Student Union- Sheffield Hallam university
Described by Reuters as “a mash up of a Jiffy Pop package, a salad spinner and a food processor” Sheffield Hallam's student's union (the HUBS is, if nothing else, unique). In their defence, it was designed for another purpose before being bought by the university. Why they didn't knock it down is another question altogether.
The Diamond- University of Sheffield
Any Sheffield students laughing at Hallam's inclusion can stop now. This red brick uni boasts one of the country's strangest modern buildings in The Diamond. The £81m monster hosts Sheffield's engineering department and was nominated for the 2016 Carbuncle cup, the prestigious prize for the worst new building in the country.
Humanities Building- University of Warwick
Warwick was built in the 60s so a few hideous buildings are to be expected. The worst of the bunch is probably the humanities building, a festival of beige and brown arranged into a series of rectangles.
G.E. Fogg Building- QMUL
Okay so the G.E. Fogg Building does look a bit like it's made ouf of Lego, and that is a good thing. It's also a good thing that took extra care to make the building's refurbishment environmentally friendly. Unfortunately it's not a good thing that the building looks quite, quite awful.
University Place- University of Manchester
The University of Manchester has one of the UK's most picturesque campuses (when it's not raining, at least), with many historic and beautiful buildings. Why they decided to add this UFO-column-thing is hard to fathom.
Physics Tower- University of Exeter
Exeter's physics tower looms large over the campus. It's a shame that such an imposing building is basically just a big rectangle with what looks like blinds on the outside.
Muirhead Tower- University of Birmingham
We've resisted describing any of these other buildings as Orwellian because that word fits the Muirhead building so well.
James Clerk Maxwell Building- University of Edinburgh
I mean, what is there to say?
Typewriter Building- Christ's College, Cambridge
A little known local law mandates that every Cambridge college must have at least one hideous building to balance out all the nice old ones. This entry from Christ's College is perhaps the most, uh, noteworthy.
International House- University of Nottingham
It's a little cruel to pick a picture of International House taken on an incredibly overcast day. That said, we doubt even a sunny day could redeem this pointy red thing of a building.
Robinson Library- Newcastle University
Pros: Robinson library kind of looks like a brutalist fortress.
Cons: No-one wants to spend eight hours doing their coursework in a brutalist fortress.
Chemistry Building- University College London
UCL has one of the oldest chemsitry departments in the country. Unfortunately the same can't be said for the department building. On a positive note, it looks like the kind of building Judge Dredd would work in, which is... good?
Arts and Social Sciences Library - University of Bristol
We can't decide what's more unfortunate: the building's design or the fact that it's name abbreviates to the ASS library.
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