9 Creepy Abandoned Schools & Universities


Decades of horror movies, Gothic novels and campfire stories have turned the phrase ‘abandoned school’ into a byword for creepy. Secluded, magnificent, ramshackle and almost overflowing with hidden memories, they exist in that weird borderland between haunting and juvenile – part Jane Eyre and part Scooby-Doo. But there’s no denying their pull, or the otherworldly quality found in photos of their abandoned dormitories and classrooms. Here we pick nine of the creepiest right on your doorstep:

Lillesden School for Girls (UK)






lillesden-school-for-girls-6 (Images: Blunders500 (website: markblundellphoto.com), reproduced with permission)

The archetypal abandoned boarding school, Lillesden School for Girls closed down in 1999 and has become a mecca for explorers, ‘radical’ artists and film crews ever since. Much, much bigger than it appears from the outside, this broken shell resembles at times a Chinese Puzzle Box – thanks in large part to the number of strange surprises stored beyond the various security doors. From the demonic graffiti in the old bathrooms, to the partially-collapsed gym and the occasional – unexpected – appearance of strange sculptures left by local art collectives, this great, shambling ruin contains enough weirdness to fill a particularly gothic carnival. It’s also the site of several cult films and TV shows of the past decade: with both 28 Days Later and Doctor Who filming scenes here.



  • thelackof

    Hello, the L’école de Médecine Vétérinaire (Belgium) also known as The Horror Labs was actually renovated and changed into apartment lofts according to my friend at http://www.abandonedplaygrounds.com

  • Tom

    Sorry for the appalling delay responding to your comment, thelackof, and thank you for the information 🙂 I’ll definitely check it out, and always nice to see old buildings repurposed for modern uses.