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    Hello, I'm thinking of accepting UCL as my firm for anthropology but the only thing deterring me is the cost of UCL and London. I am expecting an inflated cost of living compared to alternative unis but I am going to be entitled to the maximum maintenance loan (£10,700) and a £2000 grant from UCL. I was wondering whether this would be enough for a year to survive (I can be frugal if I have to) or would I still be required to get a part time job, thank you!
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    (Original post by The Amrit)
    Hello, I'm thinking of accepting UCL as my firm for anthropology but the only thing deterring me is the cost of UCL and London. I am expecting an inflated cost of living compared to alternative unis but I am going to be entitled to the maximum maintenance loan (£10,700) and a £2000 grant from UCL. I was wondering whether this would be enough for a year to survive (I can be frugal if I have to) or would I still be required to get a part time job, thank you!
    You can find some ballpark figures for accommodation costs here.

    Also, hold off on choosing your firm and insurance choices until April, at least, or PQ will be angry with you.
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    £13k should definitely be enough.


    I imagine it would depend on the accommodation and the length of the lease on it, but afaik the most expensive LSE accommodation when I was applying worked out to around £8-10k a year, so I think £13k should be more than enough if you manage your money well.
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    (Original post by The Amrit)
    Hello, I'm thinking of accepting UCL as my firm for anthropology but the only thing deterring me is the cost of UCL and London. I am expecting an inflated cost of living compared to alternative unis but I am going to be entitled to the maximum maintenance loan (£10,700) and a £2000 grant from UCL. I was wondering whether this would be enough for a year to survive (I can be frugal if I have to) or would I still be required to get a part time job, thank you!
    I'm in pretty much exactly the same position!! I'm entitled to the maximum loan and the grant, although I'm not sure if I get £1.5k or £2k for that yet.

    I think I worked it out as I would have £100-£150 a week (after accommodation, before everything else, assuming 40 weeks), which should be okay as long as I budget properly.

    Are you going to a post offer visit day? I'm going on March 16th.
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    Thank you for replying guys, and I'm still considering whether I'm going to put it as my firm. But yeah I've been working out prices and it should hopefully get me through each year


    (Original post by rachel x)
    I'm in pretty much exactly the same position!! I'm entitled to the maximum loan and the grant, although I'm not sure if I get £1.5k or £2k for that yet.

    I think I worked it out as I would have £100-£150 a week (after accommodation, before everything else, assuming 40 weeks), which should be okay as long as I budget properly.

    Are you going to a post offer visit day? I'm going on March 16th.
    Yeah I'm going to the February one, what subject are you doing?
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    (Original post by The Amrit)
    Thank you for replying guys, and I'm still considering whether I'm going to put it as my firm. But yeah I've been working out prices and it should hopefully get me through each year
    Keep considering until April at the very least -- there's no advantage to firming early and you lose flexibility (i.e. you might, for whatever reason, change your mind later on and there won't be an easy way out then).
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    (Original post by Hydeman)
    Keep considering until April at the very least -- there's no advantage to firming early and you lose flexibility (i.e. you might, for whatever reason, change your mind later on and there won't be an easy way out then).
    Yeah I'm not gonna finally decide until I have to or a bit before, but thank you for the advice!
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    I've ruled them out

    In Scotland the government quietly scrapped the London weighting to maintenance loans circa 2011. So what that means is any Scottish student wanting to study at a London uni is effectively receiving 41% less than the same student applying through Student Finance England...

    My mother is currently undergoing a PhD bringing our household income to a level where I'd be entitled to the full amount. Through SAAS that amounts to c.£7.6k + the £2k grant from UCL: I'm looking at ~£9.6k all-in.

    Considering most accom falls in the ~£7k bracket + the added commuting costs, increased prices of everyday items/food and you have a situation where I won't have enough to sustain myself.

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    Hey, although back in '11-'15 so wasn't the same money, I got max loan and grant from UCL.

    It was definitely sufficient to cover everything at uni and I often had quite a bit left over!
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    (Original post by The Amrit)
    Hello, I'm thinking of accepting UCL as my firm for anthropology but the only thing deterring me is the cost of UCL and London. I am expecting an inflated cost of living compared to alternative unis but I am going to be entitled to the maximum maintenance loan (£10,700) and a £2000 grant from UCL. I was wondering whether this would be enough for a year to survive (I can be frugal if I have to) or would I still be required to get a part time job, thank you!
    Is that £2,000 grant an undergraduate bursary? Imperial offers up to £5,000 which is a bit more generous. I would expect the total costs if you include transportation, accommodation and other living costs to be up to £15,000-£18,000 on average. I think you would still need an extra £3,000 to £5,000. UCL estimates the living costs at £13,250 for the average student on their website:http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-stu...iving-expenses

    Although, I do believe the £15,000-£18,000 estimate is correct, they estimate transportation at £896 while my parents pay +£3,000 every year for me alone. It's fair to say that the estimate given here is an underestimate.
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    I would say it is enough ...
    more part time jobs in London too
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    (Original post by The Amrit)
    Yeah I'm going to the February one, what subject are you doing?
    Anthropology

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    Is that £2,000 grant an undergraduate bursary? Imperial offers up to £5,000 which is a bit more generous. I would expect the total costs if you include transportation, accommodation and other living costs to be up to £15,000-£18,000 on average. I think you would still need an extra £3,000 to £5,000. UCL estimates the living costs at £13,250 for the average student on their website:http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-stu...iving-expenses

    Although, I do believe the £15,000-£18,000 estimate is correct, they estimate transportation at £896 while my parents pay +£3,000 every year for me alone. It's fair to say that the estimate given here is an underestimate.
    £896 is the cost of an Oyster card for zones one and two for the year. So that covers transport within London (at least for the first year when your accommodation will be in zone one or two). So that covers everything except transport home to see family.
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    (Original post by Noodlzzz)
    Hey, although back in '11-'15 so wasn't the same money, I got max loan and grant from UCL.

    It was definitely sufficient to cover everything at uni and I often had quite a bit left over!
    That was then. In 2012 I would have received a £3500 bursary from UCL, a £3250 maintenance grant and £7675 in maintenance loans, that's a total of £14,425. However when I start in 2016 I will receive a total of £12,702. I will receive less money, but accommodation costs have risen almost 50%.
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    That was then. In 2012 I would have received a £3500 bursary from UCL, a £3250 maintenance grant and £7675 in maintenance loans, that's a total of £14,425. However when I start in 2016 I will receive a total of £12,702. I will receive less money, but accommodation costs have risen almost 50%.
    I saw the Tab/Guardian article on the UCL accommodation strikes actually, yeah pretty crazy the prices :/
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    (Original post by Noodlzzz)
    I saw the Tab/Guardian article on the UCL accommodation strikes actually, yeah pretty crazy the prices :/
    I would be happy to live much further out (or live at home) if travel costs weren't so high. Students in Germany get free public transport, I wish we had that.
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    I would be happy to live much further out (or live at home) if travel costs weren't so high. Students in Germany get free public transport, I wish we had that.
    I got a freedom pass for last 3 years I was in London for medical reasons and it saved me a bomb. It also motivated me to not miss lectures because of the stupid cost of a return on the tube/ 2-3 bus journeys one way.
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    I would be happy to live much further out (or live at home) if travel costs weren't so high. Students in Germany get free public transport, I wish we had that.
    Well nothing in life is free, if you don't pay out of pocket others pay for you with their taxes. I think universities in the UK are taking more internationals to generate higher income since internationals pay the full £20,000 tuition fees. UCL is like 40% international with mostly Chinese students, I recently visited the university and it was flooded with asians.
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    rachel x


    I am also wondering if I can afford UCL... I'm going to be studying anthropology too! Where else did you apply to?
    I have offers from Durham, Exeter and Kent as well as UCL, and I'm waiting on Bristol. You?
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    It will also cost me around $40,000 USD for a 1 year UCL Master's programme. This includes everything - tuition, housing, travel, food, and all other expenses. I'm just wondering, will it be worth spending this much to gain the UCL name on your academic record?

    What is the employer valuability of a UCL degree? Is UCL known to employers across the world?
 
 
 
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