Living in Southampton
We’re located in the very heart of the cultural and commercial capital of the south. The city of Southampton rarely disappoints, and here’s why...
Southampton is a fantastic place to live and study;
this video gives a quick overview.
A global village
The city has grown dramatically into a lively and cosmopolitan hub of culture, entertainment, nightlife and shopping. Just over an hour from London, a short distance from Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Winchester, its location also makes it easy to travel to Europe and beyond, either by ferry or from the city’s nearby airport.
Southampton is investing £175 million in a new ‘cultural quarter’ located just minutes from the main campus, which is set to house state-of-the-art auditoriums, gallery space and studios. With some of the best UK art galleries outside London, two major theatres, three cinemas and countless concerts, festivals and events, there’s certainly enough to keep even the most avid culture vulture satisfied.
First port of call
The city has a strong sense of history and heritage. The Mayflower set sail from here for the New World in 1520. Medieval walls nestle among modern developments to create a unique waterfront environment. It’s famous for its global maritime role, primarily as a major trading port, but also as home to some of today’s greatest ocean liners, container ships, yachts and power boats.
This is the city which was the birthplace of the Spitfire and fibre optics, and continues to be at the forefront of commercial innovation. Its diverse economy includes the head offices and regional centres for B&Q, Carnival, Ford, HSBC, Merck and Ordnance Survey. With more than 7,000 businesses operating here, it’s not surprising that nearly 2,000 of the city’s graduates remain to seek career opportunities every year.
Southampton’s parks and 300-acre common make it one of the greenest cities in southern England. You’ll soon discover that there’s nowhere better for a kick-about or for stretching out in the sun on a lazy summer day.
Mad about sport? You can indulge your passion at a variety of spectacular sporting venues that play host to professional football, major sailing events, and county and test match cricket. The Rose Bowl is home to Hampshire County Cricket Club, while Southampton Football Club play their matches at St Mary's Stadium.
"Sea" for yourself
When you want a change of scenery, it’s only a short drive to golden beaches along miles of stunning coastline, and acres of open woodland in the New Forest to explore on foot, bike or horseback.