University Guide

University of Southampton

A well regarded institution, The University of Southampton is a research university dating back to 1862. Based in the attractive port city of Southampton, it was granted university status in April 1952 and now attracts over 20,000 students.

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University of Southampton

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Southampton.

  • Rankings

    The University of Southampton ranks 11th out of the Universities in the UK in the Times Higher Education UK University Ranking for 2024 and places 97th in the World.

  • Employability

    94% of graduates from the University of Southampton are in employment or further study according to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education statistics.

  • Fees

    UK and EU student fees are £9250 per year, but the website states some course fees may vary. International undergraduate fees vary by course but the 2024 fees were from £20,340 to £25000 and can be found here.

  • Bursaries

    There are three bursaries, the Cash Bursary( up to £2000) , the University of Southampton Bursary, and the Access to Southampton bursary which can be found here. Several scholarships are available as partner scholarships and for students from particular countries which can be found here.


The University of Southampton offers 8 self catered room options and two part catered room options with a range of en suite, studio, couple and basic room options.

Students' Union

The University of Southampton offers 90 sports clubs and 266 societies, which can be found here

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University of Southampton Students' Union
University of Southampton Students' Union

Famous for

Alumni of the University of Southampton include Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Dame Jocelyn Bell and Justine Greening.


A professor at Southampton, David Owen, was awarded the Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences in October 2020 for his ‘outstanding contribution in applying his knowledge and expertise in social science to education, research and society,’

AFS says

"Southampton has come a long way from its humble origins as a medieval market town to its present day status as a cosmopolitan student nexus".

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