What are the differences between campus, city and collegiate universities?

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Campus universities have all (or most of) their buildings close together in one place that is often just outside a city. This creates a 'campus' that is like a very small town with student accommodation, leisure facilities and teaching and research facilities all very close to each other. The benefits of this are students living on campus have everything they need to study and socialise all easily within walking distance. Examples of campus universities in the UK include Warwick, Nottingham and Sussex.

Alternatively, city universities have their buildings and accommodation spread across the city where they are based. Although this means it is less convenient for the students, they can get a more rounded experience as they live in the city just as they would after university. It also means that they have a greater range of options when it comes to sporting facilities and socialising. Examples of UK city universities include Manchester, and Imperial and LSE in London.

Finally, there is the collegiate system that a few universities use in the UK. The universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham are the only ones to use this system that merges the two ideas of campus and city. Each university has buildings spread throughout the town in which it is based, but has a number of separate colleges that the students live, study and socialise (to an extent) in, like tiny campuses. This creates strong communities within each college, which all put together create the larger community of the university.