What pranks have you played on your flatmates?

Keep pranking until you’re Prank King


There’s no better way to start a new university year than by pranking your friends until they hate you.

Although some might say it’s immature, deep down everyone loves a good prank. We asked people to tell us their favourite uni pranks in a search for the ultimate practical joke.

Disclaimer: Don’t use these if you’re not friends with your flatmates. With great power comes great responsibility, so just try not to make anyone cry…

The cracked screen

Yofi, 19

Yofi, 19

At some point we’ve all come into possession of a friend’s unlocked phone and needed a quick way to prank them for being so foolish. We often resort to Facebook to write an embarrassing status, but this prank is a simple yet effective way to trick your flatmates.

Yofi, 19, revealed:  “There are loads of apps you can get which make your phone screen look cracked and it makes people freak out. They get so angry, it’s crazy. But don’t use it too often, because once people catch on it never has the same effect again.”

Rating: 7/10

The Oreo

Dianna, 22

Dianna, 22

Dianna admitted to pranking a friend by replacing the cream in Oreos with toothpaste… If this isn’t evil I don’t know what is. Regardless, it’s genius, easy to carry out and a sure-fire way to make your friends hate you while also brightening your day, aka a quality prank.

Dianna said: “I did it to my sister a few years ago and it makes me laugh to this day… I swear I’ve never seen her so angry in my life. I actually need to do it to someone else soon.”

Rating: 8/10

The fire alarm

Niamh & Leanne, 17

Niamh & Leanne, 17

If you’ve lived in halls, you’ve experienced the mavericks who decide to set off the fire alarm at 4am causing everyone to evacuate. When you’re inevitably caught doing this, it transforms from a harmless prank to never-ending hate from hundreds of angry, sleep-deprived freshers. This prank shouldn’t be used in any circumstance. Well, unless there actually is a fire.

Regardless, Niamh and Leanne, both 17, said “You could always set off a fire alarm? It’s a horrible prank and I would hate to be on the other side of it, but you’ve got to admit it’s kind of funny.”

Rating: 1/10

The moving room

Lara, 19

Lara, 19

Regularly in halls, a flatmate will leave their bedroom door unlocked and of course their stupidity needs to be punished. The easiest way to take advantage is to move all their belongings out of their room.

Lara, 19, reminisced: “We moved almost everything, even his bed and desk, into the kitchen. It was so funny because we refused to help him move all his stuff back afterwards. We made it even more inconvenient for him by hiding his things in odd places so it took longer to get his room back in order.”

Rating: 6/10

The foil

Rob, 20

Rob, 20

This is a university classic: wrap everything in somebody’s room in foil. Sure, setting up this prank requires a lot of effort and you end up spending your student loan on an unholy amount of foil instead of Vodka Rushes in Smack, but knowing you’ve wasted your friend’s time unwrapping everything is sure to make it worthwhile.

Rob, 20, said: “It took almost an hour but afterwards his room looked like the inside of a crisp packet or a spaceship or something. It was great, we couldn’t stop laughing… But if you want to spend less money, you could turn everything upside down or inside out. It might look less crazy but I’m sure the prankee will be really annoyed.”

Rating: 6/10

The frozen cutlery

Leah, 20

Leah, 20

Freeze a flatmate’s cutlery in a block of ice by putting them in a bag of water and then in the freezer. What makes this so satisfying  is that the amount of effort to freeze the cutlery is disproportional to that of defrosting them, and you could also freeze some other things, like their keys, to ensure you’re thoroughly hated by the end.

Leah, 20, said: “I saw this prank played twice, and on the second time they added gross bits to the water like gravy granules, tuna and ketchup so when it was defrosted it stunk… It was so disgusting, but hilarious.”

Rating: 8/10