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Isabella

Why did you choose the UK?

It was an English speaking country and tuition is cheaper compared to universities in the United States.

Best thing about the UK?

The culture. How everything is so accessible.

Have you found any challenges living here?

I think one of the biggest challenges is acclimating to the culture. There are some things I love about living in the UK and other’s I think should be changed.

Have there been any surprises?

There have been many, too many to count. You don’t really know what to expect when you get to the UK so even the little things are amazing.

Where are you living (uni accommodation / private rented)?

I live in a private rented flat with two other people.

How have you financed your studies?

I get finance for my studies through my parents, federal loans, and scholarships.

What do you wish you had known before you arrived?

I wish I had known how to get a cheap plan for a mobile phone.

Do you think your time here is worth it?

Most definitely! I’ve even applied for a post-graduate program in Oxford.

How have you coped with money in the UK?

It is a bit of a struggle when budgeting because there are so many things you can do, but sadly require money. I try to keep it to using £20 a week (not including groceries).

What advice would you give to other students coming to the UK?

Don’t worry, you WILL make friends! There are so many people who come over, me included, that thought they wouldn’t make friends and no one would like them. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one in that boat.

Isabella's budget

INCOME
Loan £3000
Scholarships £1000
University Bursary £
Savings £1000
Employment £1000
Family and Friends £5000
Any other income (please specify) £
Total income £11000
Expenditure
Tuition fees £9640
Accommodation £200/month
Utility bills (Gas, electricity, water etc.) £100/four months
Transport £10
Food £20
Shopping £20
Socialising £10
Study costs (books, printing, trips etc.) £10
Insurance £
Clothes £10
Phone, internet etc. £27
Any other expenditure (please specify) £
Total expenditure £9747