The history of the university can be traced back to the mid nineteenth century when Henry Robinson Hartley left a legacy to the Corporation of Southampton which resulted in the foundation of the Hartley Institution in 1862. By 1902 the Institution had developed into the Hartley University College with degrees awarded by the University of London. In 1952, the institution was granted a Royal Charter to give the University of Southampton full university status.
Today the University is arranged into five faculties: Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Environmental and Life Sciences, Medicine and Social Sciences.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee who is famous for the creation of the World Wide Web is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton; the university is pioneering the development of Web Science the study of which aims to provide an understanding of the Web as a social and technical phenomenon.
Southampton is a medium sized city located on the south coast of England. It’s a 70-minute journey from London by direct train and there are good public transport links and student bus services to surrounding towns and cities.
Highfield campus (the main campus) is approximately 3 miles from Southampton city centre. All halls of residence are located within walking distance of the main Highfield campus, sports facilities and social centres.
Its South Coast location makes it one of the warmest and sunniest places to study in the UK. It’s also an accessible city: cycle routes and Unilink buses make it easy to get around town. Finally, Southampton is a green city filled with parks and waterside walks.
University of Southampton is ranked 127th in the Times Higher Education rankings, it is also ranked between 101-150th in the Shanghai Jaio Tong rankings. The University of Southampton is a global top 100 university.
Southampton is also ranked 77th in the world according to the QS World University Rankings (2022) and 15th in UK according to the Complete University Guide 2022.
It is ranked 1st in the UK for Civil Engineering and Electrical & Electronic Engineering according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.
Southampton is also a founding member of the Russell Group of universities.
Southampton welcomes more than 6,500 students from over 135 countries to its student community. The represents about 34% of all students.
Southampton has a total of approximately 22,000 enrolled students, including around 14,400 undergraduates and 7,600 postgraduates.
The University of Southampton has more than 300 affiliated societies and clubs for students to join, including: Aikido; Quidditch; Caving; Film and Pottery. Highfield Campus houses three art venues which are supported by both the University and Arts Council England.
Sport is well catered across various sites with a 170 station fitness suite; 25 metre swimming pool; two sports halls with badminton, tennis, netball, volleyball, basketball and squash courts. Students can also participate in martial arts, archery, rifle shooting, indoor climbing, dance and more. Team Southampton also have 90 sports teams competing at national level.
Being located by both the coast and the rivers Test and Itchen, Southampton has 3 watersports centres with a wide variety of boats, yachts and equipment. Whether you're a beginner or a professional, you'll be able to sail, windsurf, kayak and powerboat at a level that's right for you.
On campus there are two NHS practices, a creche, banks and The Student Union complex offering a cafe, a hair and beauty salon, a cinema and a mini-mart.
Southampton has 8 Halls of Residence and guarantees a room for international undergraduate students for the whole duration of their course.
The lowest cost for a single bedroom with shared bathroom and kitchen is £119.21* per week. An example cost for catered accommodation is £154.00* at Wessex Lane.
*Fees for the 2021/22 academic year
There are options to live close to campuses or in the city centre. Southampton Halls Students also have a free bus pass to help get around the city.
Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £18,520 for most Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Business based subjects rising to £22,760 for most Engineering and Science subjects.
Medicine-£23,738 years 1&2, £46,992 for yrs 3-5
REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
The University offers a number of distance learning courses including; MSc Gerontology, MSc Education & MSc Neonatology.