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I'm planning on applying to Christ Church for law however Magdalen caught my eye due to their active presence on social media, in terms of increasing access and making it seem like a more friendly and fun place compared to Christ Church's pretty dead use of it. Also, it doesn't seem nearly as diverse??

If any of you have been to either I'd be really grateful if you could tell me your experience of the college, particularly in relation to social life, diversity and accommodation - thanks !
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I'm planning on applying to Christ Church for law however Magdalen caught my eye due to their active presence on social media, in terms of increasing access and making it seem like a more friendly and fun place compared to Christ Church's pretty dead use of it. Also, it doesn't seem nearly as diverse??

If any of you have been to either I'd be really grateful if you could tell me your experience of the college, particularly in relation to social life, diversity and accommodation - thanks !
In terms of diversity, it's really deceptively hard to tell from the stats. The 2019 admissions data says 20% of ChCh freshers were BAME, compared to 18% for Mag, but even Wadham and LMH - supposedly very 'left-wing' - only manage 19% and 22% BAME respectively. Admission from state schools is a bit more divergent, with Ch Ch and Mag at the bottom end (50% and 53% against the average of 60% (the stars are Mansfield at 94%).
https://www.ox.ac.uk/sites/files/oxf...20.pdf#page=22

I cant tell you much about Magdalen, but my daughter was from a Welsh comprehensive and applied elsewhere, but was offered a place at ChCh. She really enjoyed it, and her closest friends turned out to be from private schools. She sang in the college choir, organised a period poverty campaign, played croquet, and erm went clubbing quite a lot. The accommodation at ChCh is generally very good throughout.
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In terms of diversity, it's really deceptively hard to tell from the stats. The 2019 admissions data says 20% of ChCh freshers were BAME, compared to 18% for Mag, but even Wadham and LMH - supposedly very 'left-wing' - only manage 19% and 22% BAME respectively. Admission from state schools is a bit more divergent, with Ch Ch and Mag at the bottom end (50% and 53% against the average of 60% (the stars are Mansfield at 94%).
https://www.ox.ac.uk/sites/files/oxf...20.pdf#page=22

I cant tell you much about Magdalen, but my daughter was from a Welsh comprehensive and applied elsewhere, but was offered a place at ChCh. She really enjoyed it, and her closest friends turned out to be from private schools. She sang in the college choir, organised a period poverty campaign, played croquet, and erm went clubbing quite a lot. The accommodation at ChCh is generally very good throughout.
Hi there, thank you so much for your detailed response I'll keep it in mind
Would I be right in thinking then, based on your daughter's experience, that most people there aren't too snooty at all as the stereotypes portray people there to be like?
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Hi there, thank you so much for your detailed response I'll keep it in mind
Would I be right in thinking then, based on your daughter's experience, that most people there aren't too snooty at all as the stereotypes portray people there to be like?
I'd say there is typically a clique of 'Brideshead Revisited' wannabes at most colleges, but they aren't hard to avoid. Most people are pretty normal, even if, like most other RG univs, Oxford has more from middle class backgrounds than are in society as a whole
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I'd say there is typically a clique of 'Brideshead Revisited' wannabes at most colleges, but they aren't hard to avoid. Most people are pretty normal, even if, like most other RG univs, Oxford has more from middle class backgrounds than are in society as a whole
oh okay thank you for helping
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There’s a great video on Magdalen’s accommodation here from a student perspective: https://youtu.be/8jmFfAiowZ0
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