'At university' and 'in university' are used in the English language but which one should be used and when to use each one of them.

"At" or "In" University

Which One Should Be Used?

'At university' is the common phrase to use when referring to someone who is studying or working at a university, while 'in university' can be used in certain contexts to refer to the general experience of being a student at a university.

At university

The preposition 'at' is used to indicate location or position, and it is commonly used with institutions, such as universities, colleges, and schools. When used with the noun 'university', the phrase 'at university' indicates that someone is a student or employee of a specific university. Take a look at the following examples:

I am currently studying at the University of Oxford.

He is a nerd, he spends most of his time at university.

In University

'In university' is not a common usage in English. However, 'in university' can be used in certain contexts to refer to the general experience of being a student at a university, rather than a specific location. Have a look:

I studied English Literature in university.

I learned a lot during my time in university.

British vs. American

In British English, the phrase 'at university' is more commonly used than 'in university' to refer to the experience of studying or working at a university. This is because 'in university' can imply a physical location within the university, such as a building or department.
However, in American English, the phrases 'at college' and 'in college' are both commonly used to refer to the experience of being a student at a college or university.

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