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Postgraduate accommodation

We offer a range of secure, well-situated accommodation options for postgraduate students, with a guaranteed place for internationals in their first year of study.

Why live with us? 

We know that postgraduate and PhD students have different needs to undergraduates. Whether it's varying contract lengths, or quieter living spaces, we'll do our best to accommodate you.

For many postgraduates, choosing University accommodation at Southampton can provide a range of advantages over private, including:

  • dedicated postgraduate halls
  • all-inclusive rents - no extra bills to pay 
  • free Hi-speed Wired Internet and Wi-Fi 
  • a range of convenient locations  
  • a range of single occupancy room types  
  • guaranteed place for international postgraduates (first year of study) 
  • varying contract lengths  
  • free bus pass connecting University halls with the local area 

In addition, your rent includes: 

  • contents insurance 
  • maintenance support 
  • in-house Student Life & Wellbeing support  
  • 24/7 reception and security service 

Choosing your postgraduate student accommodation is a big decision to make, and we understand how important it is to have somewhere to call 'home'. Our student residences offer you a safe and secure environment in which to live and study. 

We guarantee accommodation to all new international postgraduate students (for your first year of study) as long as you apply by 1 August in your year of entry. As soon as you get your formal offer of study from us you can apply.

We are still accepting applications for 2021/22

You must apply for halls through our online portal.

To register, you’ll need your:

  • personal email address (do not use a school or college email address)
  • phone number
  • address
  • student ID number (you’ll find this in your offer email)

How to apply for accommodation

Who you’ll live with 

Because our postgraduate accommodation guarantee applies to international students, you'll be living with other postgraduates, nearly all of whom will be international students. 

Within the flats in each residence, we aim to create a mix of students in terms of nationality, whilst trying to ensure that no one feels isolated.  

Where you’ll live 

Our designated postgraduate housing for students provides a good environment for those whose fresher party days are behind them, but are still looking for sociable student experiences. 

Our postgraduate accommodation houses students from a mixture of disciplines and in different stages of postgraduate study, but you will be surrounded by fellow ‘more mature’ students in the same position as you. 

City Gateway has a doctor's surgery, pharmacy, convenience store and gym on the ground floor.  

If you prefer not to live amongst only postgraduate students, there are a range of different rooms and studio apartments available in other halls in both Southampton and Winchester. All of our accommodation is modern, well-equipped and well connected to our campuses.

Explore our halls of residence

Room types 

A range of different room types are available across all of our sites – deciding which is right for you depends on your lifestyle and budget. Our single, en-suite rooms (private bathroom facilities) means you will share a flat – kitchen and social area – with 6-8 other people. 

If you are seeking peace and quiet, our studio apartments (single large room with kitchenette and private bathroom facilities) offer a more sedate living option, while still offering opportunities to meet with like-minded people in communal areas of halls.  


All postgraduate students living in residences have access to our Student Life Service. This is a free service and is a support network available to all students living in University accommodation.  

You can go to your Student Life team with any concerns or worries you have - the problem doesn't need to be related to your accommodation, it may be adjusting to life at university or resolving problems with fellow students. 


The Students Union’s Postgraduate Research Reps represent the interests of the postgraduate community and run an extensive series of postgraduate activities and events throughout the year.  

These include – but are not limited to – a Postgraduate Christmas Event, Postgraduate Coffee & Cake, Postgraduate Quiz Night, Postgraduate Summer BBQ’s. 

Connecting you 

All halls residents are given a free Unilink bus pass which connects all of our halls with the city and our main Southampton teaching campuses with direct links to railway stations, main Southampton hospital, ferry travel and Southampton airport.

Compare our halls of residence

Now that you know what to think about when you're choosing student accommodation compare our halls of residence to see which one suits you best.

Compare our student halls

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