Southampton

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City is great! Not too big, but big enough to find job, if you will study and work ! If you are used to the business and craziness of London and want similar experience - this is not the place for you. :D Southampton is more chill. But I love it . :)

By Nefertiti On 19th January 20

Study in Southampton

Southampton, situated in Hampshire on the South Coast of England, has two universities, the University of Southampton and Solent University. 

 

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University of Southampton

The origins of the University of Southampton date back to 1862 and these days the university is known for being a research-intensive and was the founding member of the Russell Group. It is particularly well known for its Engineering faculty and is cited as the UK’s leading university for Engineering.

 

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Solent University

Solent University has been a university since 2005 but has a long educational history that dates back to 1856. It has approximately 11,000 students from the UK and from around the globe. The university’s teaching has been recognised with a silver rating from the Teaching Excellence Framework.

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Southampton Student Life

The city of Southampton has a relaxed seaside atmosphere, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a quiet place. It’s a big city with a constant bustle of activity.

Cost of Living

The cost is relatively low than big cities like London. It is a good place to live.

By LacieGloria On 24th September 2019

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Public transport, A++, the unilink buses are brill (and free in 1st year), the trains are well connected, v quick to London/the New Forest/Bournemouth for a day out.

By Becktoria On 7th July 2015

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Shopping

Southampton has become a destination for shopping thanks to Westquay, a shopping centre that has been rated as one of the UK’s top ten retail locations. You’ll find all your high-street favourite shops here as well as an array of restaurants and a huge 10 screen cinema. The High Street and Above Bar Street are popular areas for students with shops such as Primark, TK MAXX and Urban Outfitters. 

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Sailing and Water Sports

Southampton has always been famous for its boats, making it a perfect place to have some fun trying out different water sports. All the universities will have water sports societies and clubs to join for beginners and experts, which is a great way to get involved.

 

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Isle of Wight 

On average there are 19 ferry crossings a day to the Isle of Wight, making it a very easy and fun day out! There’s so much to explore whether it's the cobble streets of Cowes, discovering the coastline, exploring the dinosaur fossils or making it all the way to the other side of the island to see the Needles.

 

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New Forest 

The New Forest National Park is literally on your doorstep, it takes just 15-minutes by train to get to the heart of it. There’s fantastic walking and cycling trails, traditional pubs to try and of course the famous semi-wild native ponies, who have the right of way in the villages. 

 

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Bournemouth 

Although Southampton is a coastal city strangely there isn’t a beach. However, in just a mere 30-minute train journey you can be at the award-winning sandy beaches of Bournemouth.

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Vita Student Southampton - Portswood House 4.86 /5

Ppl from the reception all pretty nice😄especially Carla, she is so warm-hearted!! Love her...

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Park House 4.77 /5

Lived at Park House for 3 years. Everyone was very helpful and always happy to have a chat when I passed by Reception. Unfortunately, I did not get to...

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The Court Yard 4.74 /5

Excellent experience living here! The nearest student accommodation around university campus. I lived in London room last year and reorder for the nex...

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Marland House 4.7 /5

Marland is far my favourite accommodation. Friendly people. Chocolates when you come in. My studio is large and good view. Supermarket right round cor...

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Queens Gate 4.6 /5

Really enjoyed living at Queensgate. The location is really nice being opposite the park and facing the water. Lots around the city with good transpor...

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Unilife High Street 4.45 /5

The team at Unilife is EVERYTHING. The location of High Street is so good, RIGHT next to Lidl (supermarket) which stays open all day and the bus stop ...

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Mercury Point 4.39 /5

Best halls in Southampton Great staff Loved my time there...

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Green Wood Court 4.37 /5

Greenwood court is extremely good value for money. The price is cheaper than most halls and the living conditions are high with good quality flats and...

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Vincent Place, Southampton 4.21 /5

great student accommodation that allows dual occupancy at no extra cost and is located right in the city centre close to all amenities. Property team ...

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Orion Point 3.95 /5

the lifts break down all the time - I can't say im particularly happy to come back with heavy bags of shopping to realise I gotta climb up 6 flights- ...

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24th February 2021

Southampton is a great...

Southampton is a great place for university students. It is easy to get around and all you'll need is in the city centre read more

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22nd February 2021

I feel Southampton has...

I feel Southampton has everything I need. read more

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21st February 2021

This city is perfect...

This city is perfect for a student. By the way, the night outs could transform in a unforgettable night. You could see drunk people in clubs which are very dangerous. Or stranger who follows you by night read more

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17th February 2021

Nice and compact city,...

Nice and compact city, easy to cover. West Quay, docks and city centre are great! Easy bus routes. read more

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10th February 2021

I love Southampton......

I love Southampton... it’s smaller than my home city so it took me a little time to get used to the smaller city experience. read more

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AmyBonnie98
27th November 2020

Southampton is a friendly...

Southampton is a friendly city and pretty safe too. There are lots of greenspaces and spending a summers evening down the common with a group of friends is a highlight. There are plenty of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants to keep you happy. The unilink and Bluestar busses are super frequent which is great, and the city has an airport, train station(s) and a port, meaning you have easy access to the wider area (incl. Isle of Wight, New Forest, Portsmouth and London). Southampton is home. read more

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18th November 2020

It is not London, like...

It is not London, like you won't have something new to do every day, but there is a great variety of opportunities to try. During Christmas is especially nice. read more

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member950916
3rd September 2020

a good city for students...

a good city for students to live read more

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12th August 2020

Very nice city. Busy...

Very nice city. Busy and quiet are very balanced read more

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member550390
12th August 2020

Good town for student...

Good town for student Good commodities read more

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12th August 2020

It’s alright better than...

It’s alright better than Bournemouth read more

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31st July 2020

typical average size...

typical average size city. only fault is that everything looks dirty, sticky and stained read more

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member549833
10th July 2020

A good city, with good...

A good city, with good people and good place to shop read more

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27th June 2020

there are so many options...

there are so many options for shopping and eating out with two different shopping centres in the city centre. Although this is coming from someone who moved from a small town to this city, so many of the big brand name shops, and food places were new to me. Theres also a cool Christmas market and an ice rink throughout the winter. I don't really use public transport since my accommodation, uni campus, and the city centre are all close around 10-20 minute walk. I have used Uber quite a bit, which is also new to me since coming here, and every uber has been good although they're a bit expensive, so I only use them when transporting a lot of heavy equipment for my course, or if I'm travelling farther than usual. read more

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Mohamad Ismail
27th June 2020

Nice city to live, study...

Nice city to live, study and work read more

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member449424
18th June 2020

Southampton is great...

Southampton is great if you are willing to get the bus about or invest in a bike read more

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3rd June 2020

Shopping here is very...

Shopping here is very convenient and there are many restaurants nearby. read more

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21st April 2020

Shopping is the biggest...

Shopping is the biggest selling point for solent as west quay is 5-10 min walk away. The clubs are good and there are loads or bars. We often eat meals out as friends as there are tonnes of restaurants. read more

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22nd March 2020

the transportation is...

the transportation is very convenient, every 10 minutes to uni. read more

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member946077
25th February 2020

It's a really good city...

It's a really good city but not in a very classic style, casue it had been damaged before, many properties are built recent years. But it is a city that very suit for student, whcih had offered kind of discount and convenient services for them. For example,wherever you are uni-link can take you to the University. read more

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member846061
24th February 2020

Love Southampton, convenient...

Love Southampton, convenient and colourful life without mess and noises. read more

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member1145987
20th February 2020

quite and beautiful place,...

quite and beautiful place, I love it. read more

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30th January 2020

Bit of a boring city...

Bit of a boring city but some interesting places near the center of the city. read more

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Nefertiti
19th January 2020

City is great! Not too...

City is great! Not too big, but big enough to find job, if you will study and work ! If you are used to the business and craziness of London and want similar experience - this is not the place for you. :D Southampton is more chill. But I love it . :) read more

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15th December 2019

Amazing transport links,...

Amazing transport links, west quay provides lots of shopping and job opportunities read more

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member744188
3rd December 2019

Too expensive. Rent...

Too expensive. Rent is too high. Food does not taste good unless you go to expensive resultants costs you at least £15 for a single meal. small student cheap meal cost you £ 8.99 near the school. Last night I had a burger (no drink just tap water) at the University costs me £7.99. It is so expensive for me. Busses are always late, and I missed lecturers many times because the busses are full or late. The University does not listen. I stopped going in night outs because I do not have enough money to pay a £10 entry fee and spent money for expensive taxis (who charge 1.5 time the actual rate!). Google and YouTube are the only friends I have - they are cheap to talk to but highly cherished and valued by me.... This is the reality :(( read more

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Sanni
26th November 2019

Really nice environment...

Really nice environment and lovely people! read more

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22nd November 2019

The city is small and...

The city is small and comfortable, but expensive read more

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JianjunZhang
22nd November 2019

Overall it’s great, but...

Overall it’s great, but the buses are always delayed, sometimes it can be over 20mins, which has caused me late for class. read more

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22nd November 2019

Here is only one shopping...

Here is only one shopping mall. That’s not enough read more

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22nd November 2019

A city full of homeless...

A city full of homeless and rude people. read more

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22nd November 2019

Public transport here...

Public transport here is fast and easy to access read more

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member1342727
14th October 2019

Public Transport is a...

Public Transport is a nightmare and the cost of living is expensive but the social life is fantastic. read more

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2nd October 2019

Great night life, always...

Great night life, always something going on! read more

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LacieGloria
24th September 2019

The cost is relatively...

The cost is relatively low than big cities like London. It is a good place to live. read more

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Anonymous3489384
24th September 2019

If you come from a big...

If you come from a big city like London, the transport will shock you and I would like to say it gets better .. but it doesnt. sorry. read more

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member536755
25th March 2019

Lots of crime compared...

Lots of crime compared to what I'm used to. read more

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7th July 2015

The bars and clubs in...

The bars and clubs in Southampton are pretty amazing; The Hobbit and The Edge are probably the best, in my opinion. The main shopping areas are fantastic and there're so many great places to eat (seriously, try Sula's.) read more

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Becktoria
7th July 2015

A lot of people describe...

A lot of people describe Southampton as a 'northern city in the south', because of its still-present industrialisation. This is probably why I like it so much, because it reminds me a little bit of home. Like home, it had a golden age but quickly declined, then got bombed to bits during WW2 and rebuilt in hideous 60s concrete style. But if you ignore what it looks like, it's fab. The uni night life is incredibly good, so much to choose from (and CHEAP), the WestQuay shopping centre is great for chain stores (if that's what you like) and Above Bar Street has some more independent shops. Public transport, A++, the unilink buses are brill (and free in 1st year), the trains are well connected, v quick to London/the New Forest/Bournemouth for a day out. read more

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7th July 2015

Terrible clubbing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Terrible clubbing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! read more

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8th May 2015

Southampton is great,...

Southampton is great, close to the sea, with a good city centre and lots of drinking opportunity's! read more

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Julia
21st April 2015

The town itself has no...

The town itself has no character and no aesthetic appeal. The locals are terrifying. The nights out are okay but repetitive. Do not be fooled by the 'good deals' - avoid alcohol in Sobar at all costs! read more

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member115605
21st April 2015

A lovely city, but only...

A lovely city, but only if you actually get involved in it and don't view it as a uni place. There's a wonderful arts scene that takes place entirely outside of the uni, but most people don't see it because all the city is to them is a Bermuda Triangle of halls-campus-city centre. You get out what you put in; make the effort, get to know the locals, and you'll stop being another faceless student and you'll actually get a sense of enrichment and achievement from the town. Very well integrated bus system, big shopping centre, wide variety of clubs and pubs (the Shooting Star being a personal favourite), lots of places to eat to suit your budget and it's relatively cheap. Not a bad city, not a great one, but there's enough here to make your home if you engage with it. read more

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28th March 2015

Good variety of clubs/nights...

Good variety of clubs/nights out. Range of shopping facilities and eating out places. Good transport links with the train station being close to everything. Most things are within walking distance of the halls, housing and university. read more

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