The University of Southampton dates back to 1862: located on the south coast of England, it is close to the New Forest and the Isle of Wight. The main campus is north of the city centre, near to a large managed woodland. There are excellent road, rail, sea and air links and London is just over an hour away by train.


On the outskirts of a city or town


On the coast, near the sea


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: S27

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 Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 69%
  • Postgraduate 31%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 94%
  • Part Time 6%

Where students come from

  • UK 71%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 22%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The university's five libraries include some three million books, journals and reports, and specialist collections across the campuses. Many journal subscriptions are in electronic format and the collection includes over 480,000 e-books, which can be accessed by members of the university across the globe. On Highfield campus, Hartley Library has a reputation as one of the leading research libraries in the UK; it is home to the Learning Centre and Assistive Technology Centre.
  • Wide-ranging support and guidance is available from the libraries: in person – including from the academic skills hub – by email, telephone and live web chat services. Online web guides and tutorials supplement the training run by librarians to help students make the best of resources.
  • There are around 2,200 computer workstations across campuses and halls of residence, Wi-Fi on all campuses and Internet access in all study bedrooms. Students have access to the Southampton Virtual Environment (SVE) 24-hours a day which helps them to learn and study anytime, anywhere.

Student jobs

  • Based on Highfield Campus, UniWorkforce helps students find part-time, temporary and flexible work within the university, designed to accommodate student timetables. Work can range from being a student ambassador and undertaking research assistance to internship opportunities and more.
  • The university's Careers and Employability Service can arrange placements and internships with business partners for students throughout their course.

Careers advice

  • The university offers career mentoring, information, specialist advice and guidance on a one-to-one basis; students can also benefit from advice from former graduates through alumni career panel events.
  • The Careers and Employability Service offers over 880 work experience opportunities, including Year in Employment placements and the Business Innovation Programme, as well as commercial partnerships, internships, voluntary roles and global enterprise schemes.
  • Students can network with top employers at university careers fairs and employer-led workshops. There are four annual careers fairs, and various networking events, which collectively attract more than 400 employers, as well as over 130 employer-led events and workshops on campus.

Health services

  • Highfield Campus has a GP surgery on site for students to use.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Enabling Services provides a variety of support for all students. This includes short-term counselling and hypnotherapy, as well as First Support, a team available to students who are experiencing difficulties or feeling that they have reached a point of crisis.
  • Enabling Services provides workshops, mindfulness sessions, and courses, as well as a variety of online resources to help improve students' well-being.
  • Enabling Services also runs a daily drop-in session, where students can meet with an advisor and learn more about the types of support that may be helpful for them, both in the university and the wider community.

Disability support

  • Enabling Services offers support for students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, mental health concerns and specific learning differences such as dyslexia, from application through to graduation.
  • The Enabling Services team can help with queries about specialist support and funding and can also provide support with accommodation and prospective visits.
  • All students with a disclosed disability, including a specific learning difference, are invited to attend a Transition day over the summer before term begins. Transition days offer the opportunity for students to meet with a specialist practitioner to ensure support is in place prior to arrival, to visit the campus, and to learn more about the support available. Transition days are also a great opportunity to meet other students.

Other services and facilities

  • The Student Life team at Southampton are based within halls of residence and are dedicated to supporting student well-being; they are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Students are allocated a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) who can help with course-related and personal issues, and give advice throughout the degree. Formal meetings are arranged for each semester, but students are encouraged to make the most of regular catch-ups with their PAT throughout the year.
  • The university invests millions into the development of research facilities to ensure its students have the best equipment at their disposal. From well-equipped laboratories and clean rooms, to a BAE-funded flight simulator and Large Anechoic Chamber, students can work with industry-standard facilities.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union hosts events including live music gigs, student balls, cultural festivals, international nights, comedy and quiz nights and karaoke, and has over 300 student groups, sports clubs and societies.
  • It also includes four bars, a café, shops, a 330-seat cinema, fitness facilities and a regular market.
  • The union runs its own radio station (SURGE radio), student newspaper (Wessex Scene), entertainment magazine (The Edge) and a TV station (SUSUtv) with industry-standard equipment, run entirely by student DJs, journalists and directors.


  • Dates back to 1862 when the Hartley Institution, as it was originally known, was established in the centre of Southampton.
  • Hartley Institution became Hartley University College and moved out of the city centre in 1919.
  • It received its Royal Charter to award degrees and became the University of Southampton in April 1952.

Fascinating Fact

  • The World Wide Web as we know it today would not exist without groundbreaking research from the University of Southampton, who developed the low-loss optical fibres that form the basis of the global Internet.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Chris Packham – presenter and wildlife expert.
  • Sir Adrian Newey – chief technical officer for the Red Bull Racing Formula One team.
  • John Inverdale – television and radio sports presenter.
  • Caroline Wyatt – BBC journalist and presenter.
  • Justine Greening – MP for Putney; former minister for women and equalities and secretary of state for education.
  • John Nettles – actor; played the leading roles in Bergerac and Midsomer Murders.
  • Sir George Buckley – partner and chair of Arle Capital Partners Limited; former chair, president and chief executive of 3M.
  • Stephen Payne OBE – founding member of the consultancy PFJ-Maritime Consulting Ltd; former vice president and chief naval architect at Carnival Corporation (owners of Cunard).
  • Dominic Mohan – journalist and founder/CEO of Dominic Mohan Media; former editor of The Sun newspaper.
  • Jon Sopel – North America editor for the BBC; correspondent for BBC World News; television presenter.


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