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    University of Exeter
    160
    6.90%
    University of Sussex
    49
    2.11%
    Bangor University
    31
    1.34%
    Keele University
    79
    3.41%
    University of Nottingham
    229
    9.88%
    University of Bristol
    101
    4.36%
    University of Oxford
    454
    19.59%
    Royal Holloway, Uni of London
    154
    6.64%
    University of Cambridge
    614
    26.49%
    University of St Andrews
    127
    5.48%
    University of Birmingham
    179
    7.72%
    University of Aberdeen
    31
    1.34%
    University of Greenwich
    56
    2.42%
    Queen's University Belfast
    54
    2.33%

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    Based on this shortlist:

    https://blog.holidaylettings.co.uk/m...ies-campus-uk/

    Which UK University do you think has the prettiest campus?:beard:

    Post your thoughts below.

    I know who I'm voting for...:dance:

    STUDENTS: Defend your universities with honour!!!!:sparta:
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    Update no. 1:

    Cambridge take an early lead after just 2 hours.:beard:

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    I'm not really sure it's fair to include Oxford and Cambridge on the list, as they're not actually campus universities and own half their respective cities - so they have a lot more "beauty" to potentially draw from

    For it's many faults, barring some of the horrible buildings - old and new (and the fact it's on a soul crushing hill) - Exeter is quite a charming little campus, if you're into that. However it was much nicer before the sprawling forum was set up, or so I'm told by the old hands there, with more little wooded pathways between the buildings and so on.
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    (Original post by artful_lounger)
    I'm not really sure it's fair to include Oxford and Cambridge on the list, as they're not actually campus universities and own half their respective cities - so they have a lot more "beauty" to potentially draw from

    For it's many faults, barring some of the horrible buildings - old and new (and the fact it's on a soul crushing hill) - Exeter is quite a charming little campus, if you're into that. However it was much nicer before the sprawling forum was set up, or so I'm told by the old hands there, with more little wooded pathways between the buildings and so on.
    I suppose each college is effectively it's own campus then. I just used the list from the linked article.

    Exeter was popular in the article too. Still not my choice though...

    P.S. You didn't vote for Exeter:confused:
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    (Original post by 04MR17)
    I suppose each college is effectively it's own campus then. I just used the list from the linked article.

    Exeter was popular in the article too. Still not my choice though...

    P.S. You didn't vote for Exeter:confused:
    Oh that's because Exeter doesn't even begin to compare to Cambridge While some qualities of the campus are nice, Cambridge is like that but...everywhere (well, everywhere I go ). It's also FLAT which immediately gets my vote :x
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    (Original post by artful_lounger)
    Oh that's because Exeter doesn't even begin to compare to Cambridge While some qualities of the campus are nice, Cambridge is like that but...everywhere (well, everywhere I go ). It's also FLAT which immediately gets my vote :x
    Not flat going up to Murray Edwards or anywhere up there (not even thinking about Girton...)
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    Update no. 2:

    3 hours in and Oxford and Keele have scores on the leader-board. Can they reach the heights of Cambridge who are still storming ahead?

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    (Original post by 04MR17)
    Not flat going up to Murray Edwards or anywhere up there (not even thinking about Girton...)
    Pfft, why would I ever go to Girton

    Still, it's not too bad overall om that front, and you have Jesus Green, the Midsummer Common, Christ's Piece and so on that anyone can enjoy even before you get to the college and university grounds themselves, along with the many historic and listed buildings around the city otherwise (many of which are associated with the university some way or another otherwise ofc...).

    When you include the actual university sites, and moreover the college grounds themselves...
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    (Original post by artful_lounger)
    Pfft, why would I ever go to Girton

    Still, it's not too bad overall om that front, and you have Jesus Green, the Midsummer Common, Christ's Piece and so on that anyone can enjoy even before you get to the college and university grounds themselves, along with the many historic and listed buildings around the city otherwise (many of which are associated with the university some way or another otherwise ofc...).

    When you include the actual university sites, and moreover the college grounds themselves...
    I think this is suppose to be sticking to university (i.e. college) grounds. You're giving me some significant nostalgia here artful....:daydreaming:
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    Having visited well over 60 universities in my career, then I'd actually go for St Andrews over Cambridge.

    St Andrews is far more consistently attractive, while parts of Cambridge are an eye sore (some of the Mill Lane buildings, Robinson College, plenty of the faculty building like History or Engineering, and most of the Sidgwick site).

    Plus there's a calmer feel to St Andrews - none of the getting run over by cyclists every time you try to cross the street and only a fraction of the tourists. Plus it wins as it has a beach.
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    (Original post by 04MR17)
    I think this is suppose to be sticking to university (i.e. college) grounds. You're giving me some significant nostalgia here artful....:daydreaming:
    Well I mean, TECHNICALLY Jesus Green and Christ's Piece ARE college grounds unless they've offloaded them to the council ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    There are plenty of ugly buildings to be fair *cough*the entire west site*cough*

    Unless you like gaudy boxes with questionable cladding I suppose
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    (Original post by artful_lounger)
    Well I mean, TECHNICALLY Jesus Green and Christ's Piece ARE college grounds unless they've offloaded them to the council ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    There are plenty of ugly buildings to be fair *cough*the entire west site*cough*

    Unless you like gaudy boxes with questionable cladding I suppose
    Brutalism is on the decline.:sadnod: Queens' typewriter building comes to mind...:rolleyes:
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    (Original post by J-SP)
    Having visited well over 60 universities in my career, then I'd actually go for St Andrews over Cambridge.

    St Andrews is far more consistently attractive, while parts of Cambridge are an eye sore (some of the Mill Lane buildings, Robinson College, plenty of the faculty building like History or Engineering, and most of the Sidgwick site).

    Plus there's a calmer feel to St Andrews - none of the getting run over by cyclists every time you try to cross the street. Plus it wins as it has a beach.
    Interesting.:beard:

    Didn't know it had a beach!

    And I have to say I found that Bristol had more bikes than Cambridge....

    At Cambridge I was more concerned about the huge buses on the narrow streets.
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    (Original post by 04MR17)
    Brutalism is on the decline.:sadnod: Queens' typewriter building comes to mind...:rolleyes:
    I think the major issue is the typical materials used in brutalist structures tend to weather really poorly in the UK climate, so they quickly look a lot uglier than they would otherwise. I do loathe the DAB...

    I much prefer the Sainsbury lab; it has the (sometimes) nice modernist style but rendered in the sandstone like materials to evoke the classical college structures. Probably one of my favourite buildings - they should use it as a model for the west sites stuff imo xD Probably helps to have the lush botanic gardens foliage framing it though
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    Cardiff student here, and I love the look of our uni, but I have to give my vote to Aberdeen. The history in those stones is breathtaking for anyone's ocular receptors to be graced with witnessing.
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    (Original post by CastCuraga)
    Cardiff student here, and I love the look of our uni, but I have to give my vote to Aberdeen. The history in those stones is breathtaking for anyone's ocular receptors to be graced with witnessing.
    Scotland enters the race!!!:dance:
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    (Original post by artful_lounger)

    There are plenty of ugly buildings to be fair *cough*the entire west site*cough*
    Hey! One of those ugly buildings has just been grade 1 listed!
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    Scotland enters the race!!!:dance:
    If any Scottish uni is going to win it'll be St. Andrews or Edinburgh :rofl: Old Aberdeen is definitely an acquired taste in the way St.A and Edin aren't ^^;
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    (Original post by artful_lounger)
    I think the major issue is the typical materials used in brutalist structures tend to weather really poorly in the UK climate, so they quickly look a lot uglier than they would otherwise. I do loathe the DAB...

    I much prefer the Sainsbury lab; it has the (sometimes) nice modernist style but rendered in the sandstone like materials to evoke the classical college structures. Probably one of my favourite buildings - they should use it as a model for the west sites stuff imo xD Probably helps to have the lush botanic gardens foliage framing it though
    Everyone is welcome to their architectural preferences. I saw a news piece last year (or so...) arguing that we need to stop demolishing all these brutalist buildings because there'll be non left at this rate. The point behind the design was always about the practicality of the interior, never the aesthetic of the exterior.
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    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    hey! One of those ugly buildings has just been grade 1 listed!
 
 
 
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