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Experience University of Southampton Residentials

What is Experience UoS?

We are excited to hopefully once again offer our on campus residential opportunities for Year 12 students. Our Experience UoS Residentials are 3-day, 2-night on-campus programmes, giving you the opportunity to experience studying a subject at university.

You'll learn in an academic environment and work with students from other schools and colleges through a timetable of lectures, practical activities and a variety of fun social activities in the evenings.

You'll get to meet our enthusiastic team of Student Ambassadors studying the courses you are aspiring to, as well as academics, researchers and alumni.

These residentials are free and open to Year 12 students who meet our academic and Widening Participation eligibility criteria (see below). You'll be provided with free accommodation and meals for the duration of the residential. The University of Southampton is also able to cover up to £80 of the cost of travel to and from the residential.

Dates for 2023's residentials will be confirmed and posted here soon.

Our Experience residentials are a great opportunity to get a taste of degrees offered at UoS and student life ahead of university applications.

The 3 day programme will include:

  • Access to a taster lecture and group workshop/ practical in a degree programme/ subject area
  • Experience teaching and research within a subject area
  • Receive information and guidance through a number of talks and or activities within finance, budgeting, student life
  • Alumni talk - find out where our graduates ended up after they studied at UoS
  • Opportunity to stay in student halls
  • A chance to explore our main campus
  • Social activities throughout the event to meet like minded individuals and visit the city centre
  • Ultimately aid you in your decision making for a University course

Degree programmes taking place in this year’s residentials are confirmed as the following;

26 – 28 July
2 – 4 August

To be eligible participants must be taking relevant and required subjects in relation to the taster degree subject session chosen.

Participants must also meet at least one of the following Widening Participation criteria:

  • In the first generation of your immediate family to apply to Higher Education and you attended a school/college whose performance places it into the lowest two quintiles for average QCA points per A level student (or equivalent) (in England, Wales or Northern Ireland) as identified by the Department for Education dataset and provided to the University via UCAS. A list of schools/ colleges meeting this criteria can be found under useful downloads in the document 'Eligible schools for applications made in 2020/21'
  • Current home postcode shows that you live in an area with low levels of progression to Higher Education. (Postcodes within the lowest two (1 &2)POLAR4 young participation quintile). Postcodes can be checked for eligibility on the OfS Postcode Checker.
  • or current home postcode falls within the lowest 20 per cent of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (Check postcode), or a member of a travelling family.
  • In receipt of a 16-19 bursary or similar grant OR received Free School Meals at any point during your school education
  • Living or grew up in Local Authority care
  • Are a Young Carer

Our Experience UoS residentials days are open to students (home UK only) currently studying in Year 12 or S5 in Scotland (or equivalent) at maintained schools or colleges in the UK.

Applications will re-open in early 2023 for 2023 residential opportunities. If you are interested in this opportunity, we can email you when applications open. Please complete this register your interest form.

For further information on Experience UoS Virtual Event, please contact the residential co-ordinator:


Useful downloads

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Students visiting our laboratories to undertake practical group work.
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Experience engineering residential - ship science activity
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Students in canteen
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View our engineering facilities
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