University of Southampton
Location of university
Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
"The area isn't very nice (a bit rough), the student housing is below what I'm used to. The landscaping on campus looks nice and the facilities there are good but the campus buildings are ugly and all different styles."
"The accommodation is quite far from the university but we get a free bus pass, which is a massive positive."
"The location is perfect, out of the city centre but with easy access. There's loads of student housing nearby, as well as green spaces. It's also close enough for shops and supermarkets. Campus is the perfect size; not small enough to feel unestablished and crowded but not so big that it doesn't feel all connected with buildings within easy walking distance. The buildings themselves are mostly decent and with nice green spaces. The 'red brick area' is useful and the library is very nice. Local shops nearby. Hartley Grove halls are modern, close by, good size, well managed and nice to live in."
"Southampton has a beautiful city centre, West Quay shopping centre being the main attraction. Highfield, Avenue and Boldrewood are all incredible in my opinion, although Boldrewood (not the main campus) has an edge above every other campus. Student accommodation ranges from incredibly modern to slightly old, but well modernised."
"The campus at Southampton is fantastic. There are so many places you can go and work and the atmosphere is excellent. It's one of the reasons I chose the university, if I'm honest. You can choose the atmosphere that's best for you, whether you prefer silence or a more upbeat area to get the most out of what you do and how you work best. The campus is outside the city centre, which I think is a good thing. It's very easy to get into the city centre with all the buses and connections, so that isn't a problem. It's perfectly situated to give it a nice community feel and access to the city centre. Southampton is a wonderful city with lots on offer. However, there are cities with more in the way of leisure activities. Nightlife is excellent with something to do every night from clubs to bars to laidback restaurants."
"The campus has a gym, a 24-hour library, a couple of pubs, a cafe, a shop, a hairdressers, sports facilities, a cheap cinema and a local surgery. My student accommodation was the cheapest of them all and it shows. I would recommend that people spend a little more and get better halls. Wifi, although free, doesn't reach me in my room all the time and it is constantly disconnecting. There are not always people at reception for you to collect parcels, even though it's a 24-hour reception. There are only three washing machines and three tumble dryers for over 200 people, with one washing machine having been broken most of the year."
"Campus is awesome! It's a working research station so we have access to the best professors and first class equipment. The city is rather un-cultured. Student houses are OK and warm. Students' union is great and has lots to offer. Brilliant gyms."
"Location is excellent, close to the food shops and pharmacies. The two libraries help with study space although more study spaces with plugs would be useful as the main campus library lacks plug sockets for laptops etc."
"Highfield campus is out of the city centre but very pleasant. Facilities on campus are unrivalled and numerous with many sports facilities and areas to sit and relax/study. The on-site student pub and cafe are both very good. Student accommodation is varied: there are some brilliant halls and some awful halls."
"I really like the location. My halls specifically are on a nice residential road and just on the edge of the city centre. The city isn't that far from London and the train is pretty fast, so that's definitely a positive. The campus itself is nice and there's always something going on. The facilities are good, although I think that popular library books in high demand are often low in supply and it's sometimes difficult to get hold of them. Also, there is no specific building for my subject, which is a bit of a shame. We always have our lectures in random buildings like the engineering building, music, chemistry. It would have been nice to have our own building on Highfield. As for the accommodation, I'm quite happy with it. It's a lot nicer than other uni's halls that I have seen. Also, I like the way we have maintenance, who are so quick and solve any problems you have with heating/electrics/broken things etc."