Student Life in Southampton

A vibrant and modern city, Southampton has something to offer everyone and by living in the Residences you're right in the heart of it


With approximately 36,000 students living in Southampton, the city is very student friendly and there is always something going on. Southampton is one of the greenest cities in the country and is surrounded by spacious parks, which are ideal for everything from a kickabout to stretching out in the sun. 

Being the capital city of the South, it’s a magnet for, well, just about everything! Big name DJs, the latest bands, West End theatre productions, big sporting events – you name it, they all come here.

If you’re into sports, Southampton is home to the Saints football club and to national and international cricket at the Hampshire Rose Bowl. In addition to the sports centre and gym on the main campus, Southampton also has a large swimming and diving complex called The Quays.


City living
There are many advantages of city living. Everything is within easy walking distance giving you more leisure time to relax and enjoy the entertainment that Southampton has to offer. Restaurants, bars, nightclubs and one of the biggest shopping malls in the south are all within easy reach. If you prefer something more cultured, there are countless museums, galleries and theatres. There is a great atmosphere, reflecting the ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude of its students and residents.

What’s more, because of our city centre location, all of this is never very far away. And when you want something different, the glorious New Forest, Isle of Wight, beaches of the south coast and even France are all within easy reach.

Southampton really does have something to offer everyone and is a great place to be a student.

Learning at the heart of a great city
We’re located in the very heart of the cultural and commercial capital of the South. The city of Southampton rarely disappoints, and here’s why…

A global village

The city has grown dramatically into a lively and cosmopolitan hub of culture, entertainment, nightlife and shopping. Just over an hour from London, a short distance from Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Winchester, its location also makes it easy to travel to Europe and beyond, either by ferry or from the city’s nearby airport.

Cultural revolution
Southampton is investing £175 million in a new ‘cultural quarter’ located just minutes from the main campus, which is set to house state-of-the-art auditoriums, gallery space and studios. With some of the best UK art galleries outside London, two major theatres, three cinemas and countless concerts, festivals and events, there’s certainly enough to keep even the most avid culture vulture satisfied.

In my view
“The best bit about being at Uni in Southampton is that everything is within walking distance. I adjusted to living in this city really well because the people here are very friendly and co-operative.” Anam Fatima, BA (Hons) Business Management

First port of call
The city has a strong sense of history and heritage. The Mayflower set sail from here for the New World in 1520. Medieval walls nestle among modern developments to create a unique waterfront environment. It’s famous for its global maritime role, primarily as a major trading port, but also as home to some of today’s greatest ocean liners, container ships, yachts and power boats.

Economic hub
This is the city which was the birthplace of the Spitfire and fibre optics, and continues to be at the forefront of commercial innovation. Its diverse economy includes the head offices and regional centres for B&Q, Carnival, Ford, HSBC, Merck and Ordnance Survey. With more than 7,000 businesses operating here, it’s not surprising that nearly 2,000 of the city’s graduates remain to seek career opportunities every year.

Park life
Southampton’s parks and 300-acre common make it one of the greenest cities in southern England.You’ll soon discover that there’s nowhere better for a kick-about or for stretching out in the sun on a lazy summer day.

Sporting chance
Mad about sport? You can indulge your passion at a variety of spectacular sporting venues that play host to professional football, major sailing events, and county and test match cricket.The Rose Bowl is home to Hampshire County Cricket Club, while Southampton Football Club play their matches at St Mary’s Stadium.

“Sea” for yourself
When you want a change of scenery, it’s only a short drive to golden beaches along miles of stunning coastline, and acres of open woodland in the New Forest to explore on foot, bike or horseback.

Around & About
The area around Southampton is an exciting region of historic towns, beautiful countryside and miles of coastline. Winchester is a historic Cathedral town, while Portsmouth has a long and distinguished naval history. The New Forest is a short drive from Southampton and it offers 145 square miles of open heath and woodland, which is suitable for walking, horse riding, and cycling.

Other popular attractions include Marwell Zoo, the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and Paultons Park.