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Plan your Open Day

There's lots going on at our Open Days so you will need to make sure you plan your schedule to make the most of your day.

Download the app to get all the timetables on your phone, and for more tips about planning your day.

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Booking is essential. We currently have places available for our September or October Open Days, which you can book now.


Plan your day using the information below.

Travel and parking

Check in

Information fair



Food & drink

Southampton has great transport links by rail, road and air.

Plan your journey

The sections below explain how to get to the city by car, rail, coach and air, and how to complete your journey to our campuses on the Open Day.

Please note that there is no parking available on campus. If you plan to travel to the Open Day by car, you can find out about parking and more below.

We would recommend travelling to our Open Day by train or coach.

By car


There will be limited pre-booked parking spaces available at our Wide Lane Sports Ground, which is a short bus ride away from our Highfield Campus. Pre-booking is essential, and if available will appear as an option when you book your place on the Open Day. 

All other parking for Open Day visitors is located in the city centre at Westquay multi-storey car park. This will be signposted by AA Open Day signage from the exits of the motorway.

Alternatively, please follow signage to Westquay. For satellite navigation system users, enter ‘Harbour Parade’ as the destination. The multi-storey car park is accessed from this road.

  • Parking at the WestQuay Multi-Storey car park costs approximately £5 for the whole day.
  • Parking at University campuses is available for blue badge holders only.

You can book disabled parking through our Open Day Team on +44 (0)23 8059 5900 or by emailing

Free shuttle bus

A regular, free shuttle bus service will operate between Wide Lane sports ground, Westquay and the University campuses from 08:00 – 18:00. Show your Open Day ticket for free travel on these shuttles and on scheduled unilink bus services.

The shuttle bus will be leaving from Westquay shopping centre on Portland Terrace, from the lower level entrance next to Waterstones. Student Ambassadors will be around to direct you to the correct bus stop to catch the free shuttle bus.

Please allow at least 35 minutes’ transfer time between Westquay and the University campuses.

Student ambassadors, wearing blue t-shirts, will be available to provide information and guidance.

If you have forgotten your ticket you will still be able to travel free on Open Day shuttle buses by showing your Open Day programme. These will be available for you to pick up at Westquay.

How to reach us by car from nearby motorways

The following directions will help you find your way to Westquay.

From London and the North:

  • Exit the M3 at Junction 14 and follow signs for the A33
  • Continue on the A33 into the City Centre. You will see yellow AA Open Day signage as you drive down the A33
  • If you miss a sign, follow signage to Westquay

From the East or West:

  • Approach Southampton on the M27
  • At Junction 3 join the M271 signposted Southampton
  • At the roundabout take the first exit left, signposted Westquay and the Waterfront
  • Stay in the right hand lane and follow signs to WestQuay car parks

By rail or coach

Travelling by train

Visitors from London, the north, and air travellers should alight at Southampton Airport Parkway train station.

Visitors from the south coast, south east and south west should alight at Southampton Central train station.

Fast trains from London and Bournemouth/Weymouth stop at Southampton Central and Southampton Airport Parkway.

Trains from Portsmouth and Bristol/South Wales stop at Southampton Central.

There are also regular trains from major airports such as Gatwick and Heathrow to Southampton Central.

You can find details of routes and timetables on the National Rail website.

Getting to the campuses from Southampton Central train station

From Southampton Central, exit at platform four and take a free Open Day shuttle bus to the Highfield Campus, (25 minutes) Avenue Campus (15 minutes), Boldrewood Innovation Campus (20 minutes), or to the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (20 minutes).

Our student ambassadors in the blue t-shirts will be on hand to direct you to the correct bus.

The unilink bus U1A also goes to Highfield Campus. Please allow up to 25 minutes’ transfer time.

Travelling by coach

If you are arriving at Highfield Campus by National Express, please alight at the Burgess Road bus stop.

If you plan to visit Avenue Campus, alight at the Burgess Road stop and make your way to the unilink interchange on Highfield Campus, where you can change to an Open Day shuttle bus or access information on how to walk to Avenue Campus.

Student ambassadors (wearing blue t-shirts) will be on hand to direct you. Please allow an extra 15 minutes (via bus or walking) for the trip to Avenue Campus.

For the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), take a unilink service bus from the bus stop on University Road outside Building 37. Student ambassadors in blue t-shirts will be on hand to direct you. Please allow around 45 minutes’ transfer time.

By air

Directions from airports in Southampton and London

Southampton International Airport is a few minutes away from the Southampton campuses by bus or taxi, off Junction 5 of the M27.

There are flights to Southampton from UK airports, mainland Europe and the Channel Islands.

You can continue your journey to our campuses using the U1 unilink bus or by taxi. The unilink bus fare is £2 for a single or £3.50 for an all-day pass.

Taxi fares from the airport are usually £6-12, depending on the campus.

Visit the unilink website for full bus route maps and timetables.

London Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow Airport is just over 60 miles from Southampton. You can catch a National Express coach direct to Southampton from the central bus station, located close to Terminals 1, 2 and 3.

Some coaches stop at the University's Highfield Interchange. Others go direct to Southampton Coach Station.

You can also travel by train from Heathrow to Paddington Station in Central London. From London, you can take a train to Southampton. For more details see the National Rail website.

London Gatwick Airport

London Gatwick Airport is nearly 90 miles from Southampton. You can catch a National Express coach direct to Southampton Coach Station.

You can also catch a direct train from Gatwick Airport to Southampton Central. For more details see the National Rail website.

Taxis to London airports

The following local companies provide a taxi service between Southampton and the London airports:

Radio Taxis

English Rose Collection

National Express

30% off National Express

Get 30% off your National Express booking when travelling to Southampton on one of our Open Days. Just use the code SOUTHAMPTONUNIOD30 when booking.

Book your coach trip

Remember to check in when you arrive on campus. Check-in points are located on each of our University campuses. 

Checking in

We will email you your ticket before the day. You can check in on the day by:

  • Bringing the ticket with you (by printing it or by having it on your phone) and getting it scanned by one of our student helpers
  • Using the MySouthampton app - select the check in tile on the home page of the app and enter your unique booking number (supplied with your ticket)

When you arrive head over to the information fair, held in the Jubilee Sports Centre on Highfield Campus.

The fair includes:

  • Check-in Zone – let us know you’re here by getting your ticket scanned by our student helpers
  • Subject zone - a chance to talk to knowledgeable staff and students about the subject you're interested in
  • Clubs and societies zone - get a taste of the wide range of societies available to join
  • Student support zone - find out about the teams who will be on hand to offer support whenever needed including;
    • Accommodation - speak with our team about the range of halls of residence available
    • Discover Southampton - find out what the vibrant City of Southampton has to offer
Information fair floorplan
Information fair floorplan

General talks

A talk at Open Day

There will be general talks running throughout the day, with topics including:

  • Accommodation
  • Fees and finance
  • Extended Project Qualification: preparation for university study
  • Studying abroad
  • Student life with the Union
  • Personal statement top tips
  • Enterprise, internships, placements and volunteering

The full schedule of talks and drop-in sessions can be found in the programme or on the MySouthampton app.

subject talks

Subject talks

Explore the full list of subject talks and drop-in sessions to plan your day to find out all about your subjects of interest.

Plan your subject talks

We offer tours of:

A campus tour
  • Highfield Campus - led on foot by current students, these take around 30 minutes. Tours depart from the Campus Tours marquee outside building 38. 
  • Hartley Library - 15 minute guided tours, or a self-guided tour. Tours depart from the foyer of building 12 (Hartley Library). 
  • Sports Centre - self-guided tour around our sports facilities. Follow the footprints outside the building 18 information fair. 
  • Glen Eyre halls of residence - self-guided tour around one our larger halls sites (catch a free bus to Southampton Central train station and follow the AA walking signs).
  • Mayflower halls of residence - self-guided tour around our large halls of residence located in the city centre (catch a free bus there).
  • Highfield Hall halls of residence – self guided tour around a part-catered small halls. Visit the Accommodation stand in the building 18 information fair for directions.

Full details of these tours can be found in the programme or on the MySouthampton app.

We have a wide variety of restaurants and cafés open at various times between 08:00 and 17:00 on Highfield Campus, Avenue Campus, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus and National Oceanography Centre Southampton.

Campus restaurants and cafes

Choose the campus to find the restaurants and cafés and their opening times:

Highfield Campus

Lattes Cafe 09:00-16:00  Barista made hot and cold drinks, pastries, cakes and muffins.
Cafe 38 09:00-15:00  Hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks.
Terrace Restaurant 09:00-14:30  Breakfast available (AM). Variety of hot meals, salads and sandwiches.
Arlott Starbucks 08:30-17:00  Barista made hot and cold drinks. Tasty pies, baguettes, cakes and muffins.
BBQ on lawn outside Staff Social Centre 11:00-15:00  (Weather dependent)
Piazza Restaurant 09:00-15:00  Breakfast rolls. Pizzas, traditional meals, street food, snacks, sandwiches and cold drinks.
Piazza Starbucks 08:30-16:00  Barista made hot and cold drinks, delicious cakes and muffins.
Hartley Library Cafe 09:00-15:00  Hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks.
Interchange kiosk 08:00-16:00  Hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks.
Cafe 85 09:00-15:00  Hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks.
The Shop 08:00-16:00  Hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks.
The Stag's 11:30-16:00  Cold drinks and snacks.
The Bridge 08:00-16:00  Hot and cold drinks, hot meals and snacks.
The Cafe 09:00-15:00  Hot and cold drinks, hot meals, all day breakfasts.

Boldrewood Campus

Boldrewood Cafe 09:00-16:00 Barista style hot drinks, cold drinks, cakes, cookies, muffins and selection of hot and cold snacks.

Avenue Campus

Avenue Cafe 08:30-16:00 Barista style hot drinks, cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes and snacks.
BBQ 11:30-14:30 (Weather dependent)

Waterfront Campus

NOC Cafe 08:30-16:00 Barista style hot drinks, cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes and snacks.

Why not head into the city centre for dinner?

There's lots of great restaurants in the city centre for you to try.

Enjoying food on Oxford Street

Options include:

Explore the city

Why not explore Southampton when you've finished visiting campus?

The historic and cultral city offers something for everyone, with a huge range of shops, restaurants and cafes. Check out our highlights of Southampton to plan your visit.

Plan your visit to Southampton

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