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29 Things You'll Understand If You Went To Uni In The Mid-'00s

MSN Messenger, The OC, and nu-rave. There really was nothing like being a student in the '00s.

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1. When meeting people during freshers' week you couldn't add them on Facebook because it didn't exist! So you had to settle for getting their number instead.

By now you were probably on your second mobile phone – progressing from your old 3210 to a snazzy new flip phone that had a colour screen because you were super fancy.
Samsung

By now you were probably on your second mobile phone – progressing from your old 3210 to a snazzy new flip phone that had a colour screen because you were super fancy.

2. In fact you've probably still got people in your phonebook from freshers' who you've never contacted since.

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3. But texting was expensive, so the easiest way of talking to people was through MSN messenger.

Because fuck growing up.
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Because fuck growing up.

4. But then at some point along came Facebook! And if you were lucky yours was one of the first unis in Britain to get it.

In October 2005 Facebook launched in Britain at a select group of unis including Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester, and York. Back in those days you needed a .ac.uk email address, meaning there wasn't a newborn baby or engagement status in sight. Just wonderful statuses like this one...
Facebook

In October 2005 Facebook launched in Britain at a select group of unis including Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester, and York. Back in those days you needed a .ac.uk email address, meaning there wasn't a newborn baby or engagement status in sight. Just wonderful statuses like this one...

This got no likes in 2006. Heartbroken.

5. Long before Netflix there was a lot less choice on TV, so everyone would get together and watch stuff like Lost.

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You know, before it got REALLY FUCKING WEIRD. Good times.

6. And everyone would congregate to watch The OC on T4 on a Sunday morning.

Warners Bros

Because a bunch of penniless, British, first-year students can totally relate to a group of privileged, beautiful, Californian teens.

7. Which would then be followed by watching even more beautiful people on Shipwrecked.

Channel 4
Channel 4

There was inevitably at least one person that someone in your halls knew on there because it was always just a load of middle-class kids who had chosen to go to a desert island rather than go to uni. Fools.

8. If you were fortunate enough to be able to take a laptop to uni, chances are it looked a lot like this, and weighed as much as a small human.

But you couldn't argue with PC World's £300 deal for new students. Even if it did take 45 minutes to turn on by the time it was just six months old.
Toshiba

But you couldn't argue with PC World's £300 deal for new students. Even if it did take 45 minutes to turn on by the time it was just six months old.

9. If you were slightly less lucky you'd be allowed to take your parents' old desktop computer which probably took up most of your room.

10. With Napster and Kazaa now things of the past, you had to resort to Limewire to download music illegally.

Even if it meant giving your laptop ALL OF THE VIRUSES in the process. As if it needed any help to die a painful death.
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Even if it meant giving your laptop ALL OF THE VIRUSES in the process. As if it needed any help to die a painful death.

11. Or if you weren't downloading your music, you'd borrow every CD your housemates owned and rip them on to your laptop.

And that is the ONLY reason there is still so much shit on your iPod. RIGHT?
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And that is the ONLY reason there is still so much shit on your iPod. RIGHT?

12. Talking of iPods, it felt like everyone you knew bought one of these beauties as soon as their very first loan payment landed in their account.

13. Heading to your nearest Scream pub, Yellow Card in hand, for pound a pint night.

14. You could get pretty drunk, find some food and get home and still have change from a £10 note.

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15. There's a good chance that this was the album of your first year.

And you still had hope that Pete would pull himself together and patch things up with Carl. Hmm.
Rough Trade

And you still had hope that Pete would pull himself together and patch things up with Carl. Hmm.

16. And you probably saw at least a couple of these up-and-coming bands.

Razorlight lol.
Mercury / Wichita / Warp / Vertigo

Razorlight lol.

17. Then, of course, there was nu-rave. The less said about that the better.

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18. Even though some people had laptops, they were FAR too heavy to take into uni every day, so you still had to write all your notes by hand.

And you organised them neatly in a different ring binder for each module. Or that was the idea, at least...
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And you organised them neatly in a different ring binder for each module. Or that was the idea, at least...

19. Luckily, however, you were part of the first generation who could access the lecture slides online and print them off.

This made not going to lectures way too easy.
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This made not going to lectures way too easy.

20. You felt very cool and grown up when you were able to vote in your first general election in 2005.

It's likely that the only policy you gave a crap about was tuition fees. That went well...
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It's likely that the only policy you gave a crap about was tuition fees. That went well...

21. You and your housemates somehow never tired of Anchorman quotes.

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22. Well, that and Napoleon Dynamite.

MTV Films

23. Before moving into halls you didn't have pre-existing Facebook groups to find out who you were moving in with before you got there.

You just had to turn up and knock doors! Or, in my case, be forced to choose between vodka and sambuca within moments of arriving.
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You just had to turn up and knock doors! Or, in my case, be forced to choose between vodka and sambuca within moments of arriving.

24. You didn't need filters to make the photos on your wall look retro. They were just shit pictures.

25. Watching two episodes of Friends back to back on E4, then watching the same episodes again on E4+1 because there was nothing else on.

Every. Single. Night.
Warner Bros.

Every. Single. Night.

26. If you lived in a big student town there's a strong possibility that an Oceana opened up while you were there.

From giant ballrooms to ski lodges via sushi bars, they were HUGE. There are rumours that there are still people lost in Oceanas up and down the country who still think Tony Blair is prime minister and Johnny Borrell is relevant.
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From giant ballrooms to ski lodges via sushi bars, they were HUGE. There are rumours that there are still people lost in Oceanas up and down the country who still think Tony Blair is prime minister and Johnny Borrell is relevant.

27. With the ban not yet in force, by the end of freshers' week EVERY item of clothing you owned smelled of smoke.

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28. You'd actually take a digital camera with you on every single night out.

Found this gem at my parents house #Sony #CyberShot 3.2 mega pixel digital camera - our first digital camera

29. Meaning that you'd end up adding an entire album to Facebook after every single night out. Most of which are, for some reason, still online.

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Robin Edds / BuzzFeed
Robin Edds / BuzzFeed

Ugh. Five of these guys are now married. FML.