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Wednesday 7 October 2015

12,000+ students and staff. Six different continents. 100 different countries.

12,000+ students and staff. Six different continents. 100 different countries.

As thousands of students arrive at Solent, both for the first time and as returning students, the University and Students’ Union organise a variety of activities to help welcome students to the city, to their community, to their new home.

Whether a first year or a third year, there’s a lot of stuff to know about university life and Solent’s student living guide provides just that.

With information about living in student residences and private rented accommodation, tips and advice on personal safety and security, information about sports and volunteering, plus useful contacts, free copies are given out to students at Freshers’ Fayre and are available around campus. Copies are also distributed to households in the Polygon on ‘Street Cred’ days.


Organised by Hampshire Police and Southampton City Council, ‘Street Cred’ days are events in which local agencies, supported by volunteers, door-knock student occupied properties to chat to students about living in the community, recycling and crime prevention initiatives to help them be good neighbours and stay safe. So don’t be alarmed if you have the Police knock at your door in the next few weeks!

Community Liaison and Press Officer, Emily Cambrook, says: “There’s a lot of stuff to know about university life, living in a city and living away from home for the first time. Here at Solent we try to help students make the most of their time at university alongside those that work and live in Southampton to foster a positive community spirit.”

Other community activities include One World Fair, a celebration of cultural diversity in Southampton and participation in Marwell’s Zany Zebras, a public art extravaganza coming to the streets of Southampton in summer 2016.

Solent works closely with Hampshire Police throughout the year and we regularly run community safety stands on campus. These events are an opportunity for students to meet their local police team, register any valuables on immobilise, a free UK property register, and get general advice on staying safe in Southampton. Look out for the team on campus soon and check out Solent Owls, a website created by students for students about staying safe in Southampton.

Meanwhile, the Students’ Union’s programme of events, run during ‘Freshers’ Fortnight’, includes a wide range of activities, from nights out such as the Freshers’ Ball to daytime and non-drinking based activities such as city tours, BBQs and board and console game nights.


Student life in the cultural and commercial capital of the south is an experience to remember. From medieval fortifications, art galleries, museums and theatres to boutique shops, local markets and parks, there’s lots to see and do.

People from many different cultures, races and religions call Southampton home and the city really does have something for everyone.

And there’s the opportunity to give something back to the community too, with volunteering projects such as the Solent Green Team, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Student Watch.

Discover Southampton and enjoy the local community.

For more information about any of the activities mentioned in this blog, please email