Teesside University is a small, modern and up-and-coming University in Middlesbrough in the North East. Whether you’re a first-year student or a Postgrad who’s been here a while, you should be able to relate to these typical signs you go to Teesside University by now:
1.You know the struggle of reaching the 10th floor of Middlesbrough Tower for 9am
Every Teesside Uni student with lectures in Middlesbrough Tower will have experienced the struggle of fighting for a place in the lift to get you to the 10th floor for 9am on a Monday morning! It will no doubt be the longest ride of your life as it is bound to stop at every floor!
2.You understand the struggle of parking after 8.30am
If you drive to Uni, rather than living on campus, you’ll definitely have experienced the struggle of parking at Teesside! If you arrive any later than 8.30am it is almost impossible to park nearby, so you’ll need to get in early even if your lecture isn’t until later in the day.
3.Your favourite takeaway food is Chicken Parmo!
All students love a takeaway, but if a famous Boro Parmo isn’t your favourite, do you even go here? If you love this yummy fast-food fix is a combination of bread-crumbed chicken, creamy béchamel sauce and melted cheese, it is a good sign you go to Teesside University!
4.Monday night is quiz night!
If you live on campus, you’ll likely attend the SU every Monday evening for the weekly quiz night! Whether you go with your housemates or your club or society, taking on the weekly challenge to try and win some drinks or just to have a good laugh, is a clear sign you go to Teesside University!
5.You’re used to hunting for a seat in the library
Most Teesside University students will have had to hunt for a decent seat in the library, despite its various upgrades. This is a particular problem towards the end of term, when everyone knuckles down to study for their exams or meet their coursework deadlines. You may have even had to go up to the silent floor to avoid the chaos downstairs!
6.You’re part of at least one club or society
Teesside University has an award-winning Students’ Union, with something for just about everyone in its activities department, so I’d be surprised if you’re not part of at least one club or society during your time as a student there. If sports aren’t your thing, there are lots of societies you can join like Real Ale, Comedy, LGBTQ and even one for Harry Potter fans!
7.The Southfield is one of your regular haunts
Located smack-bang in the middle of Teesside’s campus, The Southfield is a pub which will likely become a second home for you and your friends to chill out in! Whether you want to take a break from studying and grab some lunch, or just fancy a pint and a game of pool, being a regular visitor to The Southfield is a clear sign you go to Teesside University!
8.You regularly buy Sainsbury meal deals for lunch
With Sainsburys just around the corner from the Uni, you’ll know that their meal deals are a lifesaver if you only have a short window for your lunch or you need some fuel for a long library session! If you regularly buy them, it’s a good sign you go to Teesside!
9.You know that living in Woodlands does not mean luxury
Before moving to Teesside, many of you will have opted to stay in Woodlands Halls for its ensuite bathrooms. This likely impressed those students who had to share, however, anyone who lived there will know that Woodlands is far from luxurious. In reality, there were lots of leaks, fire alarms constantly set off by showers and it cost a lot more than it was really worth!
10.You’ve seen a famous music act in the SU
Whether it was during Freshers week or at Final Fling, if you go to Teesside University, you’ll have seen at least one famous music act at the SU. When I first started, Example were the main attraction and many more acts have visited since then, including The Vengaboys!
11.You spend your Friday nights at SUMO
If you you’re a fan of rock music and you live on campus, you’ll likely spend your Friday nights at Empire’s alternative club night ‘SUMO’. This huge venue attracts Teesside’s biggest weekly rock crowd for amazing tunes and cheap drink deals and if you’re a weekly attendee, it is good sign that you go to Teesside University!
12.You’ve had at least one free Dominos pizza
If you go to Teesside University, you will probably have had at least one free pizza from Dominos during Fresher’s week when vouchers are given out to students on campus! This is one of the most common signs you go to Teesside University!
13.You have at least one tattoo from Skins & Needles
Skins & Needles is Middlesbrough’s leading tattoo and piercing studio, based on Linthorpe Road in the heart of the student district. If you are someone who religiously queues up outside the shop every Friday 13th for a flash design, or heads straight there on payday, there is a good chance you go to Teesside University!
14.You’ve lived in a terraced street at some point during your stay
If you stayed in Halls in your first year, there is a good chance that you lived in one of Middlesbrough’s many terraced streets during either your first or second year. Cheap to rent and close to the campus, terraced houses in the town centre are a popular choice for students, so if you stayed here it is a good sign that you went to Teesside University!
15.You’ve climbed Roseberry Topping
During your time at Teesside, you’ll probably have ventured out into the local area and hiked up this distinctive hill that can be seen on the Middlesbrough’s skyline. If you haven’t climbed it yet, why don’t you get out in nature and enjoy the scenery? This is one thing students at Teesside shouldn’t miss! This is one of the most common signs you go to Teesside University!
16.You can’t go anywhere on campus without bumping into someone you know
Unlike its bigger competitors, Teesside’s campus is small and compact and everything is within easy reach. With its friendly community feel, you should make friends fairly quickly and after a while, you won’t be able to go anywhere on campus without bumping into someone you know! This is just one of the signs you go to Teesside University!
17.You eat at The Swatter’s Carr far too often
This popular Wetherspoons backs right onto Teesside’s campus and is a favourite with students. Whether you want a full English breakfast, a bargain meal or just cheap drinks, you’ll likely spend more time than you should at The Swatter’s Carr if you go to Teesside Uni! This is one of the most common signs you go to Teesside University!
18.You understand the changing etiquette level as you move up the Library floors
One of the signs that you to Teesside University, is that you understand the importance of the differing levels of etiquette required on each floor of the library. Want to eat a noisy bag of crisps and chat with your friends? You can do that on the ground and first floors. But you’ll know not to make noise on the third floor as this is silent study only and you will be removed!
19.You love going to Banana Leaf on payday
When your student loan comes in, what better place to go than the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet in town? If you go to Teesside Uni, you’ll love filling up your plate as many times as you like for a fixed fee at this yummy eatery. You’ll also know to go to Banana Leaf at lunch when it’s cheaper! This is one of the most common signs you go to Teesside University!
20.You know that Final Fling is the event of the year
If you go to Teesside Uni, you’ll know that Final Fling is the event of the year! Each year at the end of term, before everyone leaves for the summer, the campus is transformed with fairground rides, food stalls and an outdoor live music stage at the SU! If you’ve experienced this massive event, it is a sure sign that you go to Teesside University!
These are 20 signs you go to Teesside University, that all current and former students should be familiar with! If you can think of any more, leave them in the comments below!
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An English graduate from Yorkshire, currently living in Teesside. A lover of TV & film, music, tattoos and travelling!