Studying here

Our campuses have a huge range of facilities and services and offer everything that you will need during your time with us. Beyond the campus, the city of Southampton has a lively atmosphere, with many pubs, restaurants and cafes.

Our international students’ experiences

Some of our international students from Mexico, Kenya, Korea, Brunei, India, Japan, China and Pakistan talking about their experience of life at the University.

Living and studying in Southampton

As well as our excellent academic track record, there are lots of reasons why Southampton is a great place to live and study:

  • Our location: we are in the beautiful county of Hampshire on the south coast of England, with excellent road, rail and air links.
  • Teaching and learning: we blend innovative approaches with established techniques, offering a variety of specialist teaching and learning methods.
  • Libraries: five libraries located across the University’s campuses ensure that all students have access to a wealth of literature as well as extensive computing facilities and assistive technology.
  • Sports facilities: the University's Sport and Recreation service offers a wide-ranging programme of sport for all levels, from beginners to elite athletes.
  • The arts: Highfield Campus hosts three internationally celebrated arts venues - The Nuffield Theatre, Turner Sims music venue and the John Hansard Gallery.
  • Support: a range of dedicated information, advice and guidance is available for international students.

Southampton itself is a multicultural city, with thriving communities from many parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. Many of these communities have their own shops, restaurants and meeting places. The University Students' Union has many clubs and societies run by, and for, students from particular countries, with shared faiths or other common interests.

Four Southampton students write about university life

Four Southampton students write about university life

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International chemistry students enjoy a friendly department, that provides a supportive and welcoming environment in which to undertake a degree programme. All of our staff are committed to ensuring that our international students settle in easily and are fully equipped to get the most out of studying at Southampton.

International support in Chemistry

Chemistry has its own International Support Team: Dr Guy Denuault (academic) and Jane Breese (administrative). Their role is to provide continuous support throughout your studies.


Undergraduate (BSc) students

Once you have been accepted onto a degree programme, you will receive an introductory letter and welcome pack from the International Support Team, explaining what you need to do when you arrive and the support we can offer.

Before the teaching year begins, there are also some induction events. You will meet the member of academic staff who will be your personal tutor through the year.

Postgraduate (MPhil/PhD) students

The Graduate School has a well-established induction and training programme in place. Your supervisor and second advisor will be happy to advise on any academic or other issues. We also have a dedicated pastoral team. You will find all their names and contact details, plus a wealth of other information, in the Postgraduate Training Handbook, which you will receive when you register.

For all international students

As well as support from Chemistry, you can also take advantage of University-wide services. These include:

The International Office
Contact details for the International Office.

Central Visa Guidance Team
Visit the Visa Guidance Team website

Students’ Union Advice and Information Centre (SUAIC)
Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 7588
Visit the SUIAC website.

You will also be able to access other University services such as the Wellbeing Team, Counselling Service and Careers Service.

Settling into the campus

Settling into the campus