Other benefits

There are many other benefits which contribute to the overall quality of life and work for our staff at the University of Southampton:

Day nursery

Day nursery

One of many benefits which contribute to the overall quality of your working life


The University has a nursery on the main campus, to accommodate children of staff and students from age 4 months to 5 years. Places can be booked by application to the day nursery manager; there is a maximum of 108 children per session. There are also holiday play schemes for children aged 4 to 12 years.

Cycle 2 Work

Staff can save money on the cost of a bicycle and safety equipment through the Government's Green Transport Plan Initiative, via salary sacrifice.


The University's Highfield campus is set in an attractive area with parkland, trees, open space, meeting places, bookshop, shops, travel services, post office, hairdresser, banks, a wide choice of cafeterias and dining facilities. This campus is part of an ongoing major improvement plan for all the University’s buildings.


Staff are eligible to join the University's Healthcare scheme, which has been developed for academics and support staff in the higher education sector.

University facilities

Staff have access to a number of facilities throughout the University including the recently extended library and the brand new swimming pool and gymnasium. Arts, leisure and entertainment facilities include the Turner Sims Concert Halll, the John Hansard Art Gallery and the Nuffield Theatre which is discounted to staff.

Staff club

The staff club forms the hub of the University social life and supports many clubs and societies devoted to everything from Badminton to Jazz to Yoga. There are many social events throughout the year and dining facilities for members.

Thinking Space

For those who particularly want to maintain their intellectual free thinking space, it is possible to take limited annual leave or unpaid leave in order to undertake consultancy work with the agreement of senior staff.


Unilink is a bus service provided at a discount by the University for students and staff. It links all the University sites and covers the whole of the city of Southampton.


For those who must use a car to travel to the University, there is a relatively small charge for most staff (which can be deducted from monthly salary) for access to the private car parks on the University campus. It operates on a first come basis.

More information

Find out more about the benefits available for staff.