Before entering a university abroad, first of all think about the cost of education in the chosen university and its quality. However, no less important criteria are:
- the prices for life
- the security
- the mentality of local residents
- the atmosphere prevailing at the university.
For a comfortable study abroad, student should pay attention to the history of the university, its traditions and the buildings themselves. The campus of the institution plays an important role. Many factors depend on the location of the university:
- the number of students
- the availability of housing
- the ability to travel by public transport.
There are 3 types of campuses:
- in the city
- in the suburbs
- in the countryside.
Campuses in the city
Campuses in the city are the main type of university campuses. Famous educational institutions of the urban type: University of Vienna, University of Gottingen. Most often, university campuses are small or include several buildings throughout the city. The infrastructure of such campuses is usually not very developed: dormitories are located outside the university territory or are completely absent, cafes and canteens are often located outside the building, so students have to search for food on their own and look for housing, which causes additional transportation costs.
Most buildings are located in the city center, and not on its outskirts. The buildings of many educational institutions are architectural monuments of the XVI-XVIII centuries.
Students who choose a university in the city are immersed in its atmosphere, history and culture. This option is suitable for independent students who are used to living in a metropolis.
Benefits of city campuses:
- The opportunity to get a part-time job
- A large number of different events
- Developed public transport
- Dating outside of school
- Developed service sector.
- Large living expenses
- Bad ecology
- The probability of being distracted from the educational process.
Campuses in the suburbs
Suburban-type campuses are a cross between universities in the city and beyond. Universities located in the suburbs are usually located no further than 100-120 km from large cities. The area adjacent to them usually takes 200-300 acres: it contains everything you need for the learning process and everyday life. In the buildings classes, laboratories, gyms and dormitories are located close to each other. Thanks to the proximity to the city, students have the opportunity to attend various events and take internships in leading organizations.
Advantages of suburban campuses:
- Accommodation near the place of study
- The cost of housing is cheaper than in the city
- University atmosphere
- Lack of fuss.
- Additional transportation costs
- Less leisure options.
Campuses in the countryside
Campuses in rural areas occupy a vast territory, which can reach 2500 acres. The buildings are located themselves, where classes are held. You also can find here: dormitories, cafeterias, gyms, banks, etc. Examples of rural campuses: Korea Far Eastern University, one of the campuses of the University of Adelaide.
A student who chooses to study at a university in rural areas will spend all his time on the territory of the educational institution. The university management is trying to regularly organize various events so that the life of students is not boring.
The great advantage of campuses is the nature and beautiful views around. For students who choose educational programs related to the environment, studying in such buildings makes it possible to conduct research and consolidate all the knowledge gained in the process of education in practice.
Education on this campus is not suitable for all students. Those who are used to living in a busy city may not like living in a small town among farms. However, the option is suitable for students who value nature and love peace.
Rural Campus Benefits:
- Proximity to nature, good ecology
- Low cost of living
- The absence of distractions from learning factors
- Social connections within the university.
- Bad transport system
- Lack of a sufficient number of services outside the building
- Limited social circle
- Work only on campus.