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20th Dec 2016

26 Reasons Why Going To College Was Much Better In The Noughties


College life in Ireland ain’t what it used to be.

A few months back it was announced Trinity and UCD had dropped in the international university rankings, which made us stop and consider just how good we had it back in the day.

So take a step back in time, folks… and remember all the ways college in Ireland was better 10 years ago.

1. UCD Bar was still in existence

Bless its concretey, gross yet oddly homely cotton socks.


2. Texts were paid for… and therefore meant something

When that girl you’d been flirting with was texting you, she was actually investing 12c in you EVERY SINGLE TIME.

And if you got a long text? Oh man. That was that.


3. We didn’t have laptops

Which meant, by extension, WE GOT TO USE HIGHLIGHTERS!


4. There was no such thing as Turnitin

So we could plagiarise to our little hearts’ content.


5. And there were no dating apps

You actually had to talk to strangers you wanted to have sex with. Which was strange, but oddly thrilling…


6. Living in digs was a thing

If living at home with your family wasn’t good enough craic, you had the chance to live with someone else’s.


7. Grants were generous enough to avoid part-time jobs

More time for drinking. Less money for drinking.



8. And most people got the grant

You didn’t have to prove that your family were an endangered class of island people whose sole source of food was rock moss in order to be eligible.


9. Fees were fuck all

You could pay the capitation grant with money you found down your sofa, and still have enough left over for a pint in the Buttery.


And speaking of which…

10. You could still get pints in the Buttery!

And the pints were, like, 5c or something.

Why oh why would anyone tamper with something so perfect; so pure?


11. Pre-drinking was enjoyable, but not essential

Even fun things lose their charm when they’re done out of strict necessity.


12. Nightclubs didn’t have photographers and Facebook pages

What happened on the dancefloor stayed on the dancefloor.


13. In fact, social media in general wasn’t a thing

Never mind the professionals – smartphones with their pesky cameras ruined it for everyone.


14. Students across the country tuned into Home & Away daily

Mainly just to see who Irene adopted next. Students today show nowhere near the appropriate level of dedication to this cause.


15. Printing was free in colleges

Wait, wasn’t it?


16. Happy hour was still legal

Michael McDowell = Buzz Killington.


17. And some colleges even boasted free parking

You know. For all those students who had cars somehow.


18. There was no Whatsapp

Whatever about the 12c texts, this also meant that you couldn’t get roasted alive by your mates in a group chat.


19. The off-licence didn’t close at 10pm

Which meant pre-drinking could go on all night… which also meant that it wasn’t really pre-drinking.


20. College ATMs gave out €10 notes

And then once the recession hit, all ATMs gave out €10 notes. But for a brief moment in time, we had something special and unique…


21. Students were more inclined to pick doss courses

Because back in the Celtic Tiger era, the world could accommodate a good slacker or two.


22. Rag Week was still allowed



23. Rent wasn’t actually extortionate

Not exaggerating or anything, but you could actually pay your capitation fee AND your rent from money you found down the back of the sofa and STILL have cash left over for a pint.


24. We had Bebo

Does Facebook allow you to decorate your profile with amazing skins?

Does it? Huh?


Let’s bring it back

25. Sexting was all about using yer imagination

And weren’t we happier for it?


26. Lecturers couldn’t check if you hadn’t read an article

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: this ‘internet’ thing is absolutely no good for anybody.