The City of Southampton
Southampton is rich in culture, with a fascinating history. With great live music, modern art, a lively nightlife and rich variety of international cuisine and culture, Southampton has something for everyone.
Southampton is a young city with more than 33,000 students creating an average age that is much lower than the UK national, this means Southampton is a young, vibrant city with plenty of activities for students. Southampton is also a diverse, cultural city, with residents from over 55 countries with festivals celebrating different cultures. Southampton is the 6th safest and 9th friendliest city in the UK (Big 7 Travel, 2019), providing the perfect environment for new students.
With over 8300 businesses and industry links to BAE, Aviva, Airbus, IBM, Eli Lilly and Cunard, Southampton is a great place for new graduates and students looking to start their careers.
As an ONCAMPUS Southampton student you will be able to access nearly all standard facilities across the UK campuses. Each campus is a community of related subject areas, with study spaces, libraries, cafes and restaurants. Some also have gym and sports facilities.
Southampton is home to the Westquay shopping centre which has over 90 stores including Apple, John Lewis, Zara, Hugo Boss and Hotel Chocolat. It provides the perfect shopping experience with a mix of designer outlets, technology shops and banks/services.
Sport & Leisure
Southampton hosts several world-renowned sporting teams and events. You can visit St Mary's, home to Southampton FC, to watch some of the biggest games in Premier League football or visit the Rose Bowl to watch Hampshire County Cricket Club in the UK's cricket first division. You can also enjoy the International Boat Show and numerous water sport activities for which Southampton is known.
Southampton is located on the south coast, providing some of the best weather in the UK. This weather and having over 68 parks and green spaces, makes Southampton perfect for going on walks, running, picnics or exploring.
Southampton has over 700 restaurants, cafes and takeaway spots. You can enjoy your favourites from around the world, including Michelin starred fish and chips at Jetty or 5 star curry at Kahinoor of Kerala.
Museum & Galleries
As a vibrant, lively city, you can immerse yourself in galleries, theatres, museums and cinemas in your free time. You can discover Southampton's rich history by visiting medieval Bargate house, the 800-year-old Tudor House or God's Tower art space.
Just a short train ride from Southampton, the historic city of Winchester is the ideal home for our students at the Winchester School of Art. The city offers extraordinary heritage, culture and history thanks to its range of pubs, restaurants, shops, creative events and historic landmarks, including the Winchester Cathedral and King Arthur's Round Table. Being only one and a half hours by train to London and 20 minutes to Winchester, you can enjoy day trips to visit different UK cities.