In the '60s they demonstrated against nuclear arms, and in the '90s they protested against fees - now students have successfully called for better recycling facilities.
London Mayor Ken Livingstone has credited pressure from university attendees for a project he has launched to improve their waste services.
Livingstone has set aside £132,678 from the London Recycling Fund for a project to upgrade recycling facilities at the 164 halls of residences across the capital.
Livingstone said: "At a recent People's Question Time meeting, students from Goldsmiths University called on me to help improve recycling services in universities.
"I am pleased to be able to offer this service, which will look at the individual needs of each hall of residence, and work with the boroughs, universities, students and reuse organisations to make sure that the students can recycle more.
"London still has a way to go to improve the amount it recycles, but services are now improving, making it easier for Londoners to recycle more.
"Seventy-eight per cent of Londoners now have a kerbside collection and students should now start to see big improvements in recycling services at their halls."