In Canada, a college is typically a school that educates with shorter diploma programmes and more hands-on and technically related fields. Universities, on the other hand, are considered by some to be higher-level educational institutions and offer Undergraduate (Bachelors) as well as Post-Graduate (Masters and Doctorates) degrees. University programmes in Canada can be as short as three years or as long as 4+ for an honours degree.
This system seems to be the same in the United Kingdom, where universities and colleges are two distinctly different types of post-secondary (after high school) education.
The words "college" and "university" have different meanings in different English-speaking countries and colleges and universities are different institutions - usually, colleges have different kinds of programs than universities do.Universities are institutions that can grant degrees and colleges have full-time and part-time diploma and certificate programs.
In everyday life, college and university are often synonyms and can be used interchangeably. However, in an actual university system, a school may be referred to as a University, whereas a specific department or group of departments may be referred to as a college. For instance, I attended University of California, Los Angeles, but I was in the College of Letters & Sciences.
There is one other potential distinction, 4 year schools of higher education are usually titled universities, whereas community, junior, trade, or 2-year schools are usually referred to as colleges.
A good university will allow their students to have internet access on campus 24 hours a day seven days a week, 365 days a year without the student having to bring their own laptop or desktop to campus.