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Facilities and Campuses

Our world-class facilities make Southampton one of the UK's best universities for research and study. From our brand new Chamberlain Hall to the development of our new teaching and learning building, South Gower, our campuses are continuously evolving due to student feedback.

Find out some examples of recent changes made to our campuses following student feedback.

Studio 144
Brand new arts complex, Studio 144, will open in 2017.
Chamberlain Hall
Chamberlain Hall, our newest halls of residence.
Boldrewood Innovation campus
Renovation is underway at Boldrewood Innovation campus.

You said: You need more space for teaching and learning.

The University has now commenced works to build a new centre for learning and teaching at its Highfield Campus. The proposed building will transform the learning experience of our students.

As part of the planning process, a series of consultations were conducted with students in order to share the proposals for the new building and to hear their feedback.

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You said: You wanted a better living space.

In 2016, the University completed construction of its new Chamberlain Hall.

The new hall of residence sits within the Glen Eyre Complex and welcomed its first cohort of students in September 2016. The Hall, which represents a £36m investment by the University, comprises 356 en-suite bedrooms across five blocks of four storeys. It features shared kitchens, common rooms, and a range of study space for independent and group learning.

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You said: Celebrate the arts and the community.

We did: In Southampton’s city centre lies Studio 144, a new arts complex bringing together two world-class arts organisations; the University’s purpose-built John Hansard Gallery, presenting international contemporary art, and a new venue for NST – a flexible 450-seat theatre, studio theatre and dance studio, together with community-focused media and film specialists, City Eye.

Studio 144 is situated on Guildhall Square, alongside the City Art Gallery, SeaCity Museum, Showcase Gallery and the O2 Guildhall, forming the heart of the city’s burgeoning cultural quarter.

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You said: You wanted more bike sheds installed in halls and on campus.

We did: Bike shed installations are based on demand and feedback. Two new sheds were installed at Montefiore Halls after requests for more spaces near the entrance, and the big shed in Engineering Square is a reaction to greater demand in that area. We’ve also put a dozen extra bike stands next to the library following feedback from students about lack of space.

You said: You wanted better facilities for engineering sciences and maritime engineering.

We did: The University has since started construction of Block D/G, the final phase of the Boldrewood redevelopment.

The building will be home to the University's UKRIC National Infrastructure Laboratory, housing state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities for geomechanics, heavy structures, solid mechanics and infrastructure engineering. The facilities will be used to develop new understandings of the behaviour of large structures and structural components, with an emphasis on infrastructure, rail and maritime engineering.


Sports facilities

Sigma 38 Yacht
We bought a Sigma 38 Yacht to teach students to sail.
Wide Lane football facility
Drainage systems now help prevent flooding at Wide Lane.
Team Southampton Hall
The Team Southampton Hall has now had a makeover due to student feedback.

You said: We want more opportunities to learn to sail.

We did: To support the students in their yachting, the University has bought a Sigma 38 Yacht called Flying Formula. The yacht is moored at Town Quay to give students, and others, easy access and it is available to hire subject to qualifications. Find out more on the Sport and Wellbeing website

You said: The pitches at Wide Lane keep getting water-logged.

We did: Three pitches at Wide Lane have now had drainage installed last summer and this has helped prevent pitches becoming water-logged.

You said: The Sports Hall in the Union building could do with a makeover.

We did: We have now given the sports hall in the Union building a makeover and it has been renamed the Team Southampton Hall.

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