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I'm thinking about going to UK to study English Language since that's "safer" than any creative study since i'ts a little easier to get a job after, but I wonder if anyone is studying in the UK? Is it worth it? I know I will have a lot of debt to pay when I'm done, so I'm a little worried...

I have however gotten into Essex, Roehampton and Middlesex, but as I said, I'm a little unsure ..
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Americans are more proficient in the English language than a bunch of "u wot m8" fags anyways. If you must study English then do it in a way as to generate the least amount of debt as possible.
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#3
I done my high school in Canada and am now studying in Scotland.

I don't have to pay over 9000 pounds per year though because I kept my European citizenship.

Aside from that, ask me anything.
#4
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I done my high school in Canada and am now studying in Scotland.

I don't have to pay over 9000 pounds per year though because I kept my European citizenship.

Aside from that, ask me anything.


Well I have to pay close to 10 000 pounds per year, though I am from Norway. But that's not a problem, I get a mix of scholarship and loan for that, the problem would be if I need a higher loan to being able to actually live there, like food and other enjoyable things such as bars, movies and stuff.

Reason I'm going for english is because it's enjoyable and it's the only thing I feel I'm better off doing, and I got a high grade. I'm by no means "good" at it and have much left to learn of course.
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#5
I study in the UK, I love it. Never really heard of Middlesex or Roehampton Uni's, so Im assuming that they are old polytechnics (could be wrong) which means that the job prospects may not be as good as had you applied to a red brick uni :/
But again, having not researched it I may be talking out of my ass....
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I study in the UK, I love it. Never really heard of Middlesex or Roehampton Uni's, so Im assuming that they are old polytechnics (could be wrong) which means that the job prospects may not be as good as had you applied to a red brick uni :/
But again, having not researched it I may be talking out of my ass....


Um, I would assume it's good enough tho. I am most probably going back to Norway to get a job and the education there isn't any appealing at all so ... I hope potential work places will se having an international degree in language is good.

But how about the living costs? I heard it's about 600-1000 pounds a month depending of where you live, and I'm afraid this is what's going to cost me and put me in debt. Of course there are the entry fee per year, but I have saved up some money (along with my parents being nice and save up something for me) so i can pay at least the entry for my first year on my own.
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Well I have to pay close to 10 000 pounds per year, though I am from Norway. But that's not a problem, I get a mix of scholarship and loan for that, the problem would be if I need a higher loan to being able to actually live there, like food and other enjoyable things such as bars, movies and stuff.


Scholarship and loan? That's not what I've been told. Being from Sweden I have a couple of friends and relatives working in Norway so they told me how amazing everything is in Norway. One of the things was that you actually get paid to study? Maybe only if you study in Norway. But how does that work? It would be interesting to know.
#9
Have friends that are at Uni of Essex, heard some great things about the actual uni but from experience the city can be pretty grimy, it's also a squady city so lots of fights and shit for no apparent reason. As for the others I've never heard of, it's worth arranging a trip over here and checking out the uni's for yourself, if you ring them you can probably arrange a tour of each on consecutive days to fit in with a trip
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Scholarship and loan? That's not what I've been told. Being from Sweden I have a couple of friends and relatives working in Norway so they told me how amazing everything is in Norway. One of the things was that you actually get paid to study? Maybe only if you study in Norway. But how does that work? It would be interesting to know.


You get paid to study if you're studying more practical lines of work like being an electrician or mechanic or something where you have to be deployed in an enterprise for 2 years to get practical experience and you could study that further. When deplyed in an enterprise you get paid for working for that enterprise. After 2 years you "graduate" and can apply for work in similar enterprises, or you could study at college level. I don't know how this works if you're from Sweden though, but it works this way for norwegians. Or if you go through the army you get paid while studying, and you can study almost anything there. Since I'm going to another country I have to pay everything myself - the loans are to be repayed one day you know

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I'm studying at Essex. The uni itself is pretty great, no complaints there. In terms of cost, accomodation ranges from around £70 p/w to £120-ish, I think. You pay in chunks for each term, so at the start of the year you'll pay all the rent for the whole term in one big load. My student finance covers all that though.

In terms of food and stuff, I get by on £200 a month. I also buy a lot of extra stuff that I don't need (games, comics, dvds), so I could probably get by on just food for even less.
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I'm studying at Essex. The uni itself is pretty great, no complaints there. In terms of cost, accomodation ranges from around £70 p/w to £120-ish, I think. You pay in chunks for each term, so at the start of the year you'll pay all the rent for the whole term in one big load. My student finance covers all that though.

In terms of food and stuff, I get by on £200 a month. I also buy a lot of extra stuff that I don't need (games, comics, dvds), so I could probably get by on just food for even less.


Oh, nice one! Maybe the site I'm applying through is hyping the prices a bit...
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I might be a little off on the prices, but I know mine is around £115 and it's one of the better/more expensive ones. The cheapest rooms are in the towers, so if you don't mind sharing a bathroom with about 15 other people those are pretty good. I couldn't do that though, so I've gone for the more expensive ones
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I might be a little off on the prices, but I know mine is around £115 and it's one of the better/more expensive ones. The cheapest rooms are in the towers, so if you don't mind sharing a bathroom with about 15 other people those are pretty good. I couldn't do that though, so I've gone for the more expensive ones


I see, well I have to think about this whole studying abroad thing, but I am very tempted to go there!
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Go on google and type in "compare cost of living" and go on that numbeo website and check the difference between Norway and the UK to get a clue.
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I'm a student at Manchester and love it, renting a house/rooms in halls could be anywhere from £60-£100 a week, could probably get by on food with £35 a week. Nights out typically cost up to £5 for a ticket plus drinks before hand up to £10 and then drinks when you're there another £15 (but this is just me) if you do that twice a week the price could jump up. Maybe you'll want a bus pass for the year which could be £200. Then of course you'll need extra money for other things, big events, clothes, eating out etc.

Definitely doable and it is great fun, as long as you think the degree at those universities would be worth the expenditure when you get back to Norway then I would definitely go for it you'll have a great time!
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I'm a student at Manchester and love it, renting a house/rooms in halls could be anywhere from £60-£100 a week, could probably get by on food with £35 a week. Nights out typically cost up to £5 for a ticket plus drinks before hand up to £10 and then drinks when you're there another £15 (but this is just me) if you do that twice a week the price could jump up. Maybe you'll want a bus pass for the year which could be £200. Then of course you'll need extra money for other things, big events, clothes, eating out etc.

Definitely doable and it is great fun, as long as you think the degree at those universities would be worth the expenditure when you get back to Norway then I would definitely go for it you'll have a great time!


All those things you just said is exactly what makes this so appealing! Although my dream is to work with music, either as a musician or sound engineer, I feel studying language is more "safe" in terms of a future career. This plus the experience of being in another country meeting lots of new people seem amazing!
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A user called GenghisGandhi is going to be an international student here next year so hopefully he sees this.

My accommodation for the year has cost me about £4800, and that includes weekday meals, internet, heating, water and everything. Next year I'm paying £100/week for my house which includes bills, internet and a bi-weekly cleaner.

You can get by here on little money if you know how to shop and only go out once a week.
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Um, I would assume it's good enough tho. I am most probably going back to Norway to get a job and the education there isn't any appealing at all so ... I hope potential work places will se having an international degree in language is good.

But how about the living costs? I heard it's about 600-1000 pounds a month depending of where you live, and I'm afraid this is what's going to cost me and put me in debt. Of course there are the entry fee per year, but I have saved up some money (along with my parents being nice and save up something for me) so i can pay at least the entry for my first year on my own.

lol no way

My rent was about £400/m and I got by on about £50-60 for food and other stuff, maybe even less.
You are going to be in debt, but the rate and conditions at which you have to pay back your student loan means it's not really worth worrying about too much.

Come on over
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Americans are more proficient in the English language than a bunch of "u wot m8" fags anyways. If you must study English then do it in a way as to generate the least amount of debt as possible.

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I study at Essex. Quite a few Norwegians here btw.

Come, Essex isn't god-tier or anything, but it's a good uni and it does have a respectable reputation for a few departments.
Also the campus is pretty nice, you don't even need to go to town often tbh.

Uni is half studying, half just enjoying yourself. Last time in your life you can be lazy good-for-nothing and party often (just study well too).
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lol no way

My rent was about £400/m and I got by on about £50-60 for food and other stuff, maybe even less.
You are going to be in debt, but the rate and conditions at which you have to pay back your student loan means it's not really worth worrying about too much.

Come on over
Where are you thinking of studying?


u rly r 1 cheeky kunt rnt u


Yeah I know I'm going to be in debt and it scares me a little, but I'm sure I'm going to have a blast while studying there! I have applied and gotten into English Language at Roehampton and Middlesex in London and Essex in Colchester. I am still awaiting a reply from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford

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I study at Essex. Quite a few Norwegians here btw.

Come, Essex isn't god-tier or anything, but it's a good uni and it does have a respectable reputation for a few departments.
Also the campus is pretty nice, you don't even need to go to town often tbh.

Uni is half studying, half just enjoying yourself. Last time in your life you can be lazy good-for-nothing and party often (just study well too).


Essex and Roehampton is my two "first choices" I'm going to have a hard time deciding! I hope norwegian schools will see an international grade at one of those universities as a good thing.
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Also: "Time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted!"
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I went to Middlesex Uni. Graduated last year and somehow managed to get a job in marketing with a journalism degree so I know the English language department fairly well.

I can confidently say that I was lucky to leave that place with a 2:1. It is a truly awful university and I strongly recommend that you do not go there. Seriously. Do not go to MDX uni.

Hendon is a shithole, the uni has very little night-life/community and there has been a mass exodus of (quality) lecturers over the past 2 years because the uni is placing too much emphasis on cut backs and the reduction of teaching standards.
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I'm a student at Manchester and love it, renting a house/rooms in halls could be anywhere from £60-£100 a week, could probably get by on food with £35 a week. Nights out typically cost up to £5 for a ticket plus drinks before hand up to £10 and then drinks when you're there another £15 (but this is just me) if you do that twice a week the price could jump up. Maybe you'll want a bus pass for the year which could be £200. Then of course you'll need extra money for other things, big events, clothes, eating out etc.

Definitely doable and it is great fun, as long as you think the degree at those universities would be worth the expenditure when you get back to Norway then I would definitely go for it you'll have a great time!

Can I ask where on this bloody island do you get a bus pass for a year for 200 quid? I pay a little over 100 for 10 weeks.

Also TS may I ask, why not choose Scotland?
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Can I ask where on this bloody island do you get a bus pass for a year for 200 quid? I pay a little over 100 for 10 weeks.

Also TS may I ask, why not choose Scotland?


You answered yourself there.
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You answered yourself there.

Here I was thinking Scotland was cheaper than England.
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Doing a degree in English won't get you a job. You'd need to do something job worthy after that, like get a masters degree in something

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I'm a student at Manchester and love it, renting a house/rooms in halls could be anywhere from £60-£100 a week, could probably get by on food with £35 a week. Nights out typically cost up to £5 for a ticket plus drinks before hand up to £10 and then drinks when you're there another £15 (but this is just me) if you do that twice a week the price could jump up. Maybe you'll want a bus pass for the year which could be £200. Then of course you'll need extra money for other things, big events, clothes, eating out etc.

Definitely doable and it is great fun, as long as you think the degree at those universities would be worth the expenditure when you get back to Norway then I would definitely go for it you'll have a great time!

What year are you? I'm probably going there next year.


Alright I'm gonna use this thread for some questions I have:

1. How much does a meal at a pub typically cost? Like a cheeseburger and a beer.
2. Do you guys have Slim Jims?
3. What's the deal with TV licences? Do dorm rooms get TVs?
4. Do students over there generally have Macs or PCs?
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#32
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Nights out typically cost up to £5 for a ticket plus drinks before hand up to £10 and then drinks when you're there another £15 (but this is just me)!


Where are you drinking? I usually pay about £2.50 a pint round Manchester.
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#33
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What year are you? I'm probably going there next year.


Alright I'm gonna use this thread for some questions I have:

1. How much does a meal at a pub typically cost? Like a cheeseburger and a beer.
2. Do you guys have Slim Jims?
3. What's the deal with TV licences? Do dorm rooms get TVs?
4. Do students over there generally have Macs or PCs?

I'll give this a go.

A pub meal typically costs 7-8 quid. I've seen 5.95 as special offers. But pub food here is awful.

Nobody knows what a slim jim is. I'm not even sure what it is.

Dorms have one tv in the kitchen. Not paying your tv license is a legal matter. You could always choose not to have a tv.

A bit of both.
#34
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Nobody knows what a slim jim is. I'm not even sure what it is.

ugh **** my life

I'm actually going over there next week. Security is gonna be a nightmare on Sunday at the marathon.
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Here I was thinking Scotland was cheaper than England.


It probably is, I'm just joking with ya - Bus passes are serious business.
Mine's ~£140 for a year for students.

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3. What's the deal with TV licences? Do dorm rooms get TVs?


Seriously, this isn't a big deal. I watch TV (sometimes live) without one (admittedly on a laptop so they can't prove shit).
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What year are you? I'm probably going there next year.


Alright I'm gonna use this thread for some questions I have:

1. How much does a meal at a pub typically cost? Like a cheeseburger and a beer.
2. Do you guys have Slim Jims?
3. What's the deal with TV licences? Do dorm rooms get TVs?
4. Do students over there generally have Macs or PCs?

1. I dunno like £5.
2. I don't know what that is so I guess not.
3. They send you threatening letters if you don't get a license but nothing happens.
4. Depends on your course mainly, but essentially everyone I've ever met on a music course has a mac.

Btw I noticed you said "dorms" so maybe you don't quite get the living situation in the UK.
Under no circumstances will you ever have to share a room with anyone. I was pretty shocked when I found found out people do that in america. Generally you get a bedroom and bathroom to yourself (although some of the cheaper halls make you share a bathroom), and share a kitchen with 5 other people.
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#38
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ugh **** my life

I'm actually going over there next week. Security is gonna be a nightmare on Sunday at the marathon.


There's summat called Pepporami which is basically the same thing.
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Under no circumstances will you ever have to share a room with anyone. I was pretty shocked when I found found out people do that in america. Generally you get a bedroom and bathroom to yourself (although some of the cheaper halls make you share a bathroom), and share a kitchen with 5 other people.

Oh yeah I knew that, I just couldn't think of a better word. There are a lot more reasons UK unis are better than American ones
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