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Hi guys, I’m just looking for advice, especially from anyone who’s studied/studying in London.

Basically, I’m a mature student from the North hoping to study law. I’ve got a place to study in a London uni which I was very excited about but now I’m wondering if I’ve making the right decision.

Firstly, everyone tells me how frenetic and loud London is. I’m an introvert, hate clubbing and need some quiet space. Obviously London’s not the best place for that and not sure if I can cope.

Then there’s the cost. Since I’ve been working for a few years I’ve got some savings so am not overly worried about that. However, I’m not wealthy or even that comfortable so thinking whether it would be more prudent to go elsewhere and save a few grand.

Also, since the accommodation’s spread out across the city, I’m worried there won’t be a community feel, and that’s quite important to me. I guess I’m scared that I’ll be lonely and struggle to relate to anyone else, especially as I’m a bit older.

Lastly, this uni has terrible satisfaction scores on league tables. I know I shouldn’t take them too seriously but this seems like a problem endemic to all London unis.

So, in a nutshell, I’m well aware of the pros of law in London but I’d like to be aware of all the realities so I can make an informed decision. Would really appreciate if others could share their experiences.

Thanks.
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Hi guys, I’m just looking for advice, especially from anyone who’s studied/studying in London.

Basically, I’m a mature student from the North hoping to study law. I’ve got a place to study in a London uni which I was very excited about but now I’m wondering if I’ve making the right decision.

Firstly, everyone tells me how frenetic and loud London is. I’m an introvert, hate clubbing and need some quiet space. Obviously London’s not the best place for that and not sure if I can cope.

Then there’s the cost. Since I’ve been working for a few years I’ve got some savings so am not overly worried about that. However, I’m not wealthy or even that comfortable so thinking whether it would be more prudent to go elsewhere and save a few grand.

Also, since the accommodation’s spread out across the city, I’m worried there won’t be a community feel, and that’s quite important to me. I guess I’m scared that I’ll be lonely and struggle to relate to anyone else, especially as I’m a bit older.

Lastly, this uni has terrible satisfaction scores on league tables. I know I shouldn’t take them too seriously but this seems like a problem endemic to all London unis.

So, in a nutshell, I’m well aware of the pros of law in London but I’d like to be aware of all the realities so I can make an informed decision. Would really appreciate if others could share their experiences.

Thanks.
I studied at one of the London universities but I didn't study anything related to Law so won't give any advice on that aspect.

As for being a student in London, you'll either like it or you won't. London is loud and busy but it's at its busiest during rush hour obviously, and it really depends on where you live. I lived in Camden (a bustling borough) but on a side street off a main road. It was very quiet where I lived. There are other things to do except go clubbing. Join societies, you'll meet loads of people who don't want to go clubbing and this is the same at all universities. There are also places you can go for peace and quiet.

Regarding accommodation, chances are you won't even speak to your first year housemates come the start of second year (unless you live with them). Even if you don't get close to anyone there, you'll have people on your course and societies. Don't worry about your age either - that will probably make it easier to find like-minded people.

London is expensive. You'll have savings and I assume a maintenance loan. It is possible if you learn how to live cheaply. This is possible in London, it comes with experience and knowing the right people.

I think student satisfaction scores mainly link to the size of the university and the fact you're living in London. It's easy to feel like a little fish in a big university, and some of them have terrible reputations for pastoral care. Also, living in London can have an impact on your experience.
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Hi guys, I’m just looking for advice, especially from anyone who’s studied/studying in London.

Basically, I’m a mature student from the North hoping to study law. I’ve got a place to study in a London uni which I was very excited about but now I’m wondering if I’ve making the right decision.

Firstly, everyone tells me how frenetic and loud London is. I’m an introvert, hate clubbing and need some quiet space. Obviously London’s not the best place for that and not sure if I can cope.

Then there’s the cost. Since I’ve been working for a few years I’ve got some savings so am not overly worried about that. However, I’m not wealthy or even that comfortable so thinking whether it would be more prudent to go elsewhere and save a few grand.

Also, since the accommodation’s spread out across the city, I’m worried there won’t be a community feel, and that’s quite important to me. I guess I’m scared that I’ll be lonely and struggle to relate to anyone else, especially as I’m a bit older.

Lastly, this uni has terrible satisfaction scores on league tables. I know I shouldn’t take them too seriously but this seems like a problem endemic to all London unis.

So, in a nutshell, I’m well aware of the pros of law in London but I’d like to be aware of all the realities so I can make an informed decision. Would really appreciate if others could share their experiences.

Thanks.
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I studied at one of the London universities but I didn't study anything related to Law so won't give any advice on that aspect.

As for being a student in London, you'll either like it or you won't. London is loud and busy but it's at its busiest during rush hour obviously, and it really depends on where you live. I lived in Camden (a bustling borough) but on a side street off a main road. It was very quiet where I lived. There are other things to do except go clubbing. Join societies, you'll meet loads of people who don't want to go clubbing and this is the same at all universities. There are also places you can go for peace and quiet.

Regarding accommodation, chances are you won't even speak to your first year housemates come the start of second year (unless you live with them). Even if you don't get close to anyone there, you'll have people on your course and societies. Don't worry about your age either - that will probably make it easier to find like-minded people.

London is expensive. You'll have savings and I assume a maintenance loan. It is possible if you learn how to live cheaply. This is possible in London, it comes with experience and knowing the right people.

I think student satisfaction scores mainly link to the size of the university and the fact you're living in London. It's easy to feel like a little fish in a big university, and some of them have terrible reputations for pastoral care. Also, living in London can have an impact on your experience.
Thank you, this is helpful 😊 btw, I think my accommodation will be in Camden so that’s reassuring.
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Thank you, this is helpful 😊 btw, I think my accommodation will be in Camden so that’s reassuring
Out of curiosity, will you be at UCL?
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Yes, UCL. Is that one that’s got a poor reputation for pastoral support?
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Yes, UCL. Is that one that’s got a poor reputation for pastoral support?
Why so concerned? If you have worked and earned do you really need pastoral support?

Anyway, I'm from the North (a particularly cheap bit of it) and live/ work in London. For working - its great. For students? I don't know. Have you made a budget and compared your annual costs to say Nottingham, Newcastle or Lancaster. Its worth doing. Any idea how expensive Camden is?

It may well be worth it. Access to part time work (what is your work experience?), access to placements, summer work if you are here all year round etc may make it affordable. Law degrees at places like UCL are hard work - you don't want to be working 25 hours a week on top of studying to make the costs balance out.
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Which university - that is the question
Hi, I wasn’t planning on saying but obviously that’s moot since the first poster guessed it 😬 I know you can’t really separate uni and location but I’m more concerned about the location. I like UCL’s law department - problem is whether I’ll like it enough to stay in a place I’m quite worried about. Obviously I want to get a great education and am willing to make sacrifices. Just not to the extent of potential being very miserable and anxious every day for three years. Did you study in London?
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Yes, UCL. Is that one that’s got a poor reputation for pastoral support?
It's not great but if you get a good tutor you'll probably be ok. I studied at UCL and you'll be fine, don't worry about you age being an issue. Also, if you're at the halls I think you're at (I may be wrong), all I can say is good luck with that place but it won't get that busy. It'll be rather quiet and it's also the cheapest halls for a single room (or at least was in my first year).
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Why so concerned? If you have worked and earned do you really need pastoral support?

Anyway, I'm from the North (a particularly cheap bit of it) and live/ work in London. For working - its great. For students? I don't know. Have you made a budget and compared your annual costs to say Nottingham, Newcastle or Lancaster. Its worth doing. Any idea how expensive Camden is?

It may well be worth it. Access to part time work (what is your work experience?), access to placements, summer work if you are here all year round etc may make it affordable. Law degrees at places like UCL are hard work - you don't want to be working 25 hours a week on top of studying to make the costs balance out.
Thanks for your advice.
Yeah, the problem is I’ve got some pretty bad mental health issues and have never lived away from home before and hence why I’m doing this as a mature student.

I put a lot of pressure on myself academically whereas I wasn’t so stressed in my job (which was fairly straightforward).

I have started budgeting and comparing living costs. I should get by but just wondering whether somewhere like York would make more sense financially.
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Anyway thanks for all your insights and advice everyone. It’s helped me realise I’m just nervous but I’ll probably regret it forever if I don’t at least give it a go. I’ll probably turn out a lot stronger for the experience anyway! And if it comes to the worst, I could always transfer to my local uni (though 🤞 that doesn’t happen!) Cheers guys
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Thanks for your advice.
Yeah, the problem is I’ve got some pretty bad mental health issues and have never lived away from home before and hence why I’m doing this as a mature student.

I put a lot of pressure on myself academically whereas I wasn’t so stressed in my job (which was fairly straightforward).

I have started budgeting and comparing living costs. I should get by but just wondering whether somewhere like York would make more sense financially.
Congrats on the offers! I'd check out the cost of living - and if you are a little older than the average student consider joining free events on meetup. Well worth looking as there is a lot of cheap/ free stuff to do in London. I would do the budget comparing cost of rent + bills and transport between places. My guess is that York is not particularly cheap but there are alternatives if you want to live ok on a student loan.
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Yes, its worth it.
I've lived and studied in Central London for the last six years.
The atmosphere is fantastic, the city is vibrant but there is also plenty of quiet space.
Beautiful parks, amazing riverside views and lots of wildlife to feed.
It's important to stick to a strict budget, the cost of living is high and London rents are exorbitant.
I live off less than £30 a week after rent and bills.
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Hi guys, I’m just looking for advice, especially from anyone who’s studied/studying in London.

Basically, I’m a mature student from the North hoping to study law. I’ve got a place to study in a London uni which I was very excited about but now I’m wondering if I’ve making the right decision.

Firstly, everyone tells me how frenetic and loud London is. I’m an introvert, hate clubbing and need some quiet space. Obviously London’s not the best place for that and not sure if I can cope.

Then there’s the cost. Since I’ve been working for a few years I’ve got some savings so am not overly worried about that. However, I’m not wealthy or even that comfortable so thinking whether it would be more prudent to go elsewhere and save a few grand.

Also, since the accommodation’s spread out across the city, I’m worried there won’t be a community feel, and that’s quite important to me. I guess I’m scared that I’ll be lonely and struggle to relate to anyone else, especially as I’m a bit older.

Lastly, this uni has terrible satisfaction scores on league tables. I know I shouldn’t take them too seriously but this seems like a problem endemic to all London unis.

So, in a nutshell, I’m well aware of the pros of law in London but I’d like to be aware of all the realities so I can make an informed decision. Would really appreciate if others could share their experiences.

Thanks.
Depends which uni and your other choices?
UCL definitely worth going for and you can live close for first year and in some of the nicer parts thereafter.
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