University of Southampton

Research facilities

Our world-class facilities make Southampton one of the UK's best universities for research and study. 

Boldrewood campus

Our flagship Boldrewood campus is home to a selection of brand-new facilities

Boldrewood campus

Top-class facilities that support our world-leading research

We invest millions in the development of our research facilities to ensure that our staff, students and collaborators have the very best equipment to help them in their work.

Our dedication to continually updating and improving our facilities means that we have high-quality equipment in every subject area of the University. Indeed, we currently have the best resources in the world for several subjects including oceanography, sound and vibration research, electronics and computer science and many specialist aspects of engineering and clinical research.

A number of our facilities are also available for use in commercial testing and consultancy.


We also collaborate with many other research institutions and universities to ensure that our researchers have access to the very best unique facilities in the world. For instance, our astrophysicists work with researchers at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) to design new experiments to detect dark matter and antimatter.

By coming to Southampton for your research, you can rest assured that we will do everything we can to make the very best facilities available to you.

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Anechoic Chamber

We lead the world in sound and vibration research

Anechoic Chamber

Key facilities

Flight simulator – Funded by BAE (British Aerospace), this is a unique resource in the UK which is an invaluable facility for designing, testing and manufacturing air vehicles.

Anechoic Chamber – Our Large Anechoic Chamber in the Rayleigh Laboratories is one of the largest in the country, and forms an integral part of the facilities on offer at our internationally renowned Institute of Sound and Vibration Research.

Special collections

We have a huge collection of unique historical texts to support our researchers

Special collections

Clinical academic research facility – This dedicated facility develops and supports pioneering research into patient safety and essential care.

Special collections archive – We have a number of historical archives and special collections, including the Wellington archive, the Palmerston archive, the Broadlands archive and the Parkes Jewish Studies collection – which is one of the best of its kind in the world.

The Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory – This state-of-the-art facility is an active centre for research into dielectric materials and insulation systems, as well as high voltage and related phenomena.

Wind tunnels

Our wind tunnels are used for many applications, such as recently helping Team GB win cycling success

Wind tunnels

Wind tunnels – The University of Southampton had some of the first wind tunnels in the country, and we are proud to offer an enviable range of top-class wind tunnels for use by undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and businesses.

Research vessels – Staff and students use our research vessels for a range of field work. Our vessels include a 19.75m catamaran for coastal and shelf research, and a 12m vessel for use in local waters. A great deal of nearshore work can be conducted from our RIB (rigid inflatable boat).

Using our facilities

We want our facilities to be available to anyone whose research could benefit from it. While certain facilities are run and primarily used by a particular faculty, we pride ourselves on our interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to research. Whether you are a postgraduate research student, a researcher from another department at the University, or a researcher from another institution or business we are happy to make our facilities available to you if practicable.

To enquire about using facilities if you are from outside the University, please contact Business Enquiries on +44 (0)23 8059 3095 or