University of Southampton
Welcome to University of Southampton
As a top 1% worldwide university, founding member of the Russell Group and one of the UK’s leading research institutions, the University of Southampton welcomes students from a huge range of backgrounds who hope to enhance their career prospects and prepare themselves for a successful future.
Students are given the freedom to personalise and specialise their degrees with combined honours courses, the ability to substitute modules from other disciplines, and opportunities to study abroad and create international links.
Home to more than 23,000 students every year, the University boasts several faculty-specific campuses across the city, and a growing range of stylish, contemporary halls of residence for first year students to choose from.
Southampton itself offers an enviable variety of things to do and see - all of the advantages of city living and, with over 60 parks, the New Forest just 20 minutes away, and the Isle of Wight accessible by ferry, it’s easy to completely change your environment at a moment’s notice.
Notable alumni from the University include world-renowned producer and musician Brian Eno, TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham, Professor Dame Wendy Hall of the Web Science institute, F1 engineer Adrian Newey and BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark.
Courses and fees
Southampton is organised into eight faculties, covering 70 subject areas between them:
- Business and Law
- Engineering and Environment
- Health Sciences
- Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Physical Sciences and Engineering
- Social and Human Sciences
The University offers over 200 degree programmes for undergraduates, and the same again for postgraduates. Many courses can be taken as combined honours which consist of modules from two separate subjects, allowing students to extensively customise their higher education experience.
Careers and Employability
The Careers and Employability Service offers advice to help you plan your next move after university. The most recent statistics show that 94% of University of Southampton graduates were employed or pursuing further education within six months of leaving. Our Careers service will provide you with tools and workshops to improve your CV, sharpen your language skills, browse careers fairs and attend networking events. Additionally, the Insider Career Mentoring Programme pairs students with professionals working in their chosen fields, who will offer advice and support on successfully progressing into the working environment.
We also offer around 400 paid internships during term time and the Easter/summer breaks, through our Excel Southampton Placement Programme. These are open to all current students and for a year after graduation.
Prospective students should submit course applications through UCAS. In some cases, such as part-time courses, you will need to request an application form directly from the relevant academic unit. Grab a prospectus or visit our website for more information.
Course requirements are generally set at AAB or ABB grade A-levels (or equivalent) – these can vary depending on the individual course.
Applicants from a disadvantaged background can sign up to the Access to Southampton (A2S) scheme, which offers special consideration and financial support to eligible prospective students.
If you’re based in the UK, you may be asked to attend an interview or selection process – this will be made clear when your application has been processed. If you’re offered a place, we’ll invite you to visit Southampton before you make a final decision. If you plan to take a gap year, you’ll need to meet the entry requirements for the year you applied.
For more information, please get in touch with the relevant faculty or Registry Admissions Team.
For 2016/17, UK/EU standard full-time undergraduate tuition fees are £9000/year.
For 2016/17, international student tuition fees range from £13,194 - £18,910 for full-time study, depending on the subject. More details here.
Certain NHS-funded courses, such as nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, podiatry and physiotherapy, do not have any tuition fees.
For 2016/17, postgraduate fees cost from £7500/year for full-time taught courses, and from £3750 for part-time. Find a full breakdown here.
Bursaries and scholarships
Southampton offers both bursaries and partial fee waivers to students coming from lower income households (currently those earning £30,000 or less), which is worth up to £3000 a year.
Postgraduates should look out for studentships – these typically cover all tuition fees and provide an annual tax-free sum in addition to this. Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries are also available, which cover all courses and are worth £500.
The University of Southampton is centred on Highfield Campus, north of the city centre, where you’ll find the Student Services Centre, Hartley Library and the Students’ Union.
Avenue Campus houses humanities subjects and is situated directly next to the open green spaces of Southampton Common.
The Boldrewood Innovation Campus, just north of Highfield, hosts engineering sciences and some of our most cutting-edge facilities.
The National Oceanography Centre, one of the world’s leading research centres for ocean and earth sciences, is found down by the city’s dockside. Southampton General Hospital is home to the Faculty of medicine and boasts good transport links into the city and Highfield.
Finally, Winchester School of Art offers a friendly, lively and cosmopolitan campus – perfect for your creative endeavours.
Library and study facilities
Hartley Library is located on Highfield Campus and is the University’s main library. It features over 1.5 million books and journals over five levels, a range of bookable study rooms, a lounge and a café. Library opening times are set to suit both early birds and night owls – 24 hours during term time and 7.30am-midnight on most other days.
In addition to the printed books and journals on offer, you’ll find hundreds of computer workstations where you can access the University’s network and your documents.
There are also several powered study spaces for those with their own laptops, and a laptop-free area should you wish to bury your head in your books. Additionally, group study rooms are available for those who want to work collaboratively with others.
In addition, each campus benefits from its own specialist library, such as the Art & Design collection in Winchester.
All campuses and residences have full access to a high-speed Wi-fi, and physical network points for computers. Public workstations – over 1700 in total – are available throughout all campuses, and students can find a free space using the MySouthampton app.
Wellbeing and financial support
Southampton has a wealth of help and advice to offer should you need it. Every student is assigned a Personal Academic Tutor and Senior Tutor for general academic support, but if you find yourself struggling to adjust to life away from home, juggling your finances or coping with illness or stress, the University and your Students’ Union can help.
Enabling Services and the Students’ Union Advice Centre are open all year round, can be reached by phone, email or in person, and exist specifically for those facing difficulties or a crisis. Both services provide free, independent and confidential advice to those who need it.
In terms of financial aid, the University has a various options including bursaries and partial fee waivers. The Financial Information and Assistance Service can offer anything from general tips on managing finances to help applying for hardship support if your money hasn’t stretched as far as you need and you can’t pay for essentials like food or rent.
The University’s core medical facilities – two health practices and a dentist’s surgery – can be found on Highfield campus. The University Health Service and Highfield Health are open 8am-5.30pm weekdays and offer everything from doctors’ appointments, to advice on sexual health, or even the appropriate jabs for foreign travel.
Outside these hours, there is a minor injury unit at Royal South Hants Hospital, and A&E can be found a kilometre west of the University at Southampton General Hospital.
International students at the University total more than 5000 hailing from 135 different countries. Once accepted, you can attend one of a number of pre-departure events hosted in select countries, including Greece, Brunei, Hong Kong and Malaysia, where you can meet with fellow Southampton students and ask any questions you may have before leaving.
The University offers a meet-and-greet service at Heathrow and Gatwick airports for when you arrive, where you’ll be met from the plane and taken to your new accommodation. Then follows a week of welcome events to help you settle into life in the UK before the other first year students arrive.
Finally, if you decide to stay at the University during the summer holidays, the Students’ Union has a social programme to help keep you active and entertained.
Students in Southampton live either in University halls or private rented accommodation. There are over 7000 rooms spread across 10 locations in the city, most of which are concentrated at Wessex Lane, Glen Eyre and Mayflower Halls.
Most undergraduate accommodation consists of either single-study bedrooms with shared facilities or bedrooms with ensuite facilities, the bulk of which are self-catered with shared kitchens. A small number of flats are also available, primarily for mature and postgraduate students. The University website has a virtual tour of each halls site, including 3D views of rooms and shared facilities.
First year undergraduates with no dependents are guaranteed a place in halls, provided they apply before the deadline on 1st August. Applicants can express a preference of halls site, although these cannot be guaranteed.
Prices range from £92-£187 per week (self-catered) and £132-£178 (part-catered). Fees include utility bills, Wi-fi and high-speed internet, a Uni-link bus pass and contents insurance.
Visit the website to find out more about the individual halls sites.
Private rented accommodation is widely available in Southampton and Winchester as an alternative.
Want to sample open days for yourself?
Our Open Days in 2016 will be taking place on the following days:
- Saturday July 9
- Sunday July 10
- Saturday September 3
- Sunday September 4
Booking is essential, register your interest now and we will notify you when it opens.
You can also go on a general campus tour, with a number of dates available in late March and early April 2016. Book a tour now.
Prospective students are welcome to visit independently – a walking tour map can be downloaded from the University website.
There is also a virtual tour of the University campus if you can’t visit.
Southampton is situated on the south coast, 75 miles south west of London. It has its own airport, serving 50 UK and European destinations. Considering its relative proximity to the capital, Southampton isn’t an expensive place to live. In fact, the city was named the UK’s second most affordable student city by the Natwest Student Living Index in 2015. Its large size and a population of over 240,000 people mean you’ll never be short of shopping and entertainment opportunities. Despite the urban setting, there are over 60 green spaces within the city limits, and with the Isle of Wight just a brief ferry ride to the south and the New Forest a mere 20 minutes away by car, everything is practically on your doorstep.
“It has a huge amount of green space and it’s so easy to get to the countryside if you need a break! The city centre has loads of shops, bars, clubs, cinemas, restaurants, cafes, etc., so there’s always something to do.” - Prospective student and Southampton resident
Highfield offers a huge range of cafés, restaurants and bars to satiate your appetite, including a new American-style diner and ice cream parlour.
You will also find an art gallery, concert hall, two theatres, and the Union Films cinema, which is run entirely by students and offers recent blockbusters at a heavy discount. The Students’ Union is very active, supporting over 300 societies and opening doors for future journalists, DJs and TV producers with a huge range of roles with the Union newspaper, magazine, radio station and TV channel.
The Students’ Union also organises 12 Halls Committees, one for each hall and an additional one for students renting privately. Each committee represent their hall and also organises sport and social events.
Sports and recreation
The University has an incredible range of sporting facilities. The £8.5m Jubilee Sports Centre complex sits on Highfield campus, boasting a 25-metre swimming pool, eight-court sports hall, martial arts and dance studios, and even a bouldering wall. Those who are willing to brave the weather will be pleased to know that the Wide Lane Sports Ground, which plays host to everything from cricket, football and rugby to lacrosse and baseball, recently benefited from a £4.3m renovation.
The University also boasts a Watersports Centre on the River Itchen, which offers kayaking, sailing and even powerboating, as well as an indoor rifle and archery range. If you can’t face the walk, many halls also offer their own facilities, from gyms to tennis and squash courts.
Access to these is granted through a Sports and Wellbeing membership, which allows entry to University facilities and a handful of selected gyms, pools and leisure centres across the city.
Over 90 sports and fitness groups are run by the Students’ Union – everything from American football, to Quidditch to Zumba.
If you’d prefer to watch sport rather than playing, head down to St. Mary’s for some Premier League football, or over to the Ageas bowl in summer for a spot of cricket courtesy of Hampshire Cricket Club.
The city offers a huge wealth of activities and things to visit. The West Quay shopping centre has over 100 high street shops packed in under its roof, but beyond this you’ll find a massive selection of bars, cafés and restaurants to satisfy all tastes and budgets. There is a 13-screen cinema in Ocean Village, and the local O2 Guildhall plays host to numerous pop, rock and classical performers. Theatregoers will enjoy the Mayflower, to which many musicals, plays and other acts are transferred from the West End. Southampton also hosts Common People Festival, the latest venture by Bestival’s Rob Da Bank, in May.
The Isle of Wight is a short hop away by ferry, with a large number of places to visit and two music festivals throughout the year. If you don’t fancy travelling over water, the New Forest has expansive woods to explore and many campsites for weekend excursions.
Southampton boasts a history stretching back to pre-Roman times. There are several museums tracing its origins, such as the SeaCity Museum which taps into the city’s seafaring past.
Winchester, 14 miles north-east of Southampton and home to Winchester School of Art, is packed full of vibrant history and architecture, as well as shopping, restaurants and more.
The Students’ Union runs The Stag’s Head, a traditional pub with karaoke, sports screenings and bar games on Highfield Campus. For something more up-market, The Bridge is a bistro bar with a gourmet menu that offers a range of entertainment from alternative music nights to stand-up comedy.
Venturing further afield, there are two primary destinations. The city centre caters to all tastes at a 15 minute bus ride from most halls, and Portswood venues are very student-friendly.
What our students say
“Engineering is highly valued in Southampton and it is among the most reputable universities in the UK.” - Engineering undergraduate
“The uni is great. It is always evolving and there is always something to do. It has excellent facilities and support for students and has outstanding research facilities too.” - Medical student
“From my experience it doesn't really matter which halls you are at… However, if you study at the Highfield Campus, Wessex Lane and Glen Eyre are both very good.” - First year undergraduate
“I want to study Law and I chose Southampton as it's a great uni with a good reputation - went to an Open Day and it looked great, nice students and staff and a lovely campus!” - Prospective Law undergraduate
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