Oxford and Cambridge are two of the oldest and most famous European universities in the United Kingdom. Both are equally brilliant and they even share similar elements, whether it be the residential colleges, centuries of tradition, or tutorial-based teaching. This is probably because they had a historic rivalry which dates back in the 13th century. Even so, these two great universities have differences that can help you decide which university fits you best.
Rankings and Subject Strengths
Based on the QS World University Rankings as of 2019, the University of Oxford ranked fifth in the world, whereas the University of Cambridge ranked sixth. However, in terms of academics and employers, the University of Cambridge ranked second in the world, whereas the University of Oxford ranked fourth by academics and third by employers. Oxford University is most famous for the subject of anthropology, archaeology, English language and literature, geography and pharmacy. The University of Cambridge is best known for anatomy, and second for anthropology, archaeology, English, history, and modern languages.
The University of Oxford is located in Oxford, about 60 miles north-west of London, which is about an hour by train. Oxford is also considered generally to be a little bit livelier than Cambridge. The University of Cambridge is located in Cambridge, about 60 miles north of London. You can travel there by train in less than an hour. Cambridge is also considered to be prettier than Oxford. So, if you want to live in a city where there is a bit more going on, you can decide to choose Oxford. But if you want to live in a place which is a bit prettier, Cambridge is the way to go.
Both European universities charge different tuition fees. It all depends on whether the students are within the European Union or not. An undergraduate from the European Union will be charged £9,250 at both universities. But an undergraduate that is not from the European Union will be charged £24,750-£34,678 per year at Oxford University and £19,197-£30,678 at Cambridge University. Students who are overseas will also be charged an additional fee, which is around £7,116 and £9,500 per year at Cambridge, and £7,570 per year at Oxford.
Even though they had a lot of things in common, the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge had quite a few differences too. They are both great universities, but you can now decide which of the two best European universities is the best for you.