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. If you feel comfortable in your place of study then you're in the best possible learning environment. There are a range of campuses around the UK some featuring futuristic architecture and other's feeling reassuringly ancient. Here’s our quick guide to some of the coolest campuses in the country.
10. Queen Mary University of London
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4. University of Birmingham
The red-brick Chancellor’s Court is the main building of the University of Birmingham. It was designed by Sir Aston Webb who famously designed the façade of Buckingham Palace. The clock tower at the heart of courtyard stands at almost 100 metres tall and can be seen across the whole of the city.
3. Bath Spa University
Bath Spa is a modern university in a period setting. Newton Park Campus is a beautiful parkland estate leased from the Duchy of Cornwall. The beautiful trees, nature reserve and 14th century buildings hide a contemporary educational establishment packed with cutting edge technology.
The prestigious University College London’s Bloomsbury Campus is found right in the heart of London. The iconic main building was designed by William Wilkins, a pioneer of the new-Grecian style who most famously designed the National Gallery. Work began on the main building in 1827 and the plans were finally completed 158 years later in 1985. Located right in the heart of London, students have the city at their fingertips with fantastic museums, great restaurants and STUDENT ACCOMMODATION LONDON readily available.
1. University of Nottingham
Nottingham’s University Park Campus is set in 300 acres that include extensive parklands, beautiful period buildings and an attractive lake. The campus is located two miles from the city centre but functions like an idyllic self-contained town with everything on hand for students including halls of residence, a library, gym, bars and restaurants.
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