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 atmosphere that suits your lifestyle. And if you feel comfortable in your place of study then it goes without saying that you’re in the best possible learning environment to get the most out of your time at university.
Across the UK, there are lots of campuses to suit your studying needs. Whether it’s something with a modern vibe or a campus of old that’s reassuringly traditional, a bit of research will turn up something you’re looking for. Here’s our quick guide to some of the coolest campuses in the country.
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, making students feel as if they’ve been transported back to a completely different time period.
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/
The fourth oldest university in the United Kingdom, the University of Glasgow’s campus makes student work and play a breeze. A library, museums and several galleries are nearby for students looking to soak up some extra knowledge, while the city’s 700+ bars and clubs mean you’ll never be short of places to let your hair down.
The campus has some impressive design credentials too. 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/
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, a seriously impressive feat of architecture.
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/
The University of Sussex overlooks the stunning South Downs National Park. This incredible natural beauty is contrasted by the modernism of the Falmer building, a sports complex that’s perfect for students looking to get their pulse racing. The original design incorporated the natural landscape to preserve the mature tree belt and, throughout the years, the university continued planting to create beautiful green spaces on campus. When the sun’s out in the summer, students take their studies outdoors and relax in the heat.
University website: HTTPS://WWW.SUSSEX.AC.UK/
The Cathays Park can be 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. With the union right at the heart of the campus, students can make use of several libraries and all manner of state-of-the-art facilities, all within walking distance of many student residences.
University website: HTTPS://WWW.CARDIFF.AC.UK
Home to some of the most stunning architecture in the world, the city of Durham boasts a fantastic campus experience whichever college you belong to. 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.
There’s some serious cred to be found here, with the cathedral and castle both holding UNESCO World Heritage Site status, making for an incredible skyline view. And if you’re looking for something extracurricular, the 200+ clubs and societies are sure to keep you busy.
University website: HTTPS://WWW.DUR.AC.UK/
The red-brick Chancellor’s Court is the main building of the University of Birmingham, a campus that’s been described as being like its own little city. Designed by Sir Aston Webb, who is famous for being the mastermind behind the façade of Buckingham Palace, it’s now a blend of historic buildings and more modernist creations, all across an unbelievable 276-acre layout. The clock tower at the heart of the courtyard stands at almost 100 metres and can be seen across the whole of the city.
What’s more, the uni invests over £1m per week on the estate, ensuring things are constantly refreshed and in top condition.
University website: HTTPS://WWW.BIRMINGHAM.AC.UK/
Bath Spa is a modern university located in a period setting. Newton Park Campus, for example, is a beautiful parkland estate leased from the Duchy of Cornwall. With lush trees, a nature reserve and 14th-century buildings, the traditional environs of the city hide a contemporary educational establishment packed with cutting-edge technology.
University website: HTTPS://WWW.BATHSPA.AC.UK/
The prestigious University College London’s Bloomsbury Campus is found right in the heart of London. A treat for those who appreciate impressive architecture, the iconic main building was designed by William Wilkins, a pioneer of the new-Grecian style who famously designed the National Gallery. Work began on the main building in 1827 and the plans were finally completed 158 years later, in 1985. Students who study here have the city at their fingertips, with fantastic museums, great restaurants and some superb accommodation readily available.
University website: HTTPS://WWW.UCL.AC.UK/
Flexible and varied, the University of Nottingham’s many campuses make it a highly desirable place to study. Take its University Park Campus, for example. It’s set in 300 acres that include extensive parklands, beautiful period buildings and an attractive lake, making it one of the most picturesque campuses in the UK. Located two miles from the city centre, it seems to function more like an idyllic self-contained town, with everything on hand for students including halls of residence, a library, gym, bars and restaurants.
University website: HTTPS://WWW.NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK/
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