Member reviews of University of Southampton

  • Annieharding112's avatar by Annieharding112 on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    meh
    University:
    Gym is too expensive, not enough seats in the library, university's student pub way too expensive
    Course:
    hardly any time spent in university - don't understand where my money has gone
    Location:
    Nice area
    Accommodation:
    I got one of the cheapest accomodations because i was late to apply. They were alright but a bit small.
    Settling in:
    Mental health completely ignored by staff after i approached them
  • PasinduL's avatar by PasinduL on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    Standing wise and lectures wise it has been good. The first year is harder cause you have to settle in and the teaching style of lectures were very different to school life.
    University:
    Everything is perfect.
    Course:
    The course structure has been well planned out, work has also been challenging but manageable. I would say 85% of the lectures do a really good job. It is not the most exciting city but perfect for a simpler uni life.
    Location:
    Does not have an international airport so getting down here to Southampton was a hazard.
    Accommodation:
    Student housing and accommodation is quite expensive but nearly everything you need can be easily accessed and even for me, an international student, it was not difficult to settle in.
    Settling in:
    It took about half the year but with the help of your personal tutor and new people you meet it has not been that bad.
  • Southampton2015's avatar by Southampton2015 on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    Fantastic
    University:
    Amazing campus and city to be in, really recommend it
    Course:
    Very thorough
    Location:
    Perfect on the south coast and lots of transport links
    Accommodation:
    Practical and well connected
    Settling in:
    Friendly city and many societies
  • Gida's avatar by Gida on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    ????
    University:
    I don’t really go out that much so the important thing for me was libraries and green spaces and both are excellent. But there is a bar on campus and a café and lots of clubs nearby.
    Course:
    Very hard but rewarding
    Location:
    Very easily accessible with UniLink buses (free pass for 1st year), lots of green space
    Accommodation:
    Expected much worse, rooms are a decent size, shower is new and cleaned twice a week together with the toilet.
    Settling in:
    I was lucky to have nice flatmates and lovely instructors but settling in is not very easy for me (but that’s just a personal thing)
  • Lord Kitchener's avatar by Lord Kitchener on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    Fantastic, best decision of my life. If you feel like you didn't get the right buttons pushed at A-level and have an enquiring mind - Go.
    University:
    Lots of good nights out, many do weeks of Jesters, Sobar, Oceana, Stags Karaoke and Switch if you like drinking or want to go out in Freshers. There is plenty of places to eat and shop such as West Quay.
    Course:
    You have typically 2 modules per semester which both have around 4-6 contact hours a week.
    Location:
    Definitely feel part of the city, very well connected to places such as shops, malls and train stations, airport. The fact there is a relatively quick route to London was an important factor in my decision to choose Southampton.
    Accommodation:
    Student accommodation is pretty good, but can be hit and miss. I think you'll enjoy first year regardless of who you are living with because you are just meeting so many people.
    Settling in:
    I remember being rather depressed at first and did cry a few times, but I also found a lot of new friends and met my first girlfriend at university too.
  • Ag099's avatar by Ag099 on 20th November 2018
    Overall:
    Welcoming staff! Kind students! Helpful and flexible services!
    University:
    uni life is great! Library is open 24 hrs, the gym which is fully and specially equipped is on the uni campus!
    Course:
    My tutors and lecturers are always available and more than happy to answer questions.
    Location:
    Thus university is linked to the city centre as well as other social areas such as churches and gyms. It is so convenient!
    Accommodation:
    The accommodation is superb but there are sometimes little faults such as flooding in the bathrooms. But the rooms are spacey and almost to beautiful to be true. the walls are also sound proof and there is 24 hour easy access to housing services.
    Settling in:
    Freshers week as well as the amazing students and welcoming staff I met helped me to settle in quickly. Although I am an international student I felt among and the sunny and cheerful school environment calmed my fears of moving to a new place.
  • SoMax97's avatar by SoMax97 on 20th November 2018
    Overall:
    Its a good university. However not all lecturers are as engaged as they should be to make students interested
    University:
    I havent really gone into the uni life. So I dont have an opinion, but judging by what I see there is a lot of engagement
    Course:
    It is a good combination of practical and theoretical work. However the way they make their timetables are not very good
    Location:
    Its just outside town-centre and very close to pubs
    Accommodation:
    I live at home. I dont have any problems with this.
    Settling in:
    Everyone was welcoming and it was easy to find similar interests with people
  • d'euro am's avatar by d'euro am on 20th November 2018
    Overall:
    Awesome
    University:
    Plenty of clubs to choose from
    Course:
    I have learned many new and interesting aspects of linguistics
    Location:
    Very well-connected to shops, clubs and accommodation
    Accommodation:
    Can be noisy at times, but infrastructure is good
    Settling in:
    I settled in fairly quickly, although some aspects took getting used to
  • TajwarC's avatar by TajwarC on 25th September 2017
    Overall:
    Once I settled in and found a routine, I enjoyed it very much
    University:
    Everything is on campus, including the library, SU and sports facilities. It's not a small campus but likewise not huge so it's not difficult or long to get around. The campus itself is rather pretty during the summer
    Course:
    The first year mathematics module (calculus) is a bit of a bloodbath for non maths students. However, it is a prerequisite for many other mathematics modules which can be taken in the second year and beyond. The course structure is simple for the first year, one physical, organic and inorganic module in both semesters and one maths module which runs over both leading to one exam. The teaching and quality of the chemistry workshops are good and provide great preparation for exams. Similar can be said for lectures.
    Location:
    Only a ~20 minute bus journey into the city centre
    Accommodation:
    I stayed at City Gateway during first year. The rooms are a good size likewise with the kitchens. Cleaners clean the kitchens 5 days a week. Internet was super fast and everything is secure as the keys are electronic. The reception is open 24/7. Also a great view if you're on the 10th floor and above.
    Settling in:
    Southampton is considerably smaller than London and seems to have far less "going on"
  • aimeemcshannon's avatar by aimeemcshannon on 27th February 2017
    Overall:
    Great course, location, cost of living, people :)
    University:
    There's something for everyone
    Course:
    They're very organised, I did very well in my examinations due to the support of my lecturers and academic tutor and I'm loving my first placement in children's surgery!
    Location:
    Right near city centre, shops, train station
    Accommodation:
    It's always clean, lots of space, double bed, free gym
    Settling in:
    I'm quite a home girl so missed home a lot but everyone here makes you feel so welcome and relaxed
  • sarah112's avatar by sarah112 on 27th February 2017
    Overall:
    Absolutely love it ????
    University:
    N/a
    Course:
    My course lectures are very involved as our class is relatively small so all the lecturers know how we are individually. Feedback is relatively okay as we have a fair amount of time to see our lectures to discuss the progress of our assignments before the deadline. Some lecturers are more helpful than others. Some lectures can seem pretty pointless to the course at times. But overall I enjoy the course
    Location:
    The city is very nice and the university is close to the city centre
    Accommodation:
    Depending on the price your can afford to live on. The university accommodation is very good and moderately clean at times. The only down side is you can pick who you live with.
    Settling in:
    Never settled in at my accommodation but the friends I made at my societies helped me settle in
  • Sabrina Gonzlez's avatar by Sabrina Gonzlez on 27th February 2017
    Overall:
    I've had a good time so far. I'm successful in my studies so far, the quality of teaching is great. We have a good array of legal experts. I feel very safe and connect with people easily. Southampton was not my first choice, partially because of the location. I prefer historic places that have beautiful architecture-Southampton does not fulfill this. However, it is an excellent Russell Group.
    University:
    A wide array if clubs and societies. Places to eat are in abundance. Nightlife is good depending on which day of the week. A great city if you appreciate leisure.
    Course:
    The timetable can be flexible. There is a reasonable amount of contact hours with tutors who are very approachable and who have excellent expertise. The feedback is average, however, the Law scool has started working with individual students to see how their needs can be met. The lectures are interesting an very intense.
    Location:
    I love living by water. There are many restaurants and shops in the city, it is definitely urban. Not as exciting as London, and not charming like Cambridge. However, it is very safe, friendly, and has great food and nightlife.
    Accommodation:
    The halls that I am in are not directly part of the university. The affordability is not for everyone, however it is worth it because the accommodation is 10 minutes from the city centre, train station and 20 minutes from Highfield campus.
    Settling in:
    I felt at home in about two weeks. Southampton was my final choice. After getting here, I realised just how welcoming the university is. People are very friendly, the campus is quaint. A mixture of old and modern. Although it is not exactly beautiful. Although the fact that Highfield has its own garden (which is beautiful) almost makes up for it. There are lots of cafés and a few bars on site. Spoilt for choice.
  • Breadwin's avatar by Breadwin on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Great place to study (especially electronics and computing related subjects). Lots of nice and helpful people and great facilities.
    University:
    Lots of events and great nights out as well as things to do for other people.
    Course:
    The course offers variety and is very interesting.
    Location:
    Brilliant campus and facilities.
    Accommodation:
    Nice people and excellent facilities
    Settling in:
    Everyone is very nice and the activities are organised well.
  • Laurasage's avatar by Laurasage on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    5
    University:
    Everything is brilliant, there are hundreds of societies, the facilities are great, there are shops nearby, the nightlife is amazing
    Course:
    The lectures are very big, which I don't particularly like, but I have quite a high number of contact hours which I like, the quality of teaching seems pretty good so far, and it's been intersting
    Location:
    I love how it's laid out, everything is a just short (free) bus ride away, and you can even walk. The city is full of shopping and nightlife which is great too.
    Accommodation:
    It's not cheap, and the showers aren't great, but the rooms are a good size with lots of storage, and the location is good
    Settling in:
    I settled in really quickly, I think my flatmates helped, but the staff and student helpers were lovely and really helped
  • drippingcherries's avatar by drippingcherries on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    AMAZING! So welcoming, great academics, great fun.
    University:
    Amazing events always on and cheap. The city really caters for the students and there are so many societies both academic and social and career based
    Course:
    Because the work is challenging but there is so much support to tackle that aspect. There is so much in the way of extra curricular activities which link to lectures and course content which helps a lot. There are a lot of contact hours and some of the lectures are interactive which make them much more interesting.
    Location:
    Close to campus and not too far from the city or town
    Accommodation:
    The room is good and spacious and the maintenance work instantly upon hearing a report and the showers are good however there isn't much furniture outside of the rooms except for the common room. A sofa in each block (flat) would be nice
    Settling in:
    I went to boarding school before so it was natural for me to live away from home but the environment in halls was so welcoming anyway and there were so many events and the second years helped integrate us too. The communal environment in eating together helped as well.
  • Sg5g15's avatar by Sg5g15 on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Excellent
    University:
    Good range of society's to join
    Course:
    The lectures have been well planned and have a good steady introduction into the course .
    Location:
    Good enough location being its close to shops, bus stops but a slight travel to and from city centre and hospital
    Accommodation:
    The accommodation is cleaned regularly and facilitated well . Although personally I have had condensation issues including mould growing around my window . Given that, the situation has been dealt with very efficiently
    Settling in:
    The university has been extremely welcoming and provided outstanding support for new starters
  • by Anonymous on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Very good overall
    University:
    Good clubs and variety of societies
    Course:
    Compulsory module isn't to everyone's taste
    Location:
    It's a 15 minute bus ride to campus. Bus slightly unreliable
    Accommodation:
    It's good but my halls have quite a journey to the campus
    Settling in:
    Personally it took me a while to settle
  • by Anonymous on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Pretty much 10/10, lecturers are very helpful and nice, city has fab links to the rest of the country and honestly just a lovely place to be, the only thing I would say is that it's a tad expensive to live here but it's manageable :)
    University:
    So much to do all the time everywhere
    Course:
    Some seminars are too full to really be able to get more contact with the lecturer
    Location:
    Love the city, only a short bus ride to campus, a lot to do
    Accommodation:
    Very close to the city centre, good, modern interior
    Settling in:
    Lovely flatmates and understanding lecturers
  • by Anonymous on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    i would rate it 5 star because it provides excellent facilities and everyone here is extremely friendly.
    University:
    there's a lot to do during daytime and evenings so you'll never feel bored
    Course:
    Its very engaging, even though its stressful, it feels like i'm learning straightaway.
    Location:
    Southampton is a big city so there's lots to do and being close to the city centre its great for nights out and doing shopping.
    Accommodation:
    It's cheap considering i'm in an ensuite, however, the bathroom is more of a wet room type but for the price, its good enough.
    Settling in:
    everyone here is friendly, from the moment i loved in, my flat mates helped me move in and we all bonded within a few days.
  • by Anonymous on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    I have really enjoyed my time settling into the university, and they're providing me with a wide range of opportunities for preparing me for when I pass and get into work. My only current issue is all the clubs I want to join occur on the same night.!!
    University:
    The library is huge, and really well equipped, tailored towards helping students have access to everything they could need. There are a couple of cheaper stationary and book shops, a gym, and plenty of places to get food all on campus, making it all really accessible. There is a huge selection of societies that you can join, even more if you're a medic.
    Course:
    The course tutors are really good, and provide the information in a really detailed way. There's a lot of contact hours, with quite a few in smaller groups to ensure we are getting all the information and coping. The structure leads really well from a-level into uni material, and the timetable leaves plenty of time for independent study too.
    Location:
    The city is really green, with lots of park space. There's a lot to do, even if you're not the biggest fan of drinking, and the campus is easy to get to, and feels really nice
    Accommodation:
    I am in private rented accomodation near the uni. It is a really nice neighbourhood, and is not too expensive.
    Settling in:
    Everyone made me feel really welcome, and once I knew where I was going for lectures and seminars, it became really easy to fall into a routine.
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