Not sure on whether to go for Kings or AstonWatch
What costs are there that makes living out in London so expensive and what is the rent like there? My parents wouldn’t be able to support me if I had any financial issues so London would just be too risky to live in. Any advice?
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Kings is definitely the better option. I am an international student who has an offer from Kings for the fall, and the cost of living definitely is something I have looked into as well, as it can be pretty expensive.
However, Kings does have a lot of student accommodation options, some that are pretty cheap in comparison, especially certain en-suites and single rooms. You also get a lot of student discounts in London, so basically half priced bus/train tickets and such, and there are a lot of discounts in terms of dining and other things too that I would definitely take advantage of. Have you looked into KAAS (Kings Affordable Accommodation Scheme)? If your parents income is under a certain amount you might qualify and it works on a first come first serve basis where you get the cheapest rate possible for housing.
As for Kings being the better option; it has a way better reputation and ranks consistently among the top 10 UK universities. Its reputation is really good both in the UK and the rest of the world, and future employers will definitely be more impressed with Kings on your resume than with Aston. Are you going to study an undergraduate degree or a masters? What field are you in? That way I could give you some better comparisons.
So I’m worried that if I don’t get the grades I’ll be rejected from one and if I put the other as an insurance choice, I’ve read that they’re less likely to accept me as an insurance and I’d have to go through clearing