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University College London (UCL)

24 Expenses Reviews
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Lucenzo
Ecole SupÚrieure de Chimie Physique Electronique, Lyon, France
Engineering, Graduate, Erasmus
University College London
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Government assistance<br> An ERASMUS grant<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
The life in London is quite expensive, especially in central London. The accomodation for example was more expensive than the one I had in France even if it was in an University residence. My nightlife in London was also more "active" than the one I had in France and then I obviously spent more money on it.
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Overall, Nightlife, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Travel, Telephone, Food:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Second-hand bedding
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
A good surprise was the rapidity to find a "local job". The university has a lot of opportunities in terms of cathering (waiter in pub or restaurant is one of the most popular job) and any other job. Most of them take you 1 day a week or 2-3 evenings or more, it really depends on the amount of money you need. The university also has good relationships with local companies who are always looking for people to employ for a short time.
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ingrid7
Smith College, Southampton, United States
Photography, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University College London
1.2/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
The only reason why my housing fees were reasonable was because I was living in University accommodations. Otherwise, they would have been insane.
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Travel, Overall, Food, Telephone, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Second-hand bedding
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Health Care is provided by the State for all students at the University. I actually had to go to the emergency room once and all I had to do was show them my student id and student health card that I was issued. The University accommodation that I was staying in provided one pillow, one sheet and a light weight duvet upon my arrival, so that was nice. I would have worked if it hadn't been such a pain in the ass to get a job as a non-EU citizen. In order for a non-EU citizen to get a job, a job posting has to be posted in the paper for at least two weeks and then you can go to the employment offices and get permission to apply for a job. However, it will only be approved if the manangement at the desired workplace can prove that there is no other British citizen that can/will fill the position. So, basically, as one might imagine, most decent/well paying jobs are not hanging about in the papers, unanswered for two week. The only jobs that are left were pub jobs which pay NOTHING. Furthemore, even these pub jobs are appealing to British/EU students (because of the hours), so one would have to compete with them, too. Yet, as the government sees it, there is no competition. British/EU citizens have first grabs.
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Orlena
Tufts University, Medford, United States
Geography, Undergraduate, JYA
University College London
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Other
Other sources of funding:
Other
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
The cost of living in London is much higher than in the States, BUT, there are always good deals out there for students. Just carry your student card around, be cheeky and ask for student discounts, and pretty soon, you will be familiar with all cinemas that offer student discounts!
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Housing, Food, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Telephone, Overall:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Second-hand bedding
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Eating out in London is expensive...try eating out for lunch instead.
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Stephallen
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, United States
Archaeology, Undergraduate, Independent
University College London
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Life in London is more expensive and there is more to do.
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Overall, Travel, Nightlife, Telephone, Housing, Food:
was more expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Student discounts are everywhere, learn to ask for them and use them. Also Budget! dont use all your funds in the first semester, save up for a great spring break
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PN
Bates College, Lewiston, United States
Art, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University College London
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
A private grant
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
I worked, but it was illegal/cash in hand work
Personal spending habits
Because the pound is stronger than the dollar and London is the most expensive city in the world.
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Nightlife, Telephone, Food, Housing, Overall, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Second-hand bedding
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Cook. If you don't, learn. Drink up before getting in the club. The phone system is run by facists. Beware... I had English Collection agencies after me a full year after leaving.
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Todd
Semester at Sea (University of Pittsburgh), Pittsburgh, United States
Archaeology, Undergraduate, Independent
University College London
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
none
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
SImple cost of living differences in the UK versus the US
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Overall, Travel, Nightlife, Food:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Telephone:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Planned on staying at a bed and breakfast near the site, but this proved to be way to expensive. Camped at the archaelogical site instead.
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