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    (Original post by gzftan)
    Some people prefer Leeds cos it's probably got the best nightlife for students in the country...each to their own

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    Can't beat London for nightlife, surely.
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    Would you believe me if I said I very nearly turned down Oxford for Sheffield solely based on nightlife?
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    (Original post by Invisible)
    Can't beat London for nightlife, surely.
    Ah yeh..somehow managed to forget about that..whoops

    Leeds or London then..both brilliant by all accounts.

    And Jools...i do believe you....it's just most people with that point of view don't apply to Oxford in the first place.

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    Someone here turned down Cambridge for UMIST as they said the course was better there. Though in that other thread didn't someone say their classmate turned down Oxford for Bath to keep his band alive?
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    I know quite a few people how turned down Oxbridge for one reason or another; it's fairly common.
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    (Original post by asdasdagaga)
    Cambridge as a place seems to be very boring. Not to be Cambridge bashing, but when i went there, there was very little to do esp on the social side..e.g. lack of half decent clubs, together with pretty horrid weather, i was not impressed.
    But do you really need a good club to have fun? Surely the company with which you go clubbing, and not the club itself, is what is most important. Maybe it's just that I am more of a pub person than club person, and Cambridge has many excellent pubs, which satisfies me. For wilder parties I would normally meet up with friends rather than go clubbing, an the student party scene I would expect would be almost identical at both universities.

    To me socialising and having a good time is an integral part of university, but night clubs are not. I visit a friend of mine at LSE a couple of times a term, and despite that fact that everyone will tell you how much livelier the nightlife in London is than Cam (or Ox for that matter), it did not make much of a difference to me. So what if the DJs are a bit better, that does not have a tangible effect on my quotidian life.

    Invisible, as for you saying that you couldn't imagine someone saying the university experience at Cam is as good as Ox simply because Oxford is a city, I think that is rubbish. If you really want to go for a city experience that is true, but you are naturally assuming that any meassure of how good an experience you have is based on city life. I really like the feeling of living in a university town - in Cam much more of the entire town is centred on the university, and consciously caters to a university crowd.

    I find it really strange that most people at Oxford have visited Cambridge only once or twice, yet feel this makes them qualified to judge how enjoyable a university experience it is over three or four years. The things that make it such a great experience for me: interesting conversation and lively debate, good friends, warm welcoming atmosphere, etc. are just as easily found in Cambridge as Oxford.
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    It seems strange compaing Oxford/Cambridge's nightlife - neither is exactly the party capital of the world!
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    It seems strange compaing Oxford/Cambridge's nightlife - neither is exactly the party capital of the world!
    Better than where you live!
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    It seems strange compaing Oxford/Cambridge's nightlife - neither is exactly the party capital of the world!
    Has Judge Jules DJ'd in Tabland?

    Edit: I was taking the piss with this statement, not thinking that people would seriously think I judge unis on which DJs have performed there!
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    (Original post by Invisible)
    Better than where you live!
    That is true, though I'm only 45 mins from Manchester
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    (Original post by Jools)
    Has Judge Jules DJ'd in Tabland?
    He's probably planning too

    Oxford is more vibrant than Cambridge, but that's not saying all that much
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    I've written a Definitive Guide to Clubbing in Oxford, which will dispel some myths. It'll go online as soon as I can put it up - currently no way of doing so, can't use floppy drives at work. Know any internet cafes which let you use disc?
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    I don't think anyone would say Oxford is the party capital of the UK, but then Cambridge isn't either. But I certainly think if you were to compare the two in term of nightlife, Oxford would come out on top.
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    (Original post by Jools)
    For postgrad Oxford is utter ****!
    Really?! Bugger, won't be going there then...
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    (Original post by babyballerina)
    Am I uniquely qualified on this board to comment because I have been to both? I was an undergrad at Cambridge and am now a post-grad at Oxford.

    I have to say I prefer Cambridge.

    Most people apply to one or the other because they prefer the town (unless you are doing a course which isn't offered by the other, obviously). I come from a small quiet place so I prefer a small quiet place. But if i came from london i am sure i would find cambridge too quiet. When I went to open days at Newcastle and Birmingham no-one told me anything about the courses. They just went on and on about how many pubs, clubs and parties they went to. Total hell for a shy wallflower like me. So I didn't apply to these universities. Oxford is hardly raving but it's still very busy for me.

    I have found my Oxford experience to be a very lonely one. I don't know whether this is to do with Oxford itself or more to do with the difference between being an undergrad and a postgrad. Or it could be due to being at a grad college? I don't know.

    I find the clubs and societies at Oxford VERY competitive. Can't do anything for fun. For example, I just want to play in a band or orchestra which I can enjoy. I don't want to have to go through a very competitive audition and then practise for hours every night just to keep up. that would be torture. I was able to play at this level at Cambridge but at Oxford I haven't been able to find any suitable music society to join.

    I can't really comment on the teaching aspects because I am not doing a taught course.

    The one thing which I prefer in Oxford is that people don't make fun of my accent all the time like they did in Cambridge. I don't mean people in the university so much, but people in shops and stuff. For example, if I ever spoke to a cashier in Cambridge, I was almost bound to get ridiculed. The locals seems to think they are so clever or something. but this doesn't really happen in Oxford. Maybe this is because the Oxford community is more diverse?

    Just my thoughts on it anyway. There is no right or wrong answer because what is right for one person isn't necessarily right for another.
    What accent do you have? I have a fairly strong Essex accent (obviously because that's where I come from) but I don't want to be ridiculed for it.
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    (Original post by MadNatSci)
    Really?! Bugger, won't be going there then...
    Basically everything seems as if it's targeted at undergraduates, so there's little postgrad-orientated stuff happening. And the MCRs are full of weirdos!
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    It depends what kinda nightlife you're wanting though doesn't it? I mean I wouldn't go and see Judge Jules unless you paid me.
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    (Original post by Jools)
    Basically everything seems as if it's targeted at undergraduates, so there's little postgrad-orientated stuff happening. And the MCRs are full of weirdos!
    Damn. Ah well, good luck to shiny then!
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    (Original post by Acaila)
    It depends what kinda nightlife you're wanting though doesn't it? I mean I wouldn't go and see Judge Jules unless you paid me.
    I think this concludes the thread - Cambridge if you want something small and quiet, Oxford if you'd prefer something a bit livelier and busier.

    What's surprised me is so many people saying that because they've lived in the countryside they'd want that at still at uni... I've practically lived in the country (small town of 9,000) and thought it was completely boring, dull and dead, which is why I'm now attracted to the bright lights of the city.
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    (Original post by Ralfskini)
    What accent do you have? I have a fairly strong Essex accent (obviously because that's where I come from) but I don't want to be ridiculed for it.
    You'll be alright then, because the local Cambridge accent sounds pretty much Essex to me.

    Jools - I know where you live, and I'd much much much * 1 million prefer it to any city you could name. (possible exception of Sydney, but things are different when you are on holiday. it's not like living there.) I HATE clubbing so any uni where clubbing is one of the main attractions I wouldn't go near.
 
 
 
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