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I was offered AAA for Classics and English by Regent's Park College Oxford, but I'm not sure whether to accept. Does anyone know the difference between the privately owned colleges and the others? Do they differ academically? I know Regent's Park is small, but is that the only difference?
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I was offered AAA for Classics and English by Regent's Park College Oxford, but I'm not sure whether to accept. Does anyone know the difference between the privately owned colleges and the others? Do they differ academically? I know Regent's Park is small, but is that the only difference?
They're called "Permanent Private Halls" which might have misled you a bit. This page sums it up really. The main differences are that they're smaller, generally offer a smaller range of subjects (mainly humanities) and they have a religious background so there will be quite a few theology students and clergy people there. Regent's Park is the biggest PPH so they're not ridiculously small, it's about half the size of a regular small college. There's no academic difference between them and a non-PPH college, your day-to-day life probably won't be much different from any other student. If you're still concerned, send them an email and ask to have a visit and I'm sure they'd be more than happy to arrange a tour for you.
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I'm a current student there, and the difference isn't major - it's smaller, and a bit poorer because it's not funded by the uni, but it's got a brilliant atmosphere, a jcr that all my friends visiting from other colleges admit is nicest, and a really inclusive nature. Academically it's exactly the same, and you'll probably have some of your tutes at other colleges If you've got any questions at all feel free to ask
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I'm a current student there, and the difference isn't major - it's smaller, and a bit poorer because it's not funded by the uni, but it's got a brilliant atmosphere, a jcr that all my friends visiting from other colleges admit is nicest, and a really inclusive nature. Academically it's exactly the same, and you'll probably have some of your tutes at other colleges If you've got any questions at all feel free to ask
Also a student there - we're going to be holding an offer holder day in February which will be a really great chance for you to have a look round and get a feel for the place, plus all the students will be around so you can ask us anything you like! Honestly everyone loves it at Regent's I am yet to find anyone who's upset that they ended up here, we're a really close community and academically we actually do better than a lot of other colleges (last year we were the only college in the whole university to get all 2:1s or above). It's really fun definitely come to our offer holder day and congrats on getting an offer!!!
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Also a student there - we're going to be holding an offer holder day in February which will be a really great chance for you to have a look round and get a feel for the place, plus all the students will be around so you can ask us anything you like! Honestly everyone loves it at Regent's I am yet to find anyone who's upset that they ended up here, we're a really close community and academically we actually do better than a lot of other colleges (last year we were the only college in the whole university to get all 2:1s or above). It's really fun definitely come to our offer holder day and congrats on getting an offer!!!
Thank you! I had an interview there and a student showed me around. I loved the atmosphere and it's a lovely place, I was just concerned about the size of the library and whether it was the same as the other colleges academically. Thanks for putting my mind at rest!
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I'm a current student there, and the difference isn't major - it's smaller, and a bit poorer because it's not funded by the uni, but it's got a brilliant atmosphere, a jcr that all my friends visiting from other colleges admit is nicest, and a really inclusive nature. Academically it's exactly the same, and you'll probably have some of your tutes at other colleges If you've got any questions at all feel free to ask
Thank you so much for your advice. The JCR is lovely, I had a look when I went to my interview. Which other colleges do your have tutorials at? I'm going to study Classics and English, so do you know where they'd send me for that?
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Thank you so much for your advice. The JCR is lovely, I had a look when I went to my interview. Which other colleges do your have tutorials at? I'm going to study Classics and English, so do you know where they'd send me for that?
No problem, I hope it makes regent's sound better for you - I was worried about the size at first when I was reallocated there but now I really can't imagine being anywhere else! Personally mine are only at regent's because I study philosophy and theology which regent's has a lot of tutors for, but I just asked some of my Classics and English friends and in the first term they had their language tutes at Worcester
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No problem, I hope it makes regent's sound better for you - I was worried about the size at first when I was reallocated there but now I really can't imagine being anywhere else! Personally mine are only at regent's because I study philosophy and theology which regent's has a lot of tutors for, but I just asked some of my Classics and English friends and in the first term they had their language tutes at Worcester
I think I was just worried because I come from quite a small school which is very religious, and I wanted my university experience to be different - that's why I applied to Magdalen. But now people tell me Regent's is friendlier, so I'm actually feeling better about being reallocated...
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I think I was just worried because I come from quite a small school which is very religious, and I wanted my university experience to be different - that's why I applied to Magdalen. But now people tell me Regent's is friendlier, so I'm actually feeling better about being reallocated...
Brilliant If you have any more questions feel free to message me, and good luck with your exams!
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I was offered AAA for Classics and English by Regent's Park College Oxford, but I'm not sure whether to accept. Does anyone know the difference between the privately owned colleges and the others? Do they differ academically? I know Regent's Park is small, but is that the only difference?
The majority of Classics and English students go to Regent's Park, that's where they have the greatest number of expert fellows in those subjects able to teach your course.
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so are you registered as a University of Oxford student if you go there?
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The majority of Classics and English students go to Regent's Park, that's where they have the greatest number of expert fellows in those subjects able to teach your course.
So it's probably better for the course I'm doing?
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so are you registered as a University of Oxford student if you go there?
Yes, it's just called a Permanent Private Hall. Still a college, just smaller, focused more on fewer areas of study and not funded by the university. You still get access to the Bod, I believe.
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so are you registered as a University of Oxford student if you go there?
Yep, you still get all the benefits of being an Oxford student - a bod card so access to the libraries, ability to run for OUSU, matriculation etc
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So it's probably better for the course I'm doing?
It's more focused on the subjects you're studying. PPHs are usually more 'specialist' than colleges. For example, St Benet's takes mostly Theology students.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permanent_Private_Hall
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