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Southampton is a seaside city on the south coast of England, with a student population of more than 40,000. It is famous for being the largest city in the county of Hampshire and also a major port, and is situated on the edge of the New Forest, an area of outstanding natural beauty. 

Southampton has long had a reputation as one of the UK’s most youthful cities and enjoys a great nightlife and cheap living costs. Add in its great weather (for the UK at least) and this is a perfect place to be a student.

Study in Southampton?

There are two universities in Southampton – Southampton Solent is a newly established university that offers flexible courses with a career focus, whilst the University of Southampton is an older, world leading research institution, regularly ranked amongst the top ten universities in the UK.

The University of Southampton is especially renowned for its research in the sciences, including engineering, oceanography, chemistry and computer science. Southampton Solent has a reputation for focusing on the practical side of degrees, helping students work with local businesses and make useful contacts for the future. The university excels in areas including journalism, photography and, using its coastal location, maritime courses.

Undergraduate degrees in Southampton generally take between 3-4 years to complete, depending on the subject and mode of study.

Immigration and visas

EU citizens are allowed to come and study an undergraduate degree in Southampton providing they fulfil the following criteria:

  • Are studying in the UK for more than three months
  • Are enrolled at an accredited university or institution
  • Have proof of sufficient funds to cover your undergraduate degree in the UK for its duration
If you are a non-EU student coming to Southampton to study, you’ll need to apply for a student visa under the tier 4 visa category. In order to qualify, you’ll need to demonstrate the following:

  • Proof of funding to cover an undergraduate course and living costs
  • A confirmation of acceptance to study (CAS) reference from a university with sponsor status
  • Adequate English language skills
You can find out more about visas at the UK Border Agency.

Accommodation and living costs

Most new undergraduate students in Southampton will choose to live in dedicated halls of residence provided by the university. This is the easiest way to settle into life in Southampton, as you’ll have your accommodation provided and all bills included.

After your first year in Southampton you might want to live off campus in privately rented accommodation, either with friends or independently. You might choose to live in a house or a flat, where you will be responsible for paying things such as the electricity and other bills.

The Southampton Accreditation Scheme for Student Housing is a service through which you can search for good quality private rental accommodation.

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