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24 Things Durham University Will Actually Teach You

A purple tracksuit can definitely be a status symbol.

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1. There are 37 distinct types of potato served in college.

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Pictured here is the round chip, not to be confused with the potato cube, the dauphinoise potato, or the classic chip.

2. And you will never be able to resist college dessert when it comes with custard.

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You might manage to resist the weird cheesecake that's still frozen in the middle though.

3. All the brochures will have you convinced everyone at Durham lives in a place like this...

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4. ...and that all your lecture halls look a bit like this.

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5. When actually most people live in a building that looks a bit like this...!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s6bZ-qAdqt_8mJU7Iludv7Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

6. ...and go to lectures in this building.!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s6bZ-qAdqt_8mJU7Iludv7Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

7. All "fashion shows" must have a bit where nobody really wears any clothes.

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8. Stash never goes out of fashion.

9. And you are no one unless you can get your hands on a pair of trackies with some letters down the sides.

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10. Klute is a human mating ground.

Most snogging per square metre of any place on earth.

11. Orange juice, cranberry juice, and vodka is the best cocktail known to man.

And of course, it goes without saying that it needs four shots of vodka.
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And of course, it goes without saying that it needs four shots of vodka.

12. Stanton's definitely does the best cheesy chips, but you still end up at Paddy's at least half the time because it's closer to Klute.

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13. People who row get up very, very early.

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14. At the beginning of term you'll be all about getting brunch at Flat White.

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15. But at the end of term your version of luxury will be the instant noodles from the Thai supermarket.

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They're slightly nicer than normal Super Noodles.

16. You can definitely sneak some food into the Bill Bryson.

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Seriously, no one will notice.

17. The Yum café will be the second-biggest drain on your loan after Klute.

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You need that cookie and latte to get you to the 9am.

18. You can do all fancy-dress themes with a bin bag.

19. Your choice of college will define the core of your personality for the rest of your life.

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Definitely not a choice most people make in seconds or are just randomly assigned.

20. Even though posh people don't have a school uniform any more, they still all dress the same.

21. Durham boys have steel toes that don't feel the cold.

22. Lloyd's girls loos are nicer than your house.

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Also, the world is divided into people who pay for Loveshack and those who go to Lloyd's for free.

23. The clubs on North Road are destined never to keep the same name for more than two terms.!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sJnLgIdMnjcANgBlolwyFAw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

24. Even when it looks like this, you don't need a coat if you're just popping to Klute.

Except maybe if you got put in Josephine Butler.
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Except maybe if you got put in Josephine Butler.