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The Secret Life of Students

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The Secret Life of Students follows 12 freshers in their first year at university, exploring the drama of their new experiences and sharing their texts, tweets, pictures, videos and status updates

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The Secret Life of Students follows 12 freshers in their first year at university, exploring the drama of their new experiences and sharing their texts, tweets, pictures, videos and status updates

Series 1 Summary

The Secret Life of Students presents all the drama, gossip and goings-on from 12 freshers embarking on their first year at Leicester University.

It's not just their grades that are being examined; these students' texts, tweets, pictures, videos and status updates pop up on screen alongside their on-campus shenanigans.

From neknominations to 3000-student strong bar crawls, getting 'smashed and dashed' and gossip spreading like wildfire, how do the students cope in their first term?

Will they struggle with homesickness as lectures begin and the reality of living away from home sets in? And how will their social media updates correlate with their real life experiences?

  • Episode 1

    Josie has over 1000 Facebook friends, she went on a gap year before university, and she seems to have life sussed.

    But she's nervous about leaving behind her best friends; will the 50,000 Facebook messages that they send between three of them make up for friends in real life? And how will Josie settle in to campus life if her attention is with her friends back home?

    Aiden's plan for university is to have fun and get laid. He doesn't mind if he offends people; he just wants to make sure that everyone knows who he is and is talking about him.

    His constant messaging to the 'Lads Group' on WhatsApp keeps him up to speed on the best drinking games and gives him a forum to brag about his latest conquests.

    But not all freshers settle in to university life so easily. Teetotal Lauren is nervous about the partying element of life on campus.

    How do you find friends or meet people if you're intimidated by drunken students and aren't comfortable with risqué drinking games?

  • Episode 2

    This episode explores how the students cope making new friends and finding love and whether they can maintain long-distance relationships with girlfriends and boyfriends back home.

    The students are experiencing communal living for the first time. Hormones, texts and tweets are flying and the gossip is spreading like wildfire.

    How will this affect their relationships? And how will their social media updates correlate with their real life experiences?

    Jack loves going out partying. Will he find someone special, or settle for the first girl who comes along?

    Gemma goes home every weekend to see her boyfriend, and is struggling to settle into university life.

    And Helen has come to university to get a good degree, but can she resist being distracted from her studies by Michael, who lives a few doors down the corridor from her?

    They've sent each other over 1600 texts, and there's a picture of Helen with her arms round Michael on Facebook, even though he has a girlfriend back home...

  • Episode 3

    Hassan is a bit of a mummy's boy. He's expected to phone home every day, and if he doesn't his mum starts calling and texting him to check he's okay.

    Hassan's an observant Muslim who prays daily, and is thankful that his mum isn't on Facebook. How will he cope living away from home and fending for himself?

    Brenda, from Tottenham, sends 100 tweets per day. She has big dreams and plans, but only if she can curb her shopping habits so that she can afford to pay her university fees and rent.

    Brenda has met a boy online, finding it easier to communicate through tweets and texts; could it be love?

    Aiden realises that life after freshers' week isn't the booze-filled party-fest he was expecting. His mum follows him on Facebook and Twitter, even if she doesn't like what she sees. It looks like he's having the time of his life, but is this just an online smokescreen?

  • Episode 4

    The freshers approach the end of their first term. How well have they really settled in? Have they worked out the magic formula to balance a life of partying, studying, paying the bills and living with a group of students they have only just met?

    Living with other students can be messy and can distract you from your work. How do the students cope as exams draw nearer and they need to buckle down and revise?

    Will they crack under the pressure or manage to perfect the balancing act? And how will their social media updates correlate with their real life experiences?

The Secret Life of Students synopsis

The Secret Life of Students follows 12 freshers in their first year at university, exploring the drama of their new experiences and sharing their texts, tweets, pictures, videos and status updates

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