I've been doing some research on which Oxford College I would like to apply to, with Balliol seeming to come out on top. My only concern is that they accept 4-5 physics applicants, which I know is quite high but not as high as other colleges. Would I stand more chance of getting into Oxford by picking a college with a higher number of physics places with the logic of having a higher chance getting in, or choosing one like Balliol with the logic that less people might apply? I have heard that if you don't get accepted by your chosen college but Oxford want you to study with them, they can offer you other colleges to reside at, not sure how true this is though?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!