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Most Haunted Universities in London

Most Haunted Universities in London

If you are easily scared, it’s best not to enter-------the UK’s most haunted universities: London Edition. 

There are a lot of historic universities in the UK. Although these universities have gained strong reputations for high-quality research and teaching, some of these older institutions have well-known supernatural stories attached to them.

Here are some of London’s spookiest university stories…

UCL: The Ghost with the Thrice-repeated Name

The legend of UCL is about a young girl called Emma Louise who is said to have been killed in a tunnel that connects the more modern UCL building, which is now used for student accommodation, and the older Cruciform building. It is rumoured that if Emma Louise's name is repeated three times in the building, she will appear.

A student and former resident of the building stated that, after he and his friends repeated Emma Louise’s name three times, they began to hear a young girl's laughter, repeated intermittently throughout the night. They made a careful search of the building, but couldn’t find an explanation for the eerie sound.

They crowded into a friend's room for the night after the incidence, but could still hear the sound of laughter. Following this, strange things continued to happen. The most chilling was when the words “HELP ME!”, ”DIE” and “MURDER” appeared written on the wall of the building.

Royal Holloway, University of London: The Spooky Stories of Royal Holloway

Rumour has it that the founder of Royal Holloway, Thomas Holloway, is believed to haunt the Founder's Building in the form of a black cat every night.

But his isn’t the only otherworldly story to grace the Royal Holloway campus. A painting named Man Proposes, God Disposes by Sir Edwin Landseer, which hangs in the university's picture gallery, is rumoured to be cursed. The painting is reputed to cause students to fail their exams.

Since the first exams were taken at the university in the 1920s and 1930s, the unsettling painting featuring two polar bears has been associated with failure. "If you sit directly in front of it in an exam, you will fail - unless it's covered up," goes the myth, according to the college's curator Dr Laura MacCulloch.

In the 1970s, fear of the cursed painting reached its peak, according to MacCulloch, when a student refused to be seated near it. The poor registrar, who just wanted to get the exam underway, ran off and found the biggest thing that she could to cover the picture, which was a massive Union Jack flag. Ever since, the same flag has been used to cover the painting every year during the exam period.

If the exam superstition weren’t creepy enough, it is also rumoured that a student was once so disturbed by the painting that he killed himself in front of it.

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