Firstly, on accommodation. I hear the advice from others about halls, but the halls at Denmark Hill and New Cross are a right pain to commute from and are both out in the sticks in South London.
You are taking the piss surely? Denmark Hill runs a regular train service into Victoria and New Cross into Charing Cross, just a short walk to The Strand, in fact so short, come out of the station and there it is, both roughly a 10 minute run into Central London. Even if not staying in halls in those areas, accommodation for a 1 bed flat will only run to around £1200ish.
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