Why choose Solent?

Solent University is friendly, dynamic and innovative. Our high quality academic programmes are geared to producing skilled and talented individuals. We are proud that our graduates are globally employable. We also offer a range of cultural, artistic, sporting and social opportunities to enhance your student experience.

Key features

  • Unique maritime portfolio and international recognition in the maritime industry.
  • Latest facilities to support your studies including state-of-the-art media facilities.
  • Progression for HND holders equivalent on to bachelor's top-up degrees.
  • Vocational courses leading to careers.
  • Modern, comfortable and vibrant environment of study located in the city centre.
  • Excellent graduate employment record.  
  • Approximately 19,000 full and part-time students. More than 3,000 international students from all over the world.
Why people choose Solent

Three faculties

Faculty of Business, Sport and Enterprise (FBSE)| 
Faculty of the Creative Industries (FCI)
|Maritime and Technology Faculty (MarTec)|

The University's location

Southampton Solent University is centrally located in the vibrant city of Southampton, with the city centre just a short walk across attractive parks. Find out more about living in Southampton| and how to find us|.

The facilities 

Recording studios, a performance space and a specialist sports laboratory are just some of the areas that have been transformed by a recent multi-million pound investment.

Other facilities include a purpose-built watersports centre, industry-standard digital multi-camera TV studio, commercially equipped towing tank, animation and specialist 3D multimedia areas, hydrographic survey systems, photography studios... and much more besides. Find out more about our facilities|.

The social life

Wherever you live in Southampton, whatever you study at our university, you will make friends from your first day of arrival and you will not find the time to get bored. The University has its own Students' Union, an organisation run by students for students. Find out more about the Students' Union|.

The city is very student oriented, with more than 30,000 students studying at its two universities. For your entertainment, you can pick from a large number of restaurants, cinemas, theatres, clubs and bars, all within walking distance of the student residences and the main campus. Find out more about the nightlife| and music and arts|.

The impressive West Quay centre should accommodate all your shopping needs, with almost 100 top brand stores. The city boasts two further city-centre malls and is home to a wide variety of independent and specialist shops. 2009 witnessed the opening in the centre of Southampton of the global IKEA furniture retailer, ideal for students. Find out more about shopping|.

A wide range of sporting and leisure activities is available, with Southampton able to boast soccer at the St Mary's Stadium, country and test match cricket at the Rose Bowl, and regular hosting of major yacht and powerboat events. Numerous leisure centres are located around the city, including a large swimming complex in the centre of the city, where our students enjoy privileged admission rates. Find out more about sport and leisure|.

Useful websites

Southampton Tourist Information Centre
www.visit-southampton.co.uk|

History of the University and Southampton

Solent UniThe roots of Southampton Solent University can be traced back over 150 years:
From a private School of Art to Southampton Institute, the university has seen many exciting changes.

Find out more about the University's history| and the history of Southampton|.