Firstly, league tables do not fully represent or accurately representeither university. They are on par for a majority of subjects (although science and maths is slightly better at Cam). However, any degree from either university will be immensely helpful when applying for jobs. I doubt a student from Oxford or Cambridge would be favoured more than another student from the other university. Both are very competetive and yoou shouldn't really consider one easier or harder to get into e.g. last year at St. John's Cambridge there were 60 applicants for law, this year there were only 40 applicants because lots of people were put of by the high numbers that applied last year. Basically, its to do with luck; applying to either university I would reckon that your chances of getting in are pretty similar...
Therefore, neither is harder to get into in my opinion. Even if there is some evidence of it slightly leaning to one of them, it shouldn't put you off applyng there; afterall, if you are a strong candidate you will be offered a place, if you are not, you are unlikely to receive an offer.
If I had to choose between one or the other, I would have to choose Cambridge.
i think that svidrigailov has got as close as any of are going to. so let's stop trying and pretend this thread never happened, heh
I think it's equally difficult to get an offer at either, the thing is though I doubt the same people would be successful at both.
There must be subject variations too. I think it will be easier, for instance, to get an offer for Maths at Cam because they later weed out about 40% at the STEP. Thus taking your place at Uni for Maths is probably easier at Oxford.
And of course that is only numerically, these statistics do little to take into account the calibre of the applicants.