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Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, and a top UK 15 university, the University of Southampton combines academic excellence with an innovative and forward-thinking approach to research, supporting a culture that engages and challenges our students and staff in their pursuit of learning.

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The University of Southampton is located in one of the most dynamic cities in the South of England. Based on the south coast in the county of Hampshire, Southampton is a friendly and diverse city and enjoys a mild, sunny climate. Southampton is a great place to live, study and work, and there’s something for everyone - from our vibrant nightlife to fascinating heritage, as well lots of green spaces and a marina to reflect our waterfront location and maritime history.

The University has five campuses in Southampton, one in Winchester and one in Malaysia. Highfield is our main campus, and is home to historic buildings, cutting-edge facilities and our Students’ Union, as well as many green spaces.

Boldrewood Innovation Campus is the base for our engineering studies and research, while Avenue Campus is where you’ll find most of our humanities subjects. Both are just a short walk from Highfield.

The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s leading teaching hospital trusts, and is the main site for our medicine and healthcare students. The National Oceanography Centre Southampton - our waterfront campus - is one of the world’s leading research centres for the study of ocean and earth science.

Winchester School of Art is home to a vibrant community of over 1,300 arts students, with cutting edge resources including computer suites, 3D printing, photography studios and more.

All of our campuses are well connected thanks to the Unilink bus service and our dedicated Winchester shuttle bus.

We’re constantly updating our campuses to ensure you get the best possible student experience. Over the next decade, we plan to invest over £300m in our infrastructure and facilities.

Our brand new teaching and learning centre on Highfield Campus opened in autumn 2019 and features an 80-seat lecture theatre, private study spaces and bookable seminar rooms with stunning city views.

We have a huge amount of specialist facilities available at Southampton, including a wind tunnel for aerodynamics work, a nanofabrication centre and health sciences skills labs. Many of our facilities are used in industry and help to play an important role in the latest research being done.

We have five different libraries which contain around three million books and journals. More than 1,700 computers are available for students to use, and we have dedicated spaces for focused and informal study.

Our Students’ Union exists to make your student experience unforgettable. With multiple bars and restaurants, a 260-seat cinema and a 1,700 person capacity entertainment venue, there’s always something to do.

Our extensive sports facilities give you access to some of the best sporting provision in the country. We have nine gyms in total, six of which are on campus.

Our sports complex has a six-lane swimming pool, over 140 fitness stations, 20 grass and synthetic pitches plus two sports halls, a martial arts studio and an indoor climbing wall.

In terms of support, you’ll find lots of different support services at Southampton. We offer help for students with mental health conditions, learning difficulties and disabilities, and our Students’ Union run an overnight phone service which provides emotional support and a listening ear for those who need it.

Courses and Fees

Our world-class teaching and research activities are delivered through our five faculties, which are:

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Social Sciences

We are committed to fairly considering all relevant qualifications presented by applicants. We welcome applications from candidates offering a broad range of qualifications, which typically include: GCE A levels and AS levels, Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers, Welsh Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate Diploma, Cambridge Pre-U, Access to HE Diplomas, BTECs and many European and international qualifications. If you are taking (or have taken) qualifications not listed here, our admissions tutors will be happy to advise you on entry requirements for our courses.

The standard annual fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate degrees is £9.250. Some of our courses have non-standard fees which are set by the schools. Your tuition fees will cover compulsory course costs such as field trips and lab clothing, but some courses may have additional charges. These can include field trips or placements, or required or recommended equipment. Details of any additional costs are listed on our course webpages and course module information. The tuition fee for a Year in Employment is 20% of the annual tuition fee for the course.

We offer a range of financial support options for students. You may be eligible for a non-repayable bursary, or we also offer a number of non-repayable scholarships to promising students.

Some subjects have specific scholarships, and we also offer sports bursaries, athletics scholarships and funding opportunities for students from under-represented backgrounds.

If you come to us via our Access to Southampton programme, you may be eligible for an Access to Southampton bursary. The university also offers a range of bursaries to help UK undergraduate students in the most financial need.

We welcome students from over 140 countries, including around 7,450 EU and international students. We know living and learning in a different country is a big step, but we ensure that international students have all the support they need to settle in, from our straightforward entry process to scholarships for eligible applicants.

Fees for full-time study for international students include the full cost of tuition, exams, Students’ Union membership and research support expenses (where applicable). International students may be able to find funding through partners in their home country.

You can find out more information about student funding on our website.


Our accommodation is your home away from home while you’re with us. It’s the ideal place to make new friends, experience student life and learn to be independent.

Our halls in Southampton are in great locations, with easy access to our campuses and facilities. Some are within walking distance of Highfield Campus, while others are closer to the city centre.

If you’re a first-year undergraduate student and you make Southampton your firm or insurance choice, you’ll be guaranteed a place in one of our halls of residence (terms and conditions apply). You can apply for accommodation on our website once you have your formal offer of study.

We have more than 6,400 rooms available to suit all budgets and needs. Choose from self-catered halls with well-equipped communal kitchens, or part-catered accommodation where breakfast and evening meals (or a meal on campus during the day) are provided for you during the week, with additional meals at weekends.

Facilities on site include common rooms, launderettes, study and social spaces, computer rooms, barbecue areas and more. Our Student Life and Residences teams provide 24-hour support and advice, and we have security and CCTV on site at all times.

We offer a range of accessible rooms for students with disabilities or medical requirements. If you think you may require adaptations, contact Enabling Services before supporting your application. They work with the University to ensure you get a room that meets your needs.

Studio flats are also available, as well as flats and houses for couples or families.

Prices start from £116 a week for self-catered rooms, or from £150 for part-catered rooms. Your rent includes utility bills, internet, contents insurance and, for halls in Southampton, a Unilink bus pass which connects you to all Southampton halls in the city, and our other campuses.

Assistance is also provide to help you find private accommodation if you need it, particularly in your second year and beyond. If you need advice, our Students’ Union Advice Centre can help – they’re here to support you on issues about finance and housing as well as wellbeing.

You can take a virtual tour of all our Halls and find out more on our website.

Open Days

See what your life at Southampton could be like at one of our Open Days. Coming to an Open Day is a great way to get a feel for what Southampton is like and help you to make the right choice for you. You can explore our campuses, meet our world-leading academics and chat with our students to find out what studying here would be like.

At our undergraduate Open Days, you can check out our beautiful campuses and excellent facilities while learning about the subjects you’re interested in and how they’re taught. You’ll also get to see a selection of our accommodation and speak directly with our students and staff.

At our postgraduate Open Days, you can learn more about our PhDs and over 200 master’s opportunities. This is your chance to meet our academics, explore our facilities and discover the career boost that studying at a top 15 UK university can give you.

At our Virtual Open Days you can chat live to current students, hear from our inspiring lecturers and explore the 350 courses we have to offer. You can also check out or range of accommodation and discover our Students’ Union – one of the biggest in the country – all from the comfort of your own home.

Visit our website for the latest information about our Open Days.


Living Here

Your degree is so much more than a qualification. We want to help you make lasting memories and learn new life skills while preparing for your future, and Southampton has everything you need to make the most of your student experience.

Southampton has been ranked as one of the best cities to live and work in the UK, as well as a top 10 friendliest city in the UK and 4th safest in the UK. Just 75 miles from London, we have fast connections to cities across the UK, as well as overseas thanks to Southampton Airport which is located near to Highfield Campus.

Whether you want to spend your time going out with friends, shopping, soaking up the culture or supporting our Premier League football club, Southampton has it all. You’ll never be short of places to meet friends with the variety of restaurants, bars, cafes and nightclubs on offer. The city is packed with galleries, theatres and museums and if you’re into sport, you can cheer on your favourite team at St Mary’s football stadium or at the Ageas Bowl for cricket.

We have plenty of places to surround yourself with nature. Visit one of the city’s many green parks for a picnic, or enjoy a run on Southampton Common next to our main Highfield Campus. You can also explore the beautiful New Forest or relax on one of the nearby beaches.

Thanks to our location on the Solent, Southampton is also a great place for sailing and other water activities. The Isle of Wight, famous for its annual Cowes Week regatta, is just a short ferry trip away.

On campus, our Students’ Union building has a range of facilities for students, including restaurants, bars, a new vegan and vegetarian café, a zero-waste shop plus a 260-seat cinema. The Union has hosted some world-famous acts over the years and its venues regularly host top music and entertainment acts, from gigs to student balls.

The Union also offers plenty of exciting opportunities for students with over 300 clubs and societies to choose from, ranging from archery and debating to performing arts and quidditch. They also have student media teams who run the radio station, TV station and two magazines if you want to try something new.

With so many facilities and clubs on your doorstep, your time at Southampton is the perfect opportunity to take up a new sport or find an exercise routine that suits you. We cater for all levels of sporting skill, from professionals to those who just enjoy keeping fit. We provide all our students with excellent sporting activities and facilities at a subsidised cost.

Discover what your student life at Southampton could be like on our website.

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Highfield Campus
University Road,
SO17 1BJ