University of Oxford

Cons

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2017

"It's a very high pressure environment and opportunities can vary between colleges (eg financial support and extracurricular activities). Not everyone has the same experience of exceptionally understanding tutors."
"There's a heavy workload, which is often high stress with tight deadlines. There are also very high expectations from tutors with regular criticism of work (not always constructive)."
"The short terms mean work is condensed so there's less social time with friends unlike, at other universities where work is more spread out."
"There's a lot of pressure to succeed as well as a very intense workload."
"It is very expensive and the accommodation is of inconsistent quality within and between colleges. Some colleges give book grants, while others do not."
"The accommodation is too pricey."
"High standards can lead to very high pressures on young and inexperienced researchers."
"Short terms mean a very quick turnover of topics that can be stressful and mean you don't always get time to explore everything you want to in depth."
"We need to do a huge amount of work in a short amount of time. There are many deadlines one after the other."
"Tuition fees are extremely high for international students."
"There aren't many societies unless you're sport or music mad."

2016

"The atmosphere can get pretty tense, with a lot of weekly deadlines. By the end of term I am often incredibly stressed out."
"Can be really demanding. You need good time management between academic, extra-academic and social balance. Not everyone can take the pressure and not everyone likes the kind of system which leaves all the responsibility to the student."
"The cost by far. The lack of available scholarships or bursaries for graduate students."
"The pressure of short terms, exceedingly high workloads, and expectation can get very overwhelming. I think there needs to be a mid-term break."
"Oxford is a congested city, it is hard for such a small city to accommodate so many students."
"Colleges and departments often do not know what each other are doing, which is a pain if your course is run by both."
"Workload and brevity of terms. Not enough free time to make the most of the opportunities available."
"Organisation can be bad. The university can be expensive at times, eg gowns for formal dinners etc."
"The welfare system has not been up to scratch. When you are putting students under that much stress, the university needs to be held more accountable for students' well-being."
"Many very wealthy and entitled people (can be alienating), very conservative curriculum (for social sciences at least), little flexibility in course of studies, high pressure, achievement and success focused."

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