Oxford Or Cambridge?

As the UK’s oldest and most famous universities, Oxford and Cambridge share a historic rivalry which dates back more than 800 years. The two halves of Oxbridge may have many elements in common – residential colleges, tutorial-based teaching, centuries of tradition – but as any graduate from Oxford or Cambridge will tell you, that’s where the similarities end.

When it comes to choosing which universities to apply to, applicants through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) can only pick either Oxford or Cambridge, so getting that decision right is crucial.

Which one will you choose?

 University of Oxford University of Cambridge 
QS World University Rankings® 2022
  • Ranked second in the world
  • Ranked third in the world by academics and employers
  • Fifth in the world for faculty/student ratio
  • 34th for research impact (citations per faculty member)
  • 83rd for percentage of international faculty members, and 52nd for international students
  • Ranked joint third in the world
  • Ranked second in the world by academics and employers
  • 10th in the world for faculty/student ratio
  • 48th for research impact (citations per faculty member)
  • 57th for percentage of international faculty members and 64th for international students
Subject strengths, based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • Ranked among the world’s best for 44 subjects; in the top 10 for all but three of these
  • Ranked first in the world for arts and humanities
  • Sixth in the world for engineering and technology
  • Second for life sciences and medicine
  • Fifth for natural sciences
  • Joint third for social sciences and management
  • Ranked among the world’s best for 45 subjects; in the top 10 for all but one of these
  • Ranked third in the world for arts and humanities
  • Third for engineering and technology
  • Fourth for life sciences and medicine
  • Fourth for natural sciences
  • Fifth for social sciences and management
Location
  • About 60 miles north-west of London (about an hour by train)
  • Generally considered to be a bit livelier

 

  • About 60 miles north of London (less than an hour by train)
  • Generally considered to be a bit prettier
Tuition fees
  • £9,250 per year for UK undergraduates and between £26,770 and £37,510 for international students (excluding medicine for 2021 entry)
  • Varying fees for postgraduate degrees (see below)
  • £9,250 per year for UK undergraduates and between £22,227 and £33,827 for international students (excluding medicine)
  • Varying fees for postgraduate degrees (see below)
Financial support

 

  • Tuition fee loans for UK/EU undergraduates
  • Wide range of scholarships and grants for both domestic & overseas students
  • Tuition fee loans for UK/EU undergraduates
  • Wide range of scholarships and grants for both domestic & overseas students
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