Some universities are famous for their academic programs, others for their lavish campuses. But other universities are infamous for much more sinister reasons. College campuses across the world have become home to ghostly spirits and paranormal activities of all kinds, from funny to sad to downright terrifying. These are the most haunted college campuses across the globe. Would you dare to go and visit for yourself?
Gettysburg College – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
It’s not surprising that Gettysburg University is home to some terrifying hauntings, as it is located at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg, which was a particularly bloody battle during the Civil War. Many students claim to have had unnerving interactions with ghosts of all sorts at school. Some of the more famous entities include “the armed lone sentinel” and the “blue boy” (an orphan boy who tragically froze to death).
University College London – London, England, UK
The University College London was founded in 1826 and has been haunting students ever since. Apparently, over 200,000 students over the years have come forward with ghostly accounts of hearing and seeing the same spirit. She is a young girl called Emma Louise, and she is said to appear to you if you say her name three times. She is said to have been killed in one of the tunnels in the school and has never left.
Heidelberg University – Heidelberg, Germany
This university in Germany was founded almost 700 years ago in 1386. During that time, the university was home to a clinic that performed forced sterilization on women. Understandably, students claim to hear the screams of these poor women around the campus at night, to this day. Not only that, but the university is also supposedly haunted by the spirits of professors who were brutally murdered by Nazis during WWII. They are said to haunt classrooms by writing messages on the boards during the night.
RMIT University – Melbourne, Australia
RMIT University is located right next to the Old Melbourne Gaol, which is famously one of the city’s most haunted areas. So it makes sense that both students and staff have reported tons of ghostly sightings over the years. Not only that, but students know that 5 of the school’s buildings become haunted hotspots after the sun goes down, so everyone knows to leave before then. study sessions in these buildings may turn out to be a little more interesting than expected.
Ateneo de Manila – Quezon City, The Philippines
Ateneo de Manila was founded in 1859, and was converted to a military camp during the Japanese Occupation of WWII. The university has had its share of interesting and creepy sightings, including mythical creatures as well as WWII Japanese soldiers rolling up cigarettes from that era, as if waiting for their next orders, outside of Cervine Hall.
University of St Andrews – St. Andrews, Scotland, UK
This gothic-style university makes for the perfect place for the dead to haunt. Apparently, there are so many ghosts and spirits living there, that it is considered to be one of the most haunted locations in Scotland. Some of the ghostly residents include monks, ladies, pipers, and even one of Mary Queen of Scots’ ladies in waiting who died of grief in one of the building’s old towers.
Chinese University of Hong Kong – Shatin, Hong Kong
Unlike the typical ghosts who haunt colleges around the world, the Chinese University of Hong Kong has a more terrifying spirit spooking the students. She is a woman, with a long black braid, who haunts one of the roads within the campus and attacks young male students who are walking alone. She is said to have been a young woman who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train, which led to her entire face being ripped clean off. Incidentally, the university does have a train station at the end of that same road she haunts.
Ohio University – Athens, Ohio, USA
According to paranormal enthusiasts, Ohio University was built on the remains of what used to be a cemetery full of unsanctified graves belonging to the Athens Lunatic Asylum. So it’s really not surprising that it is considered to be one of the most haunted colleges in the United States. One of the most famous legends from the campus is that of a dead body of a patient at the asylum from 1978 suddenly appeared at the school’s museum and art center. There have also been two mysterious student deaths in the same classroom, Room 428 in Wilson Hall.
University of Cambridge – Cambridge, England, UK
The University of Cambridge was founded all the way back in 1209, giving it plenty of time to gather up some ghostly hauntings over the years. The most famous ghost who apparently haunts the hallways to this day is Oliver Cromwell. He was the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and was executed there at the university. To make matters worse, they dug him up, hanged him, and then beheaded him three years later. It’s no wonder he’s too pissed off to move on, he still needs to find his head.
Nagasaki University – Nagasaki, Japan
When the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, the university was only a few hundreds meters away. Sadly, there were around 800 casualties at the school when the bomb hit. To this day, students often report ghost sightings, disembodied screams and cries, and even, to our horror, the smell of burning flesh wafting through the corridors.
La Trobe University – Melbourne, Australia
Before becoming the college it is today, La Trobe University housed mentally insane patients from the Mont Park Asylum. So it’s no wonder it has its fair share of horror stories, mostly of patients who died there and never left. One of the most famous stories is of a little girl who was a patient there, who was never allowed to play with her toys. Students report hearing a music box playing in the halls, which they assume to be the little girl playing with it now that she can. out in the night to do all the playing she was never able to do when she was alive.
University of Toronto – Toronto, Canada
On the University of Toronto’s campus, there is a building there called Christie Mansion, which belonged to a rich business owner (Robert Christie) around 1870. Christie kept his mistress in a hidden chamber there, but she ended up hanging herself from the rafters. Since then, the whole campus has been haunted, and is considered one of the most haunted places in Toronto.