I'm very pleased and a little surprised to be offered a place on the post grad education course for Physics at Oxford. Now I need to choose 2 colleges to apply to. I've heard of a few of them (Michael Palin went to Jesus, that sort of thing) but don't know a lot so I thought I'd come here for some opinions.
Firstly, here is the list of colleges that I can apply to:
Lady Margaret Hall
St Edmund Hall
St Stephen's House
Secondly, here are my main criteria for making the choice:
I'll be teaching Physics so the college should preferably have a strong background in the sciences.
After my PGCE I'll do a masters in education so the college should have a background in education and training new teachers.
I love food and I love to cook, so although the college meals look attractive I want to have access to facilities to cook for myself now and then.
I'm an amateur astronomer so large, dark grounds or being close to the park is important.
I'm interested in philosophy and religion (though I'm agnostic) so a college where open debates can take place without it getting too 'preachy' or people getting offended would be nice.
Lastly, having Oxford on my CV will look fantastic, but which of he colleges would look best to those 'in the know'?
Thanks for any detail you can give. I want to know which college may be best for me, but feel free to discuss which is best generally.