There is no better way to get to know a university before joining its student ranks than by visiting on Open Day. The intention is to check out facilities, talk to tutors, and maybe sneak a peek at the students’ union bar. But a wander around the grounds and surroundings can be just as important. Here are the most beautiful university campuses in the United Kingdom that are bound to inspire academic excellence.
1. Royal Holloway University of London
Initially, the main building of the university was used only as a women’s college, but now its infrastructure has expanded significantly – this includes an art gallery, church, kitchen, dining and lecture halls, and a library. On the territory of this university, surveys are often conducted. The campus area is 135 acres and includes parks with colorful vegetation – more than 20 species of shrubs, 150 species of trees, and many flowering plants.
2. University of Edinburgh
One of the oldest and most beautiful universities in Britain appeared in the Scottish capital back in 1583 by order of King James VI, although in those days permission to open a university was issued exclusively by the Pope. Several buildings of the University of Edinburgh belong to the Old City and have special historical value, therefore they are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List: for example, Georgian Old College, which has been working for almost 100 years. Today, the building houses, the faculty of law of the university, and the gallery of modern art.
3. University of Oxford
The exact date of the founding of this world-famous university, unfortunately, is unknown, but there is documentary evidence that the educational process here began in 1096. This makes Oxford the oldest university among the English-speaking higher schools in the world – it is also one of the most beautiful educational institutions. Oxford has a non-standard infrastructure: there is no single building; instead, 38 colleges and other buildings work. Many of them attract the eye with beauty and grandeur. But Radcliffe Camera, the modern library of the Bodleian educational complex (often referred to as the Bodleian library for convenience) deserves special attention. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that it stores a copy of each book printed in Britain or Ireland.
4. Cambridge University
The second oldest university in the world was founded at the beginning of the 13th century by a group of students from Oxford. Several teachers of the eminent university immediately moved here. Between higher schools, the unspoken rivalry for leadership in science and education continues today. The modern infrastructure of the university includes 8 museums, a botanical garden, and 31 colleges – all of them have an interesting history of origin, extensive well-groomed territory, and unique architecture.
5. Keele University
The campus is located near the picturesque city of Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire. From the university, you can quickly get to large and popular English cities: London, Manchester, and Liverpool. The university occupies 625 acres of land, which is almost two times more than the famous Hyde Park in the capital. The nature of the campus is magnificent: parks, lakes, rivers, forests, and a rich collection of cherry trees. Many students and university employees live on the territory of Keele University because there is everything you need – shops, cafes, pharmacies, and several accommodation options.
6. University of Glasgow
The university is on the 4th line in the list of the oldest universities in Britain plus is included in the list of the oldest higher schools in Scotland. A distinctive feature of the University of Glasgow is its unique infrastructure: it is a harmonious combination of brutalism and neo-Gothic style. The name of the university in Gaelic means “very green land”, which is symbolic since there are many parks and gardens on the campus.
7. Queen’s University Belfast
One of the oldest universities in Northern Ireland is among the ten oldest in Britain. Queen’s University Belfast campus has a surprisingly beautiful appearance: marble floors, ancient statues, and towers with ornament. In total, the university campus has more than 300 buildings with their own characteristics. The city of Belfast is considered one of the happiest to stay in Britain according to the rating of the Office of National Statistics 2016.
8. University of Greenwich
The University of Greenwich, another ancient university in Britain, consists of three campuses, one of which is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites is Old Royal Naval College. It is also considered the main campus. Hollywood films are often shot here: among the famous films are “Four Weddings and One Funeral,” “Gulliver’s Travels,” and “The King Says.” The university was designed by the famous architect Sir Christopher Wren. The second campus of the University of Greenwich is called Avery Hill – its style is distinguished by a combination of Victorian style and modern trends. The third campus is called Medway: it was built during the era of King Edward.
9. University of Bristol
Despite the fact that the university appeared in 1876, today it harmoniously combines ancient architectural elements and modern solutions. The campus is well equipped and includes many parks, gardens, and places for walking and relaxing. A distinctive feature of the university lies in its colorful Gothic architecture. One of the most striking examples is the painted ceiling in the local library.
10. Cardiff University
If compare this university with others on our list, it will be younger, but this did not prevent him from being on the list of the most beautiful universities in Britain. Three educational buildings on the campus – The Main Building, The Bute Building, and The Glamorgan Building – were created in unique styles by different architects. All buildings are located in the central part of Cardiff near Getaway Park. Cardiff University was ranked as one of the world’s top 154 Universities, reaching 25th in the world for Communication & Media Studies, 37th for Architecture/Built Environment, 43rd for Engineering – Mineral & Mining, and 50th for Dentistry, in addition to English Language & Literature, Geography, Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Psychology, and Social Policy & Administration all ranking in the top 100 according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
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