University Students Recreate Their Campus in Minecraft

By Alistair Jones on at

The coronavirus pandemic has caused massive disruption, not least to education, with schools and universities up and down the country forced to resort to virtual teaching. For most, that's limited to video conferencing software like Zoom, but students at the University of East Anglia have taken matters into their own hands.

Yesterday, UEA highlighted the efforts of four of its students who have used lockdown to recreate the university's campus within Minecraft. Housemates Sophie Johnstone, Rebecca Bystry, Tom Greensted, and Matthew Wright have looked through planning applications and floorplans to create a virtual version of the university, highlighting accommodation blocks, the library, Students' Union, and music venue the LCR, which has already hosted several virtual events.

I've never been to UEA, but judging from the pictures, it seems to have benefitted from the same brutalist architecture that shaped my own alma mater. Broadly, that means a lot of concrete and harsh corners - design decisions to which Minecraft is relatively well-suited. I doubt the virtual version will be playing host to any actual teaching any time soon, but if you're looking for a classic uni night out, it might be your best bet.