Are they justified. In the rest of European students have to pay their way, no grants. Why should the taxpayer be paying for the priveledge of students at Oxford, Cambridge etc. to spend years doing what they like, or in the case of many of them wasting their time when they could be earning an honest living. I have a niece in Italy, the product of what most of us would call a peasant family. Her father worked night and day to finance her colledge and university studies. She travelled from her home at 5am to university and returned around 9pm every day for 6 years. She is now the equivalent of a judge in this country. If she and her family can do it, so can you. So stop griping and work for a living. Or do you think the world owes you a living?