Living in Southampton
Southampton is a vibrant city with a large student population. From shops and cafes to bars and restaurants, parks, sport and culture, there’s something for everyone!
Want to listen to up and coming bands? Head to the Joiners on St Mary’s Street. Looking for a bite to eat? Try Mettricks at Guildhall Square or the Bargate. Searching for that perfect outfit? Westquay has tons of high street brands. Or why not stop into Solent’s own retail outlet, Re:So, in the Marlands shopping centre, for unique items created and sourced by our students. And you can spend quality time with your friends just relaxing by the water at Ocean Village marina, or picnic-ing on the Common.
Solent University is located in the heart of the city, making it an ideal place to study. But, if you want to travel a little further afield, Southampton has great public transport links to get you to where you want to go.
There are lots of different bus companies who operate services in and around Southampton, but the two main ones are Bluestar (which also operates Unilink) and First.
If you decide to travel out of the city, you can take a National Express coach, or use the train.
The Night Bus
The Students’ Union offers a free minibus services for students who are studying late at night. This runs during term time only, and helps you get between your place of residence and the University library. To find out more follow @SolentNightBus
Southampton Central train station is just down the hill from the Civic Centre. From here you’ll find regular trains to London, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Brighton, as well as many other interesting destinations.
Check out www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 0845 748 4950 for enquiries.
You’ll find official taxi ranks in the city on London Road, Lower Bannister Street, and at Above Bar. Check your taxi is licensed before you get in, or pre-book through the companies below.
- Radio Taxis: 023 80 666 666
- West Quay Cars: 023 80 999 999
Solent Students' Union is run by students for students. As well as organising things like social events and volunteering opportunities, the Students' Union is on hand to offer independent advice and support while you're at university.
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Follow our simple tips to stay safe while you’re in Southampton to get the most out of your University experience:
- Take a mate when you’re walking home from campus or a night out.
- Keep your cash in your pocket or bag out of sight, and your phone, too.
- Stick to brightly lit streets and steer clear of shortcuts through parks in the evenings.
- Make use of the Students’ Union Night Bus service – follow @SolentNightBus on Twitter for more info.
- Grab a cab from one of the official ranks in the city, or book a taxi through Radio Cars, Solent SU’s official taxi partner, by calling 023 8066 6666.
- Cyclists - always use a D-lock to secure your bike, and look out for our ‘Bike Doctor’ events on campus where you can get a free bike check-up. Find out where you can pick up a D-lock at a discounted rate, and how you can register your bike.
- Call the police if you’re worried you’re being followed. If there’s an ongoing problem, speak to your local community support officer.
Stay active and healthy at university
Regular exercise stimulates the brain as well as the body.
Whether you’re looking to join a sports team, want to try a fitness class or recreational sport, or add some sport coaching qualifications to your CV, Solent Sport will have something for you!
Team Solent has over 30 clubs competing nationally and internationally in BUCS competitions, as well as in local, regional and national leagues. And for top-level athletes studying at Solent, our performance sport programme can help you balance your university studies with competing on the national or international stage.
You’ll be able to use our excellent facilities including multi-use indoor sports halls and gyms, as well as a state-of-the-art football venue. There are also exciting development plans to create a brand new sports building right here on campus.
Look after your mind
Stressed, depressed, anxious, or feel like there’s no one to talk to? Find confidential local counselling, or more information about mental health at www.mind.org.uk/help, or visit Solent's Students 1st support.
Don’t forget to leave yourself some down time between your studies, sport, jobs and socialising. Unwind in front of the TV, or head to the library for some peace and quiet to enjoy a good read.
Safely does it
You can order free condoms from www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk, where you’ll also find further information about safe sex and contraception.
Morning after care
Emergency contraception is available from your GP, chemist, or clinic up to 72 hours after the act. If you’re worried about STIs, your local walk-in is at Royal South Hants Hospital, SO14 0YG.
Working in Southampton
Lots of our students work part-time to earn money and get work experience. Some even start their own businesses while they’re still studying. Solent Futures, our employability and enterprise advisers, can support you to find part-time work in Southampton or develop your business idea. Remember, gaining good employability skills is important for students on any course.
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Southampton military service units
Sign up to one of Southampton’s service units for a taste of military life while you’re at university. You’ll attend drill nights, take part in sport, attend social events and go on adventurous training expeditions. You’ll even be paid for the majority of activities you do, and you’ll have something else to add to your CV.
University Royal Naval Unit
Drill nights: Thursday
Get involved and find out how to sign up here
University Air Squadron
Town nights: Monday
Fling: Monday – Friday
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University Officers Training Corps
Drill nights: Tuesday
More info here
The service units are only open to British, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizens.
Read our university service units brochure to find out more
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