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An educational institution designed for instruction, examination, or both, of students in many branches of advanced learning. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Education features
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Status: approvedPage for proposal

For OSM activities by the scientific community, see Research.

How to map

Universities typically occupy a large area, so it is recommended to create an area around the entire campus with the amenity=university tag, plus a name=* tag at least. 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=university and optionally also building:levels=* 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 an entrance=* which ideally links to the transport network with highway=footway, highway=steps or a similar tag.

It is also useful to tag amenity=parking gardens, bars, restaurants, shops, and much more besides.

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 - although note the below on 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=*). Where it is not easily discernible that residential land belongs to the university (no signs, barriers or other distinct features), consider avoiding mapping the area as a university. The building itself can be included in the university relation, and the operator tag used.

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).

Number of uses in OSM

faculty=* department=*

Similar tag and proposals

Photos and examples

University of Zurich (way 37345941)