Films and TV shows set at uni all students should watch


Looking to watch something you can really relate to?

Try these 5 TV shows and films set at university.


Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat

Photo credit: Channel 4


Devised by the creators of Peep Show and starring (among others) comedian Jack Whitehall and The Inbetweeners’ Joe Thomas, this TV show about students in Manchester actually does a pretty good job of showing it like it really is.

There’s love, loss, partying, failure and success. Watch it for a healthy dose of realism.


Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect

Photo credit: Allstar/Universal Pictures


I don’t know about you, but I wish my university experience had been anything like Pitch Perfect!

An all-star cast including Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson team up at university to win an a capella singing competition.

So, why should you watch it? It’s got a strong female cast, for starters. And, despite some drama, it’s a triumphant film that should inspire you to reach your goals.


Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde

Photo credit: MGM


Elle Woods is a perfect pink princess, but she’s defying expectations and attending Harvard University (yes, it’s part of a ploy to win back her ex, but still).

Both feminist and funny, this is a brilliant movie that shows us the importance of looking past appearances and not judging a book by its cover.


Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

Photo credit: CBS


Once a niche teen drama of the mid ‘00s, Veronica Mars found itself retroactively in the mainstream in more recent years thanks to a crowdfunded movie and a reboot of the series with the original star, Kristen Bell, as an older adult.

In the original series though, she’s in college for a lot of it, solving crimes and helping classmates every step of the way.

Despite the fact that it’s aged a little now, it’s worth watching because it depicts some serious issues such as campus sexual assault, which is more relevant than ever in the #MeToo era.

While Veronica doesn’t always get it right, it’s an early example of girl power and women taking over the (campus) world!


Starter For 10

Starter for 10

Photo credit: BBC Films


Last but not least, Starter for 10.

A first year Bristol Uni student with an obsession for “University Challenge” finds that the show isn’t the only challenge he’ll face as he comes of age.

It’s both witty and dark in places, which sets it apart from other romantic comedies.

It’s also got a killer soundtrack, featuring the likes of The Cure and The Smiths. Oh, and it features James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch as well.


Happy viewing!

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