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Student life on campus

Make life-long friends, benefit from high-quality research facilities and get involved in an active student community on all of our campuses.

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Enjoy a diverse student community

You can also expect;

You will get a different experience from each of our campus’ personalities and academic specialisms.

Southampton campuses


The bustling Highfield Campus provides the perfect opportunity to get a feel for student life. Take a walk in the scenic gardens where you can find a spot to relax and catch up on reading, absorb the mixture of classical and modern architecture and or meet friends at the buzzing central piazza where the Student Union hosts a variety of events.


A 15 minute walk from Highfield, nestled in the green surroundings of Southampton common is Avenue Campus, home to Humanities. The campus has its own library. As a student you can enjoy the pleasant surroundings of the well-designed architecture while eating in the Avenue Cafe.

Students sitting in garden
Each campus has its own unique personality


Boldrewood campus was created through a partnership between the University and Lloyds Register. The modern architecture houses some of the University’s engineering facilities. Get inspired by the unique backdrop while sitting on the campus’ main plaza. The campus is an 11 minute walk from Highfield which means you can use the facilities between studying.


The University of Southampton’s Waterfront campus, based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) is home to Ocean and Earth Science, one of the leading marine and earth research centres in the UK. The building itself is unique in its location and community as it holds access to a wealth of cutting-edge facilities, a fleet of research vessels and globally leading experts in their fields.

University Hospital Southampton

The University Hospital Southampton is home to our community of medical students. The first UK Medical School to be awarded the international ASPIRE award for excellence in student engagement, collaborative learning goes beyond our excellent library resources and Centre for Anatomical Sciences; you can chat and share a coffee in Costa or a Panini in the M&S Café with researchers and scientists involved in ground breaking medical research. Alternatively join the many diverse MEDSOC events, clubs and socials; and public engagement opportunities. 

Winchester campus

Our Winchester School of Art campus (WSA) is a short walk from the historic Winchester high-street, and just a 60-minute train journey from London. Discover great live music venues, restaurants and festivals in the city centre, browse the exhibitions at the on-campus gallery or clear your mind in the Hampshire countryside. Highlights of the year include the famous summer Hat Fair and the Christmas Market at the Cathedral.


Winchester School of Art campus
The Winchester School of Art campus

Malaysia Campus

In the heart of Malaysia’s economic zone you’ll find our Malaysia Campus, set within the EduCity development in Johor and under one hour away from Singapore. With an open-air courtyard, terraces and tropical palms, you can be sure of finding a pleasant place to study or meet with friends. You’ll enjoy the exceptional physical recreation and sports facilities at EduCity, including an Olympic-size swimming pool and 6,000 capacity sports stadium, as well as the practicalities of accommodation at The Student Village, laundrette facilities, cafeteria and prayer room.

Facilities across the campuses

Food and drink

When you’re on any of our six campuses, with 13 cafes, bars and restaurants, you can always find a place to suit your mood. Whether you want to sit in peace with a book and coffee in the library or discuss class notes over falafel burgers and milkshakes, you will always find somewhere to cater to your dietary needs.


Recharge outside of classes and see the latest films from as little as £3.00 at the Student Union run cinema on Highfield Campus. Then afterwards, enjoy American style foods such as ice creams and burgers at the Bar 3 Diner situated next door.  Healthier options are available.

Relax at the weekend and enjoy a selection of events at the Student Union.  Watch a live gig, have fun with karaoke and or laugh out loud at comedy nights, the Student Union hosts events throughout the year that appeals to a range tastes and interests.

Societies, clubs and fitness

You can make new friends and learn a new skill over 300 clubs and societies supported and funded through the Students’ Union. From taekwondo to tap dance and skydiving, there are clubs catered for sports, social and cultural hobbies.   

Keep active and participate in some healthy sports competition. Get involved in indoor sports activities including swimming, squash and martial arts at the Jubilee Sports Centre. Go for a run at our 8 lane athletics track, or try the artificial ski slope at the Southampton Outdoor Sports Centre. The Wide Lane Sports Ground is the centre for a majority of outdoor sports such as football, archery and hockey.

Campus Learning Facilities

Each campus provides a high-quality learning environment and delivers the latest in leading edge equipment to help make the most of your academic studies. Our award winning facilities include;

  • the Mountbatten Building found on Highfield Campus
  • up-to-date Creative Services Centre at the Winchester School of Art
  • world-class wind tunnel complex
  • multi-use Research Aquarium at our Waterfront Campus
  • five libraries across the University


Study on the move across our campuses and halls of residence and access all the study resources you need through eduroam, our easy to access Wi-Fi service. You can charge your own laptop at study stations throughout the campuses and access our Virtual learning Environment.

See the campuses in person

Our Open Days can give you a feel for what life is like on campus.


Virtual Open Day

You can explore the University and our campuses from wherever you are using our Virtual Open Day.

Find out more


Learn how our on-campus libraries can support your studies

Food and drink

Food and drink

Explore the range of cafes and restaurants we have across our campuses

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