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University of Southampton Reputation
The University of Southampton is located in South England, Hampshire. The reputation for teaching has been recognised with a Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 24,625 students are enrolled at the University of Southampton:
- 17,430 of these students come from the UK
- 1,820 come from other EU countries
- And 5,370 are students from non-EU countries.
(Source: HESA 2017/18)
The graduate outcomes for the University of Southampton show that six months after leaving university, 97% of graduates are in work or further study. The average graduate salary six months after leaving the University of Southampton, is £23,000 a year.
(Source: DLHE Survey 2016)
Updated: 23rd September 2019
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I just competed my final year and I am so happy. I would never want to attend this university again neither would recommend it to any. If you are black you will struggle, lecturers will make things difficult for you. You have to work twice as hard and you are not well supported. I was depressed all throughout, I don,t know how I managed. Without saying much it is the worst university ever. I feel they should investigate them for how the treat black students, having them repeat years for silly reason, you you mark down even if your work is 100 %. The way you are spoken to will have you feel less than a human being. I wish the BBC would investigate them. Southampton within itself itself is a crack den, what would one expect from the uni anyways.
Teaching is not great here. Very respectable lecturers with great academic merit, however, they simply cannot teach effectively. Large class size with a lot of international students which suggests that the university care greatly about money and not as much the teaching. This is a shame as the facilities are excellent. Great large campus with modern buildings, available for some courses such as electronics and computer science. Friendly people but the structure of the university doesn't put much attention to undergraduate students. At the end of the day, you just have to survive your time here and get to the end because employers see this as a very respected university.
It is extremely hard to make friendship in here. Really hard. I do not feel this is an inclusive learning environment helps me to grow my learning experience in an international learning setting. You will feel too lonely in this campus. SUSU - Southampton University Student Union does not help. SUSU slogan to unlock the potential of every student is fake and not real, in accordance with my experience. Prejudice exist, sadly :(( SUSU does not help me to unlock my full potential; you can feel the conscious bias. I am very disappointed by the University of Southampton (despite it's reputation) because there are is a segregation. Also, teach your self - I learnt from YouTube and Online Lectures better than most lectures :((
I studied at Winchester school of arts, I did Masters, and I would NOT recommend anyone to do an MA here especially if u are a home student, it was a waste of time and money and had a terrible student experience, I felt treated as just a number and the course had no standard at all, just about anyone can apply and as long as they are paying the university didn't care. The facilities are there, its just a shame that the senior staff are pathetic, unprofessional and bias. Even after complaints from students the university did nothing. There were no scocity or chance to socialise and didn't have university feel like you would get at highfield campus.
I’m almost at the end of an Mres Microbiology degree at Southampton, it’s been the biggest mistake I’ve made to come here. It’s pretty clear my supervisors made up my masters research project on the spot and hardly researched it so there’s a huge mistake in the theory behind it that I’ve had to work around. Teaching is poor quality, I once had to explain to a lecturer the theory behind a diagram she had up because she forgot how it worked in front of the class. I eventually stopped going to lectures in my second term and still managed to get a first for every bit of coursework. I’ve had no support with my lab work, the postgrads are helpful but my supervisors have completely given up and left me to save the project for myself. It’s been an absolute joke to try and accomplish such a demanding project with such little help and support, I’ve been on my own in the lab since day 1. Very glad it’s almost over. Please if you’re thinking of pursuing environmental microbiology, stay well away!
The campus is very green and has fantastic student facilities. The clubs and societies are very varied and friendly, but suffer from the fact that new members can only really be gained immediately after a bunfight, and then mostly from 1st years (they need more campus and online presence, is what I'm saying). The Students Union is always friendly and approachable and has a very large media presence. The WiFi is acceptable across campus.
The university isn't "bad". But something is amiss. They claim to be supportive but a few students have actually committed suicide in recent years. If you aren't middle class you will feel very out of place. Even more so if you commute. It has been the worst time of my entire life. Seriously. Grades seem to be almost random and I am CONVINCED that assignments are not anonymously marked. The student office has let me down 90% of the time and nobody seems to know what they're doing, and although they claim to be in favour of free speech, they have an extremely left wing agenda. Judgemental and intolerant socialists everywhere. Never in my life have I felt so out of place. Some modules will recycle last years material, and then you have to work out what is and what isn't related to the assignments. One module even had old essay questions that we weren't supposed to do from last year still being handed out... embarrassing. The librarians have always been very helpful however.
I’m two years into my graphic design course at WSA and I can sadly say it’s the biggest mistake I’ve ever made and paid for. Where do I begin? Paying for everything eg trips, stationery (glue , scissors printing etc), the extremely rude and negative staff and lecturers, being patronised and made to feel like a school student, the “lecturers” being late, the extremely useless and unrelated workshops or the tiny amount we’re in out of the year. I am so disappointed and let down how it has been nothing like I was told it would be at the first open day. Fast forward me too this time next year when I’m done with the place. Did I say it’s not worth a penny out of the £9250? P.S only in one day a week at the moment - tell me what I’m paying for! Disgraceful
The University of Southampton was one of the worst experiences of my life. During my time there, the stress of lectures (with very poor teaching), keeping up with course work and the horrible and very boring city caused my mental health to rapidly decline. Despite me telling staff multiple times, at no point did any one reach out to me or try and help my situation. I told the university multiple times that I was experiencing a mental health crisis but not one seemed to care. Nightlife in Southampton is good but to be honest that's all that's good about the city! It quickly becomes boring with nothing to do, other than study or get drunk. The university itself is very dull with poor teaching and support. The students union is only open for social events during freshers, and then closes for the rest of the year (so is awful, basically). If you are a high achiever like I was then you're probably considering studying at Southampton - I am telling you that you deserve so much more.
Just finished my first year, absolutely love it here! The campus is gorgeous, nightlife is really good and as long as you attend your lectures and work hard you'll do really well. The facilities are really good too with a massive library. The city is in a good location with Winchester, Bournemouth and the new forest very close. It also is big enough for students to find a part time job alongside uni, which I have. Some people say that it is a high crime area, but I've never personally experienced any problems, crime rate is around the same as other cities. I've heard of stealing from student homes but generally if you are cautious you should be OK! Love it here and would definitely recommend.
I regret coming to soton , especially for podiatry. Most lecturers are good but some will look at you as if you are inferior to them and treat you differently. I have also seen forms or prejudice in terms of race, this can be observed from feedback on coursework (we are student who talk with one another, just like lecturers talk to one another). I have managed to get a job after studying here but this is probably due to demand rather the quality of education provided by the team. I really doubt coursework are assessed anonymously, I can actually guarantee this. If you are of a certain ethnicity then you will have some form of privilege, if this is what you wish to be accredited then this university for you. Some placement are awful and do not give you hands on experience, but they do not care, hence your marks are based on luck.
I worked for 10 years at Southampton University PhD and several Fellowships/Postdocs: I just waste my time! Staff is unprofessional, low quality of teaching, lectures are focus to catch money but they don't care about students. Some young lectures enjoy to bully students or push students to catch other money. Many grants are from charities so please avoid to donate the money is wasted. There is no career at all, except for people that had already someone in the University as father, mother, sisters or relatives. i-solutions are horrible and not helpful. I am very happy that to be out from the system: Please avoid this place!!!!
Please don't go to the Maths department of University of Southampton. You can't choose your final year project. For example, I am forced to write an non-technical essay on "GCSE attainment gap is revealed" in my final year, which counts a lot in my degree classification. They explained the reason of not allowing choices as "you can't choose what you do in a workplace." Also, in contrast to most university where students receive more individual support in dissertation, the department clearly instruct staff from helping student. Last year's student even has no supervisor, and now the department thinks they are "generous". Finally, the course is poorly designed. We need to write our dissertation 2 weeks before winter break. We actually has only 2 weeks time to write it. Most importantly, you must take this project, it is compulsory.
My first 2 years have been absolutely amazing, and the sense of community at Southampton is wonderful... The only problem I've found is uni/student contact, where lecturers and tutors aren't particularly organised but... That's not really a major issue :)
Southampton campus is beautiful in a different way each season, and there is ALWAYS something going on. It's lively, it's engaged, and if you want to do something that there isn't a society for, it's so easy to get nine of your friends together and form a new one. I've loved pretty much everything about Southampton this year (my first year), especially the free bus pass which comes in enormously handy. I'm on Avenue Campus most of the time which is a gorgeous old building, and only small so you see the same faces all the time, which is quite comforting and gives the place a really homely, family-like atmosphere. All lecturers were fab, and my personal tutor was so nice and always made herself available if I needed to talk about any issues I had on the academic side of things. There's also top support on the pastoral side of the fence, most of which is anonymous. I can't say enough good about Southampton. Genuinely there has not been one moment I've thought 'maybe I chose the wrong uni'
It's a good university, but the Internet in halls was terrible, you have to join the gym to join quite a few sports club, which is you're struggling for money doesn't help. Other than that I like the uni and the campus.
A genuinely lovely environment to continue your higher education. The campus is compact and this ensures that you 1. don't feel too insignificant when joining the university and 2. means that walking between lecture theatres and the student union buildings is never a chore. The campus and most importantly it's halls, are very green, with lots of green space and trees to shelter under when revising during summer. The surrounding areas of Portswood and Highfield are abundant with student houses when looking to move on from halls in second year. There is a varied and exciting social calendar at this university, with plenty of societies ranging from performing arts to student radio, TV through to sports. Nightlife is a definite plus here in Southampton. Unlike many of the campus universities positioned on the outskirts of town, a huge selection of clubs are only a short bus journey or even walk away! Jesters is the home of the Southampton student and luckily it's 10 minutes away max!
It's ranked as a top uni for a reason!
Dedicated lecturers. Amazing lecture layout. Many places for study. 24/7 library facility. Hundreds of societies and groups to join. Beautiful campus.
Open plan library means it can get loud
loved it until i saw better
Large number of societies, great night life with so many clubs and student nights. Generally very lovely people at the university, all like minded and down to earth. small enough to get to know a lot of the students, recognise familiar faces and feel at home. Always sunny and stuff to do if you find it!
Great uni but situated in quite a rough area with high levels of crime. Teaching standards vary majorly depending on you're degree, it may be a great uni for engineering or medicine but suffers in other departments. Although there are many societies it is very easy for students to get lost, if they do not have a specific interest, for example a sport they play, it becomes harder to socialise and students often remove themselves from the student union community. As there is so much nightlife in southampton the union fails to hold decent nights for their students. When compared to my friends universities, e.g. Bristol, Nottingham, warwick etc, i felt let down by southampton, with a less attractive campus and lack of social spaces for students as well as poorer quality halls and the removed option of catered halls which i think holds a special quality for a university.