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17 Things You’ll Only Understand If You Have a Car at University

How would you ever do a big food shop without one?

1. Feeling like you’re the most independent of your kind.

You truly are a free spirit. You really have flown the nest. You go where you want, when you want, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

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2. And loving that you don’t need to worry about public transport while you’re at uni.

Life’s stressful enough.

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3. But then realising that parking is going to be just as much of a problem.

You spend so long looking for a space that you then never want to leave it.

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4. Especially if you end up having to park in a dodgy area.

Best case scenario: half a kebab left on your bonnet. Worst case scenario: no car.

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5. The joy of being able to sneak off for a McDonald’s whenever you like.

When nobody knows that you’ve gone, you can order as much as you like without fear of judgement.

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6. But then not really being to refuse when everyone else wants a trip to the drive-through as well.

You know the drill. It’s 4am and the Fifa tournament has just finished after 6 long hours. There’s some frantic whispering… and suddenly everyone’s looking at you.

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7. As such, your car will quickly become a tip.

Like it or not, you’ll be apologising to every passenger for the next 5 years, because you’ll always be too lazy to do something about it.

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8. Worrying that people only want to be friends with you for your car.

Better than being alone but still…

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9. And knowing you’re being secretly judged for having brought it to uni with you.

Yeah, you could manage without it. But why would you want to?

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10. Feeling like such a legend because, thanks to you, trips out are a breeze.

Theme parks, zoos, beaches – they all become instantly accessible to your friends.

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11. And let’s not forget the big food shops.

Can’t really do those without a car, can you?

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12. Enjoying that petrol basically costs you nothing while you’re at uni.

You’re driving, so obviously everybody else foots the petrol bill, leaving you “quids in”.

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13. In fact, you’ve considered starting a side business ferrying people around.

People will give you money to be taken anywhere. Top tip – start an auction for the seats, £5 will soon rise to £7.50.

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14. When it comes down to it though, actually getting the money can prove to be a struggle.

They might agree to pay you a fiver, but you’ll have to wait 2 years before you see it.

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15. At least you don’t have to rely on your parents to move you in and out of uni houses though.

While your friends stress over the logistics, you’ll be bundling everything into your car. It’ll all be over before you know it, and then you can relax.

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16. And you can nip home or go see friends whenever you feel like it.

No planning weeks in advance to avoid extortionate train fairs.

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17. Overall, although it’s a bit of a hassle to have sometimes, you honestly don’t know how you’d survive without it.

Or how anyone else survives without one, anyway!

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