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How's Life In Southeast London For Africans/nigerians?

Hi guys,i am planning to go for Masters in Feb at a school called London School of Technology and Management.Its located in SE1 Postal area,near the london bridge.

How much is the average cost of student accommodation around Elephant and castle,bankside,lambeth and the adjoining areas?

The college tells me that they provide accomodation which is 40mins commuter time,which to me sounds unacceptable.

Are there nice African Clubs and eateries in that area?

What about employment prospects,i.e part time work.What sort of part-time jobs do Africans in SouthEast london do?

Would anyone know whether there is a sizable kenyan community in SE1?

Hopefully someone will enlighten me,especially in regards to accommodation and part-time work.

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Lord my masters in ur hand

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This is not new, UEL has been rated poorly for years, almost for as long as it has existed as a university (and the polytechnic it replaced wasn't rated particularly highly either).

Unless you are graduating in the sciences with a first class degree you will struggle to get  your qualification recognised, much less a Masters.  A friend said to me years ago that it's not where you do your first degree that's important, it's where you do your Masters that counts.  In any case, the Russell Group is a relatively recent thing, it didn't exist before 1994.

@ poster - you'll find the further you are to the centre (and post codes ending in 1 like SE1 tend to be part of central London), the more expensive things are.  If you can get residence 40 minutes away count yourself lucky. 

There isn't a large Kenyan community in SE1 but there's a very diverse community there.  You probably won't be too far from London South Bank University and I'm sure there's a community of Kenyans there.  Good luck wherever you're based.

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And in addition can I add that students should also consider looking at the rankings for individual courses because some universities arent well ranked overall but are well ranked for certain courses

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How can one say uel is not a good university, poster go there do your best and pass, come out with a distinction and and am sure employer will give you a look in besides rankings only count for the universities in the top 10 and russell group besides that all the rest of the universities are on a level playiing field as far as I am concerned

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@ Justwise, I am aware of the poor Ranking of UEL, but they also gave me a good schorlaship whch has eased alot of the financial burdens from my parents who are already paying tuition fee for 3 of my siblings in Australia.

I believe that if i can work extremely hard and get a good Msc degree,then my chances will improve greatly.It won't b easy i know,but i don't think it's hopeless either.

Now that its too late to change my choice of school, I would have loved to get any information about SouthEast London, especialy SE1 area.I have read 'horror' stories on Nairaland about places like Peckham etc.So i just want advice on which areas provide good affordable accommodation that does not compromise on Security and comfort.

Otherwise i will b forced to take up college accommodation which is too costly and far.(40 mins commuting time to college for graduate accommodation)

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Time Online ranked UEL 108, its waste of money doing any course there. I know a friend who graduated there 3yrs ago and he got nothing good to say abt the Uni.

There are many Universities with better ranking and cheaper school fees u could study in.

Like English1  pointed out, many employers are not impressed with their ranking.

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Thanx for the information.I have already paid my tuition fee to the college,so i guess its too late.

UEL and STM came to Kenya and did a very thorough marketing campaign.Before i knew it i was already enrolled.But i do have an undergraduate degree from Oxford Brookes which is ranked 55th,hopefuly that will be considered by future employers.

Any info about cost of accommodation around SE1? And part time job availability?

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Loads of Africans in the areaUEL is ranked 99th of 113 British universities - food shops, restaurants, clubs etc. I don't know about specifically KEnyan though.

Quick query on your course - are you comitted to going there? It is a private college, not a university, and the programmes it offers are affilliated to the University of East London. I know the college is telling you this is a prestigious university - but it isn't. UEL is ranked 99th of 113 British universities so it's one of the worst in the country. It costs so much to do a masters degree; try and do one at an institution worth studying at. Employers are not impressed by UEL degrees,

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