Why I chose my college
First of all I would like to clarify that I did not choose St Benet's Hall. Almost nobody does and the intake each year that actually put Benet's down as their college of choice is often just one at best. Some people pick it because it's small and homely with a real sense of community, others because it is actively Catholic and they want somewhere they feel fully at home to practice their faith. All these reasons are perfectly fine. But none of these were my reasons.
Brasenose was in fact my college of choice. I chose it because of its very central location. You are quite literally on the doorstep of the Rad Cam and other libraries and amenities. It was very beautiful and was the thesis of the 'Oxford college'. I did however also choose it because it's battels (monthly fees like rent etc) were about in the middle with graded rooms from A to E depending on budget and the possibility of accommodation for all three years. Living out was of great concern to me with the exorbitant Oxford prices.
I didn't really know that much about how the colleges worked. For example I didn't realise that;
- Some colleges are particularly oversubscribed and for particular subjects
- Some colleges take in a greater number of state school applicants (Mansfield)
- The battels for colleges range significantly
- As does the financial help they can offer through travel and book grants, decreased vac residency etc
|St Benet's Hall on a nice clear October day|
I was unable to take any of those important factors into account because I was not aware of them as someone who applied from a state school with no one in my immediate vicinity who had been to Oxford and could provide me with those inside details. For some the financial side of college is of less importance but for me it really does matter.