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 70%
  • Postgraduate 30%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 93%
  • Part Time 7%

Where students come from

  • UK 72%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 21%

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


  • The university's five libraries include some three million books, journals and reports, and many specialist collections. 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.
  • The main library, the Hartley Library, is located on Highfield campus and has a reputation as one of the leading research libraries in the UK.
  • There is wide-ranging support and guidance available: 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.

Student jobs

  • Based on the main Highfield Campus, the university's Temp Bank helps students find part-time temporary work within the university, designed to accommodate student timetables.
  • The university's careers service arranges placements and internships with business partners.

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.
  • A Career Mentoring programme helps students with the transition into work after graduation.
  • There are opportunities for work placements, internships and volunteer roles through the university's commercial partnerships, as well as global ethical enterprise schemes such as Enactus.
  • Students can network with top employers at university careers fairs and employer-led workshops; there are four annual careers fairs featuring around 300 employers, and over 115 employer-led events on campus.

Health services

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

Counselling services

  • 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 are 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 difficulties 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 difficulty, 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 in order to get support 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' 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, Red Bull Racing.
  • John Inverdale – BBC Sports presenter.
  • Caroline Wyatt – BBC Defence Correspondent.
  • Justine Greening – former Secretary of State for Transport.
  • John Nettles – played the leading roles in Bergerac and Midsomer Murders.
  • George Buckley – Chairman, President, and Chief Executive of 3M.
  • Stephen Payne OBE – Vice-President and Chief Naval Architect at Carnival Corporation (owners of Cunard).
  • Dominic Mohan – Editor of the The Sun newspaper.
  • Jon Sopel – presenter of The Politics Show and a lead presenter on BBC News.


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