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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.

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Getting around

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.

Bus

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 @SolentSU on Twitter.

Rail

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.

Taxi

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

Ferry

Isle of Wight
Red Funnel ferries run two services to the Isle of Wight – the 25 minute Red Jet for foot passengers, and a slower service for vehicles. Find out more on their website.

Hythe
Foot passengers and cyclists can cross Southampton Water to Hythe in about 15 minutes. Visit their website for times and fares.

Students' Union

Solent Students' Union logoSolent Students' Union is run by you! Yes, that's right, you have all the power when it comes to the Students' Union. You elect representatives who offer academic representation, campaign on your behalf, and represent your views to University management.

But the SU is more than just elections! You can join societies or even start a new one for yourself if you can't find what you're looking for. Societies range from SONAR Media, who run a radio station, magazine and cinema (all of which you can be involved with), to arts and crafts!

The SU can help you get your volunteering hours up, which will help make you more employable. They run a wide range of volunteering opportunities throughout the year, so make sure you keep an eye out.

The SU also runs an online shop where you can pick up all the essentials (and a few treats for yourself) before you arrive at Solent, while you're studying at Solent, and even after you've graduated from Solent!

This is just a small taste of what the SU offers. Follow the link below to find out more about the great events the SU puts on, not to mention the discounts they offer and, of course, how they represent Solent students.

Find out more

Stay safe

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.
  • Grab a cab from one of the official ranks in the city, or book a taxi through Radio Taxis, 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.

Ask for Angela

Ask for Angela is a safety awareness campaign offering support to people across Southampton who may find themselves in a difficult or unwanted situation during a night out. Posters are placed on the back of toilet doors or within the toilet spaces of supporting bars and venues advising people that support is available should you need it.

You'll find the Ask for Angela poster in a number of popular bars and venues across Southampton, including Junk, Orange Rooms, Buddha Lounge, Tokyo, Sobar, The Edge and Box Bar, Pre Bar, The Shooting Star, PopWorld, Union Southampton and Solent Students Union.

The Ask for Angela campaign is based on the UK SAYS NO MORE’s national campaign to raise awareness to end sexual assault and violence and domestic violence. Following the success of the campaign, which was originally launched by Lincolnshire County Council in 2016, Solent University is leading the effort to deploy the Ask for Angela campaign in Southampton.

The Ask for Angela campaign is also supported by Solent Students’ Union and Union Southampton.

For further information on the Ask for Angela campaign, please email student.link@solent.ac.uk.

Stay active and healthy at university

Regular exercise stimulates the brain as well as the body.

Solent Sport

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.

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Gym membership offer for students

Work on our new sports complex is well underway, but while you're waiting for use these brand new facilities, you can still take advantage of our gym at Sports Centre St Mary's, only five minutes away from the East Park Terrace campus.

Our team of Solent Sport experts can help you meet your fitness goals with tailored programmes designed around your needs. Join before Wednesday 31 October to save on gym membership.

 St Mary's short membership Up to 13 months transferable membership 
Membership period  Saturday 1 September 2018 - Tuesday 30 April 2019  Saturday 1 September 2018 - Thursday 31 October 2019 
Transfer to new Solent sports complex No transfer available with this membership  Automatic transfer to new Solent sports complex in May 2019 
Total price £60, including a free induction session £135, including a free induction session

Please note that the date for automatic membership transfer from Sports Centre St Mary's to the new sports complex is subject to change.

For more information, contact Solent Sport on 023 8022 7579 or email sports.bookings@solent.ac.uk.

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 Wellbeing Team.

Chill out

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.

Finding part-time work

There are many part-time jobs available in Southampton. Over the summer, Solent Futures staff will be finding lots of part-time jobs for you to apply for once you are here. Register on Solent Graduate Jobs and set up an alert for part-time work so you'll be notified when a job becomes available.

Top tip: if you already have a part-time with a national company or retailer, see if they have a Southampton branch and ask for a transfer.

Solent Futures

Solent Futures is the name of the University's career service. They're available for advice while you're studying here, and after you graduate. Feel free to get in touch with them before you arrive on campus too - you can email them at solent.futures@solent.ac.uk or call them on 023 8201 3883 during office hours.

Student getting advice from Solent Futures

See them at the Student Life Fayre

Look out for Solent Futures staff at the Student Life Fayre, where they'll have job info and advice. Find out how you can update your CV, get advice about using LinkedIn, and get support in finding placements while you study.

Job opportunities throughout the year

There are often jobs on campus, working for the University. These are exclusively advertised on Solent Graduate Jobs. Only current Solent students can work for campus jobs.

Starting your own business

Solent Futures can help with this too. If you're considering working as a freelancer or running your own business, they can not only offer advice, but they can help with start-up funding too. Email solent.enterprise@solent.ac.uk to find out more.

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
Flying: Monday – Friday
Find out more

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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