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Location of university

Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
7.9 / 10
 

(based on ratings in 2016)

2017

"There's always a feeling of safety when you're going around campus and nearby shops and areas. There are many great and inexpensive places to eat on Burgess Road, which is a five-minute walk from campus."
"Being 60 miles away from London is alright and makes travel to London easier. Otherwise, there is little to do in town. It has great access to national parks and the sorts around Hampshire though. The facilities are alright but the recent financial need to increase student numbers has resulted in oversubscribed facilities. The student accommodation is alright."
"The location is fine for me but some would prefer a shorter walk or bus ride into town. The accommodation is mixed but if you pay more you get better halls. There's a lot to do in Southampton and it's a good city for student life."
"The location of the university is perfect. It's a big enough space to be deemed a city but small enough not to get lost in. The campus is open and green and there are ample facilities that you would expect from any university. The student accommodation is not based on campus, which may be seen as a slight flaw, but it brings residents within the respective accommodations closer. There are plenty of places to eat and there are fun activities to do such as trampolining, go karting and bowling within a bus journey's distance."
"It's very spacious with beautiful scenery and adequate catering and leisure facilities are available to enjoy a variety of food options. We can also enjoy many different activities provided by on-campus facilities such as the gym and many other such buildings."
"The location is good and Southampton is a great city to be at uni in, with loads of shopping and good places to eat. The nightlife is amazing, with Jesters being a must if you come to Southampton. Other facilities are ok although they are going up in price dramatically, which is kind of annoying. The campus and student accommodation is good but I would recommend staying away from the newly built halls as they are way overpriced. Go for the cheaper halls as they are still completely fine."
"The location is a little distance from the city centre but there are buses to get around. However, the buses do stop running at a certain point, which isn't very useful when travelling back from the library at late hours. The library is mostly 24 hours, which is very useful. There are lots of societies and clubs to join. Student accommodation can be a bit of a dungeon depending on where you are but the newer complexes seem very nice."
"The gym is way too small and there are not enough computers in the library. We have lots of things to do in the town centre, which isn't far, and my halls and preceding houses have all been fine and not too expensive."
"The campus has its own pub and lots of physical activities such as a climbing wall and gym. There is a cinema and also good places to get food."
"The main campus is surrounded by mainly residential areas with a 20-minute bus ride to the town centre. First-years in halls get a free unlimited bus pass for the year, which is incredibly helpful. Student accommodation varies massively but the oldest (and one of the cheapest) halls is basically falling apart. The rest are lovely though. We have lots of leisure facilities away from the campus, a large green space within five minutes of the campus and sports and health facilities are open throughout the day."

2016

"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."
"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."

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