I totally understand your concern about being placed in Erasmus Park and the potential impact on your social life, especially considering the commute time to Southampton.
Firstly, it's true that the commute time can be a bit challenging, taking 45 minutes to 1 hour each day. However, as you mentioned, Southampton is well-connected by trains, and that might be your best bet for a faster commute. Trains tend to be more reliable and efficient than other modes of transportation.
As for Erasmus Park being more geared towards Winchester Art students, keep in mind that university life often extends beyond your immediate accommodation. You'll have plenty of opportunities to socialize on campus, attend events, join clubs, and make friends in various settings. Southampton is a vibrant city with a diverse student population, so you're bound to find like-minded individuals even if you're not living in a hall primarily for Southampton students.
Additionally, many students build strong social connections through their courses, so don't hesitate to engage with classmates during lectures, seminars, or group projects. This can be a great way to form bonds and create a social circle that extends beyond your accommodation.
If you have any more questions or concerns, feel free to reach out. Welcome to Southampton, and best of luck with your studies!
University of Southampton