Campus’ or Campus’s?

Both Campus’ or Campus’s are acceptable forms for the singular possessive for the word  Campus. They both mean that what you are talking about or reffering to belongs to particular campus (one campus).

Let’s take a look at the chart below that provides us a helpful overview of different forms of ‘campus’

Singular possessive 1Campus’
Singular possessive 2Campus’s
Plural possessiveCampuses’

As you can see from the chart, there are two singular possessive forms with campus that are Campus’, and Campus’s. Let’s look at the following examples below:

 Let’s explore the different forms of the word campus in various contexts:

Singular (Campus)

The university has a beautiful campus overlooking the lake.

Plural (campuses)

Several universities in the city have expansive campuses.

Singular Possessive 1 (campus’s):

The campus’s main building is an architectural marvel.

Singular Possessive 2 (campus’):

We explored the university campus’ serene courtyard during the orientation.

In this case, the possessive form is “campus’,” using an apostrophe after the ‘s’ because the next word “serene” starts with  ‘s.’

Plural Possessive (campuses’):

The campuses’ facilities vary in size and design.

As we can see for that we can form the singular possessive form by ending with s or an apostrophe. However, if you are going to use  the AP style and the chicago manual of style then you care going for (Campus’s) with an ‘s’ at then.

If you choose to end with the astrophet at the, that is also fine. Just make sure you are consistent with the whole document.

You do not want to use the wrong version of campus in your document or writing. To ensure you have a thoroughly understanding of  the rule, let’s look at more examples of each form below:


Campus follows the standard rule for forming possessives for singular nouns, adding an apostrophe and an additional ‘s’. This is the form you will use when you are following the AP style and the Chicago manual of styline.

Campus’s, indicates that something belongs to a single campus, it’s a singular possessive form.

  • The campus’s library is open 24 hours during exam week..
  • The campus’s mascot is a symbol of school spirit.
  • We enjoyed a picnic on the campus’s green lawn.
  • The campus’s security measures ensure student safety. ( pay attention to this example, it’s still fine even if you don’t omit the ‘s’)
  • The campus’s history dates back over a century.


The term campus’ with an apostrophe and no additional “s” is also a singular possessive form of the word campus. It is less commonly used but is also correct. Some people may omit the the ‘s’ from campuses if the next word starts with an ‘s’

  • I spent the afternoon exploring Campus’ various buildings and facilities.
  • Campus’ lively atmosphere is contagious, especially during events.
  • We gathered at Campus’ central plaza for the commencement ceremony.
  • The beauty of Campus’ landscaping is enhanced by the seasonal flowers.
  • Campus’ diversity is one of its strengths, fostering a global perspective.
  • Students often meet at Campus’ coffee shop to study and socialize.


Campuses is the standard plural form for the singular noun “campus.” When you are referring to more than one campus, you use “campuses” as the plural form. 

This is a regular pluralization in English, where you typically add “-es” to the singular form of the noun that ends in an “s.”

  • Students often explore campuses before choosing a college.
  • Campuses can have big libraries with lots of books.
  • People walk and bike around campuses to get to classes.
  • During exams, campuses get busy with students studying
  • Students often gather in common areas on campuses to socialize, collaborate, and build connections.
  • Libraries on campuses are valuable resources, offering students a quiet space for studying and research.


Campuses’ is the possessive form of the plural noun campuses. It indicates that something belongs to or is associated with multiple campuses. Here are examples:

  • I visited both campuses’ science labs to conduct experiments.
  • Campuses’ sports teams compete in regional tournaments every year.   
  • The campuses’ collaborative projects benefit students from diverse academic backgrounds.
  • Students appreciate campuses’ supportive communities, fostering friendships and shared experiences.
  • Visitors often admire the campuses’ modern architecture and green spaces.

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