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Study in Southampton

Sat on the coast, historical Southampton is the perfect medium between big town and small city.


The legacy of the ship which set off from Southampton  is closely tied to the city's history.

City life – University of Southampton graduate

'Southampton is great if you want a little of everything: it's a small city, is by the sea and has lots of green spaces (plus the New Forest is a stone's throw away).'

The port

Expect a steady stream of fresh faces in town around 1.5 million passengers pass through the port each year.

Nightlife – second year student at University of Southampton, 2016

'You'll hear about Jester's a lot. Cheap drinks and you don't have to dress up. In fact you'll need specific "Jesters Shoes" that you won't be able to wear in public after.'

New Forest

Beautiful countryside views and ponies roaming freely, all on your doorstep.

Student life in Southampton

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Treat yourself
Shopping and dinner in WestQuay
Friday feeling
Jesters (at least once) – a legendary club among Soton students
Sunday chilling
Grab brunch at the Trago Lounge
When family visit
Lunch at the Cowherds pub on the Common
Feeling cultural
See the ballet at the Mayflower Theatre
Catch up with mates
Head down to the Baseball Experience Centre and have a competition

The Bargate

Constructed in Norman times, this is a Grade 1 listed medieval gatehouse in the city centre of Southampton.

Nightlife – second year student at University of Southampton, 2016

'The Hobbit pub is a personal favourite, with a range of cocktails named after Tolkein characters (only £2.50 on Fellowship nights). Bedford Place also has some fun clubs.'

Ocean Village marina

The marina offers unrivalled views of Southampton's waters and is the perfect base for exploring the south coast.

Second year student at University of Southampton, 2018

'I live in the Portswood/Highfield area. The location is ideal for me as I like to be close to uni, plus I'm only a 10 min walk from Sainsbury's. It's a relatively quiet area since the main clubs are further into Portswood and the city centre.'

Andrews Park

This beautiful green haven offers not only an abundance of public memorials, but also a miniature golf course!

Second year student at University of Southampton, 2018

'I live in a very popular neighbourhood in Swaythling. It's quite safe. There are lots of pubs quite near to me and the bus is convenient for getting to clubs. The quality of my house and the general area is of a good standard for students.'

Riverside Park

Take a leisurely stroll along the River Itchen, take in the stunning views and absorb the peaceful atmosphere.

Living in Southampton

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips:

Average weekly rents*
  • Private landlord
  • £82 - £132
  • Average
Housing value for money*
  • Poor deal
Local transport*
  • £8.60
  • Based on Unilink 90 day ticket (student price) being £110
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Portswood
  • Swaythling
  • Highfield

*Average mean rents via (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.


Student money tips

The New Forest is on your doorstep for a cheap day out.

The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.

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