I have an offer from Durham and found out today that I have been allocated to Grey College, which only has catered accommodation, and costs a whopping £7,894 a year.
As an EU student, I'm only eligible for a maintenance loan of £4000 a year. My parents aren't well-off and have a debt management plan, so they won't be supporting financially me at uni. There's just no way I could pay for accommodation at that price, even with a bursary and a part time job.
I just don't understand how they can charge fees for accommodation that make coming to Durham an impossibility for students from harder-off families. Even those who get a standard UK student maintenance loan would be hard-pressed to cover such a high fee if they aren't getting financial help from their parents.
Any thoughts on how they get away with it?