Transferring to Oxbridge Watch

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Why don't more people transfer into Oxbridge? I believe it's possible as it says so on their websites but I don't often hear of people transferring into Oxbridge from other universities. I would assume that this is because people would rather not have to retake a year of university, but surely there are people who take gap years just to reapply?
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Why don't more people transfer into Oxbridge? I believe it's possible as it says so on their websites but I don't often hear of people transferring into Oxbridge from other universities. I would assume that this is because people would rather not have to retake a year of university, but surely there are people who take gap years just to reapply?
Neither university welcome applications from students in the first year of a degree elsewhere. Both only accept transfer applications with support and a reference from academics at your current university - something that isn’t an option by the 15 October in the first year of a degree.

The only way to apply to transfer into year 1 of Oxford or Cambridge is to plan to suspend studies after year 1 elsewhere and apply AFTER completing first year. Or to apply during second year but because oxbridge only offer yr 1 entry that would mean self funding fees for the repeated first year.
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I thought Cambridge didn't even permit this (they're policy may have changed, but that used to be the case). Reapplying to Oxford whilst in Year 1 elsewhere has all the issues PQ mentions. Neither uni permits transfers into the second year or later, as other universities do.
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I thought Cambridge didn't even permit this (they're policy may have changed, but that used to be the case). Reapplying to Oxford whilst in Year 1 elsewhere has all the issues PQ mentions. Neither uni permits transfers into the second year or later, as other universities do.
Previously they didn't, they relaxed the language on their page somewhat sometime in the last couple years (since I think it still was pretty much an unequivocal no when I started as a CA). Now it's just as PQ says, exceptional circumstances, strong support from current course provider/tutor, etc.
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Why don't more people transfer into Oxbridge? I believe it's possible as it says so on their websites but I don't often hear of people transferring into Oxbridge from other universities. I would assume that this is because people would rather not have to retake a year of university, but surely there are people who take gap years just to reapply?
You make it sound like this is easy to do? It very much is not. Exceptional circumstances only.

In 6 years I knew of one transfer from another uni, and that was via a system that routinely allowed transfer from Oxford to London (medicine), and to come 'up-stream' she had to be a top performer in the year at UCL and had done an additional masters degree there. Not routine whatsoever!
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Would you be able to apply without them knowing you were at another uni?
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Would you be able to apply without them knowing you were at another uni?
That would require submitting a fraudulent application.
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