It's becoming increasingly clear that if we didn't have the money from the sale of OH's late mother's house, there's no way the kids could go to university. I know there are scholarships, and loans, and various bits and pieces for low-income families, and the kids will have to take out student loans etc and just learn to live with them like we do with the mortgage. But that's all once you're actually there. I hadn't realised how expensive getting there (literally) was going to be.
Oldest son has an interview a long way away the week after next. The train fare is going to be £215. There's no way we could fund that out of income.
It's not even any cheaper if he goes up the afternoon before. I thought that leaving here around 4pm instead of 7am would be cheaper, but apparently not. The fare up is £174 no matter what time you travel, and the fare back is £42. I've checked nationalrail.co.uk and thetrainline.co.uk - I had a look at megatrain.com but, weirdly, that's only buses.
I don't remember it costing anything like this much when he went up for an Open Day last year some time.
ETA, for the record: The cheaper fare I remembered from last time turned out to have been due to that visit being on a Saturday. OH drove him up in the end; they left home at 5:35 and arrived at 10:30, having stopped on the way for breakfast. They left uni-city at 4:40 and arrived home at 9:50, stopping twice along the way.