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    I'm currently trying to make the tricky decision of which college at Oxford I'm going to apply to, a little bit last minute I know! I'm applying for History (Ancient and Modern). I've narrowed it down to a few based on their websites, seeing as I haven't had a chance to visit them I didn't visit in the summer because I had no idea if I would get the necessary grades at AS and didn't want to get my hopes up just to find out I did terribly in my exams, haha. I like the look of Oriel, St. Anne's, Magdalen and Balliol, although if I've overlooked any which suit me I would appreciate if you enlightened me
    Anyway, my selection criteria are

    -relaxed atmosphere
    -generally cheap accomodation and living costs
    -cheap food, and good kitchen facilities
    -a good social life! (which has the better bar, closest to the pubs, etc)
    -not too many rich snobby people :P (having come from state schools)
    -academic facilities and good access to libraries is important too, I guess
    -and a gym think that's about it!
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    I would recommend looking at St Catherine's given your criteria:

    - Great atmosphere
    - Accomodation cheap in comparison to say Queen's
    - Huge JCR and bar
    - Several computer rooms and good library
    - And a gym!

    Okay, so I'm biased because I chose it, but I would recommend at least browsing the website if you don't mind buildings that are more modern (and yes, perhaps in some cases ugly).
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    May I throw Woosta in there, just to be difficult? :p:

    - Relaxed atmosphere. Big grounds with a large lawn and a small lake! :love:
    - Not sure how the accommodation compares to other colleges but tiz for the most part reasonable. Scholarships and exhibition awards get deducted off your termly bills, reducing accommodation charges :yes:
    - 72% of the rooms have access to good kitchen facilities. Our formal hall is very cheap: about £3 or less, depending on which year you're in and whether you have kitchen facilities or not. The food is very nice :teeth:
    - Close to city centre but also to all the stuff in Jericho. Bar is small but friendly
    - Full of very friendly people! Higher private school rate than many other colleges but you honestly for the most part can't tell who came from where :nah:
    - 24 hour library, quiet reading room and separate Law library.
    - Mini gym and sports fields onsite :yes:

    (Original post by alexKS)

    -relaxed atmosphere
    -generally cheap accomodation and living costs
    -cheap food, and good kitchen facilities
    -a good social life! (which has the better bar, closest to the pubs, etc)
    -not too many rich snobby people :P (having come from state schools)
    -academic facilities and good access to libraries is important too, I guess
    -and a gym think that's about it!
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    your feedback is appreciated
    I realise that much of it is...slightly biased :P but then again what did I expect? haha, hmm I think I find myself ever more drawn toward Balliol to be honest!
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    (Original post by alexKS)
    your feedback is appreciated
    I realise that much of it is...slightly biased :P but then again what did I expect? haha, hmm I think I find myself ever more drawn toward Balliol to be honest!
    Then go for it. Generally after a week people are said to love their colleges regardless of the pros and cons.
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    I just need to make a decision cos there are some collges I don't really like the look of, and wouldn't want to get assigned to them in an open application...
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    (Original post by DalekLover)
    Then go for it.
    yeah, screw it Balliol it is!
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    Just go for Balliol
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    - 72% of the rooms have access to good kitchen facilities.
    Why on earth would you know that it is precisely 72%?

    What kind of person remembers that level of detail?
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    Why on earth would you know that it is precisely 72%?

    What kind of person remembers that level of detail?
    Someone who had it on their info sheet when doing open days :p:

    (Original post by alexKS)
    yeah, screw it Balliol it is!
    Good stuff! Hadn't realised that you were leaning towards one college in particular. If there's a college you feel more drawn to, then you should go for it!
 
 
 
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