A campus university is a university that is situated on one site, with student accommodation, teaching and research facilities, and leisure activities all together. For example, York, Nottingham, Warwick, Royal Holloway, Loughborough, Brighton are all campus universities. A non-campus or city campus is where the student accommodation, teaching and research facilities, and leisure activities are integrated within a city. For example, Sheffield Hallam, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Leicester and Edinburgh are all city campuses.
- Only students who live on campus
- Safer atmosphere
- Easy to get around
- Accessible student unions, gyms, bars on campus, easy to get to lectures
- Less privacy
- Limited space
- There may be too much going on
- More lively
- More choice of where to go out
- No need for buses home
- Sometimes seen as more “wild” but easier to get lost!
- Sometimes more expensive
- More responsibility
- Possible isolation from activities
Overall, deciding whether to go to a campus university or a non-campus university is a personal choice. Think about what is important to you. You may even want to put together a list of your own pros and cons because you need to make the decision that is best for you, your budget, and your own living style.
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