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to move to Scotland for the free University places?

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weewifey40 Sun 03-Mar-13 11:26:48

I love Scotland. It's a beautiful country. Bit cold, but you can't have it all!
However, we have 3 dc's.
The way things are now, it will cost them all about 30k in student debt each to get a degree. So 90k for the three of them.
Neither of our parents helped us with the cost of our degrees and it made life very tricky in our younger days.
We'd love to help our dc's towards the cost of uni.
The eldest two are very academic and already talking about what they want to do at Uni, so I think it's pretty safe to assume they're going down that route.
We could get a bigger house for the same money up there. Would want to be about half an hour or so from Edinburgh.
Has anyone else thought of doing this?
Any thoughts?
It also occurs to me that we could move and then Scotland decides to introduce fees!

Foggles Sun 03-Mar-13 13:58:40

I love that first house Euphemia but I would have to buy a lot more furniture to fill it.grin

Euphemia Sun 03-Mar-13 14:00:38

The second one's just down the road from my parents - I've always wanted to live in that road!

scottishmummy Sun 03-Mar-13 14:02:11

From euphemia list I like 1 others not keen,remember it's offers over here
And offers can go considerably over asking price too

mrsjay Sun 03-Mar-13 14:03:29

Oh there was 1 at the end of our road I always loved it and we went to buy at last year was a wee bit out of our price range but we didnt get it sad I always sneer at the new owners,

MechanicalTheatre Sun 03-Mar-13 14:03:32

You study a far greater range of subjects at Scottish universities as well and there is more flexibility. My degree was English, but I also studied philosophy, economics, politics and more.

I wouldn't move just for the free fees though, who knows what will happen if we get independence?

ubik Sun 03-Mar-13 14:14:09

Op - do you have jobs up here? Do you realise Edinburgh is on a par with London re property prices?

I love living here but there economic situation is tough, the jobs market very competitive for reasonably well paid jobs - teaching, nursing etc etc, it's tougher than London.

scottishmummy Sun 03-Mar-13 14:17:01

The situation for nqt is dire,they get probationary year then nada

MechanicalTheatre Sun 03-Mar-13 14:18:42

Really scottish? Shite. Was semi-thinking of coming home after I'd done my NQT.

Euphemia Sun 03-Mar-13 14:20:55

The job situation for teachers is dire in the central belt, much better if you can live elsewhere in Scotland.

scottishmummy Sun 03-Mar-13 14:21:40

Unfortunately,teaching posts v competitive in Scotland.patchy amount supply
But actual ft posts v competitive to obtain.I'm not teacher but this is what I hear
Suppose depends upon your subject,I think it's worse at primary level to get job

maddening Sun 03-Mar-13 14:23:58

I would move to scotland in a heart beat -not for the free uni (ds only 2 so likely the apocalypse will have happened by then anyway) but scotland is the bestest place ever in the universe - so go for it I say.

MechanicalTheatre Sun 03-Mar-13 14:28:18

Interesting. I would be moving the to NE most likely.

Branleuse Sun 03-Mar-13 14:28:20

might be free uni but its also cold and rainy

MechanicalTheatre Sun 03-Mar-13 14:29:37

Yes, Scotland is cold and rainy, blah blah blah.

I haven't noticed any tropical sunshine since I moved to England either.

mrsjay Sun 03-Mar-13 14:30:17

It hasnt rained where I am for a fortnight <shrug>

scottishmummy Sun 03-Mar-13 14:30:35

Log onto local council, look at jobs as they come up.
ask the Scottish teachers how it goes job wise
Good luck

mrsjay Sun 03-Mar-13 14:30:59

and when the SW had all that snow I was skipping about snowfree wink

FillyPutty Sun 03-Mar-13 14:33:38

Scotland gets lots of English taxes to pay for all of these things. Same with Wales.

Best thing to do is move there to take advantage.

MechanicalTheatre Sun 03-Mar-13 14:34:44

Hmm, well, Filly, that's debatable actually.

FillyPutty Sun 03-Mar-13 14:37:21

Well no I don't think it is really.

FillyPutty Sun 03-Mar-13 14:38:48

MechanicalTheatre Sun 03-Mar-13 14:40:46


fallon8 Sun 03-Mar-13 14:42:45

Just send the kids,if you really must,why do you need to move?cold? Fabulous day here,,folding kitchen doors open,sat outside for lunch..anyway,why should we pay for your kids education,,,that's down to you

IfYouCanMoveItItsNotBroken Sun 03-Mar-13 14:57:00

I'm in the NE of Scotland and I can confirm the weather this week has been...Awright. Its been mild but up here we often get snow in March. Regarding uni, I went to Dundee. Lovely place, the only city I would live in if I were to move. I've spent time in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen and found them to be full of knobs, intimidating and too expensive for what you get respectively. Re teaching, my mum is a head teacher up here and gets a huge amount of applications for each job that comes up and they come up rarely. Also regarding uni, I never realised a hefty "graduate endowment" was payable at graduation until about a month before graduation and although not as expensive as fees it was not an insignificant amount.

Euphemia Sun 03-Mar-13 15:11:48

The graduate endowment has been scrapped.

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