| +/- amenity=university
An educational institution designed for instruction, examination, or both, of students in many branches of advanced learning.
- For OSM activities by the scientific community, see Research.
How to map
Universities typically occupy a large area, but in the early days of mapping a city, the entire university might be represented by a single node with associated amenity=university and name=* tags. It is however better to create an around the entire campus with the amenity=university tag instead. For a more complex multi-site facility then ideally it will be mapped using a multipolygon. There should not be a node and area for the same university.
Buildings can be tagged with building=* and optionally also level=* or height=* for tall buildings. Buildings serving multiple distinct functions can be described using multiple 'building' tags which share nodes on the boundary between functions. Each part of the building can then have its own name. Building entrances can be identified using a entrance=* which ideally links to highway=footway, highway=steps or similar to link to the transport network.
Individual elements of the university should not be tagged with amenity=university but can be mapped with operator=* and the name of the university, for example operator=University College London. Land and building owned by the university but not used for university purposes (ie not used for teaching, research, administration or accommodation) should not be included in this boundary. Where a university owns land and building for investment or future use these should be tagged appropriately with operator=blar university.
When the university accommodates students on a separate site to the site where teaching and research takes place, then the tagging landuse=residential + residential=university can be used (also use operator=*).
Faculties and departments
Current usage on taginfo indicates that users start mapping faculties with the key faculty=* and departments with the key department=*. As these are likely formalized values the suggestion is to use English words, replace spaces with underscores, don't capitalize and don't concatenate refs in the faculty tag (e.g. don't tag "09 Chemistry" but use "chemistry" and put "09" in the ref). This paragraph should later be moved to dedicated faculty and department definitions and linked from here.
Similar tag and proposals
- amenity=school - Schools use a similar tagging system.
- Proposed features/University Campus (tertiary education) - original proposal for this tag
- amenity=hospital - Hospitals can be large institutions comprising many buildings. We should follow a similar approach when mapping them
Photos and examples
Related terms: <school> <academy> <institution> <university>