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Hi,

I am going to apply for 2022 MPhil History (Early modern.) I have my heart set on Oxford and I’m a local girl. However, I’m somewhat untraditional as I’m in my 30s and did my BA online (in America.) Currently taking a history certificate and undergrad diploma with Cambridge.

I want to go somewhere quiet where there’s no too much of a drinking/party vibe and I want to live on the main college site.

Which of the following colleges do you think would suit me best?

My shortlist is:
Oriel
St John’s
Keble
Trinity

... or is there anywhere you think might suit me better? I don’t want to go to a PPH
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(Original post by Georgiemars)
Hi,

I am going to apply for 2022 MPhil History (Early modern.) I have my heart set on Oxford and I’m a local girl. However, I’m somewhat untraditional as I’m in my 30s and did my BA online (in America.) Currently taking a history certificate and undergrad diploma with Cambridge.

I want to go somewhere quiet where there’s no too much of a drinking/party vibe and I want to live on the main college site.

Which of the following colleges do you think would suit me best?

My shortlist is:
Oriel
St John’s
Keble
Trinity

... or is there anywhere you think might suit me better? I don’t want to go to a PPH
All i’m going to say, is that Keble is an extremely beautiful college and offers everything you’d really need. It’s definitely my favourite college, but have a look into what is available at each.
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All i’m going to say, is that Keble is an extremely beautiful college and offers everything you’d really need. It’s definitely my favourite college, but have a look into what is available at each.
Thank you. Keble definitely ticks a lot of boxes. Do you think it has the atmosphere I would like?
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(Original post by Georgiemars)
Hi,

I am going to apply for 2022 MPhil History (Early modern.) I have my heart set on Oxford and I’m a local girl. However, I’m somewhat untraditional as I’m in my 30s and did my BA online (in America.) Currently taking a history certificate and undergrad diploma with Cambridge.

I want to go somewhere quiet where there’s no too much of a drinking/party vibe and I want to live on the main college site.

Which of the following colleges do you think would suit me best?

My shortlist is:
Oriel
St John’s
Keble
Trinity

... or is there anywhere you think might suit me better? I don’t want to go to a PPH
All those colleges are mixed UG/PG, so they are likely to be a bit more drinks/party vibe than the graduate only colleges like Kellogg. I think your wish to live on the main college site is another tough one. Even though some might say they give most or all graduates college accommodation, many are housed off site. You might be best advised to ring the respective accommodation offices direct to check out the situation. Keble-wise, I think they are now housing nearly all their graduates a few minutes away from the main site.
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All those colleges are mixed UG/PG, so they are likely to be a bit more drinks/party vibe than the graduate only colleges like Kellogg. I think your wish to live on the main college site is another tough one. Even though some might say they give most or all graduates college accommodation, many are housed off site. You might be best advised to ring the respective accommodation offices direct to check out the situation. Keble-wise, I think they are now housing nearly all their graduates a few minutes away from the main site.
Thank you. I don’t mind living a few minutes away and the Keble graduate accommodation seems very nice. Do you think I would be better to apply to a graduate college/in general are they a bit quieter?
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Hi,

I am going to apply for 2022 MPhil History (Early modern.) I have my heart set on Oxford and I’m a local girl. However, I’m somewhat untraditional as I’m in my 30s and did my BA online (in America.) Currently taking a history certificate and undergrad diploma with Cambridge.

I want to go somewhere quiet where there’s no too much of a drinking/party vibe and I want to live on the main college site.

Which of the following colleges do you think would suit me best?

My shortlist is:
Oriel
St John’s
Keble
Trinity

... or is there anywhere you think might suit me better? I don’t want to go to a PPH
St John’s
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You might want to look into what kind of funding/scholarships are available at different colleges, as some may have funding restricted to those who put them as their first choice college. I gather for PG students college choice isn't really that much of a big deal because the majority of your time and activities will be departmentally led/based, so the college will mostly just be where you live and eat. However they are also sources of funding so as above, that is one fairly important consideration for PG study.
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You might want to look into what kind of funding/scholarships are available at different colleges, as some may have funding restricted to those who put them as their first choice college. I gather for PG students college choice isn't really that much of a big deal because the majority of your time and activities will be departmentally led/based, so the college will mostly just be where you live and eat. However they are also sources of funding so as above, that is one fairly important consideration for PG study.
That's true, though I don't think I've ever met any graduates who got college-specific funding.

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Thank you. I don’t mind living a few minutes away and the Keble graduate accommodation seems very nice. Do you think I would be better to apply to a graduate college/in general are they a bit quieter?
Your social life will be different from the UGs - you'll be a member of the college MCR, rather than the JCR - which has many fewer members and is generally much more sedate than the JCR. Beyond that, as @artful_lounger says, for socialising and get togethers etc, you will tend to default to whichever college or department works best for you and your fellow course members, rather than being so centred around at your college. My impression of life at graduate-only colleges is that its a bit less frenetic and introspective in general, but of course that's partly because many members tend to have other lives, families, etc, so you might lose out on that feeling. Having said all that, college allocation for graduates seems almost arbitrary. Your choice of college might not count for anything in the end.
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That's true, though I don't think I've ever met any graduates who got college-specific funding.
I suppose that makes sense since I imagine they don't have excessive amounts of funding to throw around...however a friend of mine who applied to Cambridge (albeit for a PhD which is maybe a different kettle of fish alongside the fact its Cambridge and not Oxford) did select his preference colleges somewhat tactically as a result to try and maximise the range of possible funding sources he was being considered for. So it seems like something that might be worth exploring at least maybe?
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I suppose that makes sense since I imagine they don't have excessive amounts of funding to throw around...however a friend of mine who applied to Cambridge (albeit for a PhD which is maybe a different kettle of fish alongside the fact its Cambridge and not Oxford) did select his preference colleges somewhat tactically as a result to try and maximise the range of possible funding sources he was being considered for. So it seems like something that might be worth exploring at least maybe?
Sure. I'm just bitter after applying to Keble on the basis that it had a college-specific bursary that looked tailor-made. IN the event, and after completing a lengthy application form, they didn't even acknowledge receipt of the application.
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Hi,

I am going to apply for 2022 MPhil History (Early modern.) I have my heart set on Oxford and I’m a local girl. However, I’m somewhat untraditional as I’m in my 30s and did my BA online (in America.) Currently taking a history certificate and undergrad diploma with Cambridge.

I want to go somewhere quiet where there’s no too much of a drinking/party vibe and I want to live on the main college site.

Which of the following colleges do you think would suit me best?

My shortlist is:
Oriel
St John’s
Keble
Trinity

... or is there anywhere you think might suit me better? I don’t want to go to a PPH
Hello! I’m an offer holder for an MSc and I chose Kellogg. It’s grad only, modern, lots of professionals (part time students and full time students), not much of a drinking culture but still hosts events. I’m not sure if it’s on the list offering your course but if so, it might suit you just fine? Xxx
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