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    ...but would any London students like to PM me and tell me, on average, how much it costs them per year? I'm really liking the look of King's, but the money issues are a bit scary .

    Thanks!
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    They could post here instead of sending a PM to you.
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    about £700-£800 a month, including rent, bills, course materials, going out etc...
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    (Original post by gringalet)
    ...but would any London students like to PM me and tell me, on average, how much it costs them per year? I'm really liking the look of King's, but the money issues are a bit scary .

    Thanks!
    Accomodation is very expensive here. Stamford Street Apts (Kings College London) is going to cost me £3735.16.
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    (Original post by gringalet)
    ...but would any London students like to PM me and tell me, on average, how much it costs them per year? I'm really liking the look of King's, but the money issues are a bit scary .

    Thanks!
    Im at king's, i've just finished my first year...i'd say in total the year cost me about £9000.

    Accomodation - £3008 - thats the cheapest, it can cost upto around £3800

    Tuition - £1125 - i think!, ca be less though depending on family income

    Food - £1200 - there is no way you are going to be able to cook daily, your diet will be a combination of take-aways, snacks and self-prepared meals. If you are living on the guys or waterloo campus your local store is Sainsbury's (slightly expensive)

    Socialising - £2500 - now, this is where costs can vary from £0.99p to £5000! for the first few weeks you will mainly go to university events, these costs around £4, although stuff like the freshers ball and boat party are more (£10ish). Drinks are fairly cheap at the bar, a malibu and coke will cost u under £3. However, you wil soon learn that these uni events aint that good and will start to venture out to london's west end. The main clubs students tend to go to (although they are quite classy) are click, trap, cc club, nyt etc....Entry fee is cheapish on tuesday - thursday at around £6, but on a fri/sat, expect anything upto £15. Again, drinks on these said nights are like £7 for a malibu n coke. A champagne bottle will cost u £60. Although transport links are good to all the campuses, after midnight only buses run so you might wanna get a cab home, especially if you are wearing a short skirt. A cab from piccadilly circus to guys campus is about £8. The amount you spend totally depends on your social group and how often you go out. Althoigh there is a small group of students who dont bother with the kind of places i described above and spend more time going to gigs etc.

    Transport - varies. If you are close enough to walk to campus then you won't need a bus pass. If you are not, a bus pass will cost you £6.60 a week with a student discount card.

    misc - £1000 - this is to the ladies especially, don't forget you are in central london (shopping heaven!). My shoe collection went from 15 pairs to 45 pairs in the year i spent at kings. It is very important to set aside money for these things, and any other expense you have not planned for.
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    (Original post by trev1122)
    They could post here instead of sending a PM to you.
    I know, but somehow it feels a bit cheeky...you know? Maybe it's just me...

    Thanks for all the replies, especially your rather comprehensive one, kay0!
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    Slum it! I'm a King's graduate and I lived in halls for two of my three years.
    In my first year I lived in KCH out in Denmark Hill, and in my final year at Stamford St.

    I think i'm correct in saying that, although KCH is catered, that it is far cheaper than Stamford St apartments.
    KCH is a bit of a dive, but I believe you will meet more people there (it is by far the biggest of the halls and there is a very good community spirit)whereas Stamford St is a bit closed due to its flat share nature - and that in my opinion is a very important factor given that King's is not a campus university.

    Also if your based at the Guy's campus like I was, its only a short train journey to London Bridge (about 3 stops if I remember rightly).

    Socialising needn't be expensive - as was previously mentioned there are plenty of bars and clubs that cater for students during the week e.g. Cheapskates on Greek st, The Gardening Club in Covent Garden, Trap on Wordorf st, Hombres (can't remember where that is) which all have reasonable entrance fees and drinks for a quid a pop.
    Whilst at the weekend these places tend to become more expensive, your best bet is the student union on a friday for the mighty* Phase.

    There is also the option of attending the union nights at other colleges, however, the only place worth visiting is UCL for cocktails and fives IMHO.

    *unclecraig accepts no responsibility for the quality of said event
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    I just did a quick calculation on how much money I spent during my first year which included loan, overdraft, savings and parental contribution.
    This only came to about 6,000 give or take.

    London need not be as expensive as you think - its only as expensive as you make it IMHO.
    Sure, you could spend 15 quid to get into a nightclub every week and spend 60 quid on a bottle of champagne but why bother when there are cheaper alternatives?
    As a case in point, my sister is at Royal Holloway and spends a lot of time clothes shopping in London and then complains that she has no money!!!!
    Go figure!

    Be creative with your resources - I stretched my budget, but I still had a very good time
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    I live in Central London. At the moment, as a non-student, my outgoings equate to about £13,000/£14,000 pa. That includes all the luxuries that I could easily live without. Regular suit dry cleaning (for work), pub lunches with colleagues, council tax etc.

    Life in London need not be expensive.
 
 
 
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