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An effective budget and a willingness to work can make 4k for maintenance very possible. It takes some practice and some smarts but some people have to manage with significantly less. Universities are not cheap by nature. By selecting a worse university for short-term minor expense benefits it could less beneficial in the long run. University/student finance loans are not paid until you are earning over 25k a year.
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Can the OP live on £4k a year in St Andrews? How likely is he to find meaningful work (not just a few tours for prospective students)?
Additionally, many student towns are somewhat subsidised are can be cheaper. I am aware obviously some locations are more expensive than others however, further south and in England unless a somewhat industrial area is chosen, then prices will only be higher
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An effective budget and a willingness to work can make 4k for maintenance very possible. It takes some practice and some smarts but some people have to manage with significantly less. Universities are not cheap by nature. By selecting a worse university for short-term minor expense benefits it could less beneficial in the long run. University/student finance loans are not paid until you are earning over 25k a year.
The loans are not the issue here. My question is related to the availability of jobs. The OP is from a low pay/ low employment part of the country so can't rely on finding work at home over the summer. To live on a loan of £4k would require a lot of work. How expensive are halls/ shared houses in St Andrews? Is it easy to find a part time job and increase hours in holiday periods?
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If I may be very boring and middle aged make sure you don't get distracted from your A levels. High grades can help a lot in life - and give you options in the future.
Haha, I won't. I've been a bit lazy this year but still managed to do well, so hopefully now that I'm starting to do quite a bit of studying at home I'll manage to achieve my predicted grades next year.


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You have the grades and subjects to apply to Cambridge for any of the named courses you're interested in (bear in mind chemistry and biology are studied via natural sciences there; this might be a plus in your case, as you can study both to start with) and has a lot of green spaces in the city, both in the colleges and outside of them. Oxford is likely similar although the structure of their STEM courses are different, also I get the impression there are fewer green spaces interspersed in the city and they're more "around" the city (which is a bit more compact), but I've not been there personally so I couldn't say for certain.

If you aren't interested in the University of Cambridge itself, you could also consider Anglia Ruskin University, which is in Cambridge and offers a wide range of allied health professions courses (including paramedic science) as well as some in the basic sciences (e.g. biological/biomedical science). You can then study in Cambridge (which is a very nice city) but not necessarily at Cambridge, if that's an issue for you. That said, the University of Cambridge has a lot of bursaries and other support for students generally, which might ameliorate funding issues.

Have a look at Healthcare Sciences (Life Science) courses and providers if you're interest in the sciences formally but also in a career in healthcare. Those specific courses are the only courses with both IBMS accreditation and HCPC registration that allow you to pursue roles as a biomedical scientist in the NHS (and elsewhere). There are a number of providers across the country, although I don't know all of them; have a search on the NHS health careers degree search to see where they are offered (specifically look for the Healthcare Sciences courses with IBMS accreditation and HCPC registration from doing an integrated placement). RegisteredBMS might also be able to advise more on that, but it seems like it might be a good fit for you if you enjoy studying the basic sciences and want to work in healthcare.
Wow, that's a lot of information. Thanks for taking the time to type it all out. I've taken a screen shot of it so can start going through it bit by bit in the morning. Again, thanks a lot, I really appreciate all the advice I'm getting
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The loans are not the issue here. My question is related to the availability of jobs. The OP is from a low pay/ low employment part of the country so can't rely on finding work at home over the summer. To live on a loan of £4k would require a lot of work. How expensive are halls/ shared houses in St Andrews? Is it easy to find a part time job and increase hours in holiday periods?
I was referencing the possibility of working during the academic year, not during the summer.
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Thank you!



I've had a look at Durham Uni and it looks great. I've visited my grandparents up there a few times too and I've always liked it. Am definitely considering it now



Thank you Prestige isn't really important to me (sixth form encouraging Oxbridge but it's not for me), but Durham does look great.
every sixthorm does that so they can brag abut it
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I'm at Uni of Leeds and absolutely love it but the area you're likely to live in during 2nd/3rd year (its called Hyde Park) is the most burgled in the country (tied with Selly Oak in Birmingham I think). It's something that really scares first years but you honestly just get used to it, and thats really the only threat in terms of crime its not like theres any reputation for people actually being harmed. Still would never pick another uni over Leeds. If you are bothered about safety, I'm actually from York and can say it has always been really safe to me, however just knowing what I like most about uni here I wouldn't have suited York.

Have noticed lots of people saying that you should be applying for Oxbridge/UCL/Durham and the more difficult places like that, and while I'd love to say the same, you need to take into account the fact that you'll have to have a part time job and many difficult courses at difficult unis absolutely do not recommend having a job at the same time just due to the amount of time you need to spend on it. It's certainly not impossible to have a job at the same time as doing a really difficult course but you need to think about your happiness. I do law and personally would not have been able to do a lot of hours part time work alongside trying to get a 2:1 and socialising.
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