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Southampton is home to some of the South Coast’s best entertainment and nightlife, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding your new favourite venue. This collection of guides serves as a great starting point for newcomers who want to get the inside scoop on Southampton’s hottest clubs, pubs and music venues before joining the University.


When it’s time to party, students do it best. From indie-rock club, Lennon's, to cheesy disco, PopWorld and everything inbetween, this guide will give you an introduction to Southampton’s thriving club scene.

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Southampton has a wide selection of pubs; some perfect for a chilled out Sunday lunch and some more suited to stag dos and sing-alongs. Take a look at Solent University’s pub guide to work out whether you are going to be drinking real ale at the Red Lion or sipping fantasy themed cocktails at the world famous Hobbit.

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Live music venues

Southampton regularly plays host to the biggest names in music at its numerous venues and concert halls. The Joiners Arms is a small venue with a fantastic track record for putting on artists just before they break through to the mainstream, and the 1,750 capacity O2 Guildhall is a regular stop on nationwide tours.

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With so much entertainment on offer in Southampton, it should come as no surprise that locals also enjoy access to a great selection of restaurants and eateries. Those of you who are looking for a quick bite need look no further than Westquay’s enormous food court, but if you have a bit more time to wine and dine then be sure to give our guide to local restaurants a read.

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Day trips

Winchester, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and the New Forest are all easily accessible by car or public transport and each offer their own unique take on life on the South Coast. Don’t miss our advice on the best ways to travel and what to do when you arrive.

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