Living in Southampton as a student
24km west north-west of Portsmouth is the city of Southampton, in the county of Hampshire, England. 2hours away from London by train, the city is situated at the northernmost point of Southampton Water. Southampton is home to over 236,000 Sotonians, and has two universities, The University of Southampton and Solent University, which teach over 25,000 and 11,000 students respectively.
Known for being the site where the RMS Titanic started its journey as well as being the spot where the Mayflower departed in 1620, Southampton has been a major port since the 11th century, and is still one of the largest ports in England. The city has a large number of historical landmarks, from the longest surviving stretch of medieval walls in the UK to the first purpose-built artillery fortification, God’s House Tower. Southampton is home to many theatres, galleries, and museums, from the 2,300-capacity Mayflower Theatre, to the Nuffield Theatre, to the Southampton City Art Gallery and the SeaCity Museum. As the largest theatre in Southern England (outside London), the Mayflower Theatre has hosted many West End shows, and is also a sought-after live music venue. Other live music venues include the iconic Guildhall, as well as a number of smaller clubs, bars, and public houses. The Southampton F.C plays at St. Mary’s Stadium, and is one of many sports clubs in the city, with cricket, hockey, yachting, and both men’s and women’s’ rugby teams represented.
The University of Southampton has five campuses in the city, with the main campus located in Highfield, 3.2km north of city centre. Another campus, Avenue campus, is located slightly nearer, 2.2km from the city centre. Solent University’s main campus is on East Park Terrace, a 5min walk away from city centre. Popular student accommodation choices tend to revolve around Portswood, Highfield, Polygon, Banister Park, Alma Road, Basset Green and Glen Eyre.