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    (Original post by AspiringDoctor)
    I was looking for this thread A lot of my questions stem from looking at the Oxford thread, thank you very much in advance!!

    1) What colleges are noted for their high/low % state school students and % private school students?
    2) How common are bicycles round Cambridge?
    3) Do many take a weekend to go home?
    4) What's the rule on having a friend stay for a night?
    5) Do you generally get close to course mates or college mates?
    6) What has the local (walkable) area got to offer, e.g. cinema, shops?

    Medicine-related questions:

    1) Do the majority make it to clinical years after pre-clinical, and how hard is it to get into?
    2) If you only do pre-clinical at Cambridge, is there anywhere that you are particularly likely to go, e.g. London?

    I'll probably have more but it's late and I'm too sleep to think
    :laugh:
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    (Original post by AspiringDoctor)
    I was looking for this thread A lot of my questions stem from looking at the Oxford thread, thank you very much in advance!!

    1) What colleges are noted for their high/low % state school students and % private school students?
    2) How common are bicycles round Cambridge?
    3) Do many take a weekend to go home?
    4) What's the rule on having a friend stay for a night?
    5) Do you generally get close to course mates or college mates?
    6) What has the local (walkable) area got to offer, e.g. cinema, shops?
    1) See statistics for entry in 2010 (latest compiled statistics). Page 16.
    Interestingly, King's, being known as a states-school friendly college, admitted less maintained school pupils in proportion than Selwyn; whereas John's, known for being posh toffs, admitted less independent school pupils than Trinity and Magdalene.

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    3) Yes, quite a lot of people take weekends home. Just don't take too many as you need to stay a requisite number of nights in Cambridge.

    4) Normally you need to sign them in to some book but hardly anyone bothers as the chance of you getting caught is very slim.

    5) Very close, yeah.

    6) The whole of Cambridge is walkable and there's at least three shopping centres, three cinemas and many independent shops for ethnic tastes.
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    (Original post by nuodai)
    I'd be tempted to try that, but 'socialise' often entails 'alcohol', and maths after alcohol never goes well.
    Ah. I don't drink you see

    Also damn you for posting that video before I did
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    Hey guys This thread has been so helpful!

    I'm just wondering, when will people with unconditional offers next hear from Cambridge? Will it be next August? I was just thinking over the possibility of reading some of the books on the reading lists for my subjects during my travels this year (I'm on a gap year ) to give me a head start and to make it less of a cram just before I begin/ straight after I begin. Is this a good idea?
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    (Original post by lk2011)
    Hey guys This thread has been so helpful!

    I'm just wondering, when will people with unconditional offers next hear from Cambridge? Will it be next August? I was just thinking over the possibility of reading some of the books on the reading lists for my subjects during my travels this year (I'm on a gap year ) to give me a head start and to make it less of a cram just before I begin/ straight after I begin. Is this a good idea?
    You'll next hear from them in the summer before the start of the course, although they may send you one or two odd forms near Easter. Subject reading is always encouraged and useful, but don't expect them to be of massive help or anyone checking up on whether you've done it when you start.
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    (Original post by ukdragon37)
    For a month last year I tried:
    Sleep: 2 - 6 am/pm
    Work: 6am - 2pm, 10pm - 2am
    Socialise: 6pm - 10pm

    Wouldn't want to go back to that again as it made time feel like moving twice as fast
    lol that's the most messed up sleeping pattern I've ever seen.

    I thought my 6am-2pm was bad.
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    (Original post by TimmonaPortella)
    lol that's the most messed up sleeping pattern I've ever seen.

    I thought my 6am-2pm was bad.
    I did 4AM-6AM for a week in Michaelmas.
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    (Original post by Cast.Iron)
    I did 4AM-6AM for a week in Michaelmas.
    You nutter

    edit: that's still less crazy than having two short sleeps per day :s
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    Does anyone have anything to add about Peterhouse beyond 'gay and right-wing'? I have been assured on open days that it's an inaccurate stereotype, so I suspect it's because there are so few Petreans that most people don't know enough to form their own judgment about them.
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    (Original post by LeSacMagique)
    Does anyone have anything to add about Peterhouse beyond 'gay and right-wing'? I have been assured on open days that it's an inaccurate stereotype, so I suspect it's because there are so few Petreans that most people don't know enough to form their own judgment about them.
    To be honest I think the 'gay and right-wing' stereotype seems to come from the fellows more than the students. Its very small, seems to be very slightly insular, but I doubt people with left wing views are lynched
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    (Original post by LeSacMagique)
    Does anyone have anything to add about Peterhouse beyond 'gay and right-wing'?
    Nope, no-one does. "gay and right-wing" is as complete a description of peterhouse as can possibly be given.
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    (Original post by ukdragon37)
    You'll next hear from them in the summer before the start of the course, although they may send you one or two odd forms near Easter. Subject reading is always encouraged and useful, but don't expect them to be of massive help or anyone checking up on whether you've done it when you start.
    Ah okay cool! I'd say I'd be safe enough using the MML reading lists to check out some of the texts in advance I quite like the idea of being able to take my time over them while I can- freshers sounds mental.
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    1. Who do you generally make friends with?? People in your course / at your college ??

    2. is there like a main place where everyone from that subject goes to a lecture?

    3. Are supervisions 1 on 1?

    4. Is accommodation in the college (homerton) for 3 years?

    5. How likely will you be offered a place on a masters course?

    6. What Are the living expenses on the offer letter including

    7. Do you need to buy gowns
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    (Original post by Sadsnail)
    1. Who do you generally make friends with?? People in your course / at your college ??
    College mainly. You can make friends from other colleges including people doing your course at lectures/practicals/swaps, but I'd say most people would be mainly friendly with people from their college.

    2. is there like a main place where everyone from that subject goes to a lecture?
    Yes, but the lecture locations vary depending on subject.

    3. Are supervisions 1 on 1?
    I think they can be, but not usually.

    4. Is accommodation in the college (homerton) for 3 years?
    Dunno about Homerton, you're usually guaranteed 3 years though.

    7. Do you need to buy gowns
    Yes, you can get one in Cambridge before you matriculate.
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    (Original post by Cast.Iron)
    Madam, I would just like to take this moment in time to inform you that there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that:

    a) your every utterance is like the slithering hiss of a fat maggot feasting upon the putrid guts of a decomposing rat

    and

    b) your face is as foul as the unwiped inner ring of Satan's rectum.

    Oh no

    ah well...
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    (Original post by ukdragon37)
    Actually we always improve what we take from Oxford. Same goes for this thread.
    Yeah, I am sure the information on this thread is miles ahead the exact same information on the Oxford one. :rolleyes:

    In any case, I am sure that deep inside we all recognise that both unis are equally good, with slight variations depending on subject and course. And I was only joking anyway. I actually have a question myself.
    Basically I am applying to Cambridge for a PhD and we can choose two colleges in our application. At this point I should say that I have no clue about cambridge college stereotypes. I only know that Trinity is considered the best.
    I put Pembroke as my first choice, so any information about it would be nice, especially if there is any classicist there (is the library good for example?)
    And I was thinking either Clare or Corpus Christi as my second, but someone told me that Clare is really popular and there is no point in putting it as a second choice. Is this true?
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    (Original post by Xristina)
    In any case, I am sure that deep inside we all recognise that both unis are equally good, with slight variations depending on subject and course.
    Whilst I (speaking for Cambridge) will accept your admission that Oxford is equal to or less than Cambridge with gratitude, I'm afraid, for our part, no similar admission will be forthcoming. We maintain our "we're miles better than you and you suck" position.

    I only know that Trinity is considered the best.
    Pfft, by people who are there maybe.

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    I'd have answered your questions if I knew the answers, really I would
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    (Original post by TimmonaPortella)
    Whilst I (speaking for Cambridge) will accept your admission that Oxford is equal to or less than Cambridge with gratitude, I'm afraid, for our part, no similar admission will be forthcoming. We maintain our "we're miles better than you and you suck" position.



    Pfft, by people who are there maybe.

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    I'd have answered your questions if I knew the answers, really I would
    well, to be fair, so do we.
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    (Original post by Xristina)
    well, to be fair, so do we.
    I have you on record saying otherwise!
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    Should I buy a bike?!

    Also, should I take a laptop with me to Cambridge (do most students)?

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