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Get ready to start your story at Solent University

Congratulations on your place at Solent University! We can't wait to welcome you to campus and we hope you're looking forward to joining our student community. 

In Hello Uni, you'll find everything you need to know before you get here to help you prepare for your first few months at Solent.

Find out what happens during Welcome, and get information on accommodation and fees and funding options. There's a guide to life in Southampton, so you can find out what it's really like to study here. And for parents, there's information and advice at the end of this page to help you help your son/daughter prepare for university.

Our admissions and enrolment team will email your joining instructions. These tell you your arrival date and the room you need to go when you first get here. To find the building your arrival room is in, see our campus map.

Solent in September

The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly affected our everyday lives, and throughout this period Solent's main priority has been protecting the wellbeing of our staff and students.

We've been putting measures in place to welcome our new and returning students to campus in September, and to ensure all students continue to receive the excellent learning experience they expect at Solent.

Find out what changes we're making to our learning provision, including virtual teaching, and to our physical environment to allow students access to the learning facilities and specialist equipment they need in a safe and welcoming environment.

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Welcome and enrolment


Our main Student Welcome activities for all students start on Monday 21 September 2020. Due to the current situation, Welcome may be a little different this year, but you'll still find activities to help you get to know your course, your peers and your University.

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International students

International students (overseas and EU) can find essential information about our international welcome and induction, which takes place before the main welcome activities, as well as Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS), tuition fees, and arrival.

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Apprentices, officer cadets and mature students


Find out what to expect when studying for an apprenticeship at Solent. You'll also find some tips on managing your work/life balance and can read a case study from Lewis, who is currently studying ath Level 5 Operations and Departmental Manager apprenticeship.

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Officer cadets

If you're starting deck, engineer or ETO officer cadet training in our Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, here you'll find out more about where you'll be studying and also where you'll be doing your practical maritime safety training.

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Mature students

One in five students at Solent is a mature student (any student aged 21 or over at the start of their studies). We understand that starting university as a mature student can mean you might have different concerns than coming in fresh from further education. We offer advice and support for all mature students, from study skills, to socialising, to finance.

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Student portal and student app

Student portal

The new and improved student portal is your first port of call for University information. You'll find useful contact details, student support, library information, accommodation, careers advice and the latest Solent news and information.

Visit the student portal

MySolent app

The MySolent student app gives you quick and easy access to everyday services, like your timetable, email account, unit information, library loans, learning resources, and more!

Download MySolent on iPhone

Download MySolent on Android

Student life

Get involved with your Students' Union!

Led by students, for students, the Union provides independent representation, academic support, a huge range of societies, exciting events, and the opportunity to take part in national student campaigns. Make the most of their services - like Safe Solent to get you home after a night in the library - or even become an Officer and represent your fellow students.

Meet the Students' Union

Living in Southampton

The city of Southampton has around 250,000 residents and a large student population. You'll find variety of high street and independent shops, bars, restaurants and music venues to suit all tastes. If you're new to Southampton, or you'd just like to find out more about student life in the city, you'll find information here that will help you find your feet and make the most of what our hometown has to offer.

Tips and advice for living in Southampton

Student support

Our support services are here to help you make the most of your learning and enjoy your life at university. The teams are on hand throughout the week, so please do contact us if there’s anything you’re worried about or need a bit of advice on. 

Student Hub

The experienced and professional staff in the Student Hub team can provide information, advice and guidance on all aspects of student life. They're the first point of contact for any queries about your course, or any personal matters that may affect your studies. The Student Hub can advise on the following:

Questions about your course, including policy advice.

  • Health and wellbeing.
  • 'To whom it may concern' letters, including bank letters.
  • Council tax exemption certificates.
  • Replacement campus cards.
  • References.
  • Spirituality and reflection.
  • Student funding and money management.
  • Access to other services, including counselling and international advice.

Contact the Student Hub by email: or give them a call on 023 8201 5200.

Useful information

We've put together a ton of information to help you get ready to start your story at Solent. From accommodation, to fees and funding, to learning support and library information - you'll find it all here!