University of Southampton
What are the worst things about studying at your university?
"Some of the halls are quite far from campus and the library and gym can get quite busy sometimes."
"The poor communication between staff means that students get mixed messages about important events and deadlines."
"The pastoral support is poor and there's a lack of communication."
"Some aspects of faculty/student communication could be improved but this is very dependent on your degree."
"Cost cutting isn't universal across departments. Engineers are given a 3D printer per two students to use for free whereas economics students are made to pay £20 to bind our dissertations at the university-run binding facility."
"We have an awful gym that's small and always too busy, the library is always too busy too."
"There's a lack of contact hours and a lack of support from the heads of departments."
"I have very few contact hours! My combined degree isn't working as the departments don't communicate."
"The campus is based in Winchester and it's a bit separated from the main campus (meaning the social life is not great)."
"They allowed too many freshers in this year, which meant that I did not get accommodation and was not notified of this until September. This meant it was a very stressful start of uni."
"There is a range of things to do, from shopping at West Quay to going down to the docks. You can go on nights out and go for dessert at Sprinkles!"
"The student union could do with major improvements, it isn't the social hub that most other universities have. Bad organisation of space in the library. Many more desks could be fitted in so that many more people have a space during exam time."
"The societies are expensive, there's a lack of guidance on coursework and the buses are irregular."
"The private university halls that I was in for my first year were extortionate and I didn't get any other options. The students' union could be hugely improved. There isn't a dedicated student night held at the SU, meaning that most students don't get involved with it."
"The organisation of timetables and lack of resources and space in common study areas. The library is the worst."
"They could improve the supply of books in the library because some books are quite popular and there are a limited amount that can go around. Often, the books you need have already been taken out by someone else. I think they need to digitise these books or simply get more copies. Also, it would be good if the gym was open until later."
"Recent university expansion, buildings out of date, more students than some buildings are equipped to handle."
"Separate campuses mean that the smaller ones tend to be left alone by the union. Smaller campuses are closed during the holidays, meaning resources there cannot be accessed easily so you need to make sure that you have everything before class breaks up."