The 16 Most Beautiful College Campuses In The World.

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Part of the University of London was modeled after the Chateau de Chambord in France. This red brick building was once a college for women only, but now sits as part of the larger campus.

In the movies, universities are stately, red brick buildings filled with leather bound books and curious intellectuals. For the most part, the stereotypes aren't true -- my university was more ugly seventies architecture and parking lots than classic Gothic spires and green courtyards. However, inspiration for the movies had to be drawn from somewhere -- and likely from these, the most beautiful universities across the world. From Moscow to Boston and beyond, these old and ornate universities are known for their elaborate architecture and stunning views, often set against impressive backdrops in both urban and natural environments. After seeing the images below, you're going to wish you'd attended one of these prestigious universities -- or at the very least, you're going to want to visit.

Tim Stocker

At Oxford, the campus is known for its amazing spires and blonde stone. This is the Radcliffe Camera building, which is the focal point of the campus.

Tom Floyd

You couldn't include Oxford without mentioning Cambridge. The best building on Cambridge's campus is the King's College Chapel, which sits along a picturesque river.

Lee Nichols

Princeton is known for being built of grey stone covered in ivy, built in a neo-Gothic style. The campus sculpture is impressive as well, displaying work from artists like Picasso and Moore.

Suzanne Brignone

Mumbai University was built in the 19th century, and the stately Rjabai Tower in the middle of campus is modeled after Big Ben.

Leon Yaakov

Dating back to 1636, Harvard is the oldest university in the United States. Its red brick building are an unmistakable sight in Boston.


Xiamen University has one of the most scenic campuses in China, sat at the bottom of gorgeous mountains and surrounded by the ocean.

Never House

Bologna in Italy is the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088. As you can see, despite its age, the architecture is absolutely stunning.

Francesco Gasparetti

What makes Cape Town University's campus so spectacular isn't its buildings, but the mountainous setting around them.

Amien Phillips

Yale University's architecture ranges from 18th-century red brick colleges to modern buildings. Many of its famous neo-Gothic buildings were built in the early 20th century. The brick was splashed with acid to make it appear more aged.

Ken Zirkel

Queen's University Belfast was founded by Queen Victoria in 1845. It has over 300 buildings, and is reminiscent of an ancient castle.

Gerard Callaghan

Moscow State University looks like an elaborate hotel or theme park, but it's actually one of the most prestigious universities in the country.

Alexey Kljatov

Otago University in New Zealand sits beside a river, and the entire campus is made of of neo-Gothic structures like these.

Luke McCulloch

Toronto University was founded in 1827, and is comprised of massive Romanesque and Gothic Revival-inspired buildings.

Keith Armstrong

Salamanca University in western Spain was founded in the 13th century, built in the traditional, elaborate Spanish style called "plateresque." There are carvings all on the outside of the building, including one of a frog perched on a skull (said to bring good luck to those who can find it).

Mariusz Kluzniak

The quadrangle at Sydney University is absolutely stunning. The Great Hall was based off of the Great Hall of Westminster, and it's arguably one of the most beautiful buildings in the country.