I just applied to Oxford but didn't pick a college. Which colleges do you recommend?

Asked by Anonymous - 9 months ago

I know that doing an open application means you get assigned to the college with the fewest applicants, but if I get offered a choice (assuming I get in!) where should I pick?

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Mags Chilaev - 9 months ago

At this stage I'd say it's better to concentrate on prepping for your subject's entrance exam and the interview process because the college you pick isn't that important in the grand scheme of things. But if I had to choose the best ones, I'd say New College, Magdalen and Worcester are the nicest. These colleges are also some of the most academic (you can check how they rank on the Norrington table) but not so academic that you might struggle to make normal friends. Also, anybody who comes to visit you is going to be pretty darn impressed. In terms of colleges to avoid - I'd say avoid private halls (e.g. St Benet's) because they're quite small and also the colleges that far from the city centre like St Anne's and LMH. One other thing to say is that there's always lots of exciting stuff going on and if you really want to make the most of your time at Oxford, you should try to venture out of your college's walls. The best way to do that is to make friends with people outside your college. Not only does that mean you get to know more people but you get to also sample the best of what each college has to offer. Good LUCK!

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