Cookie register

Below are some of the most common cookies found on the University of Southampton’s web sites. We are updating this page on an ongoing basis. Additional lists of cookies may also exist on individual websites for cookies that are specific to that service. Staff and students at the University of Southampton should be aware that some internal systems, e.g. Banner and My View require the use of cookies to function fully.

Google Analytics
Most web pages contain a Google Analytics tracking code to record anonymous information about the date and time of a visit, the type of browser used, approximate geographic location and the URL of any page that led to University of Southampton's web site. That information is aggregated and used by University of Southampton to identify usage trends on our site and to make decisions about which content or presentation styles are most effective.
Find information about opting out of browsing behaviour being shared with Google Analytics by visiting at

Some University of Southampton sites contain a simple button/icon linked to their corresponding Facebook page, which does not set a cookie. However, other sites use Facebook features (such as the ‘Like’ button) which do store information which is retrieved and used by Facebook, such as IP address, approximate location, browser type, the URL visited, whether logged into Facebook, and Facebook user ID. See for more details.
Facebook uses this information for a number of its own features and services, as well as measuring the effectiveness of advertising. For full details see

YouTube uses cookies to build video statistics, prevent fraud, and improve the site experience. YouTube is now owned by Google. For more information about Google’s privacy policies, see

Google Maps
Some of our pages have Google Maps embedded in them. Google may use cookies here to store user preferences or the last location selected. Cookies are set to expire between 6 months and two years. For more information about Google's privacy policies, see

Many web pages will have an 'AddThis' widget, which allows visitors to bookmark or share the web address via a social media site (e.g. Twitter, Delicious, etc.). AddThis do collect some non-identifiable information about users (such as which site visitors are coming from, the browser used, and general geographic location). AddThis will also use cookies to get information about visitors to tailor advertising content. For more information, see