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Offer received on Monday evening, interviewed on the 18th Feb. It's my second time applying to GEM so I'm in shock!


Still waiting to hear from Notts (interviewed in Jan) and have my Swansea interview next week. Main reason for not accepting George's outright atm is just the financial side to living in London. Booking as many overtime shifts as possible to try and save some money up.

I'm from Salford originally, spent my UG in Wales and am now working in Manchester again, so adjusting to London prices is going to be interesting, can't wait to pay £9 for a double vodka and cranberry :eek:
Hi I'm pretty much in the same boat as you! This is my 3rd application cycle for GEM. Waiting for responses from Swansea and Notts.

Also not 100% on St George's due to how expensive London is, did my undergrad at Salford Uni and have been living in Manchester since 🙂
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Hi I'm pretty much in the same boat as you! This is my 3rd application cycle for GEM. Waiting for responses from Swansea and Notts.

Also not 100% on St George's due to how expensive London is, did my undergrad at Salford Uni and have been living in Manchester since 🙂
Hey congrats on the offer!


I'm in full spreadsheet mode atm trying to work out how much I need to save etc. Luckily, I'm from a low-income family so will receive the maximum amount of funding available from SFE in Y1 & the NHS Bursary in Y2-4 (although still trying to determine whether I can evidence I'm an independent student, and whether that impacts amount of bursary- appears to be more from the author of the Graduate Medicine Success website, however can't find any official confirmation of this online).

Below spreadsheet is based on living in halls in Y1 and then renting privately in a 3 bed house/flat share @ £500pcm + bills. I'm registered with NHSP as a HCA currently alongside my FT hospital admin role, so would be looking at doing bank HCA work wherever I went, so have also included how many shifts/year I'd need to work to cover deficit. Any glaring errors I've made? Admittedly this has been a rush job Also a comparison for Swansea (renting 3 bed flat/house share @ £350pcm + bills).
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I moved to london during my undergrad from the east Midlands. And haven't left since. Love london so much. What is everyone thinking of doing for accommodation?
I'll definitely be looking at getting some kind of shared house. Ideally with other GEM students! How about you?
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I'll definitely be looking at getting some kind of shared house. Ideally with other GEM students! How about you?
Also would like to do the same!!
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Offer received on Monday evening, interviewed on the 18th Feb. It's my second time applying to GEM so I'm in shock!


Still waiting to hear from Notts (interviewed in Jan) and have my Swansea interview next week. Main reason for not accepting George's outright atm is just the financial side to living in London. Booking as many overtime shifts as possible to try and save some money up.

I'm from Salford originally, spent my UG in Wales and am now working in Manchester again, so adjusting to London prices is going to be interesting, can't wait to pay £9 for a double vodka and cranberry :eek:
LOL haha. Drinking out pre-covid was wiping my bank balance clean. I live in London so the accommodation is not so much a problem, although I did want to live close-by the first year as the commute is very long!
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Hey congrats on the offer!


I'm in full spreadsheet mode atm trying to work out how much I need to save etc. Luckily, I'm from a low-income family so will receive the maximum amount of funding available from SFE in Y1 & the NHS Bursary in Y2-4 (although still trying to determine whether I can evidence I'm an independent student, and whether that impacts amount of bursary- appears to be more from the author of the Graduate Medicine Success website, however can't find any official confirmation of this online).

Below spreadsheet is based on living in halls in Y1 and then renting privately in a 3 bed house/flat share @ £500pcm + bills. I'm registered with NHSP as a HCA currently alongside my FT hospital admin role, so would be looking at doing bank HCA work wherever I went, so have also included how many shifts/year I'd need to work to cover deficit. Any glaring errors I've made? Admittedly this has been a rush job Also a comparison for Swansea (renting 3 bed flat/house share @ £350pcm + bills).
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Ah you beat me to it! I have to get on this over the weekend!
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Ah you beat me to it! I have to get on this over the weekend!
I live in London and am planning on staying with my mum so that my budget plans and savings can still go towards the weekend sesh for the first year at least 😅 It’s my favourite weekend pastime!
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I live in London and am planning on staying with my mum so that my budget plans and savings can still go towards the weekend sesh for the first year at least 😅 It’s my favourite weekend pastime!
Lool 🤣 sorry that gave me jokes!

I live in South London but I'm thinking that for first year it might be a good shout to live close by with other students. Been a little while since uni and want to have my head in the game as much as possible
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Hey congrats on the offer!


I'm in full spreadsheet mode atm trying to work out how much I need to save etc. Luckily, I'm from a low-income family so will receive the maximum amount of funding available from SFE in Y1 & the NHS Bursary in Y2-4 (although still trying to determine whether I can evidence I'm an independent student, and whether that impacts amount of bursary- appears to be more from the author of the Graduate Medicine Success website, however can't find any official confirmation of this online).

Below spreadsheet is based on living in halls in Y1 and then renting privately in a 3 bed house/flat share @ £500pcm + bills. I'm registered with NHSP as a HCA currently alongside my FT hospital admin role, so would be looking at doing bank HCA work wherever I went, so have also included how many shifts/year I'd need to work to cover deficit. Any glaring errors I've made? Admittedly this has been a rush job Also a comparison for Swansea (renting 3 bed flat/house share @ £350pcm + bills).
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this is such a good idea i need to get organised! im a final year student so right now the biggest worry is exams so i can hopefully get that 2:1 and make the offer unconditional- anyone else also finishing their bachelors?
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Lool 🤣 sorry that gave me jokes!

I live in South London but I'm thinking that for first year it might be a good shout to live close by with other students. Been a little while since uni and want to have my head in the game as much as possible
Haha It's going to be such an adjustment not earning a regular income and not going out as much so I can focus and save money. I'm really excited to finally be studying medicine though!

I'm from South London as well, based in Clapham so I can walk to St George's in about an hour or get a 20 minute bus. It'll be so convenient.
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I live in London and am planning on staying with my mum so that my budget plans and savings can still go towards the weekend sesh for the first year at least 😅 It’s my favourite weekend pastime!
Literally me 😂 Think I’m gonna need a regular weekend bender to cope with the stress of the course ahaha
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After much deliberation I've decided to withdraw my Notts and Swansea applications and accept the offer from George's, so I suppose I'll see you in September!
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Literally me 😂 Think I’m gonna need a regular weekend bender to cope with the stress of the course ahaha
Sounds like we are gonna be gooood friends!
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i am working on the offer holder day. does anyone know if it will be recorded?
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Sounds like we are gonna be gooood friends!
Hahaha yes yes 🤟🏼
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What’s everyone’s background? In terms of degree/occupation etc
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What’s everyone’s background? In terms of degree/occupation etc
I graduated with Bsc in Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine back in 2017 (was meant to be a MSci but that’s a story for another time...)

I’ve spent the past 4 years working as a conference producer for a publishing company. I organise medical conferences aimed at consultant doctors.

How about you?
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this is such a good idea i need to get organised! im a final year student so right now the biggest worry is exams so i can hopefully get that 2:1 and make the offer unconditional- anyone else also finishing their bachelors?
Good luck!! hopefully see you in september!!
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What’s everyone’s background? In terms of degree/occupation etc
I did an integrated masters degree in biology. Worked as a HCA for around 2.5 years (paediatrics and then acute medicine), currently working in complex discharge planning for inpatients.
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I did an integrated masters degree in biology. Worked as a HCA for around 2.5 years (paediatrics and then acute medicine), currently working in complex discharge planning for inpatients.
I love how diverse everyones job/background is! I studied optometry work as a specialist hospital optometrist!
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