Universities are supposed to be known for their academic excellence more than anything else. However, you can’t deny that some are really spectacular looking too. Which ones are the most beautiful? That’s all in the eye of the beholder. Naturally the following list is subjective but if ‘pretty’ is one of your criteria for choosing a centre of higher learning, you may want to start with these most beautiful universities in the world.
1. University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
The United Kingdom has some gorgeous university campuses but the one that really captures the imagination is Oxford University, the oldest in the English-speaking world. There is no single campus. Instead, its buildings are located all around the city and have turned Oxford into what poet Matthew Arnold called the ‘city of dreaming spires’. The first university building was the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, dating from at least the middle of the 13th century. As the university grew through the ages, more buildings in a variety of styles were added. Some of these architectural treasures include the 17th century Bodleian Library and 18th century additions like the Radcliffe Camera, the Clarendon Building and the Ashmolean Museum. Neo-Gothic styles abound too, for instance in the form of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.