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Dreamy University Campuses in Movies

Published: January 26, 2017

It doesn’t take a genius to understand that movie settings can make or break a film. Some movies and tv series are forever remembered for their brilliant sets and real live locations. People are inspired by them and even try to recreate them (Monica Geller’s yellow door picture frame anyone?) In light of one of the biggest events in the film industry – this week’s Oscar nominations for 2017, we decided to look at some of the most featured university campuses in movies.


University of Southern California

University of Southern California featured in a number of well-known movies including one of the, arguably, most iconic movies of all times – Forrest Gump. The famous ‘life is like a box of chocolates’ scene was shot here. Apart from the 1994 hit, the USC campus also appeared on Legally Blond, The Graduate and Ghostbusters.


Want to know what it’s like to study at the home of Forrest Gump’s bench? Read Shradha’s blog from USC.


University of Toronto

This Canadian alma mater to figures like Malcolm Gladwell, Donald Sutherland and Margaret Atwood rightfully earned a place in our list. It was featured in movies like Good Will Hunting, Mean Girls, Paper Chase or Searching for Bobby Fischer. No surprise here, just have a look at the University of Toronto’s  magnificent St. George Campus.



University of Oxford

This list would not be complete without at least one of the Oxbridge universities. Due to its beautiful architecture and mysterious atmosphere, University of Oxford is often a first choice for dreamy or fantasy films such as The Golden Compass, An Education, or, obviously our favourite, the Harry Potter series. Who hasn’t dreamed of celebrating Christmas here? Swoon!





Located in the ‘city of love’ and being one of the oldest universities in the world, Sorbonne acted as a back drop to a number of movies. With international reputation and an impressively long list of notable alumni such as Marie Curie, Jacqueline Kennedy, Francois Villon and Jean Luc Godard, Sorbonne provides an atmosphere of grandeur, which serves romance – Mr. Morgan’s Last Love – and surreal pictures such as Inception. Have a look at what student life looks like here in the oldest university of France.



Article written by Tereza Gladisova, a contributing editor at StudyAdvantage covering stories in education, media and entertainment.



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