The University of Patras was founded in the city of Patras in 1964 and started to operate in academic year 1966-1967. In June 2013 the University of Western Greece was integrated into the University of Patras. In 2019 the majority of the departments of the Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece were also integrated into the University of Patras.
The University is situated in Patras, Agrinion, Messolonghi, Aigio, Pirgos and Amaliada. The main campus is located 7 km North East of the city of Patras, in the suburb of Rion, covering a vast area of 4.5 km². The campus lies on the foothills of Mount Panachaico with a view over the Corinthian Gulf and to the mountains of Central Greece across the sea.