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UK Slang Words Every Student Should Know

UK Slang Words Every Student Should Know
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Created By: Ola ElWassifyon 22 November, 2018

Depending on where you are studying in the UK, you will be exposed to different dialects of the English language. English slang words vary from one country to another and even from one dialect to another within the same country. There are plenty of awesome British slang words that are widely used. Here, we are introducing you to the slang words you need to know before travelling to the UK.

Slang Words


Popular Slang Words in the UK


- Uni is one of the most popular slang words among students. Students mostly refer to their university and/or college by just saying uni.

- Another university-related cool British slang word is fresher which means a first-year student. Libes is the British university slang word for a library.

- The next time you are sitting on a bench and a British friend comes over asking you to budge up, you better know what it means! You should move or make room for him to sit next to you.

- Mate is a term of endearment that is often used to call a university friend that could be either male or female. A male friend can also be called a lad or chap and the female version of this is lass or lassie.

- After a long university day, being knackered, which is one of the most popular British English slang words and phrases, simply means being exhausted.

- Buzzing means to be happy or excited about something and psyched signifies being very excited about something.

- Dynamite is used for awesome and cool. Wicked too is used to convey the same meaning.

- Ace is a British slang term meaning excellent. It is mostly used in Liverpool. In the rest of the UK, Brits use the term “Brilliant”.

- People mostly use the word “Cheers” when toasting drinks, but British people also use it to say thank you.

- Gutted is to be devastated or saddened. Mug is used to refer to someone who is a fool, while Daft means some behaviour or action is foolish or stupid. If your friend is being cheeky, he is being disrespectful or blatantly rude.

- Dodgy means illegal, unreliable, or suspicious.

- Pork pies is a synonym for lies and the expression “Porkies” is another way of saying lies. Chinwag is to chat and to haggle is to negotiate.

- When someone loses the plot, it means that he has become irrational and acting ridiculously and in other contexts, it means someone has gone crazy. A nutter is a crazy person.

- To know your onions means to be knowledgeable.

- Skive off means to be lazy or a procrastinator. Kip is the slang word for a nap and faffing is to waste time.

- Jimjams is another term for “pyjamas” and the television is referred to as Telly. When going to bed, Brits say “I’m Off to Bedfordshire.”

- If someone refers to food as scrummy, it means that it is mouthwatering and utterly delicious. Bangers are used for sausages, chips word is for French Fries, and Nosh is for food.


Student accommodation in the UK


- To let simply means that a place is vacant to be rent, so if you are looking for a student accommodation in the UK near your university, you know which British slang words to use or expect hearing from our student accommodation experts.

- British slang words for money include Dosh, Wonga, dough, dollar, and bread. A tenner is £10, a fiver is £5, and a quid is sterling £. A tad is another way to say “just a little” or “slightly.”

- Nippy weather is used to describe cold or chilly weather and when a Briti says “It's monkeys outside,” they mean that it is very cold outside. Brass Monkeys is used for the same purpose, to refer to extremely cold weather.

- Loo is considered one of the fancy British words meaning toilet. Bog Roll means toilet paper.

- Spend a penny means going to the bathroom, so if your flatmate mentioned this, don't think he needs to borrow money. 

- It is a tongue-in-cheek means it is sarcastic, and if someone is being cheeky, it means he is being rude. 

- Full of beans is usually used to describe an energetic person, and yakking is used to describe the action of talking too much. 

- Giving something a Welly means trying it out well.

- One of the popular slang terms in 2020 is to cap, which means to lie. If you are not sure your friend is telling the truth, you can simply send a baseball cap to them, and they will understand.

If you happen to know other British slang terms, share them with us on our Facebook, Twitteror LinkedIn. Share with us the terms you found most useful while living in our student accommodation. Which terms did you use the most? Were your friends surprised by your knowledge? Your friends might find it even more amusing if you know Australian Slang Words as well.



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