emails.
Opinions as a whole: I really, really struggled to pick my university (hence the late accom forms, I initially had RVC as my insurance choice and then changed my mind), but I'm absolutely confident that I made the right decision. I am so happy to be here and we have so much to offer the students
I'm proud to call myself an RVC student
There's no better place to be a student than London; everything is super convenient and there's so much to do! Being a part of the university of London is a real benefit, especially if you want to do a sports/club which isn't offered at the RVC, and there are ample opportunities to meet people at other universities. There was an anatomy pub quiz with King's and UCL the other day but there's tonnes of non vetty stuff too
Hope that answered your questions, let me know if I can help with anything else