Venues and catering facilities

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Please see below for information on:

  • Catering facilities
  • Student Union catering facilities
  • The ceremonial halls venues
  • Ticket Collection and Information Centre Marquee
  • Wippells location for academic dress 
  • Gifts/Photography/DVDs
  • All extra guest venues with live link plasma screens  
  • Other facilities during Graduation – SU Shop, music over the lunch time, Alumni, Clarkson Room for additional health requirements, quiet room and Muslim prayer room.

Catering Facilities:

  • The Piazza Restaurant
  • Lattes
  • The Terrace Restaurant
  • The Blue Room Restaurant
  • Arlott Bar
  • Staff Social Centre
  • For details on the above catering and fine dining facilities please see the University Catering website.

Student Union Catering Facilities

  • The Stag's Head Pub      
  • The SUSU Cafe
  • The Student's Union Bar and the Bridge
  • The Union Shop


turner sims concert hallCeremonial Halls:

Location of the ceremonial halls:

The graduation ceremonies are held on the Highfield Campus in the Turner Sims Concert Hall and the Nuffield Theatre.  The University of Southampton expects 24000+ graduands and guests over this time; as you can imagine organisation and timing is crucial to ensure your satisfaction on the day.

Please invite as many family and friends as you wish to share in your special day.  Two guests will be able to accompany you into the ceremonial hall.  All other guests will feel included by being able to view your ceremony on live link plasma screens in a selection of further venues.


For further details on the ceremonial halls please see below:

nuffield theatre graduationTurner Sims Concert Hall:

Please refer to the Turner Sims website

The Nuffield Theatre:

Please refer to the Nuffiled Theatre website

Other venues you will need to locate for Graduation:

The Ticket Collection and Information Centre Marquee:

ticket collection centreSet on the grass in front of the Staff Social Centre, this is where ALL graduands must come to register their arrival on the day and collect their guest tickets after robing, for entrance into the ceremonial halls.  

NB Only graduands with a printed copy of their e-ticket and in academic dress may queue to collect their guest tickets.

At this time graduands will also receive a copy of the Ceremonial Programme.  This venue also will have a desk manned by a Graduand and Guest International Liaison Officer who will be happy  to supply translation material about the day.

wippells at graduationAcademic Robes collection and drop-off:

Takes place in the Cafe SUSU in the Students' Union Building, behind the Jubilee Sports Centre.   

Photography, DVDs and University Gifts:

Available in The Cube, located in the Students' Union Building lower level.  For further details on these services please see the Photography, DVD or Gifts section on this website.


Venues offering live streaming:

Please invite as many family and friends as you wish to share in your special day.  Two guests with tickets will be able to accompany you into the ceremonial hall.  All other guests will be able to view your ceremony on live link plasma screens in a selection of further venues, those being:

The Graduation Family Marquee:

graduation family marqueeThe Family Marquee is found on the lawn by the Turner Sims.  This marquee seats 120 persons, in rows, and as it is on level ground is ideal for guests with mobility difficulties and children in buggies/pushchairs. There are also some extra provisions for children, including bean-bag seating, colouring materials and a TV showing ‘CBeebies’ children's programmes. Open from 8.30am – 6pm. Please not there is no provision for leaving children unaccompanied in this venue. champagne marqueeThe Staff Social Centre:

Inside the Staff Social Centre enjoy the ceremonies relayed live on three plasma screens.  The self service bar is open for refreshments and you may relax on the brown leather sofas and informal seating.


Arlott Bar:

Situated in the Staff Social Centre, this facility offers tables, chairs and comfy sofas and the chance to view two plasma screens with live links to the ceremonies.  Food, (including breakfast) and drinks are also served here.


Turner sims concert hall

Lecture Theatre A in the Nuffield Theatre:

Situated in the foyer this facility is for the provision of guests who cannot be accommodated into this ceremonial hall.  We offer the facility of a live-link video screen set-out in lecture theatre style.  Please note: this lecture theatre has limited facilities and is steeply raked and therefore not ideal for guests with mobility difficulties or children in buggies/pushchairs; we would ask you to be accommodated in the Graduation Family Marquee.


concourse area at garduationThe Student Union Concourse:

Relax with refreshments from the Bridge Bar whilst the graduands collect their academic dress from Wippells.  Watch the ceremonies live on the multi screen two plasma screens whilst having a cup of coffee, tea or soft drink.  Sandwiches and cakes available from Food on the Go.


Other facilities on offer during Graduation:

The Students' Union Shop:
Located opposite the Student Services Centre the Students' Union Shop will be open each day 8.30am – 4.30pm for you to purchase a good range of ‘necessities’ if required, such as water, stationery and grocery items. Here you will also find greeting cards, drinks and confectionery.


alumni at graduationPlease visit the Alumni Team in the Graduation Ticket Collection and Information Marquee and find out details about your free membership.  As a Southampton Alumnus, you can take advantage of the many services and benefits.




additional requirement graduandThe Additional Health Requirement Breakout Room for graduands.

The location of the Breakout Room is on the ground level of the Student Union Building and can be accessible by lift in the Student Union concourse. This room is available to Graduands with additional health requirments. Please see the graduation additional health requirement section on this website for further information or contact us at