Offer from Oxford for law...because I live in Cambridge
I stayed overnight at LMH in Oxford on a school trip at the start of year 12, reaally liked Oxford so looked at the Cambridge course already biased towards Oxford and decided it wasn't for me - Cambs is also more of a Faff to travel to from home. For me the choice was obvious and quite simple and i don't regret not giving Cambs a bit more of my attention before discounting it as an option.
I have friends at Cambridge as well, and I must say that having stayed in Cambridge with friends (time totalling 14 days), now having been at Oxford 2 terms (scariness), Cambridge seems to be more 'academic' - in that there's a lot less pretentiousness, and people seem to be more interested a person's academic record/college/subject than Oxford, where the typical questions are about old school/hometown/college (subject seems less important because so many people from huge posh public schools apply for any old subject to get in - it happens a lot more thanI was expecting it to).
I think Oxford is a lot more old fashioned (I may even go as far as to say socially elitist) than Cambridge, and the Tabs seem more into general cameraderie and more like regular students.
Is it simply that the 14 days were under different circumstances? If Cambridge is socially pretentious you might not have noticed it so much while there with friends, whereas Freshers' week chat is inevitably school\hometown\etc. just because striking up conversation with strangers on anything more involved is difficult.
Even though they're over-represented compared to the population, the very posh are hardly the majority at Oxford, so outside a few subjects (e.g. Classics, Oriental Studies), they don't massively dominate. Are you just unlucky (not that there's anything inherently wrong with poshers mind, my best friend in college went to "the worst public school in Scotland") in your social circle?
I personally haven't found Oxford to be socially elitist in the slightest. This may be a consequence of doing a subject (medicine) which is a bit different for admissions and perhaps doesn't favour the social elite so much (but the industrious middle class loads, especially the children of doctors), and being at a recently-founded college with a relatively low posh quotient.
^^ Oriental Studies - posh? No one told me about this?
I think, to be honest, if I didn't live in Cambs I'd have applied there, mainly becausr the city is so nice...and has H&M unlike Oxford, shallow I know, but the uni's are just as good as eachother
Actually the posh OS people I know are the classic posh\white\wealthy variety.
James Bond went to Oxford. Is there a better reason?
Offer - History at Mansfield, Oxford
And M, she studied law there ^_^
It's going to be even worse when they find out he doesn't really exist.
Cambridge, because their website was nicer than the Oxford one.