Oxford among least affordable cities for students

first_imgOxford has been ranked the fourth most expensive city in the UK for students, with Edinburgh taking the top spot, according to The Royal Bank of Scotland.The results come from a survey of 2,500 students, which considered various factors, including accommodation costs, average incomes and how much money students spend on nights out in proportion to the amount of time they spend studying.Cambridge finished ahead of Oxford in third place, with Southampton coming in second out of the 25 cities on the list.The high ranking of the top four cities was owed to above average rent costs plus lower than average term-time income, which makes them less affordable.The survey found that students at Oxford and Cambridge spend the most time studying each week, at just over 40 and 47 hours respectively, compared with a UK average of almost 31 hours, meaning their working income was usually less.Edinburgh students are the highest social spenders, spending above the weekly average on alcohol.Students also pay an average of £112.05 on rent each week, compared to the national average £110 across the UK.Meanwhile Portsmouth was named the most cost-effective city, followed by Liverpool and Newcastle.The affordability of the three cities can be credited to students’ high term-time incomes of around £1,515, £1,425 and £1,421 respectively.However, the survey revealed that the majority of a student’s income is from student loans.Money from parents was the second biggest source of income, providing a larger proportion of the average student’s income than term-time work and holiday work combined.In terms of choosing where to study, subject choice, university reputation, distance from home and the cost of living were most important for 98% of prospective students.Only two per cent of UK students said they considered fees, which students studying in Scotland do not have to pay, when selecting their university.Oxford undergraduate Jack Harrison commented, “It comes as no surprise to me that Oxford ranked as one of the least affordable places for students. People are living in an affluent southern city, so I don’t think they would expect it to be cheap. As for term-time work, the university doesn’t actually stop you from getting a job and can not tell you what to do in your free time, although considering the short, intense terms, it may be harder to maintain a job at Oxford than at another university.”The survey’s results come after Oxford was named the least affordable city in the UK by Lloyd’s bank earlier this year.In the midst of the affordable housing crisis affecting the South of England, average prices in Oxford were at 10,68 times local earnings as of March.Oxford University have been contacted for comment.last_img read more

Dream Castle ready to bid for Bahrain Trophy glory | Racing News

first_imgLoxley will be representing Godolphin, as will Dream Castle – a winner at the highest level in Dubai in 2019.“Dream Castle is a nice horse who always tries his best,” said Bin Suroor.“The surface will suit him, so we’re looking for a good run from him.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “So far he’s in good form. He won well the race before his last one, and he ran well last time out, so we’re looking forward to seeing him race again.“He’s won a Group One in Meydan. He’s very good there – I think he enjoys being out there and he likes the track, (so) that’s why I think Bahrain might suit him.“The horse is tough. He’s doing well, and this looks a good race for him over a mile and a quarter – he’s fine over anything from a mile to 10 furlongs.”- Advertisement – Dream Castle is all set to bid for glory in the Bahrain International Trophy.Saeed bin Suroor’s six-year-old is due to come up against Aidan O’Brien’s 2019 Irish Derby winner Sovereign, last year’s Queen Anne Stakes hero Lord Glitters and Charlie Appleby’s Loxley on Friday.- Advertisement – Andrew Balding’s Bangkok and John Gosden’s Global Giant are other notable runners, along with the Hollie Doyle-ridden Deirdre.last_img read more

UDFA Super Cup football : West Demerara and Georgetown book semi-final places

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanWEST Demerara and Georgetown romped home winners to qualify for the top four places in the inaugural GT Beer Super Sunday Night Cup football championship semifinals after winning their respective matches Sunday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club.Unbeaten West Demerara came away with a 3-1 win over Bartica to top Group B as Georgetown joined them after moving past Berbice by a 3-0 margin .Georgetown, who lost to West Demerara 1-0 for their only defeat, advanced by beating Berbice 3-0, as Quason McBean began the scoring for the City side as early as the 9th minute and then Darren Benjamin netted to double the score in the 23rd minute before Shane Morris closed out the win, which was decided in the first half through a strike in the 38th minute.Having their lone defeat to West Demerara, Georgetown will advance as the number two team from their group which was topped by West Demerara.In maintaining that unbeaten run in their four-team round robin-play, West Demerara turned back Bartica’s challenge with a 3-1 win which was sparked by the first goal of the game from the boot of the West Side’s Kevaughn Warde in the 21st minute and two minutes later David Blake found the back of the net in the 23rd minute as the first half ended in favour of West Demerara 2-0.But Bartica were able to reduce the lead through Aloysius Edwards who netted in the 53rd minute, but Jamal Perreira pushed the score to a 3-1 advantage when he netted a goal in the 64th minute.That was be the final score line. West Demerara will now face Essequibo Pomeroon from Group A, who finished second, while Georgetown will have to contest for a place in the final when they meet Upper Demerara who emerged as the top side from Group A .These matches will be played on September 14 at the MSC ground in Linden.last_img read more