To be honest if your family income is very low you should be able to get a significant level of grants from the government and the institution. My friend here at UCL gets about a combined total of £3,500 in grants alone and shes from the north east. That said the means-tested system is pretty flawed in my opinion and if you narrowly miss off the top band of government/university support then fair enough Manchester is a good choice... the last thing you would want is suspending your studies due to finances. Anyways Manchesters is a top institution within the England so its not as if you are forced to attend a poor institution due to money.
That said is there still a possibility that you ask for deffered entry (for LSE course) so that you could work for a year and get some money to support your studies? Or even your parents could too save up some money during that year as well to help, because thats what a friend in my halls did.
To be perfectly honest. Going to a london university won't provide you with the same "uni lifestyle" as everywhere else. You can't go out clubbing as often as its too expensive, also your in central london so its not like it's THAT studenty. Obviously it's a different experience but IMO you probably won't go out as much and the university will feel less like a community and more like a job.
I haven't decided whether I'm going to firm LSE yet. I'm not sure that I even will, and that is in part due to the cost. The degree I would be doing has solid grad prospects, but I'm not really interested in the financial and other city jobs with the top starting salaries. So, I won't necessarily be able to make up the difference as it were. And even if I do change my mind about what I want to do, I don't think a Warwick degree will massively impair my career prospects.
To be honest if you get a first or a 2:1 from a good university you can apply for a whole variety of jobs.
OP, If you can't afford it, you can't afford it! It's no big deal. True, LSE has the prestige, but it's not as if Manchester is a ****, squalid hell-hole of a uni. It's good.
Things happen for a reason, so don't worry.
To truely live is to have no regrets, you may be regretting your decision at the moment, but seriously consider this, you would have picked London if you REALLY wanted to go, no matter what your friends/family were saying, so regret nothing.
What you should really check is the World ranking for social sciences as this is all it does, otherwise it will score a poor mark on things like, diversity of courses. In this case it is 3rd in the world.
I can't honestly imagine any teacher, let alone an oxbridge graduate claiming that Manchester has a greater international reputation than LSE, especially in Hong Kong, LSE has its own alumnus society there as well as throughout asia. Manchester's a good university, but its hardly top of its field.
this is extremely disturbing,wierd and bizzare all at the same time. You actually want to do engineering now??!
So you want medicine so badly. Then law. Then maybe both. Then now you want engineering.
Pls dont come into the forum and give people misleading comments. Any person who actually believes manchester and warwick is better than lse in terms of international reputation is either very ill-informed, blind-folded or plain dumb. Period. Im not going to even contend why lse is more reputable than those 2 unis. Its just a plain waste of effort to justify something thats patently obvious.
And why do you even care about international reputation? This OP is a UK citizen. You have already concurred that LSE has an incredible domestic reputation. its not like this factor matters anyway. Din you say somewhere how good durham is and how much you want to get into durham? Well durham is v unheard of outside the UK.
back to thread. OP actually you are already at manchester and so theres nothing we can say that will even remotely affect you in any way. If you want some form of retrospective advices, yes. It seems abit of a pity to give up LSE for manchester, but for compelling reasons such as lack of finances, and for a subject like sociology, I would say you didnt lose out much by choosing to go to manchester. Lse is famous more for its acctancy and economics and finance course, and its a lil wierd how people seems to think that every course in LSE is top notch.