The Regent’s University London campus, situated in The Regent’s Park, is the envy of other institutions. With 11 acres of private gardens, our estate is a quiet, secluded haven in which to live and study.
Based in the heart of Regent’s Park, Regent’s University London occupies a site with a rich and diverse history, and a long tradition of education and achievement. The University campus was originally built for Bedford College, which moved to the park from nearby Bedford Square. Founded in 1849 by Elizabeth Jesser Reid, the college was the first higher education institution for women in the United Kingdom.
The campus, which opened in 1913, was designed by architect Basil Champneys in Queen Anne style. The Tate Library, designed by Sydney Smith, was built with £10,000 donated by Lady Amy Tate in memory of her husband Henry, founder of London’s Tate Gallery. The dome of the Astronomical Observatory, opened by the Astronomer Royal, remains in place, despite extensive damage to most of the buildings in the Second World War.
The Regent’s Park itself originally formed part of a large monastery estate owned by Barking Abbey, which was seized by Henry VIII in the late 1530s. Marylebone Park, as it was then known, remained a royal chase until 1646. It was John Nash, architect to the Crown and friend of the Prince Regent, who developed Regent’s Park, covering 197 hectares, as we know it today.
While you are here, don’t miss the Open-Air Theatre and Queen Mary’s Garden (with more than 30,000 roses) both a short walk from the University. If the weather is fine you might enjoy riding a pedalo on the lake or admire the floral arrangements, both in the University grounds and in the park.
For more on The Regent’s Park see www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/the-regents-park/about-regents-park/landscape-history
Regent’s University London is a meeting place for people from across the globe. With more than 140 nationalities represented on campus, we are the most internationally diverse university in the UK.
Our mission is to develop tomorrow’s global leaders. Our students learn in a supportive, personal environment and enter the world of work as leaders and entrepreneurs.
Regent’s is an independent and not-for-profit University. As a charity, our surplus income is re-invested in the student experience, rather than being paid as dividends to shareholders.
Our proximity to the centre of London means that everything the capital has to offer is on our doorstep. The city beyond provides a rich extension to the classroom. Our students are confident, cosmopolitan and connected. They become independent thinkers, prepared to make their mark in a globalised world.
Our graduates build successful international careers in a range of industries, as well as becoming entrepreneurs, starting their own companies, or returning to ensure the success of family businesses.