Getting to know you
by Catherine Bradfield
We present a guide to the many types of Durham student, from the dedicated rower to the Jack Wills-wearing Rah.
Spotted: In most Bailey colleges, namely Hatfield.
Wearing: Jack Wills.
Extra info: If you don’t know what a Rah is, then chances are you are at the wrong university (for further education on the subject of Rahs, watch an episode of Made in Chelsea). The big, sweeping hair on all Rahs that looks so effortless probably took a few hours to perfect and regular backcombing is required to maintain the look.
The Rugby Lad
Spotted: In the gym, on the rugby pitch or Lloyds/Loveshack on a Wednesday night
Wearing: On the pitch it’s tight, small and you can’t see it for the mud. For social occasions – chinos and shirts.
Extra info: The rugby boys tend to be the muscular ones strawpedoing WKDs in the bar, because they’re hardcore. They are always the biggest lads, doing anything and everything to make sure people know they are there.
Spotted: In, you guessed it, the library. And the YUM café from time to time.
Wearing: Often glasses, and an intelligent, eager look.
Extra info: They are in the library before term even starts, having already got through the required reading list. In classes it is the bookworm who always answers the questions, volunteering far more information than is necessary.
Spotted: At ridiculous o’clock, every day of the week, either on the river, or in the gym killing it on an ergo.
Wearing: All-in-one lycra. You can see EVERYTHING.
Extra info: They’re on the river in the wind and rain, whilst the rest of us have been in bed for only an hour in an alcohol induced semi-coma. They seem to be a type of super-student, their daily achievements putting the rest of us to shame.