I am Korean Enlish learner:)

I want to know the difference between "on campus" and "at campus" .

I'm not sure when to put preposition 'on' and 'at' before ' campus'.

I am curious about the usage becuse my teacher said we can use both "at" and "on" with the word "school".


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The commonest preposition I have read and used is 'on' with campus. That said, on campus or on a campus sounds fine. But, on the campus seems a little strange to me.

On the other hand, 'the campus' is possible but I'd then change the preposition - at the campus to denote that we are talking about a specific or definite campus. Additionally, at campus sounds very strange, and I'm not sure whether it's correct! N-gram for all this.

  • Take a look here dictionary.cambridge.org/es/gramatica/gramatica-britanica/… According to these rule, shouldn't be "at"? "with school/college/university"
    – RubioRic
    Commented May 18, 2018 at 7:32
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    @RubioRic - The usage of prepositions with "campus" are not the same as with "school," even though the two words are related. I agree with this answer: on campus (most usual), on the campus or at the campus (both acceptable), at campus (rare, except perhaps in phrases like, "Security may be present at campus events", but that's because the preposition is being determined by the word events, not campus).
    – J.R.
    Commented May 18, 2018 at 14:10
  • @J.R. I'm not trying to disqualify this answer (already upvoted) but to find a rule. So both are acceptable but "on" is commonest. All right.
    – RubioRic
    Commented May 18, 2018 at 14:49

I don't ever think I've heard the term "at campus". I've only used "on campus" for years, so I think you should be okay only using that.


  • I went to the event on campus.
  • There are on-campus apartments available for rent.
  • Yes, there are fast-food restaurants on campus.
  • Are you on campus right now?
  • The lecture hall is on campus.

Other related examples

  • Can you please drive me to campus?
  • I'm headed to campus right now.

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