Quick update: I’m still waiting to hear about getting some loans. I emailed Aberdeen and they are not going to look at loan entitlements until the end of April. Guess I have to be patient. As soon as I do find out about loans I have found a place to stay with a friend of mine for free! I’ll be able to save a ton of money that way!!
I’m beginning to look into housing options to give me an idea of how much money I need to have saved. I am curious about your opinions on whether a dorm or an apartment is better. I have been doing some research and there are negatives and positives for both.
Positives: 1. Less worry because I’ll have guaranteed housing before I leave the US. 2. Good location-on campus! 3. Opportunity to socialize with other students in dorms 4. Convienent.
Negatives: 1. Expensive- average of 120 GBP a week! (=480 GBP) not including food. 2. Possibly having to share bath facilities depending on location.
Positive: 1. Less expensive? (If my friend comes with we can split a two bedroom fully furnished apartment which they avg to about 250-350 GBP a month per person). 2. Privacy.
Negatives: 1. Unknown amount for bills (electricity, internet, food, dishes, etc). 2. No guaranteed place to live before I leave the US most likely (unless I can find a landlord to rent place to me without checking it out in person first). 3. Not familiar with the area and will have to find a place based on limited knowledge.
I would love to hear feedback!
Hope all is well with everyone!