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    The University of Southampton is an attractive proposition for grade-A students thanks to its position as a founding member of the Russell Group and its reputation for being one of the UK’s top research institutions, particularly in science and engineering.

    It’s also a good place to go if you don’t want to tie yourself exclusively to a single subject – the university allows students to incorporate modules from other disciplines to provide a more rounded education, and has plenty of international links for those who wish to study abroad.

    It’s home to more than 23,000 students each year, but you won’t find yourself living and working on a single, sprawling campus. Highfield is supported by a number of smaller campuses – art and design students are based in Winchester, for example. Many students live off-site – while, first years live in one of many halls dotted around the main site (or increasingly popping up in the city centre) later years are spent living in private rented housing.

    Southampton itself has a bit of everything: the amenities and night life of a big city, yet with more than 60 parks and green spaces to provide some contrast to city living. It’s steeped in history, yet vibrant and modern. And of course Southampton is right on the coast, with Europe (and the Isle of Wight) within easy reach by boat.

    The university itself is constantly expanding and updating, with new halls being built and refurbished, and money being poured both into its academic institutions and student facilities. Alumni from the university include John Nettles, Chris Packham, Adrian Newey (technical director of Red Bull Racing in F1) and Radio One DJ Chris Stark.

    Living in Southampton

    I had a look round the other day and fell in love with the campus. I like that there's a good social side as well as good courses and I like that it's not all built up and on top of each other.” Prospective Law undergraduate

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    Established: 1952 (gained university status), 1862 as Hartley Institution


    16th (Complete University Guide 2015)

    19th (The Guardian's University Guide 2015)


    Undergraduate students starting in 2015 will pay between £6,000 and £9,000 a year depending on household income if they’re from the UK or EU. International students will pay between £14,660 and £38,315 depending on the subject and level studied.

    UCAS Code: S27

    Green score: 32.0

    Total students: 23,000
    Undergraduates – 19,000
    Postgraduates – 4,000
    % International students: 22%
    Male to female student ratio: 44: 56
    Student to staff ratio: 12.8
    Applications to places ratio: 7.0


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    University of Southampton open days

    The University of Southampton has four open days in 2014:

    Friday July 3th 2015
    Saturday July 4th 2015

    Saturday September 5th 2015
    Sunday September 6th 2015

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    University of Southampton
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    SO17 1BJ

    Telephone 023 8059 5000

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