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23 Signs You Learned Adulting At A British University

Those years of crappiness and stress have actually helped you.

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1. As a result of three years spent cooking in crappy kitchens with worse equipment, you can put together a passable meal almost every time now.

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Regardless of what you're given to work with.

2. But you still have more than a little love for beans on toast.

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3. And even more for the luxury of putting cheese on it as well.

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Sometimes, you could go all out and add a fried egg. Fucking epic.

4. You've discovered that fancy dress is great, fun, and should never be done again. Three years of crap, awkward costumes is enough.

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5. "Ring of Fire" brings back both very good and very bad memories.

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6. And you still have incredibly fierce opinions about what the "correct" rules are.

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There are no correct rules. Except that Waterfall must be involved. And the God card is complete bullshit.

7. The truth you eventually discovered is that drinking games are for children and Americans, however.

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If you need a game to tell you when to drink, you're doing it wrong.

8. You're still incredibly thankful when you encounter a fully stocked fridge.

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Whether it's yours or someone else's. (Your parents'. It's still your parents'.)

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9. You're incredibly thankful when you encounter a fully functioning, non-clothes-destroying washing machine.

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And even more thankful when there's a tumble dryer as well.

10. You know exactly how much you need to predrink to get the night right.

But you've since decided that warm, luminous, mysterious concoctions aren't neccessarily the best thing.
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But you've since decided that warm, luminous, mysterious concoctions aren't neccessarily the best thing.

11. You might still like nightclubs, but you have now realised that not every night needs to end there.

Even if they are doing three J├Ągerbombs for a fiver. Even then.
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Even if they are doing three J├Ągerbombs for a fiver. Even then.

12. Extensive experimentation has led to you knowing exactly what you need to cure a hangover.

"Look, I know it's weird, but do you have any Edam? I really need some Edam. Also fizzy water. And a plum."

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13. If you're a functioning adult now, you probably realised the importance of cleaning at some point during university.

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And now keep your damn house clean.

14. You discovered, the hard way, that sometimes you need to be very careful not to lose your deposit on a flat.

"Yes, the hole in the wall has always been there, why do you ask?"
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"Yes, the hole in the wall has always been there, why do you ask?"

15. But also that maybe, just maybe, some landlords are taking advantage of people, and it's damn hard to keep a deposit no matter what you do.

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Even when you're renting later in life, you have some tricks you use to try and get it back.

16. You can still remember which days it was worth getting the Sub of the Day, and when it was just stupid turkey breast.

(Even though Sub of the Day doesn't even exist any more.)
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(Even though Sub of the Day doesn't even exist any more.)

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17. You figured out how to share a house without killing someone even when they do that one thing that annoys the fuck out of you.

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It's an important skill for life.

18. And you figured out how to stop annoying the fuck out of your housemates as well. Personal growth, really.

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Turns out taking 3-hour-long showers can stress people out. Who knew?

19. You also have some unshakeable beliefs about which night was the best night to eat at Spoon's.

Curry club is obviously the best. And steak club is definitely not worth it.
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Curry club is obviously the best. And steak club is definitely not worth it.

20. And you'll also be intensely aware that the greatest crime ever committed against the British people is the removal of the packets of condiments from Wetherspoon's.

They used to have little packets in baskets that an enterprising student could stock their kitchen with all year. Now? They just have bottles. You can't take them anywhere. It's a disgrace.
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They used to have little packets in baskets that an enterprising student could stock their kitchen with all year. Now? They just have bottles. You can't take them anywhere. It's a disgrace.

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21. Three years of lectures when hungover, and highly stressful exam situations, has left you surprisingly well prepared for actual work.

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You know that no matter how boring the meeting or stressful the deadline, you can get through it, because you've been just as bored in a lecture and just as stressed in an exam.

22. You've also found your actual can-think-no-longer, can-barely-function, absolute maximum amount of work.

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So you know you can do just a few more hours when you really need it.

23. But most importantly, learning to be an adult at a British university means you're probably still hanging out with the people you learnt with.