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I'm applying to study philosophy and cannot decide between Cambridge, Bristol and UCL. Currently have offers from all of them. I understand the enormous prestige that comes with a Cambridge degree, but personally I do not think I will be able to fit in there, as I like to go out often and do not feel like there will be similar people to me there. Of course university is primarily about your academic life, but I don't see the point in sacrificing three years (especially some of the supposed best years of your life) in order to gain a degree, as in the long-term it may not be all that worth it. Suppose you are hit by a bus the day after your graduation, or end up in a job that required a good degree (but not specifically a Cambridge degree). However, I feel like if I went to somewhere like Bristol I may also regret this decision, as many people have pointed out to me that Cambridge is a 'once in a lifetime opportunity'. Also, I do enjoy being academically challenged, it's just that I feel that this needs to be supplemented by going out often with friends (especially considering that once you have lived those years of 18-21, you cannot get them back). UCL seems like it provides both an academic challenge and allows for fun, yet I've heard that a). it is hard to make friends, and b). considering I live in London now, most people say it is 'good' to move out as London universities are not seen as that 'personal'. People tell me to go with my gut feeling, but honestly I do not have one. I feel like any decision I make, I am going to regret it, as either I will waste some of the best years of my life, or I would not have planned enough for the long term.
Thanks for reading for so long, appreciate any help.
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If you can, revisit them. You should have a different perspective now that you’re out of the UCAS term tunnel vision and have offers from them all. That should help you to see if you can imagine being there
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If you can, revisit them. You should have a different perspective now that you’re out of the UCAS term tunnel vision and have offers from them all. That should help you to see if you can imagine being there
Thanks, was planning on doing this but waiting to book offer holder days. If not, I'll try to go anyway.
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I mean, I don't have personal experience of Cambridge but at Oxford, most people do socialise a lot (in a variety of ways, be that clubbing, going to bars/pubs, or joining societies relating to their interests). There's no reason to think it'd be any different at Cambridge! :nah: I'd bet a lot of my money (and bear in mind I have very little money) that you'd be able to find like-minded people who would go out lots with you

What makes you think that people at Cambridge don't go out/socialise much, out of interest? Don't buy into stereotypes without questioning! :nah:
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I mean, I don't have personal experience of Cambridge but at Oxford, most people do socialise a lot (in a variety of ways, be that clubbing, going to bars/pubs, or joining societies relating to their interests). There's no reason to think it'd be any different at Cambridge! :nah: I'd bet a lot of my money (and bear in mind I have very little money) that you'd be able to find like-minded people who would go out lots with you

What makes you think that people at Cambridge don't go out/socialise much, out of interest? Don't buy into stereotypes without questioning! :nah:
Haha, thanks for the reply. It's just all the people I have spoken to, both at open days and graduates in general, all agree that the nightlife is bad, and that there isn't too much time to go out. Also, none of my friends would have even thought about applying for Cambridge and everyone at the open days and the interview really did not seem similar to me in any way. I am sure there will be some people, but probably a small minority.
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Haha, thanks for the reply. It's just all the people I have spoken to, both at open days and graduates in general, all agree that the nightlife is bad, and that there isn't too much time to go out. Also, none of my friends would have even thought about applying for Cambridge and everyone at the open days and the interview really did not seem similar to me in any way. I am sure there will be some people, but probably a small minority.
There are fewer clubs than there are in Oxford, I know that much, but I'm pretty sure Cambridge must have some fun ones It's true that there is theoretically less time to party than there is at non-Oxbridge unis, due to the workload. That said, even those with heavy workloads (I did music, but I'm talking the engineers, mathematicians and medical students, as well as classics and English lit students) manage to get a lot of socialising done. You work very hard but most people play just as hard, if not harder :ahee:

I'm sorry that you didn't seem to find people like you at the open days and interviews. When you say they weren't similar to you, do you mean in terms of schooling or accent, or ethnicity? Or something else entirely? FWIW, the people I met at my Oxford interview were complete ******s. The girls were particularly snobby and *****y and I was just like :cry2: at the way they talked down at me. But guess who got in and who didn't? I was the only girl that my college tutor (DoS equivalent) liked enough to pick for that year in that college. And that was (at the time) the most competitive course at the most competitive college!

I guess what I'm trying to say is that open days and interviews in particular are not always entirely representative of who ends up at Oxford or Cambridge :nah: That said, I completely understand the concern and if it is really stressing you out, then by all means do go with your instincts and maybe firm/insurance other unis. I just wasn't sure if you were throwing Cambridge out of the running purely because of a misconception of the social scene!
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There are fewer clubs than there are in Oxford, I know that much, but I'm pretty sure Cambridge must have some fun ones It's true that there is theoretically less time to party than there is at non-Oxbridge unis, due to the workload. That said, even those with heavy workloads (I did music, but I'm talking the engineers, mathematicians and medical students, as well as classics and English lit students) manage to get a lot of socialising done. You work very hard but most people play just as hard, if not harder :ahee:

I'm sorry that you didn't seem to find people like you at the open days and interviews. When you say they weren't similar to you, do you mean in terms of schooling or accent, or ethnicity? Or something else entirely? FWIW, the people I met at my Oxford interview were complete ******s. The girls were particularly snobby and *****y and I was just like :cry2: at the way they talked down at me. But guess who got in and who didn't? I was the only girl that my college tutor (DoS equivalent) liked enough to pick for that year in that college. And that was (at the time) the most competitive course at the most competitive college!

I guess what I'm trying to say is that open days and interviews in particular are not always entirely representative of who ends up at Oxford or Cambridge :nah: That said, I completely understand the concern and if it is really stressing you out, then by all means do go with your instincts and maybe firm/insurance other unis. I just wasn't sure if you were throwing Cambridge out of the running purely because of a misconception of the social scene!
Well your comment has definitely reassured me. I also understand that the terms are slightly shorter, which means that although there is a high work load, this time is made up for in the holidays. At the open days everything just seemed very formal and everyone either seemed posh or just extremely shy, which is understandable. I definitely need to revisit, I think that will really help. Thanks so much for the replies💥
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Well your comment has definitely reassured me. I also understand that the terms are slightly shorter, which means that although there is a high work load, this time is made up for in the holidays. At the open days everything just seemed very formal and everyone either seemed posh or just extremely shy, which is understandable. I definitely need to revisit, I think that will really help. Thanks so much for the replies💥
Happy to have helped a bit Good luck with revisiting and making your final decision
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Hi!! I’m making the exact same decision as you and finding it so hard. I’m on my year out now and have unconditional offers from those three unis. Atm I’m leaning towards either Bristol of Cambridge bc I also live in London so wanna try somewhere new. Some days I think it would be stupid to turn down Cambridge, but then most of the time my gut just says to go to Bristol and have fun being young!! I like to go out and meet people and just live without stress - but maybe Cambridge can be fun...? It’s so hard to know how much of a difference it makes. Coz I’m sure that there are people who are just as clever and interesting as Cambridge students in Bristol, but then I do love English and it would be amazing to study it to such a high level. Kinda wish I could do both and be able to do the academic side without sacrificing my youth and fun to it haha

Sorry I guess I’m not really helping your decision but just thought I’d let you know that other ppl r struggling too haha
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