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    (Original post by furryfrenchy)
    Hi all,

    Not sure how active this thread is but thought it would be useful to share my experience as I have been given a conditional offer as of 06/05/15 (1st overall in my undergrad).

    My background is in Hospitality and I spent a 14 months working at JLL in their hotels team in London (work placement - sandwich year).

    I finalized my application early January 2015 (before funding deadline). I tried to sell myself as the 'hotel specialist', which I think did a lot to sway them as hotels are still a relatively niche asset class within the field of real estate (plus it helped to differentiate me from more generic real estate applicants).

    I have no finance background (heck I don't even have A level maths), but I have had Accounting and Finance modules at university and I did Economics AS. My end game for now is to work in Private Equity (e.g. Blackstone/Starwood Capital) or for a REIT that specialises in hotel property such as Host Hotels.

    I've been extremely active regarding societies at university, organizing careers fairs etc., particularly in my final year.

    The general crux is Cambridge is not just looking for academic excellence: they are also looking for drive; passion; leadership qualities and networking ability. They want their students to be the leaders of the future within their chosen profession. If you can demonstrate these qualities then you stand a high chance of being accepted.

    Student diversity is also important within the course (i.e. they don't want everyone from the same background, school, university etc. etc.), so if your profile is strong and you didn't get accepted, don't take it personally. It could be they just have too many candidates with a similar story. No other university is as picky as Cambridge and there is still a great deal of mystery regarding who/who doesn't get in. For better or worse, this is the Cambridge way... and it adds to the exclusivity/elitist feel associated with the Cambridge brand.

    If anyone has any questions, please ask and I will do my best to help . I know how painful the waiting game can be!
    Congrats and thanks for sharing!


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    Still waiting for departmental decision..chance of positive outcome is slimming by the day.
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    My status changed to BOGS.
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    My status changed to BOGS.
    Congrats! Mind sharing your profile with the rest of us? Cheers


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    (Original post by furryfrenchy)
    Hi all,

    Not sure how active this thread is but thought it would be useful to share my experience as I have been given a conditional offer as of 06/05/15 (1st overall in my undergrad).

    My background is in Hospitality and I spent a 14 months working at JLL in their hotels team in London (work placement - sandwich year).

    I finalized my application early January 2015 (before funding deadline). I tried to sell myself as the 'hotel specialist', which I think did a lot to sway them as hotels are still a relatively niche asset class within the field of real estate (plus it helped to differentiate me from more generic real estate applicants).

    I have no finance background (heck I don't even have A level maths), but I have had Accounting and Finance modules at university and I did Economics AS. My end game for now is to work in Private Equity (e.g. Blackstone/Starwood Capital) or for a REIT that specialises in hotel property such as Host Hotels.

    I've been extremely active regarding societies at university, organizing careers fairs etc., particularly in my final year.

    The general crux is Cambridge is not just looking for academic excellence: they are also looking for drive; passion; leadership qualities and networking ability. They want their students to be the leaders of the future within their chosen profession. If you can demonstrate these qualities then you stand a high chance of being accepted.

    Student diversity is also important within the course (i.e. they don't want everyone from the same background, school, university etc. etc.), so if your profile is strong and you didn't get accepted, don't take it personally. It could be they just have too many candidates with a similar story. No other university is as picky as Cambridge and there is still a great deal of mystery regarding who/who doesn't get in. For better or worse, this is the Cambridge way... and it adds to the exclusivity/elitist feel associated with the Cambridge brand.

    If anyone has any questions, please ask and I will do my best to help . I know how painful the waiting game can be!
    congrats and thanks for sharing.
    I'm trying to apply for MPhil REF next year and I'm wondering have anyone of you being ask for an interview after submit your application?
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    (Original post by sj27)
    If you're visiting out of term time you'll almost certainly get a college room somewhere. Try your own college first as they may well give you a member rate rather than a guest one, even though you haven't matriculated yet. Also drop a line to the MCR - shoukd be a contact on your college website - to see who is around. You should find your college devoid of undergrads but with a fair number of postgrads around. I think it's oniy over Christmas break that departments actually "close". There might be faculty away on holiday of course, but don't forget that most postgrads and especially PhDs work through the vacations, which are really only relevant to undergrad.

    There is an international student team - http://www.ist.admin.cam.ac.uk
    Thanks for you help. I did my visit and everything went very well. I am seriously impressed by the bus system from the airports and how it connects rest of the UK.
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    My status changed to Awaiting decision by the Board of Graduate Studies what does that mean?
    Congratulations!!. Hope to see you around.
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    (Original post by Boeing777-300ER)
    Thanks for you help. I did my visit and everything went very well. I am seriously impressed by the bus system from the airports and how it connects rest of the UK.
    Yes, slow but comfy and easy option to Cam! Glad you had a good trip.
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    Congratulations boys, we've made it into the finest university in the land.
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    "Boys"? You're aware Cambridge has been admitting women for a while now right
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    Is there a Facebook group or something for Real Estate Finance? It will be cool to get to know everyone before the course
 
 
 
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