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Oxford vs Cambridge

bonafide20bonafide20 Posts: 434Registered User Member
edited April 2006 in International Students
What's the differences between the two universities?

What are the diffs between the two towns?

Is one university particularly good in one field compared to the other university?

Just wondering...I tend to hear the two entioned int he same breath but dont know much about their differences. Just know they are prestigious.
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  • Alice_CCAlice_CC Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    What's the differences between the two universities?


    Okay, they're relatively similar. The universities are huge, with about twenty-thirty colleges within the main 'university'. It's collegiate based, both universities run along the same 'classical' structure of courseload, and there's really not much difference! Except that a Cantab will loathe an Oxonian on principle...

    What are the diffs between the two towns?

    Cities, darling. Cities. Hmm. Oxford is -huge-, and grey. I think Oxford Uni is more spread out. Cambridge is smaller, and I think prettier...guess where I'm applying? *grin* In Cambridge, there's the river Cam. The two cities have loads of shops, and pretty places to walk. They both have gorgeous architecture..

    Just wondering...I tend to hear the two entioned int he same breath but dont know much about their differences. Just know they are prestigious.

    That's cos there aren't many! *grin* www.cam.ac.uk is Cam's site, you can google Oxford. It's pretty much the same. Same prestige, same good location..
  • laxfan85laxfan85 Posts: 28Registered User New Member
    If you want to find similar US equivalents, then think of Harvard (=Oxford), with Cambridge and Boston nearby, and Princeton (=Cambridge), with its all inclusive campus

    Also, Oxford has a more conservative (=republican) reputation, and is more famed for humanitarian subjects, e.g. thelogy, english, history
  • cupcakecupcake Posts: 1,532Registered User Senior Member
    Hi, I am a grad student at Oxford and was an undergrad at Cambridge.

    To be honest, to a foreigner both places are probably much the same! Both are small, old cities full of colleges and people riding bikes.

    Oxford as a city is twice as big as Cambridge. However, as a student you will probably never leave the centre anyway so it doesn't matter that much. Oxford is busier and more crowded. It also has more nightlife and is livelier. Cambridge has more open space. Oxford officially has the most polluted air in Britain and the centre is traffic hell. Cambridge has the backs (parks behind the colleges going down to the river.) in the centre giving it a more spacious feel.

    Laughing at Oxford being described as 'huge'. Population is about 200,000. There is a whole part of Oxford which students never see where the 'real' people live. Oxford has quite a lot of manufacturing, especially of cars. It's the home of mini.

    I think for me Cambridge has the edge over Oxford on the city. But that's because I'm from a small town and like it's small town feel. If you are from a big city you will almost certainly prefer Oxford. Oxford also has better links to London too. 24 hour bus service.

    The college of Cambridge are far more spread out than the colleges of Oxford. Oxford doesn't have any real outliers but Cambridge has two, Girton and Homerton, which are really far away from the rest. However, in Cambridge most students can live in college owened accommodation for the entire duration of their course. At Oxford most students have to live in privately rented (and hence insanely expensive) accommodation for at least one year. Only about 4 of the richest colleges can house all their students now.

    Historically Oxford is famous for arts and Cambridge for sciences. But year-on-year there is very little difference. All that means is that over 800 years Oxford has produced more famous artists and Cambridge has produced more famous scientists. But that is a VERY long period of time! I'm a scientist and I don't find Oxford inferior to Cambridge.
  • chiragchirag Posts: 93Registered User Junior Member
    how hard is to get into Imperial College for Mechanical Engineering?
    My AS Grades are AAAAA (in Maths, FurMaths, Physics, Chem, Econ)
    and Alevel predicted are AAAA (Maths, FurMaths, Physics, Chem)
  • cupcakecupcake Posts: 1,532Registered User Senior Member
    chirag - if you are an international student who is going to pay full fees at Imperial then your chances are really good because British unis are strapped for cash and hence LOVE foreign students. You are their cash cow.

    Even if you are not going to pay full fees or are a home student, I reckon your chances are still really good because you've got high grades in the right subjects and Mech Eng isn't a very popular course. I can't say for certain because the admissions process can be a bit random. Just make sure your UCAS personal statement seems focussed on your subject and I would be surprised if you are turned down.

    Good Luck
  • upandoverupandover Posts: 119Registered User Junior Member
    You will definitely get into Imperial College.... well I'm pretty certain. Anyway, Mech Engineering is not popular in Imperial? I'm not too sure about that.. I thought it was. Anyhow, Further Maths cannot be taken at AS Level.
  • chiragchirag Posts: 93Registered User Junior Member
    yeah Impreial is rated number one at Mech eng!! Oh and i will complete a Further Maths AS qualification this January... it is possible (doing 12 modules) and an Alevel fur maths by june.
  • urgtheuncleanurgtheunclean Posts: 38Registered User Junior Member
    Here is what I have researched about Oxbridge:

    -Oxford renowned for arts, Cambridge renowned for sciences, BUT both excel in all areas!
    -Cambridge has a slightly larger endowment, and probably the one of the most prestigious colleges, Trinity, of all (guess where I am applying ;)), where Newton came from.
    -Both carry out interviews for admission, though I think only Ox does so in the states. Both use AP grades to determine whether or not you are accepted, non of that SAT mumbo jumbo here ;)
  • seekerseeker Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    i thought Oxbridge take SAT I scores into consideration?
  • urgtheuncleanurgtheunclean Posts: 38Registered User Junior Member
    Sorry; I mean oxford don't give SAT-based "offers". Cambridge however do give concrete AP-based conditional offers.
  • keygpkeygp Posts: 21Registered User New Member
    If i am not wrong a score of at least 1400 is required for consideration of admission
  • keygpkeygp Posts: 21Registered User New Member
    For those who are really interested, The Guardian has ranking tables for each individual subject. Perhaps this will dispel the 'myth' on whether Cambridge is 'better' or Oxford in the arts and/or sciences.

    http://education.guardian.co.uk/universityguide2004/0,14558,1215839,00.html
  • sucharitasucharita Posts: 3,820Registered User Senior Member
    cambridge is GORGEOUS!
  • smartmindsmartmind Posts: 2,873Registered User Senior Member
    I guess this thread wud help u ppll

    SM
  • UCLAriUCLAri Posts: 14,728Super Moderator Senior Member
    if you are an international student who is going to pay full fees at Imperial then your chances are really good because British unis are strapped for cash and hence LOVE foreign students. You are their cash cow.

    How true this is. I suspect that my offer of admissions to LSE was partly based on my citizenship (Yank.)

    Too bad it costs like 24,000 pounds a year. Might've been fun.
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