(Original post by Everything/Nothing)
Just general questions.
What is the size of the college?
Is it a good place for English?
Is it as beautiful as I've read?
Is it as smug as I've read?
What is the atmosphere-is everyone close?
is it easy to make friends?
How are the drama and poetry societies?
Do you know what the English tutors are like?
How is the accommodation?
-Thank you sincerely for your trouble.
Numbers-wise, it's one of the larger colleges, with 400 undergraduates and 200 graduates. As regards space, it has the largest grounds of any college (as long as you don't count Christ Church meadow as part of the college...), and can house you in college accomodation for all three or four years which is a major bonus. The farthest away you'll find yourself is just over the river (3 minute walk) in your first year.
I don't do English, but it attracts a strong pool of applicants and, from what I've heard, the English teaching is extremely good. One of the Deans is an English tutor and he seems like great fun!
It's very beautiful - the only 1960s monstrosity is safely hidden over the river where no-one can see it, unlike many colleges that have them in the middle of their buildings (Trinity is a culprit here)
I don't know where you read about Magdalen being smug. There is perhaps a degree of friendly/joking rivalry with some of the other bigger/well-known colleges, especially Christ Church, but there's nothing 'smug' about it. Most people seem to appreciate the fact they're at what is commonly seen as one of the most beautiful (it not the most) colleges in the university. The deer park alone in springtime is a huge bonus. The advantage of its size means there is something - and someone - for everyone. While it is perhaps not as close-knit a community as some of the smaller colleges (places like Lincoln, which are tiny) you'll easily be able to find a group of likeminded people. There's also the advantage of the fact that your youthful indiscretions won't be known by absolutely everyone within five hours. There's the bogsheet to help with that, however...
I found it very easy to make friends. I have a group of people with which I go out most nights. You won't have a problem here, as long as you make the effort in fresher's week just so people know who you are.
Drama seems to be healthy - but it seems like people do this more in collaboration with other colleges rather than as an intra-college thing.
Accomodation is OK in first year - if you're in the High Street houses (as I am) you'll get either a nice big room or a small cupboard. If you're in the 1960s block with most of the first years you'll have a smallish room that is just like everyone else's. Some of the 2nd/3rd year rooms are however some of the nicest in Oxford (the New Building rooms in particular)
(Original post by laughylolly)
I've looked at Magdalen. It looks beautiful, I'm really hoping to visit Oxford this year to see it in person.
What would you say were the best things about the college?
Is there a large variety of different sorts of people?
Are the sports good/what would you say were the main sports played at the college?
Is there anything about the college that has disapointed you?
The music, the deer park, and the fact I've yet to meet more than a couple of people with whom I don't get along.
All sorts - clubbers, people who like quiet nights in, union types (although not too many given how far away we are), sporty, drama...it's a good mix.
Rowing is a big thing - our women's first boat is Head of the River at the moment, and the men's is 3rd. There are several boats including those just for novices. You can play pretty much any major sport at Magdalen.
The normal day-to-day food isn't stunning, but it's generally fine, and cheap. You can get a three course meal for £3 if you choose the right options. There's a reasonable choice and you get charged per item which is a bonus (some colleges just put a flat rate on).
This sounds really picky (and it is) but Magdalen don't let you see your end-of-term reports, which most undergrads can access online. Your tutor will read them to you, but a kindly paraphrase can sometimes mean you don't quite get the full meaning of the report!