Everyone knows Cambridge is pretty, Oxford's not bad either, etc etc, but have you ever ogled at Otago University in New Zealand? Or Xiamen University, China. Or Aarhus University in Denmark (and that one really is impressive).
We teamed up with Disney Pixar's Monster's University, to bring you some of the most beautiful universities in the world.
Although none of them have any monster attendees, it's worth a look anyway.
University of Cambridge, UK.
Established in the early 13th Century, Cambridge is regarded as very beautiful, and also one of the best universities in the world. The most famous building at Cambridge, King’s College Chapel, is a great example of Gothic architecture.
University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Set against the unique background of natural South Africa, Cape Town University is the second oldest university in Africa. The main campus area is located near the slopes of Devil’s Peak, with the mountains looming ominously above the main buildings. There's also lions on campus. Maybe.
Pepperdine University, America.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California, Pepperdine is hard to beat when it comes to breath-taking views. Its iconic Mediterranean architecture adds to the coastal feel of the campus, making it a very lovely place to study.
Moscow State Building, Russia.
The statuesque main building of Moscow State stands apart from the rest. Its stately features are reflected it a pool at its base—though relatively young, the university is still a striking feature of Moscow, along with the bears.
University of Otago, New Zealand
Situated in the already picturesque New Zealand, this university’s campus simply builds off of the natural beauty around it. The buildings combine both the old and new, while blending seamlessly with the green spaces and the Leith River winding through the heart of campus. It also has lovely blossoms, as you can see.
University of Oxford, UK.
Going back to Old Blighty, Oxford is a rather attractive university. Although it does not have a central ‘campus,’ its 38 unique colleges are each beautiful in their own respect. Highlights include Christchurch, Magdalen College, and New College. Centuries of various architecture can be found within meters of each other, and it truly makes visiting Oxford a magical experience.
The Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland
The face of the university, the Lanyon Building, was built in 1849 in the Tudor Gothic style. Though not all of the university buildings adhere to this aesthetic, the red brick provides a warm welcome to all those who visit.
Mount Holyoke College, America.
Nestled in Massachusetts, the all-female college campus was built starting in the 1890s. Features include stunning waterfalls, lakes, riding trails, and even a designated botanic garden.
The University of Sydney, Australia.
The oldest university in Australia, the engaging Sydney University campus is spread across two suburbs. Architecture ranges from modern to Neogothic, the style of the Quadrangle and Great Tower buildings seen here.
Xiamen University, China.
Situated by the Xiamen bay, the campus backs up into the foothills of green mountains. Serene views and a mix of modern and classic Chinese architecture greet visitors to the campus, which is one of the main tourist attractions in Xiamen. Which is in the southeast of China.
Aarhus University, Denmark.
Planned and constructed in the 1930s while still continuing construction into today, Aarhus University is one of the more recent universities on the list. The campus has a unified, cohesive look, achieved by fabricating all buildings with a yellow brick. Its location among a hilly park forms an inviting place to take a stroll.
University of Virginia, America.
The quintessential southern US university, UVA is known for its Jeffersonian architecture, broad green spaces, and use of red brick throughout the campus. Its main building and symbol of the university, The Rotunda, showcases white columns and has inspired similar architecture across the United States.
University of Rostock, Germany.
Rostock is one of the oldest universities in the world, with its beginnings dating back to 1419. However, it has continued to develop in the 21st Century with modern buildings like the library contrasting with older architecture for the main building and the Institute of Anatomy.
Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland.
With buildings spreading throughout the city of Wroclaw, this university has diverse range of building types with emphasis on modernist designs. Its main facilities are clustered near the calm Oder River.
Peking University, China.
The unique aspect of this campus is its location—the former Qing Dynasty royal gardens. Many beautiful traditional Chinese structures, such as pagodas, bridges, houses and gardens remain because of this historical link, and many travel to northwest Beijing to tour the campus.