Accommodation for couples Uni of Southampton

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Me (21) and my boyfriend (25) are moving from Norway to study at uni of Southampton in September. We are thinking about what accommodation would be best suited for us as I'm going to study an undergraduate in Politics and my boyfriend will do his master's degree. Students in the Nordics often take several gap years so I appreciate I'll be slightly older than most of the freshers for undergraduate study, but I probably wouldn't want to live with only post-graduates and mature students as I still want to socialize with other freshers. Is there any of the halls where there is a mix of ages and students, with accommodation for a couple?

I'm a little concerned we won't find anything that would suit us both, as my boyfriend as a postgraduate student probably wouldn't want to live in halls with only freshers / people much younger than him.

Would be lovely if anyone had some more insight into this! We have seen that City Gateway, Glen Eyer and Mayflower has couple flats.

Would anyone recommend to search for anything else than the uni accommodation? Where do postgraduates usually live (on campus or in their own flat in the city)?
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Hi!

Me (21) and my boyfriend (25) are moving from Norway to study at uni of Southampton in September. We are thinking about what accommodation would be best suited for us as I'm going to study an undergraduate in Politics and my boyfriend will do his master's degree. Students in the Nordics often take several gap years so I appreciate I'll be slightly older than most of the freshers for undergraduate study, but I probably wouldn't want to live with only post-graduates and mature students as I still want to socialize with other freshers. Is there any of the halls where there is a mix of ages and students, with accommodation for a couple?

I'm a little concerned we won't find anything that would suit us both, as my boyfriend as a postgraduate student probably wouldn't want to live in halls with only freshers / people much younger than him.

Would be lovely if anyone had some more insight into this! We have seen that City Gateway, Glen Eyer and Mayflower has couple flats.

Would anyone recommend to search for anything else than the uni accommodation? Where do postgraduates usually live (on campus or in their own flat in the city)?
Whilst there are some couples accommodation provided by universities in UK there is usually not much of it. It is also uncommon for them to mix under and post graduate. Whilst 25 is certainly not old, as a post graduate your partner may not be as keen on being in a block with lots of 18 year old away from home for the first time (and in the first year probably not needing to study too hard as it won't matter for their degree classification). Perhaps sound out where your partner 's thoughts are and then look at it together.
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i live in private accommodation near campus, so like halls but not run by the uni. There are studio flats (ensuite) that you can book for dual occupancy. so it's one bed one bathroom but they'll probably charge you more for utilities (water, electricity)
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I'd suggest contacting the uni to see what options they have available. When I was there I think they tended to prioritise the studio flats for mature students (i.e. 21+ years old), not sure if they would allow you to share one though. Also I have no idea how these are embedded in with other flats with younger students in them.

You could also look to rent privately which will give you a lot more options. I just lived in a shared house with a mix of UG and PG (mostly PG when I first moved in, more UG when I left) about 5 minutes away from the uni, which was pretty cheap (I think cheaper than the halls) and well located; I might've gotten lucky but worth checking out!
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Hi!

Me (21) and my boyfriend (25) are moving from Norway to study at uni of Southampton in September. We are thinking about what accommodation would be best suited for us as I'm going to study an undergraduate in Politics and my boyfriend will do his master's degree. Students in the Nordics often take several gap years so I appreciate I'll be slightly older than most of the freshers for undergraduate study, but I probably wouldn't want to live with only post-graduates and mature students as I still want to socialize with other freshers. Is there any of the halls where there is a mix of ages and students, with accommodation for a couple?

I'm a little concerned we won't find anything that would suit us both, as my boyfriend as a postgraduate student probably wouldn't want to live in halls with only freshers / people much younger than him.

Would be lovely if anyone had some more insight into this! We have seen that City Gateway, Glen Eyer and Mayflower has couple flats.

Would anyone recommend to search for anything else than the uni accommodation? Where do postgraduates usually live (on campus or in their own flat in the city)?
Hello Anonymous,

I know that there are a few university accommodation options for couples and families and I have listed those below:

- Mayflower Halls: Located in the city centre of Southampton, close to amenities, transport links and the train/coach station with a mix of ages living there
- Glen Eyre Halls (Gower Flats): Closer to the University's Highfield Campus with good transport links and close to amenities with a mix of ages living there
- City Gateway Halls: Also close to the University's Highfield Campus, with excellent transport links, but it a mature and post-graduate accommodation complex, which might not suit you

The room type options for couples are 1 bedroom flats and they are pretty big! You'll also benefit from a free bus pass for the whole duration of the academic year included in your contract for peace of mind. Contract lengths are typically 51 weeks for coupled accommodation similar to those found for private accommodation.

I would say post-graduates typically choose to live with other post-graduates either in shared accommodation (university or private) or in self-contained accommodation (studios and flats). I have noticed, among my mature friends, a tendency to live closer to campus.

I've included a few helpful links below:

More information and how to apply for couple accommodation here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/studen...uples-families
Virtual Tours here: http://virtualopenday.southampton.ac...799.1621001464

Alternatively, as other users have commented, private accommodation options are also available throughout the city depending on your priorities (living in the city centre, closer to campus, somewhere quiet and budget!)

I hope this helps and good luck with your decision!

~ Sarah, 2nd-year Sociology with Anthropology student
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If you have the option then Gower flats would likely be the best option. It’s literally on campus so easy to socialise at the SU or other on campus spaces (or hop on the bus just outside the flats to go into town) but the flats are all studios and away from the normal halls so you’re not living with a bunch of 18 yr old freshers.

Mayflower and city gateway are newer buildings but they’re larger halls (although gower is called glen eyre it’s 10-15 minutes walk away) so will be living on top of/alongside majority freshers with all the noise and fire alarms that results in.
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Gower flats entrance is here: https://goo.gl/maps/9MCQq9SCVmLPFdgq9 with the flats on the top floor of tht building (above the shops/banks/cafes). Right on highfield campus.
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