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The University of Southampton

Starting the 2020/21 academic year

We’re planning the safe return of our students and staff, with some changes this year.

Start dates

The 2020/21 academic year will begin on 5 October 2020.

28 September marks the start of the Welcome period. From this week we have lots planned to help you get settled in your new surroundings. This will include plenty of virtual and some physical activities to help you explore our University community and all it has to offer. Teaching for the academic year will begin on 5 October 2020 - If you were due to start in January 2021, your term will begin on 1 February 2021.

Students moving into halls of residence will be provided with a move in slot to arrive between 23 and 27 September. This will give you time to settle into your new home, build your new household and prepare to start your studies. Also this provides you the opportunity to learn about our Covid-testing programme for students and all the Covid-safe arrangements on Campus.

Arriving from outside the UK

If you’re arriving from certain countries, you’ll need to self-isolate for 14 days in addition to your settling in week. So you should arrive 3 weeks before your induction.

This does not apply to every country. GOV.UK lists the countries currently exempt from self-isolation on arrival.

Postgraduate start dates

The majority of our postgraduate taught courses will begin their academic year on 5 October.

A small number of postgraduate courses will now begin in January 2021 instead of September. We made this change after taking feedback from applicants.

If your 12-month course starts in January instead of September, it will still last the full 12 months.

Your online course details might still say you’re starting in September, even though we’ve told you your course will start in January. Don’t worry, we’re still updating our online records.

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