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Where your tuition fees go

Being a student at the University of Southampton is about more than your studies. A big part is about the services, opportunities and experiences that you can get involved in to help you to achieve your ambitions.

Find out how your tuition fees are invested to provide you with an excellent all-round student experience.

Where does our money come from?

You can find a breakdown of where our income was sourced in 2016/17 below. Less than half of the University's income comes from student tuition fees, which totals £247.5m. This is followed by income from residences, catering and other sources, which makes up 22% of our income.

Analysis of 2016/17 Income

2016/17 Total

Student Tuition fees: £247.5m

Government funding grants: £76m

Funding for Research grants: £136.9m

Income from residences, catering and other sources: £127.3m

Income from investments: £1.4m

Total income: £589.1m

Did you know?

Through donations from students, staff, alumni and other supporters we have currently raised over £24m for our cancer immunology research.

Did you know?

Due to our track record of research excellence and impact, our research funding exceeds £136m per year.

How are your tuition fees spent?

The breakdown below explains how we spend the money we receive. The money supports the running of academic departments, ensuring you receive a high quality education and maintaining and building on our world-class facilities.

Analysis of 2016/17 Expenditure by activity

Running academic departments: £192.9m

Providing academic services: £39.8m

Undertaking research activities:

Providing residences and catering:

Maintaining buildings and facilities:

Administration and central running costs:

Consultancies, trading and services rendered:

General educational expenditure:

Other expenditure:
Total expenditure:

Did you know?

In the last year, the University spent:

2016/17 produced a surplus of £40.3 million, which represents 6.8% of the turnover of £589 million (an increase in turnover of £34.3 million from 2015/16).

In 2016/17, the University successfully issued a public bond raising £300 million. This, together with existing funding, is allowing Southampton to invest in the region of £600 million in facilities and infrastructure over the next 10 years, as part of our Simply Better strategy.

During the 2016/17 financial year, the University invested £56.9 million to improve our campuses and halls provision.  Investment in our halls of residence continues and the New Chamberlain Hall, providing an additional 356 beds, opened in September 2016.

Work is well underway on South Gower, a new teaching and learning building on Highfield Campus, which will provide high quality, flexible teaching facilities, including additional lecture theatres. Boldrewood campus is near completion with the National Infrastructure Laboratory, a world-class structures laboratory, as part of the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructures and Cities.

In April 2018, we celebrated the completion of a very successful building project for the first dedicated Cancer Immunology Centre in the UK, based at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust site. The project has been funded by the biggest fundraising campaign the University has ever undertaken with donations totalling over £25 million from our supporters.


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