Prospective advisor and project are allocated for each program. They are equally interesting and close to my interest. They are located in beautiful cities. I can become a tutor to cover part of my living expenses. There is a chance of getting funding for 2nd & 3rd years but there is no guarantee.
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Accept the funded offer.
There is (I think) a general consensus on this site that the quality of your own research as a PhD student matters much more in the long run than the reputation of the university you're at. A PhD is stressful enough without you having to worry about money as well (food, rent, bills, tuition- the list goes on).
The only advantage I can see in attending a top "name brand" university (for example, Oxford or Cambridge) is if you leave academia for an industry job, where the name of the university is likely more familiar to a prospective employer than the name of your supervisor.