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London Students Accommodation Costs
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aibutohavethisusername · 30/01/2020 19:00

How much are people paying for their DC for halls and then in second and third years?

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GreenTulips · 30/01/2020 19:02

The information will be on the university web sites

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YeOldeTrout · 30/01/2020 19:15

The maintenance grant won't cover it. That part I can tell you.

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AndThenThereWereSeven · 02/02/2020 14:03

Marking place and wondering why posters don't just say

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hairypear1234 · 02/02/2020 14:55

5,800 for 1st year at Imperial College, North Acton, so a 30 min tube journey, hence why so cheap

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HostessTrolley · 02/02/2020 15:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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HostessTrolley · 02/02/2020 15:51

Sorry - posted the above in the wrong thread, have reported and asked for it to be moved x

My Dd is also in Acton :-)

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hairypear1234 · 02/02/2020 16:23

@HostessTrolley another Imperial student? I don't see many on here.

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HostessTrolley · 02/02/2020 16:45

Yes, first year medic so will probably live in Hammersmith/Charing Cross hospital area next year x

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aibutohavethisusername · 02/02/2020 17:16

I can see the figures for halls online. Was curious about the 2nd and 3rd and subsequent years.

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hairypear1234 · 02/02/2020 17:38

@HostessTrolley first year Engineering student here. She's at Woodward currently and hoping to be there in year 2 as a hall senior. She's looked at some shared houses but the rent is so high.

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HostessTrolley · 02/02/2020 17:48

@hairypear1234 Dd is really enjoying being in Woodward but year 2 onwards more of her classes will be at Charing Cross hospital - I think (hope lol) that rent out there is less expensive than South Kensington area

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hairypear1234 · 02/02/2020 19:14

@HostessTrolley yes, South Ken isn't the cheapest place to live in London! I looked at some of the rents there and nearly fainted. Dd has the option of commuting in year 2, but thinks she wants to live in London so Hall Senior or a rented room in a cheap part of London seems to be the best option!

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LIZS · 02/02/2020 19:19

One of dd's cohort is in halls in Southwark , over £300 per week.

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MarchingFrogs · 02/02/2020 20:13

One of dd's cohort is in halls in Southwark , over £300 per week.

Is that one of the 'super' private halls?

OP, I think the thing with second year onwards rent is that it tends to be what rents are in the area, so to speak. So on the whole, a studio flat in Chelsea will be cheaper than a house-share in, (um, there must be somewhere left not so gentrified as the rest of Greater London?), say Bellingham or Penge. There isn't really a 'London' rent, nor very localised areas for each individual institution in the same way as one might say, for second year at Birmingham, you can expect to find somewhere more or less on the doorstep in Selly Oak and pay between £95 and £130 a week for it.

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LIZS · 02/02/2020 20:42

Might be a Unite one but not fully private iyswim.

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LIZS · 07/02/2020 16:21

UCL youtube video suggests up to £400pw including food, travel etc

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ChelseaGirly · 08/02/2020 14:14

When I was studying at UCL a lot of people moved as far out as zone 3 to reduce rental costs in years 2 and 3. Does not make for a good sense of student community with people so scattered. London has some world class universities of course, but I don't think London is a great city for students overall; I regret my choice.

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alreadytaken · 09/02/2020 14:59

It varied a bit but of the order of £8400 a year, sharing with friends, they were never in London halls. Bills were extra.

You can take a look on rightmove and see rental prices, it's cheaper if they can find at least 3 others to share with but larger houses are not easy to find. 3 sharers is very difficult as landlords dont want HMO responsibilty for 3. Some students do live a very long way away from their university but they dont always need to go to the university often.

Some parts of London are not pleasant to live, if accommodation looks very cheap it may be one of those areas.

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awishes · 09/02/2020 15:03

Imperial again here, first year was c£11k in halls, no choice but premium left.
Then 2nd 3rd year around the same in house share in Fulham. 4th year slightly cheaper in Hammersmith.
Get saving as maintenance loan doesn't cover rent even.

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Cabsx2 · 12/02/2020 23:09

DD stayed in halls in first year then moved zone 2 Stepney Green 2nd year - shared house of 4 £2k term each plus bills approx £600 term - cheapest than halls

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EachandEveryone · 13/02/2020 21:58

Oh, reading this is making me so sad for my niece whos waiting to hear from UAL its beyond what we can afford if the loan doesnt even cover it.

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LittleDragonGirl · 14/02/2020 16:10

Part time job?

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goingoverground · 14/02/2020 16:37

Here is the suggested budget from Imperial:

www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/fees-and-funding/managing-your-money/living-costs/

@EachandEveryone UAL has bursaries for students who receive the full maintenance grant:

www.arts.ac.uk/study-at-ual/fees-and-funding/scholarships-search/ual-bursaries

Your DN will also be able to get an interest free overdraft of up to £3k with her bank. There are other bursaries available from charities, eg for students in the first generation to go to uni.

@aibutohavethisusername Your DC might be eligible for a bursary as well as the loan. You need to look it up on the uni website eg Imperial has generous bursaries of up to £5k for students with a household income of less than £60k. At UCL it's up to £2.5k, up to £3.5k at Kings.

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goingoverground · 14/02/2020 16:46

@aibutohavethisusername rent will vary depending on which London uni it is unless your DC is willing to have a very long commute eg QML in Mile End or Imperial in South Ken.

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