The most beautiful university campuses in the UK

University of Birmingham, photo by NickGeo on

Some of the oldest and most famous universities in the world are located in the UK, and there are probably few people who haven’t heard of age-old, respected, and envied institutions like Oxford or Cambridge. Few people have the privilege of attending these universities, but at least anyone with an interest in architecture and fancy university campuses can take a walk on their grounds. If you want to see some of the most beautiful university campuses in the UK, either if you’re looking for prospective schools or if you’re just curious about how the British student populations lives nowadays, here are some tips for you.

Keele University, Newcastle-uner-Lyme, Staffordshire

Keele University, photo by Robert Shufflebotham on

Keele University is fairly young, and it was founded in 1949 as a university advocating a broad curriculum and interdisciplinary studies. Keele’s campus is the largest campus on a single site in the UK. The sprawling university estate has plenty of parkland, woods, and it has a rural feel thanks to the mostly 19th century buildings. The Keele campus is a very interesting combination of state of the art technology and elegant Victorian architecture.

University of Birmingham, Birmingham, West Midlands

The University of Birmingham is one of the prestigious so-called redbrick universities of the UK, and its main campus is located at the outskirts of the vibrant city of Birmingham. Coming out of the bustling city center and entering the campus will make you feel like stepping back in time, especially if the students are not around. The most interesting buildings on the campus are Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the Winterbourne Botanic Garden, and Lapworth Museum of geology.

University of Notthingham, East Midlands

Notthingham University Lake, photo by Richard Riley on Flickr

The main campus of the University of Notthingham, the University Park Campus, is sprawled on a 330 acre land and it has been the historic home of the university since its foundation. The campus was built around a lake and a famous clocktower, and it often feels more like a lavish park than a university. This campus is universally recognized as one of the most beautiful university campuses in the UK, which is not a surprise for anyone who has ever visited it.

Swansea University, Wales

Swansea’s campus has a huge advantage over many other campuses in the country: it is located next to the first area of outstanding natural beauty in the UK, the magnificent Gower Peninsula. What makes the campus of Swansea Uni really great is the fact that it is located just outside the city center, in the middle of an urban park – it’s like being inside and outside the city at the same time.

Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, Devon

Streatham Campus, photo by Pierre Terre on

Many of the students who attend the University of Exeter will tell you that they simply fell in love with the campus, and that sounds like a pretty good reason to anyone who has ever set foot on the university’s Streatham Campus. The lakes, the parklands and the gardens, the historic buildings and the relaxed atmosphere make this campus a great place for fun and for learning.

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