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    • sunnymole
    • By sunnymole 15th Sep 17, 10:27 AM
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    How much to rent a house near University of Cambridge
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    • 15th Sep 17, 10:27 AM
    How much to rent a house near University of Cambridge 15th Sep 17 at 10:27 AM
    I will travel to UK for some months. Do yo know how much to rent a house near University of Cambridge?
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    • LandyAndy
    • By LandyAndy 15th Sep 17, 10:40 PM
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    Apart from those who get parents help, do students studying in Cambridge actually live in the City?

    I always assumed they would live further out near a train station with a short journey into Cambridge.

    I don't understand how anyone on a normal wage/student can afford to live in Cambridge itself.
    Originally posted by iammumtoone
    Yes, of course they do.

    Do you have any idea how being an undergraduate at Cambridge works?
    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 15th Sep 17, 11:01 PM
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    Yes, of course they do.

    Do you have any idea how being an undergraduate at Cambridge works?
    Originally posted by LandyAndy
    No I don't know anyone who has gone to Cambridge. But I do know someone studying at another University who has friends who still live with parents and travel to and from.
    • LandyAndy
    • By LandyAndy 15th Sep 17, 11:21 PM
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    No I don't know anyone who has gone to Cambridge. But I do know someone studying at another University who has friends who still live with parents and travel to and from.
    Originally posted by iammumtoone
    My ex's brother was at Cambridge in the 80's. I doubt things have changed much since. He lived in college (Pembroke) for three years.

    Meanwhile my younger son is about to start his fourth year at Oxford, which is a bit more expensive to live in than Cambridge. He spent the first two years in college and the third year in college owned accomodation in the centre of the city (directly opposite the Ashmolean). Only in his fourth year is he renting privately, about fifteen minutes walk from the city centre, with five fellow students.

    His rents have been no more than his elder brother's in Durham, London, and now Liverpool.
    • sunnymole
    • By sunnymole 16th Sep 17, 4:05 AM
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    You want to study there or do you have a firm offer from a college?
    Originally posted by theartfullodger
    I want to study there. I don't get a firm offer. But my friend got a firm offer from a college.
    I can improve my English and study other knowledge there.
    • sunnymole
    • By sunnymole 16th Sep 17, 4:08 AM
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    I don't wish to appear rude but if £1500 for a 2 bedroom apartment for weeks is expensive maybe you need to save up a bit more money?
    Originally posted by Narkynewt
    Thanks. I did not know the price. So I feel it is expensive for me. I will think it over. Maybe I will look for a further place to save money.
    • 00ec25
    • By 00ec25 16th Sep 17, 8:25 AM
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    I want to study there. I don't get a firm offer. But my friend got a firm offer from a college.
    I can improve my English and study other knowledge there.
    Originally posted by sunnymole
    so you do not have an offer from a university or college at all. So where do you think you are going to study?

    Unless you are a registered student you cannot just walk into a university with your friend and start studying!
    • bob bank spanker
    • By bob bank spanker 16th Sep 17, 10:39 AM
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    It sounds like the OP may be interested in the summer schools? Oxford and Cambridge make a fortune running summer schools, almost exclusively to foreigners. They aren't academically competitive, but a great way to generate income when the Undergrads have gone home.
    • Madmel
    • By Madmel 16th Sep 17, 8:55 PM
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    DD will be studying there from next month. Her college can accommodate her for the full 4 years of her course, so (fingers crossed) there should be no need to rent non-university digs. I believe most of the colleges operate a similar policy.
    • deannatrois
    • By deannatrois 16th Sep 17, 9:20 PM
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    Yes it will usually be cheaper to study elsewhere. Not London, Not Cambridge.., but it will be harder to find work if you intend to work the 20 hours allowed. and you will need a visa. My son is paying £150 a week to live in at the Roehampton University (but is an en suite room), its London but not central. But obviously you aren't looking at a degree.

    I'm sure there are better websites than this to find out all you need to know.
    Last edited by deannatrois; 16-09-2017 at 9:23 PM.
    • steampowered
    • By steampowered 16th Sep 17, 11:08 PM
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    No I don't know anyone who has gone to Cambridge. But I do know someone studying at another University who has friends who still live with parents and travel to and from.
    Originally posted by iammumtoone
    Most University of Cambridge colleges provide students with accommodation in halls for the full 3 years.
    • sunnymole
    • By sunnymole 18th Sep 17, 3:51 AM
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    so you do not have an offer from a university or college at all. So where do you think you are going to study?

    Unless you are a registered student you cannot just walk into a university with your friend and start studying!
    Originally posted by 00ec25
    I can learn from my friend. And I wish to make more friends. My major target is improving my language. And I want to travel in UK. But I don't have too much money. So I want to save as much as I can. I don't know if I can find a part time job.
    • 00ec25
    • By 00ec25 18th Sep 17, 8:53 AM
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    I can learn from my friend. And I wish to make more friends. My major target is improving my language. And I want to travel in UK. But I don't have too much money. So I want to save as much as I can. I don't know if I can find a part time job.
    Originally posted by sunnymole
    1. On what basis do you think you will be able to enter the UK? Do you need a visa?
    - you will not be attending a registered academic course so cannot get a student visa
    - you want/need to work so cannot get a tourist visa

    2. You appear unable to afford the rent of a place on your own. So you will need to share with other people. If you do end up sharing with strangers, you are not a registered student, and so you would be liable to council tax on the property. That means if you share with other students you yourself could face a bill of >£1,000 depending on the size of the property, irrespective of whether you are working or not. If you share with people who are not students the council tax bill will probably be included in the rent and the rent may be quite "high" as a result of that.

    I doubt you can stay with your friend if he/she is a student at a Cambridge college as it is probable they will be living in college in a room where it would be impossible to have another person stay there for weeks on end.

    I applaud your ambition in seeking to learn and improve yourself, but I think you need to do a lot more planning of what it is you are actually going to do in the UK and how you are going to pay for it.
    • sunnymole
    • By sunnymole 19th Sep 17, 2:21 AM
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    1. On what basis do you think you will be able to enter the UK? Do you need a visa?
    - you will not be attending a registered academic course so cannot get a student visa
    - you want/need to work so cannot get a tourist visa

    2. You appear unable to afford the rent of a place on your own. So you will need to share with other people. If you do end up sharing with strangers, you are not a registered student, and so you would be liable to council tax on the property. That means if you share with other students you yourself could face a bill of >£1,000 depending on the size of the property, irrespective of whether you are working or not. If you share with people who are not students the council tax bill will probably be included in the rent and the rent may be quite "high" as a result of that.

    I doubt you can stay with your friend if he/she is a student at a Cambridge college as it is probable they will be living in college in a room where it would be impossible to have another person stay there for weeks on end.

    I applaud your ambition in seeking to learn and improve yourself, but I think you need to do a lot more planning of what it is you are actually going to do in the UK and how you are going to pay for it.
    Originally posted by 00ec25
    Thanks. I don't know UK well. I should prepare more.
    • sunnymole
    • By sunnymole 19th Sep 17, 2:35 AM
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    Have a look on SpareRoom.co.uk. As long as you don't mind sharing a house, a room in a shared house will be a lot cheaper than renting an entire property.
    Originally posted by Ebe Scrooge
    thank you. Sharing a house is OK for me. But I don't want to share a room with a stranger.
    • sunnymole
    • By sunnymole 19th Sep 17, 2:37 AM
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    Most University of Cambridge colleges provide students with accommodation in halls for the full 3 years.
    Originally posted by steampowered
    Yes, I know. But I did not get the offer. So I can't live in the colleges.
    • sunnymole
    • By sunnymole 19th Sep 17, 2:38 AM
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    Is www.rightmove.co.uk reliable? How to avoid being cheated?
    • somethingcorporate
    • By somethingcorporate 19th Sep 17, 11:23 AM
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    Yes, it's generally reliable.
    Thinking critically since 1996....
    • Guest101
    • By Guest101 19th Sep 17, 11:25 AM
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    Given the posting time, the OP is likely to be outside 3/4 hour time zones which make up the EU.


    Therefore this plan is unlikely to go further. I could be wrong, but posting at 3 am suggests a big gap.
    • 00ec25
    • By 00ec25 19th Sep 17, 1:54 PM
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    Thanks. I don't know UK well. I should prepare more.
    Originally posted by sunnymole
    you should answer the question: do you need a visa to enter the UK?
    • bitsandpieces
    • By bitsandpieces 19th Sep 17, 2:47 PM
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    Depending on your goals, and how good/bad your English is, you might consider applying for another UK university. There are lots of excellent universities that aren't Cambridge - and if you narrowly missed their entry criteria, you might get into a very good university elsewhere. Of course, if your English isn't strong enough to get into a good university here, you would absolutely want to improve it before starting a degree.
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