Picking unis purely on vibes? These are officially the most beautiful Russell Group unis

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Minus a lot of ugly, 1960s brutalist buildings, a lot of Russell Group uni campuses can be actually GORGEOUS and end up being the perfect addition to your Insta feed.

So much so that a lot of UK uni campuses have been used for filming films and TV shows, including Saltburn at Oxford, and One Day at Edinburgh. But which ones are the most beautiful?

Well, Immerse Education has looked at the number of Instagram and TikTok posts in the locations of the top unis in the UK to work out which ones are the most picturesque. So you can finally work out who’s got the bragging rights.

These are officially the most beautiful Russell Group uni campuses, in 2024:

10. University of Nottingham

Lenton might have also ranked in the most dangerous Russell Group student areas, but at least it made the list as one of the most beautiful campuses. Notts has 108,704 posts on Insta and 2,390 on TikTok making it the 10th most picturesque.

9. Newcastle University

Big up the North! With 113,924 posts under its Instagram hashtag and 2,445 on TikTok, Newcastle University is the 9th most beautiful Russell Group university campus in the UK.

8. University of Edinburgh

Of One Day fame, Edinburgh Uni is a fancy campus. So much so that 103,270 people decided to post it on their Insta feeds and 3,649 featured it in a TikTok. I’m just still crying about Dex and Emma tbh.

7. University of Leeds

Not only is Leeds Uni just a bloody good time but it also looks VIBES. So very vibey in fact that there are 134,663 Insta pics under the #UniversityofLeeds hashtag and 2,623 videos on TikTok.

6. King’s College London

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Despite there being 40 universities based in London, KCL is the only lucky one to make the list. UCL students everywhere crying right now. King’s has over 113,588 posts on Instagram of people admiring its campus and 4,595 TikTok videos.

5. University of Glasgow

Beating Edinburgh by a fair amount, the University of Glasgow is the fifth most beautiful university according to the number of Instagram and TikTok posts of it. In total, there are 146,499 Instagram posts and 2,354 TikToks of the campus.

4. University of Manchester

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A great night out, amazing vibes of a city and one of the prettiest campuses? It’s a win-win. Manchester is officially the fourth most aesthetic Russell Group uni with 151,899 posts under its hashtag on Instagram and 2,422 on TikTok.

3. University of Birmingham

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Okay bit of a rogue one, but you can guarantee that at LEAST 96 per cent of the people posting pics of the Birmingham campus are posting pics of Old Joe. Because, well what else? Birmingham has 160,482 Insta posts and 2,850 TikTok videos, making it the third most beautiful UK uni.

2. University of Cambridge

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You knew which two unis were gonna make the top two but ouch for Cambridge being pitted to the post by Oxford once again. With 335,459 Insta posts and a massive 20,000 TikTok videos under #CambridgeUniversity, Cambridge has nagged the second spot for most beautiful Russell Group unis.

1. University of Oxford

Yawn! What else were you expecting? As the oldest university in the UK, of course Oxford made the top spot. There are 459,408 Instagram posts tagged #OxfordUniversity, as well as 33,500 on TikTok.

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