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Studying at University of Southampton
The University of Southampton is based over six campuses, four of which are in Southampton (these are connected by the Uni-Link bus service), one close by in Winchester and the other in Malaysia. Southampton is the only university in the UK that has achieved a top 5 star rating for research in all its engineering departments. In 2011 it was placed within the top 100 of the World's best universities.
Southampton is situated on the South Coast and is a lively city offering varied nightlife and attractions. It has it's own airport and is in easy reach of Winchester, Salisbury, Bournemouth and Brighton.
The Students' Union can be found on the main Highfield Campus alongside the main library, cafés and the Jubilee Sports Centre. The Students' Union itself has its own cinema, shop and café plus four bars and The Union nightclub which hosts live music and events each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. As well as all this students can make use of the Advice Centre and the listening service plus get involved in raising money with RAG, broadcasting on student radio, writing for The Wessex Scene or The Edge magazines or even helping to run the Students' Union.
The university boasts more than 200 clubs and societies and includes those based on film, languages, law, faiths, darts, food, Ale, ballet, jazz, magic, debating and even picnicking. The sports facilities are spread over two campus sites and include a swimming pool, sports hall, gym, flood-lit pitches, tennis courts and a watersports centre.
The Nuffield Centre, Turner Sims Concert Hall and John Hansard Gallery are renowned for their contribution to the arts. All are open to the public but offer discounted student rates. The City of Southampton also has its own art gallery, museum and theatre, which is the largest in the South and regularly hosts West End musicals.
Since 2000 12 companies have been born from research conducted at the University of Southampton proving its success in making its research commercially relevant and is consequently in high demand from both the public and commercial sector. This profile has also led to millions of pounds of investment into programmes and emerging technologies.
The University of Southampton is always looking for ways to improve itself and continually add to the student experience by providing students with more choice in their chosen area and increased opportunities to work with leading specialists which in turn will give students a head start when it comes to being employed.
64 University of Southampton Reviews
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!
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.
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 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
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!!!!
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.