All of us Oxbridgers have compiled lists in our head of tips we wish people had told us. So, this is going to be the periodically updated, group-sourced list of tips.
Tips for Living in and Studying at Oxford
1. Bring athletic clothes if you think there’s a possibility of participating in sports. If you don’t, Primark is a pretty cheap place to get clothes.
2. Buy an open-return bus ticket when you get a ticket from Heathrow. it’s only four pounds more and is a whole ‘nother ticket.
3. When English people ask you, “Are you alright?” all the time when you first get there, it’s not because you look like death (although you probably do), it’s just that “are you alright?” really just means “How are you?” in a really casual, let’s not have a deep conversation about this kind of way.
4. If you’re going to be living on the house where I live, and you are a bit sensitive about mattress quality, you should consider packing over (or, more realistically: budgeting for) a mattress topper. These guys do the job, yes, but I’ve also named my least favorite springs, and know them pretty well. I’m exaggerating a bit, but not much. Consider it.
5. You will learn this as you go, but still I”ll tell you: if your tutor is the kind that has you read your essay out loud when you go to tutorial, you will want to use shorter sentences than usual. And, you should probably be doing this anyways, but read your essay out loud before you get there, in addition to your normal proofreading and editing. you don’t want to realize you don’t actually know how to pronounce a word, or that you’ve left in a random word as you read it to your tutor. Best discover that before.