The University of Oxford is not for everyone, and that’s fine! In this article, we’ll go through the main downsides or disadvantages of going to Oxford and they matter if you’re considering becoming a student here.
What Are the Downsides to Studying at Oxford?
Let me start by saying: The University of Oxford is one of the best and oldest universities in the world. People from all around the world come here every day to see its gorgeous buildings, attend its quality talks and conferences, and explore the beautiful city. If you’re looking for a university to continue your studies, though, you shouldn’t automatically assume that Oxford is the best option out there.
So, why would you NOT want to study at Oxford? The reasons are varied. So, let’s go through them in a little more detail.
Oxford Doens't Offer All Subjects
The main reason why you might not want to study at Oxford is that the university simply doesn’t offer all the popular subjects there are. For example, you won’t be able to study architecture, performing arts, dentistry, accounting, or sports science here. So, if you’re thinking about schools, make sure there is a course you can attend!
Oxford Expects You to Work Hard
In this article, I explain why it might not be as hard as you imagine to get into Oxford. One thing is sure, though: If you do get in, you will be expected to do A TON of work. We’re talking about at least two or three essays, lab reports, or problem sheets a week! Your tutor will expect you to hand these in and deliver the highest standard, so it’ll become quite common to work well beyond 9 to 5. The other side of this is that you will be offered welfare support services and have long holidays – but you’ll still be required to work really, really hard, and do extracurricular activities. Plus, Oxford students enjoy debating and discussing, and you’ll be expected to engage with others and exchange ideas regularly.
Oxford Requires the Best Grades
To get into Oxford, you will need to have mostly A8s and As at GSCE level and AAA or A*A*A* at A level or equivalent. These should all, of course, be on subjects that are relevant to your course. You can still apply and get in if your grades are not perfect but considered great for the school you attended. But, again, they have be good. Really good.
Oxford is... Expensive?
This point is relative, so I won’t go into too much detail. Going to university is not cheap, but Oxford offers a huge amount of financial support for potential students, so this shouldn’t put you off applying.
Bottomline: Should You Study at Oxford?
If your subject is available, you have the grades (AAAs or A*A*A*s), and you love working hard, then Oxford is a great choice. If any of these conditions are not met, then you should look into an alternative school. There are plenty of excellent options out there, and choosing a university that fits your lifestyle, goals, and preferences will help you succeed and just be happier.