9 Stunning University Buildings from Around the World

Here are 9 great candidates for the world's most stunning university buildings in the world.
Christopher McFadden
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What are some of the most stunning university buildings around the world? Luckily for you, you are about to find out -  at least according to the opinion of others. 

Ultimately what you consider beautiful or stunning will be up to you, but we have included some great candidates for you to consider. 


What is the prettiest college campus in the US?

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", as the famous saying goes. But, that being said, there are some things that are universally recognized as being good-looking things. 

According to sites like timeshighereducation.com, these ten are considered some of the prettiest college campuses in the United States. 

  • Berry College, Georgia.

  • University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado.

  • Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.

  • Stanford University, California
  • The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

  • Cornell University, New York.

  • University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

  • Princeton University, New Jersey.

  • Furman University, South Carolina.

  • University of Virginia, Virginia.

Which university is the most beautiful?

Ultimately only you can be the judge of that, but there are some great examples. According to insider.com, these are some of the most beautiful universities in the world.

  • Cambridge University, England

  • Oxford University, Oxford, England

  • University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

  • The National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

  • The University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland

  • Stanford University, Stanford, California

Which UC campus is most beautiful?

The University of California, founded in 1868, has become one of the most prestigious in the world. Like other large universities, it encompasses various campuses. 

These, according to californiacollegeprep.com, are the some most beautiful ones: -

  • Loyola Marymount University – Los Angeles.
  • Stanford University – Stanford. 
  • The University of San Diego – San Diego.
  • UCLA – Los Angeles. 
  • University of California, Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz. 
  • Point Loma Nazarene University – San Diego. 
  • Thomas Aquinas College – Santa Paula. 
  • Occidental College – Los Angeles. 

9 stunning university buildings from around the world

Here are some of the most widely considered stunning university buildings from around the world.

1. Main Building, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

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The main building of Lomonosov Moscow State University is one of the most stunning university buildings in the world. Designed by Lev Vladimirovich Rudnev, the building was completed in 1953.

At the time, it was the 7th-tallest skyscraper in the world and the tallest outside of New York. It truly is an impressive structure, and the university campus it resides covers an area of around 1.6 km2

2. Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, Tokyo Mode Gakuen, HAL Tokyo, Shuto Ikō/Japan

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Designed by Tange Associates, The Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower of Tokyo Mode Gakuen/HAL Tokyo is another beautiful university building. Nicknamed "The Giant Cocoon", for obvious reasons, it is the 17th tallest building in Tokyo. 

To date, it is also the second-tallest university building in the world and was awarded the 2008 Skyscraper of the Year by Emporis

3. Universiteitsbibliotheek KU Leuven, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

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The Universiteitsbibliotheek KU Leuven (Artes-Ladeuze Library) is a truly stunning university building. It was designed by Warren and Wetmore and was finally completed in 1928. 

Designed in the neo-Flemish Renaissance style, the original building was destroyed by fire during the Second World War.  It was rebuilt according to the original design of architect Whitney Warren.

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4. Main Building, Paris-Sorbonne University, Paris, France

The Main Building Sorbonne of Paris-Sorbonne University is another example of a truly magnificent university building. Built-in the neo-Renaissance architectural style, is located in the Latin quarter of the city of Paris.

The building and its campus were one of the first universities in the world and has become a world-renowned center of learning. Notable alumni include the likes of Marie and Pierre Curie and Thomas Aquinas

5. Church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza, The Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

The Church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza in Rome, Italy, used to form part of the Sapienza University of Rome. This university is one of the oldest in the world and was founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII. 

The church itself was built between 1642 and 1660 and was designed by the famous architect Francesco Borromini. It is widely considered a masterpiece of Roman Baroque architecture.

It formed the seat of the university until 1935.

6. The Great Quadrangle (Tom Quad), Christ College, The University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

The Quadrangle, more popularly known as Tom Quad, is one of the most recognized and beautiful university buildings in the world. It is the largest of its kind at Oxford, and work began on it in 1525.

7. Old Royal Palace, The University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

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Founded in 1290, The University of Coimbra is the oldest university in Portugal and one of the oldest in the world. One of its main campus buildings, The Old Royal Palace (and square), are, to this day, one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture in the world.

8. King's College Chapel, The University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

King's College Chapel at the University of Cambridge, is another unmistakable and magnificent university building. It is widely considered one of the finest examples of Perpendicular Gothic English architecture, and it was built over several phases between 1446 and 1515.

"The chapel is a significant tourist site and a commonly used symbol of the city of Cambridge." - Wikipedia.

9. Trinity College Library, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

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Trinity College Library of Trinity College, Dublin, is one of the most magnificent libraries you're ever likely to see. "It is a legal deposit or "copyright library", which means that publishers in Ireland must deposit a copy of all their publications there, free of charge." - Wikipedia.