New Scientific Discovery: Students Prefer to Live in the Dark

Holly Smith·13 May 2016·4 min read
New Scientific Discovery: Students Prefer to Live in the Dark

Here are some facts about students you might or might not know:

1) Many students like napping

2) Many students love free food

3) Unlike other human beings, students do not need natural light

It’s a little known scientific fact that the evolutionary branch from which humans descended actually has a separate branch for the species, Homo Studentis. Homo Studentis is closely related to organisms in the fungi kingdom, and is occupied by humans at colleges and universities throughout the United Kingdom.

The well-known University of Brent archeologist and anthropologist Davidus Slattenborough had this to say about this exciting discovery:

“The most exciting similarity between Homo Studentis and fungi is their lack of dependence on natural light. In our research prior to this, we have been taking for granted that students need as much light as the rest of the human population for their mental health and general well-being. Thankfully, we are now in the position where we can lay this false belief to rest.”

Mississippi State University: some students outside of their natural habitat.

According to a report from The Huffington Post, planners in London have been keeping up-to-date with this scientific discovery and have concluded that students require less daylight in their accommodation than the general population.

Brent Council Officials say that student accommodation is ‘less sensitive’ to light than other types of residences, in deliberations published around Apex House, a 28-storey halls of residence proposed to be built right next to Wembley Stadium in London.

Although the proposed halls would sit adjacent to existing student halls, architecture firm HTA wrote in a report that, although the proposed multi-million building might block out the light in these halls, student accommodation’s “pattern of use is less sensitive to daylight than residential usage, as the length of tenure is temporary.”

Planners say that at least 25% of rooms in these adjacent buildings will no longer receive sufficient daylight if Apex House is built, but thankfully, due to this research, it is clear that this will not be an issue for the Homo Studentis who will be living in these halls.


Even the council agree, with Brent Council officers advising at a planning committee last month that: “Consequently, the impact of the proposal on the occupants of this building is considered to be acceptable.”

Prior to the study, people might have argued that the existing residents of student accommodation were being unfairly affected by this new development, since companies operating these halls charge as much as £290 a week for their rooms.

This issue of daylight in student accommodation has been in the press ever since 2013, when student halls in Islington were described as being “unfit for purpose“, because some of their rooms did not meet the legal requirement for daylight. Indeed, healthcare studies prior to this research have argued that Vitamin D deficiency is a serious problem for healthy humans.

Thankfully, these concerns can now be put to rest. Well done to Slattenborough and his research team for recognising students as a separate species, and kudos to Brent Council for being so forward thinking.


By Georgia Tindale