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University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is large, public University with a global reputation for cutting-edge research and innovation. Part of the exclusive Russell Group, often likened to the UK equivalent of the Ivy League, the University of Southampton is ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity and proud to be ranked within the top 100 universities worldwide (QS World Rankings 2021). 

With 6,500 international students from 130 countries, the university offers a friendly, welcoming and multicultural environment for you to thrive. Despite a large student population, the University provides an intimate and community-driven experience in a leafy green suburban campus. 

University of Southampton offer strengths across a wide range of academic disciplines including Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, Sciences and Medicine.

Outstanding areas of note include the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the Web Science Institute, the Institute for Sound and Vibration Research, the Parkes Institute for Jewish/Non-Jewish Relations, the Portus Project (Maritime Archaeology) and the National Oceanography Centre Southampton. Southampton pride themselves on collaborations with business and industry and encourage students to be entrepreneurial and take advantage of these links. Southampton is one of 5 UK universities to be part of SETSquared, the world’s number one Business Incubator, created to support students with high-tech startups. The university has also been ranked within the top three Universities in the world for the quality of our ‘spinout companies’, with three floated on the stock market.


Located on the south coast of England and just over one hour from London, the city of Southampton has one of the warmest climates in the UK. Famous for the sailing of the Titanic in 1912, Southampton is surrounded by places of historical interest, such as Winchester (ancient capital of England), Stonehenge and Salisbury, which provided inspiration for the novels of Jane Austen. Southampton has excellent transport links to the UK and European cities via train, car, coach, ferry and plane.

This friendly and safe maritime English city has about 240,000 residents (with around 50,000 students) and offers some of the finest theater, music and film venues as well as a thriving independent café and bar scene. Southampton is a fantastic option for students who want a smaller, community-oriented city but want to be within close reach of London. Southampton also provides numerous opportunities to get involved, with one of the largest Students Unions in the UK with over 300 student groups to join.


Southampton is made up of six different campuses located across Southampton and Winchester, as well as the recently formed University of Southampton Malaysian Campus in EduCity at Iskandar.

  • The Highfield Campus hosts the majority of academic programs and boasts a hub of activity, including sports facilities, a cinema, bars and restaurants, the Hartley Library, Students Union and weekly campus market
  • The Avenue Campus houses the Faculty of Humanities along with the Center for Language Study. It also has its own library, lecture theaters and catering facilities
  • The National Oceanography Center Southampton is one of the top global research centers for the study of the ocean and earth sciences
  • Southampton General Hospital is home to the University’s Faculty of Medicine
  • Founded in 1863, the Winchester School of Art is located just twelve miles north of Southampton in Winchester. The Schools of Art boasts unique purpose-designed buildings including specialist art and design studios, workshops, a library with special collections, The Winchester Gallery and Students' Union
  • The Boldrewood Innovation Campus is home to some of our most up-to-date buildings and facilities. It houses their center for innovation, business, and education in maritime engineering and engineering sciences

The Southampton campuses are all linked by the university’s UniLink bus service, which is free for all students who are living in the Halls of Residence.


The university welcomes applications from the USA, and their dedicated International Office team regularly travel to North America to meet with prospective students. Currently there are around 80 students from the USA enrolled on a wide range of degree programs We have a North American Society which hosts a number of social events throughout the year to bring together our North American community and we run a Southampton Welcome program designed to introduce our new international students to the university and to the City of Southampton. The ‘Meet and Greet’ service is run free of charge to collect students at London Heathrow Airport and bring them to their university residence.

Please contact one of our UK Study Experts to find out more about studying at the University of Southampton.

 Student population: 25,000

City population: 240,000  

Date of establishment: 1862 (Hartley Institution)

Location: Southampton, South coast of England

Centers of Excellence: National Oceanography Centre, The Parkes Institute for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations, Institute of Maritime Law, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research

Costs of Tuition per year: from £18,520 per year (2021/22)

Accommodation costs: from £120 per week

A lively student life

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I love that Southampton perfectly combines the old school harbour town which the uni was founded on with updated modern facilities. I also enjoy the amount of parks and picnic areas available!

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I love how close Southampton is to London and the sea. It is easy to get to the beach or water from here.

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