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    (Original post by NDGAARONDI)
    My point is that, generally, the middle class students tend to have affluent backgrounds that mean they have more financial security, which in turn, means that this expenditure can be used to buy convenience, such as getting mummy and daddy to give you a left left, right and centre or buying a "Sat Nav' when maps can do etc.
    ...and absolutely none of this means they are going to turn out to a snob who thinks they are better than you, it just means they can afford a Sat nav and find it easier than trying to drive and simultaneously use a map.
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    (Original post by Mayfly)
    ...and absolutely none of this means they are going to turn out to a snob who thinks they are better than you, it just means they can afford a Sat nav and find it easier than trying to drive and simultaneously use a map.
    Hopefully they will get lost, like a HGV driver did and got stuck in the middle of a village. It really isn't hard using postcodes of two locations to find out routes to a journey, besides it's free! http://local.google.co.uk
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    (Original post by *Fool'sGold*)
    I don't understand why that's such a bad thing tbh. It just means that they are people who were intelligent enough to be able to apply to Oxbridge but either didn't get through the interview or didn't get their grades. Just means they are very intelligent, more intelligent than most students but not quite Oxbridge level.
    Intelligence is fine, it's when they are stuck up about it that annoys me. My teachers just thought that I wouldn't fit in because i'm not exactly "posh".
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    (Original post by Crystaltears)
    Intelligence is fine, it's when they are stuck up about it that annoys me. My teachers just thought that I wouldn't fit in because i'm not exactly "posh".
    I'm going to Durham, I'm not posh (state schooled and everything), and when I visited it it seemed really friendly and everyone was down to earth

    Maybe your teachers had bad experiences or had just heard rumours?
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    Oxford. I have a NW common accent, I suppose. I went for an opening day last year. Some students were nice but some could tell from my accent that I wasn't 'one of them' and even the damn principles' wife was looking down at her nose at me. One girl said she didn't have anything to do for an hour so to be nice (as we were thinking of taking similar subjects) and to get to know her I asked if she wanted to come with me for an induction on my subject. I know she heard me as I was right next to her and she completely ignored me. B*tch. A simple no but thanks would have done.
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    (Original post by Crystaltears)
    I was talking to some of the Sociology staff at my school and they asked what my choices were and I was like "I've decided on Manchester as my firm and i'm thinking either Durham or York as my Insurance" and they were like "DON'T go to Durham!!!"
    Is it really that bad? Why did they say not to apply? It is foolish to avoid applying to a university just because of posh people.
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    (Original post by CatexW)
    Oxford. I have a NW common accent, I suppose. I went for an opening day last year. Some students were nice but some could tell from my accent that I wasn't 'one of them' and even the damn principles' wife was looking down at her nose at me. One girl said she didn't have anything to do for an hour so to be nice (as we were thinking of taking similar subjects) and to get to know her I asked if she wanted to come with me for an induction on my subject. I know she heard me as I was right next to her and she completely ignored me. B*tch. A simple no but thanks would have done.
    :eek: What a b*tch!
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    I often think there is a considerable case for saying that more "inverse snobbery" goes on...(yes I know its a pretentious term)...where students are less friendly to those who are perceived to be wealthy or come from private school.

    I have a cousin at Cambridge (from state school) who talks about how there are loads of private school snobs who "look down" at her, however she also admits to not having met many of "them" as she tends to only befriend like-minded students from state school.

    If people go looking for snobs/rahs they will probably find a few....but most people are keen to get on with each other irrelevent of their background.
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    (Original post by CatexW)
    Oxford. I have a NW common accent, I suppose. I went for an opening day last year. Some students were nice but some could tell from my accent that I wasn't 'one of them' and even the damn principles' wife was looking down at her nose at me. One girl said she didn't have anything to do for an hour so to be nice (as we were thinking of taking similar subjects) and to get to know her I asked if she wanted to come with me for an induction on my subject. I know she heard me as I was right next to her and she completely ignored me. B*tch. A simple no but thanks would have done.
    That's bad. It seemed okay when I stayed over at Oxford for the Open Day; I am working-class, but I have progressively lost my accent so I couldn't really encounter any prejudice on that front, though I never did encounter anyone with a strong accent whilst I was there, I must say. I suppose at colleges like Wadham which have a reputation for being more liberal and open things might be better. Though maybe you just met some bad people, because there are actually more people (only slightly) from state schools at Oxford and Cambridge than private, so they can't afford to be too stuffy! (There are still a proportionally huge amount considering that only around 7% of students go to private schools though.)

    At least you're coming to my (yes, it's mine, all mine!) wonderful university though!
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    Meh. If you insist on making a big deal about your own background ('poor' or 'rich'), then people will treat you accordingly. Everyone spends their first term pigeonholing other students into categories, but after that, it's time to let go. I made the mistake of going through most of my time at Oxford with a massive chip on my shoulder (stemming from secret feelings of inadequacy, blah blah). Just let people take you at face value without shoving your state education or your biannual trips to Gstaad in their faces, and take those people at face value where possible.

    Though there are a fair few ***** at Oxford. But it's the same in most places :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by jismith1989)
    That's bad. It seemed okay when I stayed over at Oxford for the Open Day; I am working-class, but I have progressively lost my accent so I couldn't really encounter any prejudice on that front, though I never did encounter anyone with a strong accent whilst I was there, I must say. I suppose at colleges like Wadham which have a reputation for being more liberal and open things might be better. Though maybe you just met some bad people, because there are actually more people (only slightly) from state schools at Oxford and Cambridge than private, so they can't afford to be too stuffy! (There are still a proportionally huge amount considering that only around 7% of students go to private schools though.)

    At least you're coming to my (yes, it's mine, all mine!) wonderful university though!
    I love Manchester I'm a Manchester girl through and through. I would have never made it into Oxford anyway lol. I'm the first in the family to go to uni so I had no idea of university stuff and I was quite ignorant of how competitive Oxford is and how much of a brain box you had to be to get in lol. I didn't do that great in my A Levels anyway. Oh well. Manchester! 3 weeks to go! The last few days are gonna drag
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    (Original post by Toxic Tears)
    Is it actually that bad - is there a lot of snobbery? What % of rahs are there compared to "regular" people?
    They are a definite minority but a quite vocal (and visible) minority.

    You'll come up against the occasional buffoon, it will happen, but I'm sure it does at all unis. Just ignore them and concentrate on people who do. The vast majority of people are interested in everyone's backgrounds (or are just completely indifferent) and will socialise with anyone...suprisingly...I have been the victim of class hatred at Durham, but from both sides (somehow :confused: )

    If you do ever visit though bring a sniper, we could always do with making them even more of a a minority.

    I don't live in Durham right now, in fact I'm sort of not a student at this time, but I'd much rather live there (and have to put up with the occasional Rah) than live in my village (what used to be a decent village, in great countryside, now doing down the dogs with vile charvas parading around like parasites).

    Whoops...that could be taken as snobbery...:o:

    (Original post by Mr_Steve_Stifler)
    Alright, I knew that Durham has a deserved bad reputation because I visited it myself and my teacher (who went there) didn't have the greatest opinion of the so called 'rahs' to say the least.
    Deserved reputation? Yes, because we are all Rahs aren't we? :rolleyes:

    (Original post by NDGAARONDI)
    How many students at the University of Easy London does it take to change a light bulb? None. The light bulbs last longer than the students. :p:
    :rofl:

    (Original post by Ruthie!)
    not saying they are all like this but students I know from Leeds Uni look down on Leeds Met. And students from newcastle look down on northumbria.. just from experience of people I know
    So...just your usual traditional uni V ex poly thing? That's not a sign of snobbishness in most, just a joke and good natured rivarly. Although I'm not a student at Newcastle I still feel that, due to my location, I can say that the whole Northumbria thing really isn't a big deal. Most Newcastle students couldn't give a damn about the place and both groups

    It was far worse at school, when looking at universities. Then real snobbishness was present. But this was just the usual ex-poly snobbery shown by almost every sixth former up and down the land.

    (Original post by Gooner)
    From what I've heard and seen, Cambridge is extremely snobby. Durham is known for its rahs, but I think sometimes this whole rah business can be blown out of proportion to make it seem as though every other person at Durham habitually asks mummy and daddy for an advance on their weekly allowance:p:
    What's wrong with that? I do. I've never worked a day in my life and I'm not rich...

    (Original post by Moonfield7)
    I often think there is a considerable case for saying that more "inverse snobbery" goes on.
    Hole in one.

    People just seem to be listing the "posh" universities or "Oxbridge reject" unis. It doesn't then follow on that these well educated and (usually very wealthy) people will be snobs. Most are decent people.
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    (Original post by CatexW)
    I love Manchester I'm a Manchester girl through and through. I would have never made it into Oxford anyway lol. I'm the first in the family to go to uni so I had no idea of university stuff and I was quite ignorant of how competitive Oxford is and how much of a brain box you had to be to get in lol. I didn't do that great in my A Levels anyway. Oh well. Manchester! 3 weeks to go! The last few days are gonna drag
    Aww, well you should be proud of yourself for getting into Manchester anyway. Even though everyone here on TSR seems to do amazingly well, getting into Manchester is much better than most people do! And I'm the first in my family to go to uni too!
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    (Original post by River85)
    They are a definite minority but a quite vocal (and visible) minority.

    You'll come up against the occasional buffoon, it will happen, but I'm sure it does at all unis. Just ignore them and concentrate on people who do. The vast majority of people are interested in everyone's backgrounds (or are just completely indifferent) and will socialise with anyone...suprisingly...I have been the victim of class hatred at Durham, but from both sides (somehow :confused: )

    If you do ever visit though bring a sniper, we could always do with making them even more of a a minority.
    I don't live in Durham right now, in fact I'm sort of not a student at this time, but I'd much rather live there (and have to put up with the occasional Rah) than live in my village (what used to be a decent village, in great countryside, now doing down the dogs with vile charvas parading around like parasites).

    Whoops...that could be taken as snobbery...:o:



    Deserved reputation? Yes, because we are all Rahs aren't we? :rolleyes:



    :rofl:



    So...just your usual traditional uni V ex poly thing? That's not a sign of snobbishness in most, just a joke and good natured rivarly. Although I'm not a student at Newcastle I still feel that, due to my location, I can say that the whole Northumbria thing really isn't a big deal. Most Newcastle students couldn't give a damn about the place and both groups

    It was far worse at school, when looking at universities. Then real snobbishness was present. But this was just the usual ex-poly snobbery shown by almost every sixth former up and down the land.



    What's wrong with that? I do. I've never worked a day in my life and I'm not rich...



    Hole in one.

    People just seem to be listing the "posh" universities or "Oxbridge reject" unis. It doesn't then follow on that these well educated and (usually very wealthy) people will be snobs. Most are decent people.
    :rofl:
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    I guess the snobbiest universities are the ones with the highest private school intake: oxbridge/london/warwick/nottingham/durham/bristol/edinburgh/st.andrews.
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    (Original post by Ruthie!)
    not saying they are all like this but students I know from Leeds Uni look down on Leeds Met. And students from newcastle look down on northumbria.. just from experience of people I know
    It's probably the same for anywhere then if there's more than one university in an area. Apparently, it's the same with Manchester and Manchester Met. Someone asked me which Manchester uni I was going to and I said the University of Manchester and she said, "ahhh, the posh one." :confused:
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    (Original post by CatexW)
    It's probably the same for anywhere then if there's more than one university in an area. Apparently, it's the same with Manchester and Manchester Met. Someone asked me which Manchester uni I was going to and I said the University of Manchester and she said, "ahhh, the posh one." :confused:
    like the other guy said in most places its just rivalry, however the people I know from newcastle, not him included obviously, but the people in newcastle were saying some awful thing about people in northumbria and it really upset my other newcastle friend as she has a friend in northumbria
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    I don't think you can classify rivalries between two universities - even if they are in a different league - down to snobbery. Snobbery, in my opinion, is one that lies within a university between different classes of students; rich students trying to dominate the poor students materialistically; such as showing that they wear expensive clothes; have expenses tastes when it comes down to food among many other things.
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    (Original post by red_Rose)
    Newcastle is quite snobby.
    My high school tutor went there. My old school isn't in the best of areas and she always said that she lives in some posh area in Liverpool (I think she said her house was worth £300,000 in 2004 maybe), St. Helens has the highest level of incest in the world (I found it to be somewhere in Japan when I looked it up), people from my high school are never going to be able to afford private houses at prices these days so we're all going to live in council houses and we're all going to die from a nuclear war. She's a legend.
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    (Original post by jismith1989)
    Aww, well you should be proud of yourself for getting into Manchester anyway. Even though everyone here on TSR seems to do amazingly well, getting into Manchester is much better than most people do! And I'm the first in my family to go to uni too!
    I'm extremely proud and happy! I was so convinced I wasn't going to get in because of my music grade and I was over the moon when I seen 'Congratulations. Your place at ... has been confirmed' I've been wanting to go there for nearly 4 years
 
 
 
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