City and region

Southampton is one of the most lively and dynamic cities in the south of England. It offers a vibrant and varied nightlife, numerous leisure facilities, superb heritage attractions, bustling marinas, beautiful parks and great places to eat and drink. There really is something for everyone.

Being on the waterfront adds another dimension and Southampton has a rich maritime heritage with a major focus on water sports, sailing and ocean racing.

Southampton is one of the UK’s greenest cities with several large parks situated throughout the centre. Four of our campuses are close to Southampton Common – 326 acres of managed woodland in the heart of the city – perfect for walking, jogging or a spontaneous game of football.

The beautiful New Forest National Park is right on our doorstep, and the coastal resorts of Bournemouth, Poole and Brighton are nearby. The historic cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester are even closer. London is also just over an hour away by train.

With its own international airport, the city is within easy reach of Europe, with good connections to cross-channel ferries and the Eurostar rail service.

Southampton is a great place to live – there's a huge choice of things to do and places to visit.

Key facts

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Southampton's Ocean Village marina

Southampton's Ocean Village marina

Southampton has a rich maritime heritage with a major focus on water sports, sailing and ocean racing.

The Southampton Pocket Guide

The Southampton Pocket Guide

Read the Southampton Pocket Guide 2013 for all you need to know about the city.

Part of Southampton's original city wall

Part of Southampton's original city wall

The walls date from the 12th century.