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    G'day

    I'm from Australia applying for a DPhil at Oxford's computing lab. I have to choose four colleges in order of preference. I am having a hell of a time trying to work out whats good.

    Basically I want somewhere that will with decent accom, reas close to the sci area that is a bit of fun (i.e. not just a mature age college). If they offer schols that would be good.

    What do you guys reckon of the following (if you could just give a sentence for each). I heard that you have to put colleges in a good preference to be properly considered (i.e. put the best ones first)- but I can't really tell.

    So far I've been considering

    Balliol
    University
    St Johns
    Queens
    Lincoln
    Merten
    Wadham
    St Anthonys


    Any opinions?

    CHeers guys.
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    If you want it to be close to the science area, choose keble. which is a minute's walk away from the computing labs.
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    I was a bit off keble because

    "Most graduates are offered accommodation.."

    As a graduate coming from Australia - accomodation is important for the settling in process!

    Thanks but.
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    (Original post by elpaw)
    If you want it to be close to the science area, choose keble. which is a minute's walk away from the computing labs.
    youre looking forward to poland joining the EU pawel? i think it a good idea.
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    (Original post by jat)
    G'day

    I'm from Australia applying for a DPhil at Oxford's computing lab. I have to choose four colleges in order of preference. I am having a hell of a time trying to work out whats good.

    Basically I want somewhere that will with decent accom, reas close to the sci area that is a bit of fun (i.e. not just a mature age college). If they offer schols that would be good.

    What do you guys reckon of the following (if you could just give a sentence for each). I heard that you have to put colleges in a good preference to be properly considered (i.e. put the best ones first)- but I can't really tell.

    So far I've been considering

    Balliol
    University
    St Johns
    Queens
    Lincoln
    Merten
    Wadham
    St Anthonys


    Any opinions?

    CHeers guys.
    Hi

    They are all excellent colleges and for postgraduates I don't think college choice is as important. Balliol is very central, very old, strong academic and political reputation but its not the prettiest of colleges. Univ is on High St so still central, again good academic reputation and very old but not really as well-known. St John's is on St Giles but still close to the city centre. Its very VERY rich and so can offer good accomodation etc but has a reputation for arrogance. Queen's is on High St opposite Univ, so it is again central, quite attractive and old, but its academic rep has slipped in recent years. Lincoln is on Turl St (aka Dead Street). Its quite small and very sporty but completely politically apathetic. Merton is very old and has about the best academic rep in the university, but it is also considered to be very insular - you hardly ever meet Mertonites out after dark, but Tagzt is an undergrad there so I guess you could ask him. Wadham is very big, is quite near the science area, tends to be very active in university life and has a respectable academic rep, but then again so do all colleges. I have no idea about St Anthony's because its a graduate college so no noisy undergrads (be that a good or bad thing).

    There are plenty more decent colleges besides these though - its worth having a look but for grad students I don't think its really that important.

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    Hilda- that for that.. that's really what I need - a quick 'one liner' on the colleges - makes the process SO much easier!

    And a bit of livelyness and noise is definately needed..... all part of the experience!
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    (Original post by jat)
    Hilda- that for that.. that's really what I need - a quick 'one liner' on the colleges - makes the process SO much easier!

    And a bit of livelyness and noise is definately needed..... all part of the experience!
    For liveliness I'd definitely recommend Wadham!!!!

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