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    (Original post by ArchedEdge)
    Haha fair enough, Cripps definitely isn't the best looking place of all, but from what I've seen/heard, it is pretty nice nonetheless...just from the outside it looks a bit bad... :p:

    And everyone has the option to be self catered, just a lot of people find it's hassle to cook a meal every night etc, so often they just go to Hall instead - it's fairly cheap, the food's good, and most of your friends will be going so it's a good way to socialise as well. But rest assured you can self-cater all you want!

    There's never a problem about bringing people over to stay/visit, a lot of colleges do have rules about guests etc, but no-one ever really listens or bothers. And I seriously doubt you'll be travelling either, there's really just not a huge amount of time to do it! What sort of travelling were you planning?

    In terms of schedule, you'll have about 8 hours of lectures a week, probably only about 2 nine o'clocks a week. You'll have supervisions most likely every 2/3 weeks per paper, so it works about roughly about doing 2 essays per week.

    Each essay you can read as much as you want/don't want to, but you'll probably have to read the set text for each essay, as well as a range of chapters from other sources.

    If you do extracurricular stuff to a decent level - you'll likely find yourself constantly busy (but in a good way). Either way, pretty much everyone in Cambridge uses their weekends to catch up on work they should've done in the week itself.

    Socially we go out on the weekdays, then Fri/Sat night there's nothing to do so people tend to buckle down and do their work then. Late night essays aren't uncommon, especially the night before the essay's due.
    wow thanks for the advice, really helpful. i actually think you've convinced me....anyway, now im getting curious about schedules and stuff...so 2 essays a week...how long should they be usually? and how much in advance are they set from when the deadline is? also, so 8 hrs a week, would you say these are ESSENTIAL to attend? and do you usually have a day of and one day thats more full or are they evenly spread between the 5 days? sorry about all the question...
    and you said the "set text" and then some others...? when are these texts "set"? and are they online anytime soon so i can get ahead?

    thanks again!
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    (Original post by Zoedotdot)
    I know you seem quite set on living out and you have your reasons, but I really would advise you to reconsider. I think you could feel quite isolated from college life if you choose to live out, and you miss out on the benefits of cheaper accommodation and proximity to the library and so on. A lot of people worry about self catering and independence and things before arriving, but you'll find that once you're here it actually becomes more important to be in college and have that community and all the facilities around you. If you're in the middle of an essay crisis it's great to be able to run down to hall for a quick meal and then back to your room, and you may find that you don't want to cook so much when you start because eating is a social occasion, and when people are working that hard and aren't always around outside of meal times it's not one to pass up.

    I'm also a fussy eater and I survive on hall food and with only a microwave for self-catering (I don't eat fish, rice or anything with too much sauce on, for example, and that isn't nearly the extent of my fussiness). You just adapt. It's the same with the meal times - before I arrived at Cambridge I ate pretty early because I have younger siblings who had early bedtimes. At Cam I usually eat around 6/7ish, but on my year abroad in Moscow I don't get home until 6pm at the earliest so usually won't eat until about 9. I think you'll find that your body will adjust to whenever food is available!

    Having family over won't be a problem, although you'll find that you won't have time for too many visitors or too much travelling during term time. You have the long holidays for that, but term is usually a case of sitting down with your first essay in week 1 and then just blundering through day after day until you suddenly look up and realise it's week 7. I wouldn't make that your main consideration for living out tbh. I also find that most colleges allow you a decent amount of independence. I've had guests come and go as they pleased, and I've never had a porter question me about my whereabouts or why I'm leaving college at 1am or anything like that. Unless something seems to be affecting your work you are generally left alone.

    I think you should try living in college for a term, so that you can make friends and see if it's workable. Then if it's not working for you make a decision based on that. I think it would be much wiser to give it a go first so that you are making an informed choice

    well i think i have officially been convinced....but so can you cook OCCASIONALLY and then eat in the hall if you dont feel like it? or like heat something in the microwave one night, and then eat in the hall the other, or do you pay a fixed fee for eating in?

    thanks
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    (Original post by sandyefs)
    well i think i have officially been convinced....but so can you cook OCCASIONALLY and then eat in the hall if you dont feel like it? or like heat something in the microwave one night, and then eat in the hall the other, or do you pay a fixed fee for eating in?

    thanks
    At most colleges you will have to either buy dinner tickets or pay a Kitchen Fixed Charge, which goes towards subsidising your food. I think it was Selwyn you said your offer was for, but sadly I don't know the policy there - most likely Kitchen Fixed Charge if they have one. Tbh, I just wrote off the KFC as part of my rent because it's just added to your college bill at the end of each term and then did what I liked - in first year I had lunch in hall most days and then would make myself some dinner maybe two or three nights a week, ate in hall for the rest of them. There was a girl on my corridor who never ate in hall though, she managed perfectly fine just with the microwave! It's totally up to you, really

    I should also add that Selwyn food is awesome, I ate lunch there a couple of times with my friends and it's really good And a beautiful college too!
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    (Original post by sandyefs)
    wow thanks for the advice, really helpful. i actually think you've convinced me....anyway, now im getting curious about schedules and stuff...so 2 essays a week...how long should they be usually? and how much in advance are they set from when the deadline is? also, so 8 hrs a week, would you say these are ESSENTIAL to attend? and do you usually have a day of and one day thats more full or are they evenly spread between the 5 days? sorry about all the question...
    and you said the "set text" and then some others...? when are these texts "set"? and are they online anytime soon so i can get ahead?

    thanks again!
    Length of an essay depends, I know some supervisors (in psych for example) who like things concise, so they ask for a word limit of only 1000.

    My psych one asks for 2000-3000 words, but I normally hand them in at about 1800 and she's fine with it. Normally essays are around the 1500 mark though

    They're normally set from one supervision to the next, so you'll have 2/3 weeks to do them, but obviously you're juggling several other papers as well.

    And lectures aren't entirely essential to attend, but I'd recommend it. it gives you a good broad range of the literature and other key figures in the subject, and while you'll inevitably only do a couple of them for your essays, it's important to have the general idea of other authors etc.

    And they're kinda random, it all depends on what papers you take. So I had a day off on a Thursday, only 1 lecture on a Mon/Fri, but then I had about 3 on Tues and 2/3 on Weds. Some friends have a 4 day weekend so like I said, all depends.

    And the set texts may change from year to year, but I don't think they are this time. Which subject did you want to get ahead in first? You can't see the set texts because you need a Cam password etc to log in, but I can tell you what you want know
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    Btw are there many internationals on this thread?
    I always forget...

    Had anyone applied to the Cambridge Trusts?
    Was anyone successful?

    ALSO do any of you internationals know what your college fee is going to be yet?
    My college has said that they haven't set the college fee for 2011-12 yet, which is somewhat hindering my plans to plan a year ahead financially :/
    Grrrr.
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    (Original post by kpatb)
    Btw are there many internationals on this thread?
    I always forget...

    ALSO do any of you internationals know what your college fee is going to be yet?
    My college has said that they haven't set the college fee for 2011-12 yet, which is somewhat hindering my plans to plan a year ahead financially :/
    Grrrr.
    I am an international student

    I don't know what my college fee is going to be. I guess it will be about 4-5k for all colleges
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    (Original post by Hermione17)
    I am an international student

    I don't know what my college fee is going to be. I guess it will be about 4-5k for all colleges
    Helloo
    it's just a bit frustrating because the Cam website says 4,400 - 5,200
    Yet on the Cambridge Overseas Trusts Form the college had said 4,237.

    When I emailed them, the admissions office said that they "don't know what the college fee will be for the academic year 2011/12 but it is subject to inflation and increases in following years"

    /end rant about fees.
    Sorry :P
    I just felt the need to vent a bit xD
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    (Original post by kpatb)
    Helloo
    it's just a bit frustrating because the Cam website says 4,400 - 5,200
    Yet on the Cambridge Overseas Trusts Form the college had said 4,237.

    When I emailed them, the admissions office said that they "don't know what the college fee will be for the academic year 2011/12 but it is subject to inflation and increases in following years"

    /end rant about fees.
    Sorry :P
    I just felt the need to vent a bit xD
    Hi

    The 4,237 is for this year 2010-2011. On my forms, they did explain that (mine was 4,437 though)
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    (Original post by sandyefs)
    Well aside from the superficial reason that cripps court isn't exactly charming...I cant be self-catered, which for me is a bit of a challenge as im rather fussy and i eat around 9.30-10pm...and then i will be travelling etc and i would like to just have more independence, like having family over etc....

    i mean what a typical 1st year schedule for a week...could you give me an idea?

    to sleep off-site is just an idea...i do see how difficult and inconvenient it is btw. but anyway
    I know a chap that claimed he had some sort of special dietary requirement that the college couldn't cater for, so he was allowed to go self-catering (inasmuch as he didn't have to purchase the compulsory meal tickets, although I am sure that different systems are probably used at different colleges).

    He said that he knew a couple of people who did this and they don't really check.

    The risk, however, is that they may actually cater for your 'requirement' and you may be forced to eat all maner of bizzare and undesirable dishes .
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    Anyone worrying about not meeting the grades?
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    very worried......................... .......S:
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    (Original post by Amy Luo)
    Anyone worrying about not meeting the grades?
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    very worried......................... .......S:
    Put simply - yes.
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    (Original post by Amy Luo)
    Anyone worrying about not meeting the grades?
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    The thought horrifies me. I am quietly confident about the exams which I only need an A in but that A* is just so unpredictable.
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    (Original post by Cast.Iron)
    I know a chap that claimed he had some sort of special dietary requirement that the college couldn't cater for, so he was allowed to go self-catering (inasmuch as he didn't have to purchase the compulsory meal tickets, although I am sure that different systems are probably used at different colleges).

    He said that he knew a couple of people who did this and they don't really check.

    The risk, however, is that they may actually cater for your 'requirement' and you may be forced to eat all maner of bizzare and undesirable dishes .
    Probably Caius - we have a very unusual hall system unlike any other college.
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    (Original post by Cast.Iron)
    The thought horrifies me. I am quietly confident about the exams which I only need an A in but that A* is just so unpredictable.
    I'm confident about getting two A*s but I'm terrified that I'll miss out on the A in Economics.

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    (Original post by Doughnuts!!)
    I'm confident about getting two A*s but I'm terrified that I'll miss out on the A in Economics.

    I was in a similar position last year - fairly certain of an A* in Maths, hoping for an A/A* in Further and Physics, but very much worried I'd get a B in Chemistry. (My offer was A*AA in Maths, Physics and Chemistry, annoyingly.)

    Moral of the story - I got my A, and I bet you will too! If you get an extra A* they might be lenient anyway (:
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    (Original post by ArchedEdge)
    Probably Caius - we have a very unusual hall system unlike any other college.
    The guy went to Homerton actually but the point still stands I guess.

    (Original post by Doughnuts!!)
    I'm confident about getting two A*s but I'm terrified that I'll miss out on the A in Economics.

    See, I worked out that I need 54/120 and 130/200 to get A's in History and Politics, the latter of which is giving me real revision headaches due to the ridiculous amount of information which needs to be memorised for my course, but I need 85% in English Lit to get that A*, despite achieving 100% UMS at AS and A2 coursework. Bah, the A* is flawed I say, flawed!

    I'm not paying much attention to English Language at the moment, it being my last exam and I only need a B in it (plus it's bloody boring).

    Make Economics your b*tch Charles .
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    (Original post by Doughnuts!!)
    I'm confident about getting two A*s but I'm terrified that I'll miss out on the A in Economics.

    When's your econ exam?
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    (Original post by Topaz_eyes)
    I was in a similar position last year - fairly certain of an A* in Maths, hoping for an A/A* in Further and Physics, but very much worried I'd get a B in Chemistry. (My offer was A*AA in Maths, Physics and Chemistry, annoyingly.)

    Moral of the story - I got my A, and I bet you will too! If you get an extra A* they might be lenient anyway (:
    Exactly So worry not, everyone

    You'll all meet your offers and even if you miss them slightly, colleges will be lenient
    Good luck for all your exams!
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    (Original post by Cast.Iron)
    The guy went to Homerton actually but the point still stands I guess.
    Oh Homerton have a required spending amount of £150 a term in the hall canteen I think, so vaguely similar :yep:
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    (Original post by TimmonaPortella)
    When's your econ exam?
    3 weeks. Cramming like hell!

    (Original post by Groat)
    I'm not sure if this will help you at all, but it really helped me with my AS Economics (I got 100 in Unit 1, but I'm not sure for the second one) and evaluating in the essay question.

    Here.
    Had a flick through that and it seems pretty helpful. Got to love good ole' tutor2u.

    Thanks for that!


    (Original post by Topaz_eyes)
    I was in a similar position last year - fairly certain of an A* in Maths, hoping for an A/A* in Further and Physics, but very much worried I'd get a B in Chemistry. (My offer was A*AA in Maths, Physics and Chemistry, annoyingly.)

    Moral of the story - I got my A, and I bet you will too! If you get an extra A* they might be lenient anyway (:
    Good to know that I'm not the only one that's ever worried about missing the A!

    (Original post by Cast.Iron)

    See, I worked out that I need 54/120 and 130/200 to get A's in History and Politics, the latter of which is giving me real revision headaches due to the ridiculous amount of information which needs to be memorised for my course, but I need 85% in English Lit to get that A*, despite achieving 100% UMS at AS and A2 coursework. Bah, the A* is flawed I say, flawed!

    I'm not paying much attention to English Language at the moment, it being my last exam and I only need a B in it (plus it's bloody boring).

    Make Economics your b*tch Charles .
    Ah, so History is what's worrying you? When's your exam?
    Wait...your offer specifies what the B must be in?

    I quite like the way the A* works! I scraped an A in Eng Lit last year, but since I got 100% in my A2 coursework, I only need 83% to get an A*. :smug:

    I intend to rape the Economics exam but there's so much to learn! :bawling:
 
 
 
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