Seriously having a bit of a major stress regarding uni at the minute!!
Basically I have 4 choices (I declined one as I visited the open day and seriously hated it)
De Montford (Leicester)
Liverpool John Moores
Out of those, the only one I actually *want* to go to is Goldsmiths. However, the entry grades are really high (ABB), the cost of living in London would be HUGE. I'm not entitled to any grants for maintenance and I get the basic rate, which is 82% of the maintenance loan. (The last 18% is means tested on a sliding scale, and I'm not entitled to get it.)
It is done means-tested so depending on how much/little your household income is, depends on how much/little you get to go to university. My parents income means that I don't get even the smallest bit of help from the government, however, they can obviously not afford to pay for my rent, food etc whilst I'm uni.
So, basically, to cut a long-story short, I doubt I can afford to go to Goldsmiths even if I did get the entrance grades. There is always the possibility of a part-time job, however it's the most work-intensive of all the courses I've chosen, and even if I worked around 20 hours a week at minimum wage, I doubt I'd be able to afford it.
I'm visiting LJMU tomorrow so hopefully I like it enough to put it as my '2nd/insurance choice'. If I don't then I'm at a loss for what I'm going to do!! I don't like any of the other universities I've chosen and I'm in such a rut.
I researched them as much as I could without visiting before putting them down as my choices and really thought they would suit me- when I visited they really didn't
Sorry for the rant. Needed to vent