Differences Between Campus and City Universities

Hi again!

This blog is going to be about how different campus universities are to city universities. My home uni is the University of Essex which is a campus uni, however I am currently on an exchange year in Melbourne, Australia, where I study at a city university called RMIT.

A campus university consists of everything being in one place. For example, the University of Essex is like a small village, which includes accommodation, shops, restaurants, bars, a night club, banks, a post office, sports fields, gym etc. Whereas, a city university has buildings all around the city, so not everything is in one place. For example, you may have to walk to a different street for class, or to go to the library.

People’s views on the two different types of universities differ, because some people prefer everything to be on their doorstep, as it is easier to navigate and the campus generally has a vibe to it. On the other hand, being at university in the middle of a city can be fun because you get to experience a whole new city. At home in Essex, I always tend to go to the SU Bar or Subzero to socialise with my friends, however at a city university there are many more different bars and clubs that you can experience. I feel that at campus universities, you tend to see more people you know around the campus, however at a city uni you are less likely to bump into someone you know as people are in different streets/locations at different times to you.

Below is a map of the University of Essex, as well as RMIT, which you can compare and see that the University of Essex is all situated in one place, whereas my university in Australia is located around different streets in the city.

colchester_outlet_mapUniversity of Essex (campus)

location-RMIToffice-MapRMIT (city)

I have not yet decided what type of university setting that I prefer. I feel that I like campus universities for their vibe and friendly village-like atmosphere, however with a city university, you are discovering and learning new things about the city everyday! I miss the greenery at the University of Essex, for example the sports fields, because at city universities it can sometimes be difficult to provide these close to the university buildings because of the built up area.

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