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what oxford college?

I still have lots of time before I have to decide, but I want people's honest opinions on these colleges: Queen's, St Anne's, Corpus Christi, Trinity, St Catz
I like that the food at st annes is said to be the best and they offer on college ground 3 years accomodation, but it's not really a picturesque or rich college and is quite far from the centre. queens is quite nice, seems a bit posh but offers 4 years accomodation, not sure what self catering is like also idk how far away the college accomodation really is and I wouldn't want to be that far away. corpus seems nice and quite traditional, again not sure about self catered, and far away from the science area, I like the turtle racing stuff. st catz seems far away. trinity is nicely in between centre and science area, but self catered doesn;t really exist and apparently they kick you out quite far in 2nd and 3rd year. any opinions?

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Original post by Anonymous
I still have lots of time before I have to decide, but I want people's honest opinions on these colleges: Queen's, St Anne's, Corpus Christi, Trinity, St Catz
I like that the food at st annes is said to be the best and they offer on college ground 3 years accomodation, but it's not really a picturesque or rich college and is quite far from the centre. queens is quite nice, seems a bit posh but offers 4 years accomodation, not sure what self catering is like also idk how far away the college accomodation really is and I wouldn't want to be that far away. corpus seems nice and quite traditional, again not sure about self catered, and far away from the science area, I like the turtle racing stuff. st catz seems far away. trinity is nicely in between centre and science area, but self catered doesn;t really exist and apparently they kick you out quite far in 2nd and 3rd year. any opinions?

From your description, Queens.
Reply 2
Original post by Wired_1800
From your description, Queens.
I know it seems like it but I don't really know much about each college so it would be nicer to hear about people's experiences at each college.
Original post by Anonymous
I know it seems like it but I don't really know much about each college so it would be nicer to hear about people's experiences at each college.

It’s best to visit.

You can check for student comments through the Alternative Prospectus: http://apply.oxfordsu.org/colleges/
Reply 4
Original post by Wired_1800
It’s best to visit.
You can check for student comments through the Alternative Prospectus: http://apply.oxfordsu.org/colleges/
yeah, I'll do that too but tbh everyone is going to say that they love their college so I can't get super accurate information
Original post by Anonymous
yeah, I'll do that too but tbh everyone is going to say that they love their college so I can't get super accurate information

Yes, most people love their college.

You have to find out the attributes that you would want in a college such as traditions, proximity to your lecturers, community etc, then check the Alternative Prospectus.
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Original post by Wired_1800
Yes, most people love their college.
You have to find out the attributes that you would want in a college such as traditions, proximity to your lecturers, community etc, then check the Alternative Prospectus.
I'm considering quite a niche course, materials science, so there aren't that many colleges to choose from in the first place- I guess that's a pro in the sense that I don't have to narrow down so many, but on the other hand none of the colleges are really my 'ideal' college per se- obviously if I get accepted that will be the least of my worries but I'd rather still be able to choose somwhat.
Original post by Anonymous
I still have lots of time before I have to decide, but I want people's honest opinions on these colleges: Queen's, St Anne's, Corpus Christi, Trinity, St Catz
I like that the food at st annes is said to be the best and they offer on college ground 3 years accomodation, but it's not really a picturesque or rich college and is quite far from the centre. queens is quite nice, seems a bit posh but offers 4 years accomodation, not sure what self catering is like also idk how far away the college accomodation really is and I wouldn't want to be that far away. corpus seems nice and quite traditional, again not sure about self catered, and far away from the science area, I like the turtle racing stuff. st catz seems far away. trinity is nicely in between centre and science area, but self catered doesn;t really exist and apparently they kick you out quite far in 2nd and 3rd year. any opinions?

St Anne's brutalist building has a concrete spiral staircase - best avoided and rooms can be noisy.
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Original post by Muttley79
St Anne's brutalist building has a concrete spiral staircase - best avoided and rooms can be noisy.
Hi, what's the problem with the staircase? I don't have any mobility needs so it should be ok right? Do you know about the food situation etc? The thing I like about st annes is that it is fully catered and the kitchens are very good, and it provides accomodation for the whole course- is this as important as it seems right now?
Original post by Anonymous
I'm considering quite a niche course, materials science, so there aren't that many colleges to choose from in the first place- I guess that's a pro in the sense that I don't have to narrow down so many, but on the other hand none of the colleges are really my 'ideal' college per se- obviously if I get accepted that will be the least of my worries but I'd rather still be able to choose somwhat.

In my opinion, best to stick with Queens.
Original post by Anonymous
Hi, what's the problem with the staircase? I don't have any mobility needs so it should be ok right? Do you know about the food situation etc? The thing I like about st annes is that it is fully catered and the kitchens are very good, and it provides accomodation for the whole course- is this as important as it seems right now?

A spiral staircase with luggage is a challenge ... I don't have mobility issue but found it awful.
Original post by Muttley79
A spiral staircase with luggage is a challenge ... I don't have mobility issue but found it awful.


Ohhh right, how did you find everything else?
Original post by Wired_1800
In my opinion, best to stick with Queens.


Thank, but could you elaborate on that please?
Original post by Anonymous
Ohhh right, how did you find everything else?

I was helping with a Summer school there - food was good. I had to be moved from the room I was initially allocated because the noise from lorries revving at the traffic lights on Banbury Road kept waking me up. Rooms all had a weird step which I did not like and the beds seemed narrow/small. Larger people struggled with the toilets as the washbasins are close to the door and so the access is narrow.
Original post by Muttley79
I was helping with a Summer school there - food was good. I had to be moved from the room I was initially allocated because the noise from lorries revving at the traffic lights on Banbury Road kept waking me up. Rooms all had a weird step which I did not like and the beds seemed narrow/small. Larger people struggled with the toilets as the washbasins are close to the door and so the access is narrow.


oh I see, doesn't sound that fun :frown: when I visited I didn't pay that much attention but I've read from somewhere else about the noise complaints too. thank you for the info!
Original post by Anonymous
Thank, but could you elaborate on that please?

From your descriptions, Queens appears to be the best option.
OP, please bear in mind that approximately one in four successful candidates is offered a place at a college other than the one to which the candidate applied. Note also the comments above that most people love the college of which they become a member. In other words, please don't worry too much about the choice of college. Go to visit a few colleges, and pick one that you like. If you get into that college, great. If you get into another college, also great. If you don't get into Oxford, don't be down hearted, because there are many other good universities where you can thrive. Good luck.
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A light hearted approach.

Note the one real point: "You will end up thinking that your college is the best and all the others are terrible".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inYEXUjh2cY
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Original post by Stiffy Byng
A light hearted approach.
Note the one real point: "You will end thinking that your college is the best and all the others are terrible".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inYEXUjh2cY


Yeah, I know, everyone says that their college is amazing- thank you for the link! :smile:
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Original post by Anonymous
I still have lots of time before I have to decide, but I want people's honest opinions on these colleges: Queen's, St Anne's, Corpus Christi, Trinity, St Catz
I like that the food at st annes is said to be the best and they offer on college ground 3 years accomodation, but it's not really a picturesque or rich college and is quite far from the centre. queens is quite nice, seems a bit posh but offers 4 years accomodation, not sure what self catering is like also idk how far away the college accomodation really is and I wouldn't want to be that far away. corpus seems nice and quite traditional, again not sure about self catered, and far away from the science area, I like the turtle racing stuff. st catz seems far away. trinity is nicely in between centre and science area, but self catered doesn;t really exist and apparently they kick you out quite far in 2nd and 3rd year. any opinions?


Hi, I’m in a similar position wanting to go to Oxford but not having to rush to choose colleges.

In terms of application to them, I found the Norrigton Table which basically tells you which colleges are hardest to get into (the ones nearest the top are very difficult) so I was mainly looking at ones in the middle.

I’m going to the open day in July in hopes to see the options etc so I would suggest you do the same as there’s no better way to learn than to go and see! In the end you will still get to go to Oxford.

I know this isn’t exactly what you were looking for but I thought maybe it could help!

Ps. DONT MAKE AN OPEN APPLICATION!

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