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    (Original post by Fluffstar)
    I suppose its worse in some ways if you take a good look around all the colleges before applying. I happened to get allocated to newnham on an access day and that was it. Hehe I didn't even know half the colleges existed until I got here.

    You have to remember that pretty is great, but facilities, rent prices (for some of us ) etc are usually more influential on your day to day life. When I arrived at newnham I got a Strachey 60's room, and I longed for a lovely old cambridgy room with a fireplace etc. Over the summer I've been moved out of my room (gets used for conferences because it has a sink) into one of the old pretty rooms I wanted so badly, and now all I want to do is move back! (i miss my sink *sniff*) Old buildings are great, but for example at Queens', if you live in Dockett building (pardon my spelling Queens' ppl) on the top floor, the nearest toilets/showers are in the basement! First years may not like living in the ugly cripps court, but at least the showers there are warm and close by!

    I know pembroke has shiny new accomodation - you can see it from tennis court road, and everyone i've met from there loves it, so in a way you get the best of both worlds, pretty and old and new with mod cons, although I dont know much about rent prices and stuff.

    EDIT: people who come to newnham from girls schools say that the atmosphere is very different. It's not *****y in the slightest, maybe even less so than mixed colleges where you might be subconsciously competing for the guys in your college with the other girls (not really a problem at newnham...)
    Strongly agree with that - I kind of wish I hadn't visited now, as I was almost firmly decided on Newnham before visiting!

    I guess you're right, that is the essential point... My family can't give me *any* financial help at university, plus I can't handle part time jobs, so I'm going to be relying entirely on stretching out my grants and loans ... and I'm *really* bad with money Like you mentioned, what's got me frustrated is that if I did go to Cambridge I'd love to be at one of the classic colleges with relatively large pretty rooms and grounds - but in reality, I wouldn't be able to afford it . & Newnham isn't exactly ugly - the buildings (apart from some of the accomodation) are v attractive.
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    (Original post by Camford)
    The shiny new accomodation cost loads though .
    How much?
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    Off topic: How much is too much for the personal statement? Is 600 words too many?
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    (Original post by soonalvin)
    Off topic: How much is too much for the personal statement? Is 600 words too many?
    I don't know what the word limit is. If you're applying through UCAS, the limit is something like 42 lines of size 12 font (so it fits on the form nicely)
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    I don't know what the word limit is. If you're applying through UCAS, the limit is something like 42 lines of size 12 font (so it fits on the form nicely)
    Oops. I think I overshot the limit... by quite a fair bit.
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    (Original post by *Bethany*)
    How much?
    750+ pounds per term I think. Last year it was 75 pounds per week. It has gone up for this year though.
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    check this out
    thanks! I need to pare it down. a lot. shucks.
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    (Original post by *Bethany*)
    Strongly agree with that - I kind of wish I hadn't visited now, as I was almost firmly decided on Newnham before visiting!

    I guess you're right, that is the essential point... My family can't give me *any* financial help at university, plus I can't handle part time jobs, so I'm going to be relying entirely on stretching out my grants and loans ... and I'm *really* bad with money Like you mentioned, what's got me frustrated is that if I did go to Cambridge I'd love to be at one of the classic colleges with relatively large pretty rooms and grounds - but in reality, I wouldn't be able to afford it . & Newnham isn't exactly ugly - the buildings (apart from some of the accomodation) are v attractive.
    It cost you about 2000 pounds for accomodation. And living cost... vary from people to people, but, 30 punds per week if you are going to cook should be enough.
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    (Original post by Camford)
    750+ pounds per term I think. Last year it was 75 pounds per week. It has gone up for this year though.
    Isn't around 70-80 pounds fairly average? I think Newnham's is £70ish. Oh but if it's gone up, that doesn't sound good
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    £70-80 is quite high in Cambridge. Some accommodation is as low as £50, but it really varies between colleges. Bear in mind that you have to pay for the accommodation for 10 weeks per term (even though term itself is only 8 weeks) and on top of that you have to pay Kitchen Fixed Charge (KFC) which again varies between colleges but is usually around £100 per term.

    It might sound expensive, but Cambridge provides accommodation for all 3 years of your course whereas most other universities only do so for your first year. You'll save a lot over the course of your degree because private accommodation is so much more expensive than college accommodation. Furthermore, you won't have to pay any transport costs. It's not too bad really - I don't get any financial support from my parents but get by on my loan and bursaries. If you need financial assistance your college will be able to help you: the university has pledged that no-one will have to leave their course or take up a part-time job because they can't afford to stay.
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    Bethany, just a thought from the purely financial point of view. If you're in a difficult position money-wise, have you ever considered applying to one of the richer Colleges like Trinity or Gonville and Caius? These Colleges are able to give generous grants, travel grants (Trinity can give £800 compared to New Hall which can give £50), book grants, and possibly also cheaper accommodation. Puppy on TSR is a first year at Trinity, if you'd like to PM anyone who could tell you more.
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    (Original post by *Bethany*)
    I went to the open day yesterday, anyone else go? I looked at Corpus & King's (just for fun, knew I didn't want to apply there) and looked seriously at Newnham, Pembroke and Emma. Didn't like Emma very much, so as I'd already suspected it was between Newnham and Pembroke. My dilemma is that on paper, Newnham is by far the better choice: right next to the English faculty, fairly good rep for English, no guys to make it smell :p: (although in some ways I'd prefer mixed), tutors with some specialisations that interest me, lovely looking college with a nice atmosphere, less elitist maybe e.g. the random room ballot, fascinating history, good accommodation&library etcetc.

    But when I walked into Pembroke I was just stunned because it was so awestrikingly beautiful and the atmosphere was so great. I looked at the place and seriously, lame as it sounds, nearly started crying cos it was just so gorgeous :eek: (actually it may've been partly cos I was about to drop dead from heat and tiredness ...) and I'm not normally a sentimentalist over architecture and the like In every practical sense, Newnham makes more sense - but Pembroke was where I got the kind of gut feeling. I just can't choose. Anyone got any advice? :confused:

    Also, does anyone know where I can find college statistics re successful applications for English? Normally I wouldn't bother, but atm I just want to know everything to help me decide am seriously considering just not applying to spare myself the hassle - except the course is so good...
    Sorry if I repeat anyone- haven't read the whole thread. As far as I understand it Pembroke has a pretty good rep for English and comes very high up the league table as a whole (I think it came top fairly recently :confused: ). Having said that, your college choice is going to make far less difference to how well you do academically than the amount of work you put in yourself so you may as well regard it as negligable. It's only 5 mins further from the English Faculty than Newnham and has a much better position for shopping, clubbing, pubbing, etc. If you liked it better then go there.

    Reading some of your other posts; if the money issue is a big enough one to decide which college you go to, then I'd recommend picking a bigger, richer one as others have suggested. Trinity has pretty much the cheapest accommodation in Cam (this year I paid £63 a week for a good sized en suite although I think some rooms are as low as £40ish) and can offer you a £50 book grant every year as well as numerous grants and prizes.
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    Bethany:
    I think I've said this before to you, so I apologise for the repetition, but when I went to look round Cam last summer I went with a completely open mind...except I'd automatically ruled out a) the mature students' colleges (for obvious age reasons) and b) the all-female colleges (for no logical reason, really). Went round lots of colleges, liked a lot of them, loved a couple. Then wandered into Newnham by accident, not knowing it was Newnham or that it was all-female. Absolutely fell in love with it (didn't have a guide - was just looking round) in a completely illogical fashion. (Was entirely what it looked and felt like!)

    Oops! Then applied, etc. etc.

    That's why I said to go with your gut feeling. You've probably got a fairly equal chance of getting accepted wherever you go, so you might as well go for the one you really feel is right. Also, as someone else has written, if you get pooled, you could well get into Newnham that way. 2 birds, 1 stone?
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    (Original post by puppy)
    Sorry if I repeat anyone- haven't read the whole thread. As far as I understand it Pembroke has a pretty good rep for English and comes very high up the league table as a whole (I think it came top fairly recently :confused: ). Having said that, your college choice is going to make far less difference to how well you do academically than the amount of work you put in yourself so you may as well regard it as negligable. It's only 5 mins further from the English Faculty than Newnham and has a much better position for shopping, clubbing, pubbing, etc. If you liked it better then go there.

    Reading some of your other posts; if the money issue is a big enough one to decide which college you go to, then I'd recommend picking a bigger, richer one as others have suggested. Trinity has pretty much the cheapest accommodation in Cam (this year I paid £63 a week for a good sized en suite although I think some rooms are as low as £40ish) and can offer you a £50 book grant every year as well as numerous grants and prizes.
    Wow :eek: Trinity sounds really traditional and old fashioned though - what do you think of it? Damn, I wish I'd thought to look around - I spent a fortune on going to the Open Day and never saw Trinity (only saw Emma, Newnham, Pembroke, King's and Corpus)
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    Bethany:
    I think I've said this before to you, so I apologise for the repetition, but when I went to look round Cam last summer I went with a completely open mind...except I'd automatically ruled out a) the mature students' colleges (for obvious age reasons) and b) the all-female colleges (for no logical reason, really). Went round lots of colleges, liked a lot of them, loved a couple. Then wandered into Newnham by accident, not knowing it was Newnham or that it was all-female. Absolutely fell in love with it (didn't have a guide - was just looking round) in a completely illogical fashion. (Was entirely what it looked and felt like!)

    Oops! Then applied, etc. etc.

    That's why I said to go with your gut feeling. You've probably got a fairly equal chance of getting accepted wherever you go, so you might as well go for the one you really feel is right. Also, as someone else has written, if you get pooled, you could well get into Newnham that way. 2 birds, 1 stone?
    I see what you mean! Except I don't think I could really afford to go to Pembroke; the expenses are higher than Newnham, especially food-wise. Also, i really did like Newnham a lot - on paper, it was definitely my favourite (apart from not being wild about the lack of males, but doesn't trouble me much), and when I went to see it I thought it was definitely the prettiest after Pembroke. I really think it may just've been the guide and rain that gave me a slight negative feeling! &apparently Pembroke does have a reputation for being harder to get in for than the other colleges for English - v popular amongst the top English applicants and a tougher ratio. Originally I didn't care at all about that, but now that I've seen how much nicer Cambridge is to live in than the other universities I want to go there more than I did before

    I thought the main buildings of Newnham with the trailing ivy stuff were so pretty !
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    Don't let money swing your decision. Colleges have bursary funds available for hard up students, as does the university. So if you're ever hard up, they'll be able to give you a helping hand.
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    (Original post by lordofthepies)
    Don't let money swing your decision. Colleges have bursary funds available for hard up students, as does the university. So if you're ever hard up, they'll be able to give you a helping hand.
    But if you are in a rich college, there will be more opportunities to get the money.
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    (Original post by Camford)
    But if you are in a rich college, there will be more opportunities to get the money.
    Which are the richest colleges then? I know trinity is one.
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    (Original post by *Bethany*)
    Because I went to an all girls' school (now at a mixed college though) and although I do have a tendency to get on better with most girls than most guys, the atmosphere grinded on me by the 5th year (loved it for the first 4 though). Basically, I know you mix with other colleges for lectures and stuff, but it did occur to me looking at the gender balance in York and Cambridge's mini lectures/English talks that there are waaay more girls than guys doing my subject too
    English is 70:30 female I think, so that may well be something you might want to think about. I wouldn't worry about the specific reputation of Pembroke for English - other than fairly massive ones like Maths at Trinity (perhaps Law at Downing?) I'd imagine that these reputations aren't known by the vast majority of applicants. Even if they were, the pooling system should even things out.
 
 
 

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