More than a dozen universities, almost all private, are located in or near Bogotá’s La Candelaria neighborhood. The thousands of university students create a young, vibrant and political community, as well as supporting the numerous local bars, nightclubs and amateur theatre groups.
The city’s long-term plan is to turn La Candelaria and neighboring blocks area of the city into a university/tourism area.
Entrance to Andes University. The monument is to La Pola, a revolutionary hero executed here by the Spanish.
Universidad Externado – This private university gets its name from the fact that its students never lodged on campus (which would have made it an ‘internado’). If you don’t mind walking uphill, the campus is worth a visit for its gardens and the view of Bogotá. Also, there’s an ATM on campus. Located on both sides of 12th St., above 2nd Ave.
Universidad Distrital- The regional public university is also Bogotá’s second-largest public university. Its emphasis is addressing the city and region’s problems. The district university’s main site is a ways to the north, across the avenue from La Javeriana. However, it has several buildings in La Candelaria, including its environmental studies school.