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As an undergraduate you will benefit from the world-class research facilities, educational resources and amenities that make Southampton one of the best learning environments in the UK.

Wider University facilities

The University’s continued investment in research facilities, totalling £200m over four years, has resulted in a number of state-of-the-art buildings. These include the award-winning EEE building, interdisciplinary Mountbatten Building and the Life Sciences Building, which opened in September 2010.

We also have an enviable library service, with five libraries offering a total of 2.6 million publications and a wide range of online resources as well as dedicated study areas and IT facilities.

Information and advice

The Student Services Centre is the central point of contact for all student queries. A dedicated team of trained advisors provides up-to-date advice and information about accommodation, enrolment, exams, fees, funding, graduation and ID cards.

Access to IT

All of our campuses and halls of residence are equipped with state-of-the-art computer facilities. These include high-speed wireless internet access, network points for laptops and public workstations.

Students with a disability, specific learning difficulty or chronic medical condition can take advantage of our specialist equipment and assistive technology. Contact us to get help and advice with student services provision.

Culture and nightlife

The Southampton University Students’ Union (SUSU), located at Highfield Campus, is the hub of the University social scene. SUSU is led by students for the benefit and interest of students. It's here to represent your voice on issues at local, national and international level. It has fantastic facilities and services which provide a thriving social scene for all our different communities of students. All SUSU members also have access to free and confidential advice and support.


The Unilink bus service provides a quick connection for the city’s shops, marinas, bars and restaurants. They also serve the airport, coach and main train stations.

All our teaching and learning spaces use state-of-the-art technology
Teaching and learning facilities

Archaeology building

Archaeology has recently moved into new £3m purpose-built facilities. The storey building is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories providing space for teaching and research, and housing reference collections, technical equipment and laboratories. This emphasis on providing science-based laboratories allows students to gain extensive practical experience with archaeological materials as part of their training and research.

The Nick Bradford laboratory is a dedicated undergraduate facility, with space for 40 students. We have additional dedicated laboratories and teaching spaces for ceramics and lithics, computation, Palaeolithic archaeology, maritime archaeology and osteoarchaeology. As one of the few purpose-built archaeology buildings in the country, Southampton's new archaeology building not only has its own laboratories, but also lecture rooms, seminar rooms and other teaching spaces, all using state of the art teaching and learning technology.

Highlights of the new building include the 2.5 metre standing stone (megalithic) sculpture created by the artist Gary Breeze, and a pair of paintings by Brian Graham.


Southampton is ideally located to visit some of the most important archaeological sites in Britain such as Bath, Stonehenge, Avebury, Maiden Castle, Corfe Castle, and Southampton itself. It is a lively, modern port city with excellent links to London, the New Forest, the Isle of Wight and the Dorset coast, and sailing can be enjoyed on Southampton Water and the Solent.

Southampton also has a rich archaeological, architectural and maritime heritage. Southampton was one of the most important towns in medieval England, and again rose to prominence in the 19th century, with the great liners steaming to New York and South Africa.

The city's attractions include some remains of the medieval city, a civic art gallery, Championship football, county cricket, a well-provided sports centre and dry ski facilities and a fine swimming pool. The city offers a rich variety of theatres, concert venues, museums, galleries and cinemas. As a major educational and commercial centre, it also enjoys a wide range of pubs, clubs and other venues tailored particularly to students’ interests.

Undergraduate study in one of the archaeology laboratories
Study in human bones

I loved the way the campus was so close to the city - so it's really easy to get to the town and the train station - but the campus is still detached.

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