Future students usually consider a variety of factors when deciding what colleges to apply to. While location, tuition and majors available are among the key aspects weighed, for some students, there’s another component they consider very important in the decision making process – the beauty of the campus. It may seem like a superficial reason to choose a specific institution, but the truth is that the campus plays a big role in your college life. You’re choosing a place you will call home for the most important period of your youth, and it’s only natural that you’d like to actually enjoy walking through the campus every day.
Here we have narrowed 5 of the most beautiful college campuses in the world. Have fun checking them out!
1. Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada
The Royal Roads University campus surrounds the magnificent Hatley Castle, the institution’s main building, and spreads over 260 hectares of rich, green land, where students can enjoy the plentiful hiking, biking and walking trails, as well as superb examples of Canadian west coast plant and animal life, all guarded by the Olympic mountain range that can be seen in the background. Nature lovers will surely love this place, but the campus has something of interest for everyone, regardless of preferences.
2. University of Cape Town, South Africa
Founded in 1829 as a boys-only school, UCT is the oldest university in South Africa and one of the leading research and teaching institutions on the whole continent. The Upper Campus – the main campus – is centered on the iconic Jameson Hall, the place where most important examinations, graduations, and other ceremonial events take place. This stunning site looks up towards Devil’s Peak and out towards the city and allows students to enjoy over thirty different sports and social clubs throughout the year.
3. John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
JHU’s main campus, Homewood is a beautiful 140-acre estate giving home to two libraries, dozens of research labs, administrative buildings and residence halls, as well as athletic and recreational facilities. Admire the iconic Gilman Hall and the clock tower and feast your eyes on the red brick buildings, while strolling on picturesque tree-lined trails.
4. University of Otago, New Zealand
Established in 1869, University of Otago is New Zealand’s first university and one of the leading postgrad research institutions in the world. Otago’s campus, located at the edge of the Botanic Garden in Dunedin, is world-renowned for offering students a vibrant cultural life and unrivalled college experience. Surrounded by lush nature, the campus offers plenty of enticing opportunities for students who like to spend time in the great outdoors.
5. University of Coimbra, Portugal
Located on a hill overlooking the ancient city, University of Coimbra is centuries old and its main campus is one of the most beautiful places one would hope to at least visit. The main building, the Royal Palace of Alcacova, will simply leave you breathless, and the campus is home to numerous other imposing buildings, dating back to the 12th, 16th and 17th centuries, all holding impressive architectural characteristics specific to the periods when they were constructed. A walk around Coimbra’s main campus is like going on a journey back in time.