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    Posted on Sep 14, 2016

    32 Photos That'll Give All Mid-'00s Students Intense Uni Flashbacks

    For anyone who can remember what university was like before Facebook.

    1. Choosing to bank with NatWest because they gave you a five-year railcard. And this is the reason you still bank with them over a decade later.

    2. And your second-most useful card, which you'd use to get pound a pint offers in Scream pubs.

    3. The unmistakable decor of an Oceana.

    4. USB sticks that you could *maybe* fit a whole album on to.

    5. You know that Facebook peaked when it looked like this.


    And you were pissed off when they started allowing people who didn't have email addresses to sign up.

    6. The first iPod you ever bought, probably with a student loan payment, that somehow still works today.

    7. For some reason every single person had the first couple of series of Scrubs on DVD.

    8. Although that reason may very well be the same reason *everyone* owns Shawshank, The Breakfast Club, American Beauty, etc.

    Via Twitter: @earthisquaking

    You've got a lot to answer for, HMV.

    9. You almost certainly saw a good chunk of these bands. Some were the best gigs of your life. Some, not so much.


    We're looking at you, Hard-Fi.

    10. Long before the iPhone, there was only one handset to be seen with on campus.

    11. Streaming TV (illegally, obviously) became doable around 2006/2007, meaning you binged shows like Heroes when you should have been writing your dissertation.


    12. But given your shitty internet connection, it probably looked more like this:


    13. Huddling around the TV every Sunday afternoon to watch your *real* friends.


    14. Who introduced you to the wonders of your new favourite holiday.


    15. Of course if you tuned in too early to catch The OC, you'd end up "accidentally" watching the entire Hollyoaks omnibus.

    Channel 4

    Tut tut, Becca.

    16. Eating your dinner in front of Neighbours (which you were watching for the second time that day).


    Harold's murderous phase didn't last nearly long enough. Sigh.

    17. Your Facebook statuses from those early months really were riveting.

    2006 Facebook (and Robin) was so painfully dull it's almost unbelievable it became so popular.

    18. Being among the first generation who could access the lecture notes online and print them off, making going to lectures a thing of the past.

    19. At some point you almost certainly (whether it was intentional or not) caught Dr Karl – aka Alan Fletcher – playing a gig at a Walkabout.

    20. Ripping every CD from every single housemate on to your laptop, hence all the random shit that is still on your phone 10 years later.

    21. And whatever you couldn't rip, you downloaded using this, which gave your laptop so many viruses that you didn't risk turning it off, in case you couldn't turn it on again.

    22. Your three-month-long new rave phase.

    23. And the haircuts that came with it.

    Lost my lip ring at the NME Indie Rave Tour listening to Klaxons, CSS and New Young Pony Club. #indieamnesty

    24. When Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not came out in early 2006 you were convinced it was about you.


    It was almost like they too had grown up in a slightly crap British town at the exact same time as you.

    25. Checking your balance for the first time after your student loan payments landed, and being able to spend it a little more freely, as you'd just managed to avoid the £9,000 tuition fee cap.

    26. You had a Trainspotting poster, whether you'd seen it or not.

    27. Along with inevitable band posters. Some of which have aged better than others.

    #indieamnesty and finally..c.2008 I tried to make my bedroom look like Carters Old No7

    28. Putting actual photos on your wall because actual photos were a thing that people had.

    29. With people taking actual digital cameras on nights out, you'd wake up to find yourself tagged in 24 very similar pictures.

    Robin Edds / BuzzFeed

    Thanks, Zuckerberg.

    30. Seriously, how did people think carrying something this size around with them all night was a good idea?

    31. A little like Santa, Radio 1 DJs seemed to be omnipresent – somehow playing every student union every single weekend.

    @scott_mills I must have been too drunk to remember this #unimemories

    32. But if there's one photo that sums up what going to uni in the '00s was like, it's this:


    They were the best of times, they were the worst of times.