One of the most advanced centres of research on Earth, the University has been the victim of irreversible decay. It somehow continued to work in the first years after the Blackout, but most activity ceased. Several teachers and staff members moved to the University and permanently inhabited the Library of Core, in the University campus.

The rest of the University was occasionally raided by gangs, and eventually some faculties became their headquarters. While the authorities were busy with masive immigration and the gates closed at last, gangs reigned supreme for several days and attacked as many government buildings as possible, including police stations, the city hall and the University. Many members of the staff escaped, but several women were caught and raped, and the men who tried to fight all died or were killed.

Several days later, when the police stations and the city hall had been cleared, the authorities retook the campus.