April Fools Day is just around the corner and you know what that means- pranks galore! If you’re stuck on any ideas to prank your university or house mates then this is just the post for you. Here are the best pranks ever, and most of them are super easy too! Check out the best uni pranks for April Fools Day below, and start planning them for your mates.

Playing the trumpet to wake someone up


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♬ original sound – Arber Ibraimi

The first prank to start off with if you are a musical guru is playing the trumpet to wake someone up. If not, get one of your mates to do it! It’s quick and easy. All you have to do is play the trumpet whilst someone is asleep and hope they eventually wake up.

Cling film the entrance to someone’s bedroom door


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♬ original sound – the uni diaries

I don’t know why, but this is definitely one of the best pranks ever. It’s so simple, but so effective. So this April Fool’s Day, why not prank someone by putting cling film on the entrance of their bedroom door? It’s surprisingly satisfying to watch as someone who is tired finds themselves walking into a wall of cling film! It’s also cheap, anyone has cling film lying around in their flat so this can easily be achieved.

Take the labels off their tins

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Despite only taking a couple of minutes, this prank is sure to cause a lifetime of irritation and headaches for your flatmates! Break into your flatmate’s kitchen and peel off the labels of all of their tins. Another tip, just as satisfying, is to add other tins of pet food or things equally gross and add them to the Russian roulette of tins!

Swap sugar for salt

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In a similar vein of ruining someone’s day, one of the best pranks ever is swapping items. You could try swapping sugar for salt so the victim’s coffee tastes a bit crap! Or swap in black pepper or chilli pepper (although this requires non-see-through shakers).

Wrapping paper on furniture

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This prank can cause serious disruption to someone’s bedroom in various ways. In the end, you could be pranking yourself because it takes a lot longer to execute! Get some wrapping paper, tinfoil or newspaper and wrap the floors, walls, ceiling, bed and furniture,  basically anything that is on show.

Fake cracked computer/tablet screen desktop

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A broken laptop screen is sure to make your flatmate go into the ultimate meltdown. This is easily one of the best pranks ever for students! Download an image of a broken laptop screen and set it as their desktop picture, removing the desktop icons for full effect! It’s a quick prank but with lasting memories!

Mess with their social media

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Getting your hands on your flatmate’s Facebook profile is sure to be the best prank of all, there are numerous things you can do. This includes changing the date of their birthday, changing their name to something really weird or changing their privacy settings to ‘Only Me’. Just make sure you don’t take this one too far – social media can be very impacting in ways we don’t expect.

Take a whoopee cushion to lectures

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This one is pretty cruel. But still, it’s easily one of the best pranks you can do. Take a whoopee cushion to your next lecture and sneak it under your mates chair as they sit down.

Invisible tape on the sink

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Put a piece of invisible tape on the nozzle of a sink or on the handle of a spray bottle. The next person to turn on the water or spray the bottle will be in for a surprise.

Fake Spider

Fake Spider classic and easy April fools day prank

This classic prank isn’t just for Halloween, but great for April Fools Day. You can find a fake spider at a party store or online. Place it somewhere where it will be visible, such as on a desk, chair, or in the bathroom. Wait for your unsuspecting victim to spot it and watch their reaction. You can also make it more convincing by placing a real spider nearby.

The best April Fools Day pranks by lecturers 

You might even be surprised that lecturers even took part in April Fools Day, read on to find out about the pranks that took place in different universities across the nation!

University of Cambridge voice recognition doors

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The University of Cambridge got back at their students by telling them that they could open doors courtesy of a new voice recognition feature. The lecturers clearly won this time!

University of Leicester getting royally renamed

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King Richard III statue

After the discovery of Richard III in a Leicester car park, The Independent pranked the public by saying The University of Leicester would be renamed to King Richard University. Some laughed the story off but some people actually believed it! Lols all around!

The University of Oxford and self-driving punts

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In 2015, the University of Oxford convinced the public that the world-famous punts would now become self-driving punts. The story was posted the morning of the 1st of April so you know what that means!

The University of Glasgow as an adventure park

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After a spoof video of a 500m long helter-skelter within its grounds, people were convinced that the University of Glasgow had become a theme park. That’s one way to get students into lectures and seminars on time! You can check out the video here.


Last Updated on April 3, 2023