On 15 October 1862 the Hartley Institution was declared open by Lord Palmerston.Hartley was the heir to a family of Southampton wine merchants. A studious and reclusive character, he had turned his back on the family business and when he died he left his estate to the Corporation of Southampton to promote the study and advancement of science and learning.
The University of Southampton is a world-class university built on the quality and diversity of our community. Our staff place a high value on excellence and creativity, supporting independence of thought, and the freedom to challenge existing knowledge and beliefs through critical research and scholarship. Through our education and research we transform people’s lives and change the world for the better.
The research is changing the world for the better. Through global partnerships and using our state-of-the-art facilities, our researchers are addressing some of today's biggest challenges.
Opportunities include placements (past companies involved include Eaton, Zurich, Mayflower Theatre, Ordnance Survey and Ransom Publishing), workshops and clinics, volunteering and enterprise.The University of Southampton has recently been named as one of the top 20 universities targeted by the largest number of top employers in the High Fliers Research Group's 2015 Graduate Market report.In addition, 94% of our full-time undergraduates who received their degrees in 2013/14 were in employment or progressed to further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey)
To find out more about the help and support services we can offer you, scroll down the page or click on the links in the list below to jump down the page.
The halls guide is your one stop manual for everything you need to know when living in halls. It is designed for you so that you have the knowledge of how things work, the processes and services and also helpful advice and information for your time in University residences. The halls guide can be downloaded here, or you can also request a published copy from your halls reception.
Whatever your course, the library will play a key part in your university life. Explore the libraries by visiting the University of Southampton Library website, or visit the websites of specific libraries.
We provide help and support to students, staff and researchers regarding everything IT, from a Windows desktop to high performance computing.
We have two health practices at Highfield Campus – the University Health Service and Highfield Health. They provide a full range of health care services which are open to all registered students and their families.
On campus, it couldn't be easier to meet and mix with your fellow students. You can make new friends, play a full part in the University community, and make your University life truly memorable.
When work is over you'll find lots of opportunities close by to relax and unwind. Our campuses have outstanding sports facilities, great entertainment options, and a huge choice of bars, cafes, shops and restaurants. When you need a break from the non-stop activity, you can find a balance in our beautiful green outdoor spaces. With everything you need at hand, it's the perfect location for your University life.
As a student at Southampton, you will automatically become a member of Southampton University Students’ Union (SUSU). SUSU is one of the largest Students’ unions in the UK, with many services and facilities to both support and entertain you.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.