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    I chose Cambridge over Oxford because I much preferred the languages (MML) course there with the possibility of doing German without an A level in it & traditionally, more people from my country study at Cambridge, therefore better social opportunities for me personally.
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    I preferred the Oxford law course, as it seemed more academically/jurisprudentially focused, rather than practically.

    I also prefer Oxford as a city, as it seems much more alive and not characterised solely by its university.

    And finally, perhaps irrationally, I chose Oxford because I knew people who had gone there previously, and in particular the college I've chosen (Wadham).

    I'm sure that Cambridge is equally as good for many reasons, I just chose Oxford as I felt it was the best for me
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    (Original post by JackTeh96)
    What about medicine?? Personally, I prefer Cambridge because my all subjects' exam board are CIE and it gives me a sense of belonging.
    Just wait until you see your medical exams in Cambridge. It will not be the case that you won't be very displeased with those!

    On a more serious note, you can switch to the enemy for your clinicals, and because the courses are pretty much identical, it doesn't really matter where you start. I believe Cambridge gives you a bit more freedom regarding your third year options and their intake is slightly bigger.
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    (Original post by JackTeh96)
    What about medicine?? Personally, I prefer Cambridge because my all subjects' exam board are CIE and it gives me a sense of belonging.
    lol

    There are a fair few differences in the courses and course structures if you look closely. Its hard to tell at this stage which you'd actually prefer though. I think the most important factor for most people is whether they meet Oxford's sky-high GCSE requirements and/or Cambridge's tough UMS scores.

    (Original post by warfarin)
    On a more serious note, you can switch to the enemy for your clinicals, and because the courses are pretty much identical, it doesn't really matter where you start. I believe Cambridge gives you a bit more freedom regarding your third year options and their intake is slightly bigger.
    You can only switch if you're high-achieving though. And you run a higher risk of ending up in London!

    And the courses really aren't 'identical'. They just have some similarity. And its hard to tell whether you like things like anatomy before you actually arrive (as Oxford does substantially less anatomy, as an example).
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    Preferred the Cambridge history course and music scene over Oxford. Used to prefer the environment of Cambridge much more as well. As sad as it sounds, I want to really immerse myself in university life and Cambridge seemed like more of a 'bubble' than Oxford when I compared both after looking round the two.

    Saying that, I really hate the fact that I have to get A*A*AA for Cam but Oxford only requires AAA/AAAA! I also prefer the admissions process at Oxford and the fact that they aren't as 'into' AS results as Cam.

    In short: I'm glad I have an offer to do a BA at Cam but would love to do an MA at Oxford...
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    lol

    There are a fair few differences in the courses and course structures if you look closely. Its hard to tell at this stage which you'd actually prefer though. I think the most important factor for most people is whether they meet Oxford's sky-high GCSE requirements and/or Cambridge's tough UMS scores.



    You can only switch if you're high-achieving though. And you run a higher risk of ending up in London!
    That's terrible! I'd quite fancy a change of setting! Do you know what they expect from candidates? And how would the chance of ending up in London increase? Is it not possible to choose Ox and Cam as the top two preferences?
    This might be slightly off-topic, but do you guys have an equivalent of our MB/PhD programme?
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    (Original post by Blutooth)
    Currently the maths lectures are actually taking place in the pitt rivers museum.
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    here
    But I guess each to their own
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    (Original post by warfarin)
    That's terrible! I'd quite fancy a change of setting! Do you know what they expect from candidates? And how would the chance of ending up in London increase? Is it not possible to choose Ox and Cam as the top two preferences?
    This might be slightly off-topic, but do you guys have an equivalent of our MB/PhD programme?
    You need to get a 1st to be able to stand a chance of going to Oxford from Cambridge. And Oxford must be your first choice (the unis can see where you ranked them).

    You can of course choose to go to London if you wanted. I believe the application process for Cambridge/London is a competitive one, with higher-achieving applicants getting to stay in Cambridge (for Oxford students staying in oxford, there is an interview, but i don't know about cambridge students staying in cambridge).

    I don't know what your MB/PhD programme is. Some Oxford students do a PhD after pre-clinical, but there isn't a formal process above normal phD applications. Usually its with the lab group you are with for 3rd year. About 3-5% of the year do that only.
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    You need to get a 1st to be able to stand a chance of going to Oxford from Cambridge. And Oxford must be your first choice (the unis can see where you ranked them).

    You can of course choose to go to London if you wanted. I believe the application process for Cambridge/London is a competitive one, with higher-achieving applicants getting to stay in Cambridge (for Oxford students staying in oxford, there is an interview, but i don't know about cambridge students staying in cambridge).

    I don't know what your MB/PhD programme is. Some Oxford students do a PhD after pre-clinical, but there isn't a formal process above normal phD applications. Usually its with the lab group you are with for 3rd year. About 3-5% of the year do that only.
    I think there is
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    Actually quite a few reasons why I chose Oxford over Cambridge, course wise and otherwise.

    City

    I prefer Oxford as a city enormously, it's bigger and seems more like an actual city. Cambridge felt too small when I went to visit on numerous occasions, whilst still maintains a certain quaintness (especially compared to London and Manchester, the cities I'm most familiar with). I've also heard Cambrudge doesn't offer much in terms of nightlife whilst this isn't much of a problem with Oxford. Cambridge seems very much like a university city whilst the university seems like only one part of Oxford. Oxford colleges seemed closer together but I think I was just unfortunate to have walked from Newnham to places like St. Chads/ the Maths lecture place. I'm sure the train station is also slightly further out, butive only been to the train station at Oxford once and usually take the oxford tube.

    Selection process
    On this point I may have benefited from applying to Cambridge, I'm not sure it was more 50/50. Whilst my gcses are good (9*s 1A) my UMs avg over my top 3 was 96ish so about in line for average successful economics applicabts iirc. However, Oxford interview a small proportion for E&M an being fairly confident that I wouldn't screw up the TSA enough to offset my gcses I was fairly confident of being in the 30% of candidates to get an interview and from there I had a 25% success rate whereas at Cambridge I didn't feel getting an interview was much of an achievement and didn't tell me anywhere about where I stood, success rate is still fairly low at that point, pretty much unchanged.
    If I were interviewed at Cambridge I wouldn't have been able to stay over and therefore wouldn't have had the settling in time that I had during interviews at Oxford. My interview period was also really really fun, about 13 of my friends were there, 7 being really good friend inc. my twin sister and we went out a lot ate at each others colleges (my sister ate at 6 colleges:grin:) and because I was only interviewed for 40 minutes over and 150 minute period so u has a lot of free time. I also met lots of people, friends who interviewed and Cambridge made it seem like the interview period it's self was quite cold and aloof with not much communication between candidates.
    On reallocation I would hate to have to go back to Cambridge after a month to be reinterviewed especially with January modules whereas any reinterviewing at Oxford is done during that same week. Except people with open offers everyone knows where they're going and that they have a place (open offer holders obviously know this too) at roughly the same time so no extra waiting period for anyone.
    Course wise
    As an economics course the Cambridge course is stronger, no doubt. But the oxfordcouesw is very flexible and management actually interests me. Also the SBS a very strong institution mainly in terms of networking opportunities; you can go to events for MBA students etc. Additionally, not everyone at Cambridge, in fact, very few, can go on to do the management course, so that might be another plus for Oxford if you're interested in management. If you're looking in terms of graduate prospects I don't think one really has a led up on the other to be completely honest.

    This is purely my opinion and I think it's a decision everyone should realky make for themselves because there are quite big differences
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    (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.
    Just realised if you split it apart it's Oxford Onions
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    (Original post by Meghna96)
    Just realised if you split it apart it's Oxford Onions
    Oxonians
    Cantabridgians
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    (Original post by Meghna96)
    Just realised if you split it apart it's Oxford Onions
    I think that guy just has a particular affiliation with the local grocers.
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    NB: This is a perspective of each town, rather than each university as I gave that view earlier on!

    I went to Oxford yesterday and I was so, so relieved I was going to Cambridge instead! Oxford is twice the size of Cambridge (and if you're like me and like a quaint, relaxed setting with things to do rather than a bustling city) then Cambridge is for you. Oxford is a proper city. Also, after going to Oxford yesterday during term time, and being in Cambridge during term time I found that the Oxford colleges are much more private and imposing than Cambridge. Its probably because Cambridge is more of a university with a town attached whereas Oxford is a city with a university. The colleges at Cambridge are more integral to the city than in Oxford I found yesterday, which reiterated what I thought before. Also, walking around Oxford, because of its size, I felt a lot less safe than when I walked around Cambridge in the dark. On the whole I found Cambridge much more welcoming, comfortable and safe than Oxford. Also, (if you're interested in this kind of stuff) when I was in Oxford a worker in McDonald's told one of my parents that someone almost got raped upstairs and thats why they close it at 9pm. Like I said, Oxford is much, much more of a city. If you're looking for a busy city with a studious environment and a wicked party atmosphere, Oxford is for you. If you're looking for a nice city/town, that isn't too busy and you're always a stone's throw away from a university college, with studious atmosphere but a more relaxed party atmosphere, Cambridge is for you. Another thing I noticed is that because Oxford is bigger, naturally I felt the colleges were further apart. In Cambridge, because its smaller you're always near a college so the university feels more cosy and inclusive whereas Oxford felt a bit more divided merely because of its size. Oh, and its commonly believed (and by me as well) that Cambridge is more beautiful. Probably because of its setting on the river Cam and its higher proportion of green, open spaces.
    In a nutshell:

    Oxford
    - More of a city that has a university within it
    - In my opinion, the colleges of Oxford seemed more private/aloof than Cambridge's.
    - More touristy than Cambridge
    - Known better internationally than Cambridge
    - Situated between the 1st and 2nd cities, London and Birmingham which is useful. However, you do get a higher proportion of irritating tourists because of this!
    - More shops in the centre of the city than Cambridge
    - Has a better nightlife, such as more bars, clubs etc than Cambridge
    - JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis went there
    - Some roads are wider than in Cambridge which is easier for cycling though the roads
    - Has the Bodleian Library
    - Oldest university in the English speaking world

    Cambridge

    - Cambridge is predominately a university with a town built amongst it. This makes the place seem warmer, and more close-knit than Oxford
    - You're never more than a stones throw away from another college
    - More beautiful/aesthetically pleasing than Oxford due to its setting on the river Cam and its higher proportion of greenbelt. Also, the bridge of sighs in Oxford goes over a road, whereas in Cambridge it goes over the Cam.
    - Less well known internationally than Oxford
    - Consistently beats Oxford in the league tables internationally
    - Cambridge is less central than Oxford so its harder to get around. The nearest big city is London, and the transport links aren't as good/frequent as Oxford
    - Cambridge are more friendly and welcoming than Oxford
    - Cambridge is traditionally more liberal than Oxford
    - Because Cambridge is smaller its easier to get from A to B than in Oxford
    - For me, Cambridge felt safer than Oxford (though it does have a higher bike-theft rate but I believe thats because there are much more bicycles in Cambridge than Oxford. Again, I could be wrong).
    - Less tourists than Oxford!
    - Cambridge felt more unique than Oxford. Oxford is mainly just a normally city with a few nice university buildings. Obviously its stunning, but it didn't have the 'wow' factor that Cambridge had for me.

    I'll probably add to this as things come to mine and undoubtably I'm biased because I'm a future Cambridge student but I tried to be as fair as I could :')
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    (Original post by hogwartian1993)
    Another thing I noticed is that because Oxford is bigger, naturally the colleges are further apart.
    I think you'll find its the opposite actually. Compare maps of the two cities.
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    I think you'll find its the opposite actually. Compare maps of the two cities.
    Yeah this is what I was thinking too
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    (Original post by tooambitious)
    Yeah this is what I was thinking too
    Interestingly, the populations of the two cities are also remarkably similar (150,000 vs 130,000) Cambridge is just more spread out, resulting in the i think overall valid observations of Hogwartian1993.
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    Interestingly, the populations of the two cities are also remarkably similar (150,000 vs 130,000) Cambridge is just more spread out, resulting in the i think overall valid observations of Hogwartian1993.
    That is realky surprising I would have expected a lot more for Oxford!
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    Cambridge, fell for it's charm when i visited.
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    I think you'll find its the opposite actually. Compare maps of the two cities.
    I can't be bothered to look I just noticed that it was harder to find colleges than at Cambridge, they're everywhere at Cambridge, they felt more spread out at Oxford. Just my opinion like I say, could be wrong

    PS

    Literally just gave my impressions before, people are bound to disagree and as I said, I'm biased because I've fallen in love with Cambridge completely
 
 
 

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