So ends what I would call the OFFICIAL part of this thread. The following two stages are of negligible importance:
8. Subject Reputations:
The general academic attitude to work at Oxford can probably be scaled by the Norrington Table. This tables provide scaling for how students at each college performed in their exams. It only provides a rough guide to academic attitude...some colleges will work you harder than suggested by their position in the table, some colleges are more relaxed.
"which colleges are good for <insert subject>?".
This question is asked ALL THE TIME, and the reason it's asked all the time is because the answer to the question isn't what the asker wants to here. The answer is: "Out of those colleges which offer the subject in question, all of them are likely to be equally good at it, or at least noticeable differences are few and far between"
. This means that it's very rare that someone will say "oh don't go to this college to do that subject". But for those that are desperate for a shred of something, listed below are (possibly stereotyped) college specialities. But these colleges are then only a small step ahead of the rest. SO PLEASE STOP ASKING THIS QUESTION
9. General Stereotype:
The following stereotypes are not neccessarily accurate, and are often born out of jealousy towards the college (i try to give reasons below if I know of them).
However, you should bare in mind that any stereotype can also come from the behaviour of small groups of people at that college
. For example, if the college is considered posh, it is only because there are some students there that are like that, but most likely are far from a majority. It is just percieved (possibly falsely) that they form a larger proportion at that college than any other college.
You certainly should not think that all students at that college are like what the stereotype dictates
. This is absolutely not the case
But to keep you applicants happy, here's the list. (once again I call for help from fellow students).
If no stereotype is given, it means I dont know of one or havent been given one. This can mean that the words below are not my own.
Full of left-wingers, so I guess they must be at least a little bit crazy if they're anything like Kings College Cambridge. Excellent for PPE.
Full of Tories.
Full of northerners.
Full of Welsh people
Full of workoholics.
Christ Church College:
Full of your stereotypical "rah" oxbridge students, who after a spiffingly good game of croquet go and drink lashings of exceedinlgy expensive fine spirits.
Apparently a similar reputation as St Johns in Cambridge - being unpopular with students from other colleges for no significant reason.
So if fellow students could help finish this off it would be most useful.