As the original poster of this thread, I'd like to clear a few things up.
Firstly, the thread should not be interpreted as a bitter Oxbridge reject (which I'm not) preaching to the masses
Secondly, I didn't mention that my views on the Oxbridge work ethic were solely constructed after friends there told me what it is like. Two of them at Oxford (both PPE) found themselves snowed under at first. They , as one poster described, thought they could get by there by simply being clever. Suddenly they were confronted with a lot of work and little time to do it. My girlfriend, who is at Cambridge (SPS) also feels the same.
Thirdly, people who knock other universities (such as Durham and York) seriously need to grow up. I don't need to say anything else - you'll get a wake-up call when you graduate and employers don't rate that kind of attitude. Also, I notice many of those who a quick to criticise other unis have not even gone to university yet.
Finally, I would just like to reiterate that the thread was originally intended to be a piece of helpful advice, not a WUM or an attack from an Oxbridge reject.