With over 100 universities, and many additional colleges offering higher education courses, UK continue to attract student talent from all corners of the world. As thousands of new students take up places at universities across the UK, we've collected 7 fun facts you may not know about being a student in UK. The fun facts listed here are designed to help you get to know a little more about student life in the UK and to know that is fun to studying in UK.
- Rivalries between universities- this is usually if the universities are in the same town, so rivalries are pretty common. So, universities in UK have frequently competed, whether in academic achievement, varsity matches or the boat (/goat) race that yearly draws millions of viewers. So, pairs of schools, colleges and universities, especially when they are close to each other either geographically or in their areas of specialization, often establish a college rivalry with each other over the years. And this rivalry can extend to both academics and athletics. And the latter being typically better known to the general public.
- Batman lives next door- well, is not quite like that. One of the area’s cultural hotspots, Wollaton Hall, which was used as Bruce Wayne’s formidable manor in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises is just over the road from campus in Wollaton Park. And with it also featuring in other films including Pride and Prejudice. So, taking a scenic shot of the stately house and posting it on Facebook with a caption referring to how you just ‘said hello to Batman and Mr. Darcy’ has become a ‘must-do’ on students’ bucket lists.
- Durham is the UK’s most haunted university – so, from the Lavender Lady in the Castle’s back stairwell to the spectre of an electrician who walks the student theatre, Durham is reputed to be Britain’s most haunted university. That’s perhaps owing to its immense history and eerie castle grounds. But, we wouldn’t let that put you off, however, as Durham is often ranked among the world’s top 100 universities.
- Duck population - so, the University of York is famous for its duck population. With a quirky ‘duck density’ league table suggesting that 14 ducks inhabit every quarter of an acre on campus,and that is the most of any UK university.So, there is a one particularly aggressive duck with a red and yellow head is named ‘Beer Monster’ by students and here killing a duck is an expellable offence. One horror story involves a student rumoured to have caught, killed and ate one of the campus ducks, discovered when a cleaner found a pair of the ill-fated bird’s feet in his bin. Also the York University runs a Duck of the Day blog for daily pictures of ducks around campus.
- Inter - student marriages - also the Durham University is thought to have the highest rate of inter-student marriages in Britain. With roughly 72 per cent marrying a fellow Durham student. And also figures suggest there are around 10,000 married Durham student, a third of whom started relationships after graduation.
- Oldest student newspaper - so, the University of Edinburgh is home to the UK’s oldest student newspaper, The Student. That is, which was started in 1887 by Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
- The Oath of Oxford University - so precious and valuable are some of the volumes held in the Oxford University library. That’s why all new students on campus must swear a historic oath promising . Thsat’s to protect and preserve the contents of the Bodleian Library. The oath reads: “I hereby undertake not to remove from the library, or to mark, deface, or injure in any way, any volume, document, or other object belonging to it or in its custody. Not to bring into the library or kindle therein any fire or flame, and not to smoke in the library. And I promise to obey all rules of the library.”