You're not a chemist by any chance are you?(Original post by Audrey Hepburn)
Going back to stuff about oxford life, I'm glad your friends have enjoyed their time but myself and the majority of the people that I hang around with found that the whole 'prestigious' ideal of oxford became somewhat less bright when we found ourselves drowning in work and being metaphorically whipped by numerous tutors who don't register the need for time outside academics in a city with only one halfway decent club. But again, obviously I can't speak for everyone or even most people as I only know a small fraction of the university.
...or just paranoid?