While finding the right course is the key to deciding which university to attend, it’s also important to find somewhere that has the right ambience and fits in with your lifestyle. If you feel comfortable in your place of study then you’re in the best possible learning environment.
There is a range of campuses around the UK some featuring futuristic architecture and others feeling reassuringly ancient. Here’s our quick guide to some of the coolest campuses in the country:
10. Queen Mary University of London
The Queens’ building was originally the Queen’s Hall of the People’s Palace and was opened by Queen Victoria in 1887. The forecourt features a well maintained garden and attractive Victorian clock tower.
Mile End is the main campus at Queen Mary’s and includes student accommodation, a number of lecture theatres and the university’s main library.
University website: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/
9. University of Glasgow
The Gilbert Scott building is one of the country’s finest examples of Gothic revival architecture with a distinctive tower and tree-lined quadrangles. From the confines of this building, students are just minutes away from the beautiful parkland of Kelvin Grove or the lively bars and restaurants in Glasgow’s West End.
University website: https://www.gla.ac.uk/
8. Queen’s University Belfast
Queen’s University Belfast was founded by Queen Victoria in 1845. There are more than 250 buildings on campus and 98 of them are listed.
The centrepiece is the Tudor Gothic style Lanyon building which opened in 1849. Students will find everything they need on campus including the union, the library and restaurants all within walking distance of the student accommodation.
University website: http://www.qub.ac.uk/
7. University of Sussex
The University of Sussex overlooks the stunning South Downs National Park. This great natural beauty is contrasted by the modernism of the Falmer building. The original design incorporated the natural landscape to preserve the mature tree belt and throughout the years the university continued planting and created beautiful green spaces on campus.
University website: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/
6. Cardiff University
The Cathays Park can found right in the centre of the vibrant Welsh capital. It’s a beautiful place to study with Portland stone buildings and wide tree-lined avenues. The Student’s Union is right at the heart of the campus which also includes several libraries, state of the art facilities all within walking distance of many student residences.
University website: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk
5. Durham University
The Durham City campus is home to some of the most stunning architecture in the world. The University was founded at Durham Castle in 1832 by Bishop Van Mildert. Following his death it was handed over to the University and is now home to University College, the oldest college in the university. The Castle is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Durham Cathedral.
University website: https://www.dur.ac.uk/