Is studying in London expensive?

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I have received offers from both UCL and the University of Manchester. One of my concerns about UCL is the accommodation which in some cases seems extortionate in price. Obviously, if accommodation and living costs are expensive then I would probably leave university with far more debt than if I went to UoM. Is it as expensive as it is made out to be?

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I have received offers from both UCL and the University of Manchester. One of my concerns about UCL is the accommodation which in some cases seems extortionate in price. Obviously, if accommodation and living costs are expensive then I would probably leave university with far more debt than if I went to UoM. Is it as expensive as it is made out to be?

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London accommodation is expensive, but a degree from UCL is definitely worth the extra cost
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A degree from UCL is far more impressive, worth paying more


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I have received offers from both UCL and the University of Manchester. One of my concerns about UCL is the accommodation which in some cases seems extortionate in price. Obviously, if accommodation and living costs are expensive then I would probably leave university with far more debt than if I went to UoM. Is it as expensive as it is made out to be?

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it depends on the course. For engineering Manchester>UCL
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Probably be wise to estimate how much more it will cost. Factor that in with the extra you get from the loan company (London premium) and work out how much it will cost you both in short-term finance (i.e. The remainder of what you cannot get on a loan) and long-term (i.e. How much the difference between amount you will have to pay off is).

It also depends on how much you do as to how expensive London is. If you're super sociable and want to go out lots both eating and clubbing then everything is more expensive, as well as the inflated accommodation costs.

It also depends what you want from where you live- if you care about living somewhere really nice or just getting by. At Manchester the accomm you could get for what you pay in London for average stuff would probably be really nice.

That said I would generally go on the suitability of the course to your needs and which city you would prefer overall and if that includes money then factor it in a la above. Don't go with UCL just because of the prestige - consider your situation holistically.
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