Situated right in the centre of the busy city of Southampton, the Southampton Solent University campus is home to students and staff from many different backgrounds and nationalities.
Of course, being in the city centre means that many amenities are just a few minutes' walk from the lecture room, but as well as exploring Southampton, take some time to discover what's available to you right here on campus.
Here for you
Here at Solent University, we want our students to enjoy their time while they're studying and feel a part of the Solent student community. If you need it, you'll be able to find lots of advice on everything from academic and personal matters, to study skills and careers guidance.
The Student Hub is where you can go if you need to talk to someone and get expert advice on academic or personal matters. The friendly team can offer counselling, funding advice, chaplaincy, and also answer queries about your timetable, assessments or extenuating circumstances. You'll find the Student Hub on the ground floor of the Reginald Mitchell building, in the main concourse.
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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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Refresh and revive
Need to grab a quick bite to eat between lectures? Or maybe you need a full-on breakfast to get you going for the day. Either way, you'll find plenty of food choices on campus.
The Dock Restaurant
This is the main food area and offers a great variety of dishes, ranging from hearty breakfasts and home-cooked meals at Originals, American-style food at Swanky Franks, tasty chicken burgers and wraps at Yardbird, or a healthy salad at Natural. And for dessert, be sure to stop by the ice-cream bar, Treats, for a delicious sundae.
East Park Deli
Adjacent to the University's new building The Spark, East Park Deli serves a range of hot drinks, including Starbucks Coffee, and hot and cold food choices that can be eaten in or taken away. Breakfast is also served here, including porridge pots, bagels and sausage baguettes.
You'll find Artisan at our Sir James Matthews building, a short walk across the park from our main East Park Terrace campus. Artisan offers a range of home-made dishes including breakfasts, soups, salads, and sandwiches. Be sure to also check out their daily specials for some tasty treats.
Just as you would expect from any Costa Coffee, you can grab a hot drink and a delicious pastry to have while you're on the go.
Our on-campus convenience store and newsagent, C-Store, has a great range of newspapers and magazines, confectionery, snacks and stationery. There's also an ATM machine and the facility to top-up your mobile phone. C-Store can be found in the main concourse, next to the Student Hub in Reginald Mitchell Building.
You'll find plenty of study areas around campus, from libraries and learning resource centres, to comfortable spaces and sofas for a more relaxed study environment.
Open 24/7 at peak periods, the Mountbatten Library has a huge range of books, journals and other materials in both print and electronic format to help you with your studies. With over 800 study places, including group and individual study rooms and silent study areas, the library is a thriving academic hub with staff available to help enhance your use of our resources and learning spaces.
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Cadets and students studying at Warsash have access to extensive maritime resources, which includes books, journals and online materials that support all of the study programmes. Warsash students also have access to the University's Mountbatten Library.
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Learning resource centres
There are three learning resource centres at our city centre campus: Sir James Matthews Building, Michael Andrews Building, and Mountbatten Library. The centres have large numbers of PCs and Apple Macs with high-speed internet connection. There are open plan study areas, plus smaller rooms that can be booked out for use by students. You can also hire laptops and digital cameras. ICT facilities are also available at the Warsash campus
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Get some exercise
Here at Solent, we have some of the best sport facilities around. If you want to keep fit, why not enrol on one of Solent Sport’s fitness classes, or join the gym at Sports Centre St Mary’s? Team Solent also has a number of teams across many different sports at all levels, or you can even try your hand at sailing at our dedicated Watersports Centre.
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Sports Centre St Mary’s and East Park Terrace Sports Hall
Here, you can get involved in many different activities from weights to fitness classes, squash, basketball, and even climbing. The facilities can be used as part of a membership, or on a pay as you go basis.
Test Park Sports Ground
Test Park is our purpose-built outdoor sports ground that’s home to Team Solent’s football, rugby and American football teams. Test Park has a full-size 3G multi-purpose all-weather pitch, floodlit stadium, and smaller grass pitches and rugby pitches.
Those studying at Warsash can use the gym and weights room, located on the ground floor of the Whalley Wakeford Building, but also have access to all of the sport facilities at our city centre campus.
The Watersports Centre is located on the Warsash Maritime Academy campus at the mouth of the River Hamble, and is an RYA-accredited training centre. You can take sailing and kayaking lessons or for the adrenaline junkies, why not have a go at jetskiing or powerboating.
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