St. Stephen's House? Watch
I finally got my placement at Oxford: St. Stephen's House.
I have to say, I'm not sure what to think of it. I know that the majority of students are studying theology and that there is a -very- Christian environment there. I'm a non-religious person, and I'll be studying my MSc in Education; I know there are a decent number of PGCE students too, so that's cool, but I'm just not sure...
According to Wikipedia, there is only a total of 40 people in the entire House? So small...
And the email I received, it says: "St Stephen’s House is a hall of the University rather than a college which means that it has a distinctive character and history. Please go to our website to find out more about this. If you feel, having done this, that the Hall may not be the place for you, then please get in touch with us so that we can arrange for you to be put back in the pool of candidates."
And I'm honestly considering doing so, but I don't know.
Anyone currently in SSH or has experience with it, I'd love to talk to you and hear what your time has been like!
Ultimately you won't be sure unless you visit and see what you think about it. It may be possible to switch by phoning/emailing the college or course director if you feel that is best.
There is a different dynamic to PG student life wherever you are - as s_p suggests, whilst UGs tend to make friendship groups based on their college, PGs tend to befriend coursemates. So you may find that you will spend much less social time in your college than would an UG, and more in pubs or wherever the social centre your peer group gravitates towards, in any case. You'll still be able to work in the Rad Cam and punt and picnic on Christ Church Meadow like off of Brideshead.
But SSH is very small and quiet. You'll miss out on the frenetic atmosphere, with the social busy-ness, discos (as I think you young people call them) and rowing club food fights that UGs bring to the larger colleges.