Solent University is a dynamic and ambitious international university, spanning business and law, the creative industries, engineering and technology, maritime, media, sport and tourism. The university has invested extensively in facilities and buildings, due for completion in 2019. It is also home to one of the world's leading maritime training academies.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


On the outskirts of a city or town


On the coast, near the sea

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: S30

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Services and Facilities


  • Customer Service Excellence award-winning library, open 24 hours a day during peak periods.
  • Modern and spacious learning environment across five floors with over 450 PCs, Macs and laptops.
  • A wide range of subscription based online resources to support learning, accessible from anywhere.

Student jobs

  • Solent Futures links with over 3,000 employers based regionally, nationally and internationally. Solent Graduate Jobs, the university's jobs board, advertises a range of part-time jobs in the city as well as placements, volunteering roles and graduate opportunities. 
  • The university also has opportunities for students to work on campus while they study for short-term projects and longer-term positions, such as student ambassadors.

Careers advice

  • Solent Futures' activities are available to all students and graduates. There is support through workshops, drop-in sessions, and bookable one-to-one career appointments to discuss career options, decision-making and further study.
  • Students wishing to set up their own businesses or become freelancers are supported by a number of initiatives, including the university's creative agency, Solent Creatives, and the Re:So store − the first fully student-operated retail initiative in a UK shopping centre.
  • Students may access many extracurricular programmes and support such as the professional mentor programme, where they are matched with an experienced professional within local and regional organisations.

Health services

  • The university arranges registration for new students with one of the local GP surgeries during induction. It also has information on local GPs, walk-in services, clinics and dentists.

Counselling services

  • The university has a counselling, mental health and hypnotherapy service. It offers free, confidential therapy for students to talk through things that are worrying them, learn strategies to improve their coping skills, and also supports students to access external mental health services.
  • The Well-being team provides information, advice and guidance on all matters relating to general well-being, from homesickness to relationships, and personal or health matters.

Disability support

  • Access Solent is the university's Disability Service, which aims to remove barriers to learning, provide learning support, and enable students to enjoy the full use of all the facilities at the university.
  • The service encourages students with specific learning difficulties, long term medical conditions, physical or sensory impairments, mental health conditions and those on the autistic spectrum to get in touch.
  • Learning support can include exam arrangements, assistive technology, screening for dyslexia, and specialist mentoring and study skills support.

Other services and facilities

  • The Student Hub is the first point of contact for any queries relating to a course or personal matters which may be affecting studies. They can also help with advice on regulations, processes and policy, as well as suppling students with official letters and references.
  • The Student Funding Team provides help for students with any money worries, with information, advice and guidance on most aspects of student funding including loans, grants, financial hardship, state benefits and money management.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union supports and protects the rights of students and offers independent advice, from housing to academic matters.
  • A hub of activities for students, it offers social events and opportunities for building skills and experience through clubs, societies volunteering and in the running of the union itself.
  • The union represents students on all matters regarding university policy and works with local organisations to represent the wider student body on a national level.


  • Solent University gained university status in July 2005.
  • Its origins can be traced to a private School of Art founded in 1855, which became Southampton College of Art.
  • Mergers with the Southampton College of Technology and the College of Nautical Studies led to the establishment of Southampton Institute in 1984.

Fascinating Fact

  • Solent alumnus Jenny Packham studied fashion at the university; her creations are worn by the Duchess of Cambridge among others.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Jenny Packham – leading fashion designer; a favourite with A-listers and royals.
  • Helena Lucas – Great Britain's first ever sailing gold medallist at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
  • Paul Goodison – Olympic Gold medallist, Laser class sailing at Beijing 2008.
  • Sean Yazbeck – winner of The Apprentice 2006 (USA).
  • Bill Dixon and the late Ed Dubois – leading yacht and boat designers.
  • Roger Towner – Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
  • Guy Platten – CEO UK Chamber of Shipping.
  • Lynne Slowey – Editor-in-Chief, IBM Europe.
  • Ricky Boleto – BBC TV presenter.
  • Joseph Garrett – Stampy Cat, with over 8 million YouTube subscribers.


Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, Hampshire , SO14 0YN