Southampton University: choose the Russel Group!
Southampton University…is it for me?
Southampton University is a founding member of the Russell Group, the UK’s 24 most prestigious universities, and places 90th in the QS rankings of the world’s best universities. It is a research-intensive institution, and a member of the global hub for science and engineering research (SES) – along with Imperial College, Oxford and Cambridge University and UCL.
It has a student population of around 24,000 – a third of whom are international students – and since the population of Southampton itself is approximately 225,000 people, it is obvious that this is a student city. Located on England’s south coast, and with the countryside on its doorstep, Southampton is one of the greenest campuses in the UK.
The city boasts 50 parks, and one of the most attractive beaches in the region, Calshot beach, which overlooks the Isle of Wight, a short ferry ride away. In addition, Southampton is the home port of many cruise liners – including the ill-fated Titanic!
What courses does Southampton University offer?
You can choose between 300 courses, although the university is best known for engineering, biology and business. Southampton’s engineering faculty was the only one in the UK to be awarded a 5* rating , so if you are keen on studying mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering or aeronautical engineering – to name but a selection of what is on offer – you could not do better than apply to Southampton.
If your interest leans towards the arts, the university has its own School of Art in Winchester, and Avenue Campus houses the Humanities.
What are the entry requirements?
Like every Russell Group university, Southampton expects good results and asks for 34-32 points in the IB, 17-16 of which should be at higher level.
Interviews are mandatory.
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What is the Southampton campus like?
Southampton university has been expanding for many years now and is a city campus, divided into five blocs. Highfield is the main hub; Avenue Campus is the home of humanities; Boldrewood Innovation Campus specialises in engineering; medicine is centred around Southampton General Hospital and Waterfront houses the National Oceanography Centre. Each campus has its own character, library and facilities , but students come together in the £8.5 million sports complex, the campus nightclub which can take 1700 revellers, and the university concert hall, art galleries, bars and theatre. An enormous 76 acres of land is dedicated to sporting facilities, for playing tennis, hockey football etc. and students’ feedback on their undergraduate social life in Southampton is extremely positive.
Where will I live?
All first-year undergraduates are guaranteed campus accommodation in one of the nine university halls of residence. Prices depend on whether you want a sink in your room and a shared bathroom, or an ensuite; whether you are eager to cook for yourself or want part-catered accommodation. If you choose part-catering, this will provide you with breakfast and dinner from Monday to Friday, brunch on Saturday and lunch on Sunday.
Prices for self-catering vary from £115-£213 a week, while part-catered accommodation costs from £150-£213 a week. These prices include Wi-Fi, all your bills, basic contents insurance and the cost of providing security. If you have any specific requests – such as wanting to live in an alcohol-free hall- the accommodation office will find you the right location.
Everyone who lives in halls is given a free Unilink bus pass, which means that you can travel to and around the campus, the city centre and the train station without paying for transport. This is extremely helpful, since you will not have to budget for getting around.
Does Southampton have an overseas campus?
Yes – in Johor, Malaysia.
Is Southampton university innovative?
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web; Tony Hey, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft; Nitin Desai, the UN’s Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs ; Christopher Pissarides, who won the Nobel prize for economics; controversial film maker Ken Russell and Martin Dunwoody, the eminent mathematician all are, or have been, members of faculty at Southampton University.
Research output is high, ground-breaking and exciting. The faculty of medicine, for example, has produced important studies into osteoporosis, cancer, asthma and nutrition, while composer and producer Brian Eno took a solitary path and invented ambient music, and naturalist Chris Packham leads the fight against environmental destruction. Whatever your field, you could join their ranks, and make a breakthrough which will change the world we live in.
And Southampton university will be with you every step of the way, since it has the mindset and the facilities to support your work and encourage you to excel.
It sounds amazing – what shall I do now?
Call or email Elab, and we will provide you with any additional information you may need and help you to decide on the course you want to take at Southampton. We will then guide you and work with you to prepare an application which will maximise your chances of being offered a place at the centre of excellence which is Southampton University.
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