Queens' or Caius? Watch
I've only heard good things about Caius, but never visited myself.
Stuff the lot of them, come to Girton (indoor heated swimming pool, yay!)
I'm not sure about 'good' conversation. It's just creates fertile ground for moaners!
Andrew, the ELAT at Oxford isn't going to harm your chances at all. Because it's still in the initial stages they kind of just watch the correlation between all the other elements of your application and the ELAT - only after it proves its usefulness will it be taken entirely seriously.
Also, from the ELAT website:
That said, I can see how it might not appeal to some people.