(Original post by Postscript)
Generally speaking...Oxfordonions smile with a warm heart Cambridge folk seem hollow, misty, unreachable even - and not in a good way. A humanity of sorts attracted me to Oxford.
I do kind of regret my choice because I kind of think the course at Cambridge might of been better for me, but I chose to apply to Oxford purely for the fact that it seemed like a more vibrant city with more things going on whereas although Cambridge is nice for a picturesque punt on the river on a sunny day trip, i couldn't imagine being a student there
Because Oxford's ranked higher for humanities, and I started my course doing just German (without the science-y linguistics bit). Doesn't really come down to more than that, though having visited both cities since starting uni (I'd never been to Cambridge before I came) I do think I prefer Oxford as a city as well over Cambridge, as it feels more like a university integrated within a city and less like a university with some shops and random people's houses dotted about in the middle.
(Original post by panda11)
Cambridge because it's closer to me (30 mins drive) & so I know the city well (ridiculously Durham was my insurance - miles away & I've never been there!).
Have only visisted Oxford once but found the city centre busier than Camb. A professor at Christ Church Oxford told me that "the main difference between Oxford and Cambridge is that Cambridge has more green areas", but whether he was talking nonsense I don't know.
(EDIT: haha most people seem to have based their decision on league tables/courses offered etc., mine is essentially because "I like going shopping in Cambridge.")
What shops are there I didn't see very many when I visited!
I got PhD offers from both. Physics at Cavendish in Cam and Materials Science at Ox.
I chose Ox over Cam because I got a full stipend at Ox whereas only a fees only stipend at Cam.
Never been to Ox or Cam so far... That´s why I can´t say anything about their quality as a place to live in.