In my view

“The best bit about being at uni in Southampton is that everything is within walking distance. I adjusted to living in this city really well because the people here are very friendly and co-operative.”

Anam Fatima, BA (Hons) Business Management

Living in Southampton

What are you looking for from your university experience? Whether it’s shopping, culture or nightlife, Southampton is a city with something for everyone. From the hustle and bustle of the city centre to the laid back vibes of Ocean Village, the variety of entertainment and atmospheres on offer has played a large part in making Southampton a thriving student city.

No matter where your interests lie, student life in the cultural and commercial capital of the South isn’t an experience you’re likely to forget.

Life on campusLife on campus 

With more than £40 million having been invested in the campus over the last five years alone, it’s no surprise that Solent University’s state-of–the-art facilities are so popular with current and prospective students alike.

From fully equipped television studios to professional sport science laboratories, this guide to the University’s facilities will answer any questions you have about studying on the Solent campus.
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Going out guideGoing out 

Southampton’s nightlife is among the best on the South Coast and is varied enough to suit almost anyone’s tastes. Whatever gets you excited – there’s something here for you.

With nearly 20 night clubs, three cinemas, two major sporting venues and hundreds of pubs, restaurants and cafes to choose from, you’ll never be short of ways to fill your free time. Take a look at Solent University’s going-out guide for tips on the city’s hottest venues.
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Shopping guideShopping

Its huge range of shops and city centre location makes West Quay the cornerstone of Southampton’s reputation for retail. With over 150 stores in this one shopping centre alone, and The Marlands (another popular shopping centre) just a five-minute walk down the high-street, even the most die-hard shopaholics will be spoilt for choice.
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Leisure in SouthamptonLeisure

If you want a night off from Southampton’s thriving party scene, it doesn’t mean that you will have to be stuck indoors.

The city is home to many great live entertainment venues, and is a regular stop on nationwide concert and theatre tours. Southampton’s residents also enjoy access to a range of sporting venues, art galleries and spas and the city itself is only a short distance from some of the best countryside the South has to offer.
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Southampton-history guideHistory

If history is your thing then you will love exploring Southampton, a city once known as ‘the gateway to the world’ thanks to the key role it played in early transatlantic travel.

The city centre features several museums covering a variety of different topics, from the city’s involvement in pivotal sea and air conflicts to its rich medieval history. Be sure to take a look at Solent’s guide to history in Southampton to find out exactly what’s on offer.
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ReligionPlaces of worship 

People of many different cultures, races and religions call Southampton home, so the city centre has a wide selection of places to worship. These short guides should give you a good idea of what facilities are available. For further information, please contact the Southampton Solent University Chaplaincy.
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Day trips to Bournemouth beachDay trips 

Winchester, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and the New Forest are all easily accessible by car or public transport and each have their own unique charm. For those who feel the capital calling, London is just over an hour away by train.
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Disabled access guideDisabled access 

Southampton Solent University and Southampton City Council offer a number of services to help those with disabilities get the most out of their time in Southampton. Shopmobility schemes, access to the campus and support for people with visual impairments are all explained in this guide to disabled access.
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