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    (Original post by BJack)
    You'll pay the same (c. £25) wether you order your gown set right now or after you arrive. The benefit of ordering it now is that it's one less thing to have to worry about in freshers' week — some colleges (maybe even all; I don't know, as I only go to one >___>) will have it all waiting for you when you arrive, which means minimum hassle, and you might have a formal meal early in freshers' week that yo

    tl;dr - get it now.
    Oh ok - where did you order your gown set from?
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    (Original post by Salliana23)
    Oh ok - where did you order your gown set from?
    I think mine came from Shepherd & Woodward (see here) but I would wait until you get your freshers pack, if you haven't got it already, because mine had a order form in it, along with one for a college hoodie, college scarf, college cuff links...
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    (Original post by BJack)
    I think mine came from Shepherd & Woodward (see here) but I would wait until you get your freshers pack, if you haven't got it already, because mine had a order form in it, along with one for a college hoodie, college scarf, college cuff links...
    Thanks for all of your help! Ran out of rep
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    (Original post by BJack)
    You'll pay the same (c. £25) wether you order your gown set right now or after you arrive. The benefit of ordering it now is that it's one less thing to have to worry about in freshers' week — some colleges (maybe even all; I don't know, as I only go to one >___&gt will have it all waiting for you when you arrive, which means minimum hassle, and you might have a formal meal early in freshers' week that yo

    tl;dr - get it now.
    Thanks for that
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    I didn't by my gown until half way through 1st week - We had a formal in freshers' week but half of us didn't have the gowns yet so we didn't need to wear them. I'd get them earlier on so you don't have to stress though, like BJack said.
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    Also, any LMH freshers or mathematicians out there?
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    (Original post by dbmag9)
    0th week (freshers' week) starts on the 2nd, but different colleges will have you arriving on different days, and international students might arrive a bit before that. Merton has us arriving on the 3rd, and freshers' stuff starts that evening.

    Matriculation is on the 15th (assuming I'm right in inferring that everyone matriculates together).

    It's theoretically possible to hire a gown, but you'll need to wear subfusc (white shirt, black skirt/trousers/shoes, black ribbon), gown and cap (mortarboard) for matriculation and exams, and the gown (on top of regular clothes) for formal hall if you go, so almost everyone buys one. You can order in advance and collect it when you get to Oxford, or buy when you get there.
    Thank you.

    So what do the college info packs contain exactly? Anyone had a Magdalen one...I'm not home from holiday for another week so won't have it til then :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by sabreese)
    Thank you.

    So what do the college info packs contain exactly? Anyone had a Magdalen one...I'm not home from holiday for another week so won't have it til then :rolleyes:
    Yeah, I've got mine from Magdalen. It was a pretty hefty package; handwritten letter from the parents, a nice thick, glossy freshers' booklet written by the students, LOADS of forms to fill in - financial info, library membership, doctor stuff - and instructions for the first week, what to do when we arrive and the date of the first bop of the term.

    Offended that the Sub Fusc pack comes with a pre-tied white tie.
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    (Original post by shinobi93)
    Strange question, but I was just filling in the internet registration form and it says about restrictions on using p2p software, and I was wondering if anyone knows if Skype is included in this? I only just discovered that it was peer to peer
    Merton allow Skype but it has to be set up to use certain ports, and I think officially you're not supposed to use to for hours on end.
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    Has anyone got a Financial Undertaking Form to fill in? It says to enclose a copy of the financial notification/registration confirmation from Student Finance.. what exactly is that? Is it all 4 pages from Student Finance outlining grants and loans etc. or just one of those pages? I have no idea!

    Thanks for the help whoever replies
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    (Original post by dbmag9)
    Out of interest, how many people start the year thinking they'll definitely get the promotion compared to how many actually do? Cause I have a feeling I might fall into that category. :p:
    I don't really think you can really say. I was convinced that I'd be good enough for a First, but I found the social aspects of university rather too compelling for most of my degree...! (I should say that despite getting properly awful marks in first year, I did manage a First overall, so it's certainly possible, or perhaps the point of university, that you improve during your studies!)
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    Does anyone know when we should hear from Oxford about the Opportunity Bursary?
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    (Original post by soutioirsim)
    Does anyone know when we should hear from Oxford about the Opportunity Bursary?
    September some time usually..

    That's what they said to me anyway.
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    (Original post by deFossard)
    Offended that the Sub Fusc pack comes with a pre-tied white tie.
    Yeah, I noticed that, although on one of the forms you can get a self-tie one for a slight discount. Gown and tie investigation is by far my favourite part of university preparation so far. :cool:
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    (Original post by dbmag9)
    Yeah, I noticed that, although on one of the forms you can get a self-tie one for a slight discount. Gown and tie investigation is by far my favourite part of university preparation so far. :cool:

    Yeah, for a tenner more, I think that's worth it. I found the site of the company Magdalen use, Walter's of Oxford. Seem pretty much the same as the others, really. It's far more fun looking up this than it is working out how much money I'll need to loan out.
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    (Original post by deFossard)
    Yeah, for a tenner more, I think that's worth it. I found the site of the company Magdalen use, Walter's of Oxford. Seem pretty much the same as the others, really. It's far more fun looking up this than it is working out how much money I'll need to loan out.
    Yeah, I was complaining the other day here about how Merton sent us three flyers for different companies, all of whom have identical prices and use the same photo on their websites. The genuine alternatives to that are the more expensive one on the Oxford University Shop website (which someone here said was crap) and Ede & Ravenscroft, whom I imagine are quality but expensive.

    I can't tell whether the £10.50 for a self-tie "as part of your package" means in addition to a pre-tied or instead of. Even at Oxford I can't see myself needing more than one white bow tie.
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    (Original post by dbmag9)
    Yeah, I was complaining the other day here about how Merton sent us three flyers for different companies, all of whom have identical prices and use the same photo on their websites. The genuine alternatives to that are the more expensive one on the Oxford University Shop website (which someone here said was crap) and Ede & Ravenscroft, whom I imagine are quality but expensive.

    I can't tell whether the £10.50 for a self-tie "as part of your package" means in addition to a pre-tied or instead of. Even at Oxford I can't see myself needing more than one white bow tie.
    I couldn't find Commoner gowns on Ede & Ravenscroft's site anyway, it was all graduates, clergy and barristers.

    I'm sure that they'd work out that if you want a self-tie tie then it would be instead of the pre-tied one. I hope. I actually have a white tie already, but it's one of those starched cotton ones which are probably too delicate.

    Oh, is it right that for Formal Hall the code tends to be black tie? Suppose that may change from college to college.
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    (Original post by deFossard)
    I couldn't find Commoner gowns on Ede & Ravenscroft's site anyway, it was all graduates, clergy and barristers.

    I'm sure that they'd work out that if you want a self-tie tie then it would be instead of the pre-tied one. I hope. I actually have a white tie already, but it's one of those starched cotton ones which are probably too delicate.

    Oh, is it right that for Formal Hall the code tends to be black tie? Suppose that may change from college to college.
    I couldn't find it on the website, but I know E&R do undergraduate gowns, so I'd imagine it's a matter of buying them in the real world from their Oxford branch.

    Formal Hall tends to be lounge suit and necktie with gown on top, although how much this is kept to depends on the college (I recall reading somewhere that said anything sort of running shorts was acceptable). Black tie is only for special dinners (and the less fancy balls, of course), and possibly guest nights and the like.
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    (Original post by deFossard)
    Yeah, I've got mine from Magdalen. It was a pretty hefty package; handwritten letter from the parents, a nice thick, glossy freshers' booklet written by the students, LOADS of forms to fill in - financial info, library membership, doctor stuff - and instructions for the first week, what to do when we arrive and the date of the first bop of the term.

    Offended that the Sub Fusc pack comes with a pre-tied white tie.
    Thanks - just one more question - what day/time are we meant to arrive?
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    Anyone know if Magdalen does formal halls/if so how often? I need to get smart clothes haha
 
 
 
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