A Day in the Life: Oxford Student

(upbeat music) – From the moment you get to Oxford, you sort of feel that
this is a special place, a unique place, because the whole vibe of students coming from libraries, going straight to night clubs, and going back to the library afterwards, and just sort of, I mean,
surrounding the surreal atmosphere that’s in the city is kind of like, draws you in from the
first minute, really. (smooth music) Hi, my name is Paul. I’m a final year student here at Oxford studying philosophy,
politics, and economics, and I’m originally from Germany. Because Oxford has this weird structure of having eight weeks of term and then just a very long vacation, everything happens in those eight weeks, so I wouldn’t say I have
a typical day that I, or a routine that I follow, but I tend to be in
the library by 9:00 AM, so I woke up at 7:30, 8:00 to get a coffee before 8:00, and then spend basically the whole day until like 2:00 PM in the library. Then I get my lunch, usually in one of the small
cafes around the libraries, and then the option is basically back in the library or extracurriculars, so you meet up in different coffee shops, talk to people about their projects, how things are working
out on certain projects that you’re doing together and have a bit of social time as well. And then back to the library til usually about
10:00-ish, quarter to 10. (smooth music) I wanted to bring you guys to this spot because it’s where I spend
most of my time at Oxford, and definitely the best
bit of my time in Oxford. It’s the Radcliffe Camera behind us, which is officially a
history faculty library, but it’s part of the bigger
network of the Bodleian Library, which is Oxford’s central library, and it’s definitely the space I spent the most time reading books, freaking out about essays that I had to hand in the next morning, and meeting friends, so definitely this was the
spot I enjoyed most in my time. I might be a bit of a sort
of super academic whatever, really boring person, but what I really enjoyed most
was having a stack of books and a lot of time and knowing I would have to
write something about this, make up my own mind about this. It’s kind of daunting because
you see all these big names and you’re a bit intimidated
by the whole situation, but knowing that you can do it and that you can actually
say something interesting about this was the greatest experience. My third year I started taking a paper on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics And discovered that the
tutor was actually a name that I’d read 100 times
on my reading lists for Plato and other papers, and he happened to be one
of the biggest persons in ancient philosophy, Dominic Scott, and it was at first
intimidating to write papers and know he’s going to read them properly, and he did read them very rigorously and made comments about
my grammar, a lot of them, and it was very scary at first, but I really started to love that paper and love that course because I really felt
like I was taken serious by someone who’s extremely
well-known on the field and who’s extremely capable, who’s now really interested
in what I’m saying, and yeah, it’s a scary experience, but it’s also great to know
that you’ve really done something worthwhile once
you get out of your tutorial. The tutorial situation, that you have one professor
and one student in a room discussing one topic for a whole hour, is something that’s completely unique, I think, to Oxford and Cambridge, maybe. Having studied PPE here for three years, I think what it’s really
about is one the one hand that you sort of the
theoretical, rigorous knowledge that you learn throughout the course, but also the sort of practical, the histories of conflicts, or the histories of current affairs. (smooth music) Alongside that I’ve also
been doing a journal called The Journal of Interrupted Studies, which I started with my
good friend and housemate, Mark Barclay, which basically tries to
publish articles by academics at risk, refugee academics who
had to leave their home, their countries because of war, because of climate change, and for various reasons, and who want to continue
publishing their work, because that’s what they do for a living, but can’t finish articles, and what we do is we try and publish them, and thereby create a platform for these academics to, A: highlight the potential they have, the academic integrity, the knowledge that’s actually
coming to Europe as well throughout the migration crisis, but also to highlight on the other side that a lot of these academics
cannot continue their work because of legal restrictions, or because universities are
quite slow in integrating them, and that project has been very
important for me personally because it’s more than just
a sort of academic interest, it’s actually meeting people who suffered and who are now finding a
new perspective to the world. Mark and I developed the journal in all the small little
coffee shops around Oxford, and the The Missing Bean
was definitely the place we kept on coming back to and the place we actually
started the journal de facto. Having the Oxford name on the cover of the journal
definitely helped us a lot with the project, because it meant that people
who found out about the project took it to be much more credible than they would’ve probably taken a standard undergraduate journal, and that definitely helped. It also meant for Mark and I that we wouldn’t have
started the journal, I guess, without the support of Oxford
University in the first place. (smooth music) I came to Oxford just thinking
that it’d be super academic and there wouldn’t be
much social life going on, but actually discovered
that it’s basically, I mean, a huge part of the Oxford life. Every college has its own
JCR and college bar attached, which means you get subsidized drinks, which is great because
Oxford is insanely expensive, and the other thing is the
JCR’s a spot to just hang out and meet people from
the undergrad community, undergraduate community, so it’s just great because
you get to chat to people and like talk about life at uni, and there are no senior tutors around, so it’s kind of very intimate. But everything social sort
of starts within the college, which means that social life
is completely different here then it is back home where you
know people from maybe school or neighborhoods, so that makes Oxford’s social
life completely different, but at the same time, if you’re in a very small college like me, you tend to be out too much quicker, so you leave the nest much more, and again, it depends on
which college you’re at. After you finish your last exam, once you’re done with
your degree basically, you walk out of examination schools and your whole, like black tie outfit, a white tie, actually, and you’re trashed, which means people throw everything they can find at you basically, from a shaving foam to confetti to, I mean obscene things
like food and anything, so you’re just completely trashed and you’re disgusting state, but then you jump into the
river and it’ll kind of like, disappears and your back sort of, droop, normal life out of the uni experience and then just, you have two weeks to three
weeks remaining at Oxford, in which loads of crazy things happen, you go hunting, driving around on boats on the river, you go to sports, concerts, you go clubbing, and you go to balls, white-tie balls, but yeah, that’s going
to happen today for me, and that’s how I’m gonna
end my time at Oxford. White-tie means you have
to wear a tail coat, which looks like a penguin at first, but then gotta wear a waist coat as well, and where the name comes from a white tie, so this one’s one that I have to tie up, which will take me a good half an hour for it to look properly. These flowers are called carnations. It’s a tradition at Oxford that you wear them to your exams, so you wear the white one on your first day of exams and the red one on the last day of exams, but I just think they look quite cool on a white tie outfit, so I’m just gonna put one here and see how it works a night at the ball. I’ve never been to a
white tie ball before, so I’m not really sure what to expect, but I just thought I can meet people for the last time and say
goodbye to a lot of people, but also sort of leave
Oxford on a high note. I’m feeling like, yeah
this was a great time, and this is how I wanna conclude it. (smooth music) I hope you enjoyed this video, but if you wanna find out more about the top university of the world, subscribe to Crimson Education.

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100 Responses

  1. Medicina Click says:

    Se lo pasan tan hueva. Aquí en México son unas chingas. 4am desayunas y te bañas,vas en transporte público para llegar a las 7 am a clases,no hay lunch y sales a las 2 pm. Si vas en medicina a las 4 te levantas y desayunas, te bañas y corres al transporte público para llegar al hospitales a las 7am,pase de visita, clases y ver pacientes en pabellones, sales a las 2 pm y corres al transporte público para tomar dos clases mas en la escuela,de ahí sales a las 7 pm,te vas a la a tu casa haces en promedio 1-2 horas de transporte y llegas a las 9-10 pm a tu casa si es que no te tocó guardia en hospital toda la noche. Cenas y te pones a hacer tarea y estudiar,te vas a dormir y si bien te fue dormirás 3-4 horas diarias.

  2. REBERT RAAZ says:

    How can I admit in oxford university, I m Indian… If anybody, have knowledge to get into it… Plz suggest me…

  3. Maxos says:

    20yo virgin…I feel sorry for him

  4. imran khan says:

    It's good thinking to motivate other people toword the knowledge and learning…..

  5. Can We Get 1,000 Subscribers With No Videos? says:

    That accent is so heavy I can smell it.

  6. Yugen Films says:

    I got a lot of respect for this guy, he's following his dreams and giving it his all

  7. Mohamed Anany says:


  8. Agyeman Nyamekye says:

    Your very real

  9. Agyeman Nyamekye says:

    Most people don't really wanna tell us how hard they study
    they just skip that part

  10. Dr. Mar says:

    He studies 3 majors? How?

  11. Terrence King says:

    I want to also study PPE like can u make a video on how u prepared for the test

  12. b william says:

    Fucking nerd

  13. Camden McKimm says:

    What are the standards that you need to apply for a master's at Oxford once done your undergrad. What grades do you need to be considered?

  14. dumbcreaknuller says:

    does this make you think your clever?

  15. Winter Star says:

    My biggest dream, I'm from Germany too. I'll try to get as fluent in English as possible to study languages there. 💕

  16. Francis Hooton says:

    Aberdeen University in Scotland also is highly academic and has a 500 year history of research excellence and emminent professors.

  17. 姚远 says:

    As a current student at Oxford University and also the Regents, I have to say, everything seems so familiar, and students lives are basically the same life.

  18. Eric Stinehart says:

    I just finished my term abroad at Oxford as a visiting student, and not everyone lives and studies like this! I know many students that spend their entire time going out every single night and cramming for exams at the end, or others that are involved in a million societies, or others who are somewhere in between. There are different types of students everywhere.

  19. Jason Feinberg says:

    I watch so many Oxford videos because I hope that with all the knowledge I acquire and just by seeing it over and over I’ll be able to picture myself there and then it’ll happen. I’m an American student but my college has a program that’ll allow a certain number of students to attend. 🙏

  20. Lorraine Chan says:

    i am wondering that what can a PPE student do after graduation, for i am going to study it…

  21. Sharear Neloy says:

    I am Bangladesi.How to get admission on there?

  22. freyafabulous says:

    I was like “he sounds slightly german”
    then: cha-ching, I was right 😂

  23. Mica R says:

    Stupid kid …xD

  24. Yan Xiong says:

    I like hard working persons.

  25. Bud Fields says:

    personally, I think you are completely incredibly wonderful! Congratulations on the PPE. Thank you for the work on the Journal; how do I subscribe? Given Brexit, will you be (should you be so inclined) to continue your education at Oxford in 2019/2020? You wowed me. Thank you for that.

  26. Meow the Wildling says:

    Guy looks like Christoph Waltz.

  27. Tony Sansalone says:

    Rich white boy.

  28. sam sams says:

    Training for corporate life.

  29. Ashton Ariel says:

    Oxford and Cambridge are best Unis in the world.

  30. Alexander says:

    German forever ✌🏻

  31. Sharmeen Khan says:

    He sounds British but he’s achually German

    Fact olny the smartest people go to oxford

  32. Simon a. says:

    I'm too dumb to go Oxford

  33. Nur Zafirah says:

    Never knew Lucky Blue Smith graduated from Oxford University

  34. Chris says:

    Hahahaha up before 8am and in the library till 10pm… many a student has preached it but it is the reality for almost none.

  35. Janvier Canada says:

    The criquet is my favorite activity…. so divine.

  36. Bob says:

    Summary: Library

  37. Spooky KimTT says:

    Looks like nightmare to me

  38. I’m Confused says:

    Wow he’s living my dream life and I don’t have the grades 😕

  39. lubko says:

    education is good if you goin for doctor or maybe some engineer but today schools is about grab your money and left you with no job at all its billions dollars bussines where unsuccessful people judge and critique you…in the end all that matter is your talent and final product of your work

  40. Vincent Bam says:

    Im not so inteligent

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  42. Sharon Kerketta says:

    Would you please make a video on how much did it cost studying at oxford for 4 years( including tution fees, food living cost) ?

  43. Haim Ben Avraham says:

    so the bottom line is..'I went to Oxford'. Really.

  44. Dong Heng says:

    Your English is very good!

  45. there fore says:

    then messes the world with nonsense pure rubbish

  46. Tabo Beeran says:

    This Is great but the background music. Is shit

  47. matasha says:

    I can't believe that anybody on here is criticising this guy's accent. He's not even studying languages here! I think he does a great job. I Wonder how many of his critics speak fluent, accent-free German. How many people on here would understand a broad Yorkshire or Scouse accent? Language is about communication. Has the guy communicated? Yes. Job done.

  48. Bonde Barca says:

    This is probably the closest I'll ever get to Oxford

  49. General of your mom says:

    Modern day student's vocabulary: "Sureal, sureal, sureal…" What the fuck sureal is in this???

  50. ElTimotoQK says:

    This is the most european video I've ever seen

  51. PrimeWolfFinley Renewed says:

    Did he just go for a high five and get rejected? 6:30

  52. swamy yadav CG says:

    give me your number paul

  53. radium says:

    He's showing around Exeter!

  54. Mr Vio Funny says:

    Great job 👏👏👏👏

  55. Adonis Doney says:

    Paul you heard about hell ?

  56. pyimoethan1 says:

    He likes to read books. That's good for him.

  57. A Dried Mango says:

    Wow must be fun to be a nerd who's is the library for 14 hours a day. What a fulfilling lifestyle!😂

  58. Jack Jackson says:

    The life of a doctoral student here is very different.

    Don't fall in love with labels guys, irrespective of where you study right now, you can still achieve greatness. Oxford is amazing and I'm blessed to be here, but honestly, its not about where you are – its what you make of it.

  59. Bichr Salhi says:

    What’s with students in top universities and studying philosophy, history and politics?

  60. Klara Rozenberg says:

    dein Freund ist sehr schon

  61. Debrah Banc says:


  62. Michael John Dennis says:

    If only I was 20 years younger, I would go out on a date with this gorgeous and handsome young blond German hunk – Paul, you should visit Ireland, including Dublin, as Dublin gay Pride is starting in June and you might find yourself an Irish boyfriend your own age hun 🏳️‍🌈💕❤️💗🌈☘️🇮🇪🇬🇧😘😍😎😛🌞

  63. Jacob Austin-Sides says:

    Yay this video put me off going to oxford (Even though I wouldn't get in anyway)..12 hours in the library a day? Sounds like prison to me

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  65. Asif Rajpoot says:

    Nice university ..send me watsap number.. plz sir..

  66. Noo Noo says:

    Thanks for your video !!

  67. samuel Wilkinson says:

    Next I drink wine and have a splendid time with my friends

  68. Allen Sanchez says:

    i think he's a closet homosexual

  69. Mr Grumpy says:

    Good vid. If I may give you some advise, from a guy who left a terrible school at 16 and done a year in college in a little place called Carshalton . When out for a good ol English brewed cuppa. Never leave it right next to your MBP keyboard! 😆

  70. Eli House says:

    Why do all female university students do drugs? Why are they all the same?

  71. yanny chiou says:

    A blonde Shawn Mendes

  72. Cyclamen says:

    Just remember folks..Quantum Physics chit chatter in your local bar will get you banned!!

  73. Anonym says:

    I have a question about getting into Oxford: I’m in 7. grade in a public grammar school in Germany. My last average was 1.7. Some people say that you need to show all school reports that you got since middle school, others say the ones since the 9. grade are enough. So what is true? And is it okay if I have 1.7-2.0 in middle school and when I’m in 12. grade (in Germany we say Abi, it’s your High School Diploma) 1.0, if everything else fits? Sorry my English isn‘t perfect but I’m only 13 and I’m trying my best, haha. 🙈

  74. Jamie Fitz says:

    People that spend all day in the library are doing fuck all

  75. jan janek says:

    Oh Gott er ist Sau hübsch

  76. Patrick McMillian says:

    Publish Deez nuts.

  77. Morgan Kaplan says:

    must be a ravenclaw

  78. JOELIN OONG HOOI WEN - says:

    Can I ask that is the interview purely based on academic results or there are some chances for students that didn't perform well in academic to do well in interview ?

  79. • Mācěy • Gāchā• says:

    My school took me one a trip here, it was beautiful!

    (Possible spoilers)
    I like the 'hobbit door' and the Percy Shelley statue with his muse

  80. Eli House says:

    Why do all female university students do drugs? Why are they all the same?

  81. Juan Córdoba says:

    i´m colombian student of medicine in my country, and i love oxford university. Someone can help me to know the process of admission please.

  82. jimins forehead says:

    In 5 years I will be at oxford.

  83. Kamila Whocares says:

    So basically all day in a library. God, I wish I was as committed to studying as this lad!

  84. syafa nabilla says:

    Aaa impian akuhh

  85. syafa nabilla says:

    My dream

  86. syafa nabilla says:

    I will achieve it

  87. Daisy Dottie says:

    “Oxford is insanely expensive”

    laughs in american

  88. RainbowSocks says:

    Omg Hertford college! I've been there!

  89. Wajahat Shah says:

    Crimson we like and enjoy your work.

  90. Forme Me123 says:

    I hope I can go there one day!

  91. S.C.F. Show says:

    If you’re happy in Oxford, I’m happy for you 👍😊📓✅

  92. Muawia khizar says:

    OXFORD is my dream

  93. Mert y says:

    Studying in Oxford but the backpack is open like an Idiot

  94. Sandra Pisu-Jocic says:


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  96. Knuddelmuff Malfoy says:

    Wie ist Paul mit dem links Verkehr klar gekommen?

  97. CARTABLE KING says:

    He is a good speaker

  98. Pal Kaposi says:


  99. elton manjate says:

    I liked.

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