They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but you’d be hard pressed not to see the beauty in these 10 European universities
It’s true that you must first look at the teaching and learning facilities that a university offers when choosing which one to attend, but it doesn’t hurt to scroll through some images of the campus too, to see if it fits the environment you’re looking for. Here at Times Higher Education Student we have done some of this research for you and compiled a list of the European universities that boast spectacular architecture and plush green spaces that should not be ignored.
Many of the most beautiful universities in Europe are also some of the oldest in the world, and their beauty and grandeur have certainly not diminished over time. But some of the more newly established universities are also featured in this list and offer a more contemporary aesthetic with modernist buildings and art features.
1. University of Bologna, Italy
The University of Bologna in Italy is regarded as the world’s oldest university, having been founded in 1088. As well as being the oldest continually running university, it is a strong contender as not just one of the most beautiful universities in Europe but perhaps even in the world. I know. Bold claim. Pictured below is the Palazzo Poggi, one of the main buildings of the university that houses three of the university’s museums with exhibitions on natural history, anatomy and obstetrics, and physics and chemistry. There are many buildings within the university that you should put on your must-visit list, including the Collegio di Spagna, a pink, cloistered building incorporating both Gothic and Renaissance elements in its design. As well as the exquisite architecture, the university is home to a 2 hectare botanical garden.
8. Grenoble Alpes University, France
Not many university campuses could claim to have three mountain ranges as part of their campus, but Grenoble Alpes University has managed just that. Situated in the French city of Grenoble, the university sits adjacent to the French Alps and the views are breathtaking. The university is well known for encouraging its students to get outside and breathe in the fresh mountain air, and with 175 hectares, that won’t be difficult. Once you’ve managed to take your eyes off the stunning mountain views, the cutting-edge buildings are also worth checking out.