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I like trading and markets and i would like a job related to trading.
Which university you think is the best for me?

Edit: i think this post should be posted in "Oxbridge" and not there, feel free to delete this post.
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If a forum helper sees this they should be able to move it to the oxbridge forum

Which uni is a very personal opinion, you need to look at various factors to make your decision. These could include: the colleges (what the social side of things/ accommodation is like), the modules that they offer (these will be on the website - which ones interest you the most), which city would you prefer to live in?, distance from home (if this is important to you), etc...

Hope this helps
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If a forum helper sees this they should be able to move it to the oxbridge forum

Which uni is a very personal opinion, you need to look at various factors to make your decision. These could include: the colleges (what the social side of things/ accommodation is like), the modules that they offer (these will be on the website - which ones interest you the most), which city would you prefer to live in?, distance from home (if this is important to you), etc...

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I'm italian and we don't have colleges, the only things i've been looking for are a gym and 24/7 library.
I don't know how to choose a college and what i should look at, do you have any suggestion? everybody says their college is the best
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I'm italian and we don't have colleges, the only things i've been looking for are a gym and 24/7 library.
I don't know how to choose a college and what i should look at, do you have any suggestion? everybody says their college is the best
I mean I personally have never been to either Oxford or Cambridge and I don't plan to (so I am probably not the bet person to give advice). Colleges are where you will stay and you will also meet people there from other year groups and other courses. From what I understand people sometimes look at the sizes of the colleges (some have more students than others), the accommodation (do you want en-suit or what size of room do you want), the general look of the college (do you want a more modern college or one with old architecture), ect.

If you go on the university websites you will be able to find out what each college has to offer and also have a 360 tour. If you can't decide which college to apply to you can always do an 'open' application, which means that if you get accepted then the university will give you a college. Also remember that you could be accepted by a different college to the one you applied to (if the one you applied to is over subscribed but you are still seemed as a strong candidate).
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Can i choose my room or it is random? (i would prefer an en-suit but i think it will be random, right?)

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(if the one you applied to is over subscribed but you are still seemed as a strong candidate).
I have been reading something about interviews and (that's what i understood) every college make their own interviews, so if i apply for an easier i will have more chances to pass the interview?

What did you look at when you decided your college?
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Useful site for picking Oxford colleges :https://apply.oxfordsu.org/colleges/suggester/
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Can i choose my room or it is random? (i would prefer an en-suit but i think it will be random, right?)


I have been reading something about interviews and (that's what i understood) every college make their own interviews, so if i apply for an easier i will have more chances to pass the interview?

What did you look at when you decided your college?
If you want an en-suit you would probably get an en-suit, just check as not all colleges might offer en-suit..

Yes, every college does their own interviews, but the way Oxbridge works, is that if you are strong candidate but all the places have been filled then the college will put you into a 'pool' this will allow other colleges to 'take' you - this process tries to make it all a bit fairer.

I am not an Oxbridge student so have never had to decide on a college
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Useful site for picking Oxford colleges :https://apply.oxfordsu.org/colleges/suggester/
That's really useful, sadly can't find anything for Cambridge.

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If you want an en-suit you would probably get an en-suit, just check as not all colleges might offer en-suit..

Yes, every college does their own interviews, but the way Oxbridge works, is that if you are strong candidate but all the places have been filled then the college will put you into a 'pool' this will allow other colleges to 'take' you - this process tries to make it all a bit fairer.

I am not an Oxbridge student so have never had to decide on a college
So if i want to apply another university (not Oxford or Cambridge) i will not choose between colleges and i'll need to find an home?
If i do an "open" application should be easier because i'll more chances to get accepted, isn't it?
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So if i want to apply another university (not Oxford or Cambridge) i will not choose between colleges and i'll need to find an home?
If i do an "open" application should be easier because i'll more chances to get accepted, isn't it?
So the only unis that use the college system is Oxbridge and Durham, most of the rest guarantee uni accommodation for first year, then you have to find somewhere to live (but they will help you with this).

Not really, open applications are only really used if you have no idea what college you want to go to. The way the system works means it shouldn’t make a difference in your chances of getting applied - no matter if you apply to a specific college or an open application because of the pooling system.
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I like trading and markets and i would like a job related to trading.
Which university you think is the best for me?

Edit: i think this post should be posted in "Oxbridge" and not there, feel free to delete this post.
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So the only unis that use the college system is Oxbridge and Durham, most of the rest guarantee uni accommodation for first year, then you have to find somewhere to live (but they will help you with this).

Not really, open applications are only really used if you have no idea what college you want to go to. The way the system works means it shouldn’t make a difference in your chances of getting applied - no matter if you apply to a specific college or an open application because of the pooling system.
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Thanks for the tag Oxford Mum!

So, if you’re into trading, my impression would be that the Oxford course may suit you more in some ways - the first year modules include a Financial Management option, which could suit you well. Lots of E&M grads go into banking and city jobs, and the versatility of the E&M degree would give you a breadth of skills. On the other hand, trading is pretty quantitative and Cambridge’s course is highly mathematical. You may prefer the higher maths content which would better prepare you for the more technical side of trading. Ultimately, both E&M at Oxford and Economics at Cambridge could get you into trading - they are both very prestigious and academic degrees.

My advice would personally be to look a bit more into the course structures - the mandatory modules vary (Oxford has mandatory General Management and Financial Management modules for example, whilst Cambridge has mandatory political/social/history based papers). Here are some resources to help you:

Oxford E&M structure - https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...nd-management#

Oxford E&M handbook - https://www.economics.ox.ac.uk/mater...book-19-20.pdf

Cambridge Economics structure - https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....rses/economics

Cambridge Economics module outlines - http://www.econ.cam.ac.uk/apply/ba-e...urse-structure

Advice I’ve written on choosing an Oxford college - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6468778

Advice from Oxford Mum on picking a Cambridge college - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6496516

Hope this helps, and best of luck with your decision!
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This is not helpful, not helpful at all!
I thought Cambridge was the right choose because is highly mathematical and then you changed my mind... (just kidding ); this decision will take me a lot of time.
By the way is so strange reading an Oxford Mum post about Cambridge!

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Thanks for the tag Oxford Mum!

So, if you’re into trading, my impression would be that the Oxford course may suit you more in some ways - the first year modules include a Financial Management option, which could suit you well. Lots of E&M grads go into banking and city jobs, and the versatility of the E&M degree would give you a breadth of skills. On the other hand, trading is pretty quantitative and Cambridge’s course is highly mathematical. You may prefer the higher maths content which would better prepare you for the more technical side of trading. Ultimately, both E&M at Oxford and Economics at Cambridge could get you into trading - they are both very prestigious and academic degrees.

My advice would personally be to look a bit more into the course structures - the mandatory modules vary (Oxford has mandatory General Management and Financial Management modules for example, whilst Cambridge has mandatory political/social/history based papers and). Here are some resources to help you:

Oxford E&M structure - https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...nd-management#

Oxford E&M handbook - https://www.economics.ox.ac.uk/mater...book-19-20.pdf

Cambridge Economics structure - https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....rses/economics

Cambridge Economics module outlines - http://www.econ.cam.ac.uk/apply/ba-e...urse-structure

Advice I’ve written on choosing an Oxford college - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6468778

Advice from Oxford Mum on picking a Cambridge college - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6496516

Hope this helps, and best of luck with your decision!
What a brilliant reply Mona123456
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If you want an en-suit you would probably get an en-suit, just check as not all colleges might offer en-suit..
As a gross generalisation, Oxford colleges tend to work differently from accommodation at other universities.

Rooms are generally allocated to freshers randomly with rent at a flat rate. Where accommodation is offered in subsequent years (and it often is) it is by ballot, perhaps taking into account the quality of room received during the first year. (eg those with less desirable rooms as freshers may get first choice in the second year.) There are obviously variations across the colleges.

This differs from other universities where typically rooms are banded by facilities and age, and rent set accordingly. Students then have the choice of spending more on a better room.
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If i do an "open" application should be easier because i'll more chances to get accepted, isn't it?
At Oxford, whilst selection is made at a college level, there is a high degree of co-ordination between the colleges to ensure that those deserving of a place are successful. Eg interviewees are often (and for some subjects are always) interviewed at more than one college and there is a system of open offers. Expressing a college preference really doesn't impact your chances of a place - although the chances of receiving an offer from your chosen college will vary.

At Cambridge the college have a higher degree of autonomy and whilst there is pooling, it is not quite as centrally managed as Oxford. The choice of college can therefore have a greater impact.
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