The University of Southampton is nestled within one of the greenest cities in England, with the New Forest, Isle of Wight and beaches of the south coast all close at hand. One of the UK’s top 10 retail destinations, a busy port and sailing centre, and one of the safest places to live in the UK, Southampton is a city that looks to the future with expectations and ambition.
University of Southampton is similarly forward-thinking institution that aspires to change the world for the better. It has been consistently ranked in the top 10 UK universities and it is among top one per cent of global universities (QS University World Rankings 2013-2014). University of Southampton belongs to the Russel Group universities that are committed to the highest levels of academic excellence in both teaching and research. In line with this standing, the university has a truly international community, attracting the best academic staff from around the world, along with more than 2000 international students, from more than 100 countries.
In the University of Southampton you will be taught by academics at the forefront of their fields and have opportunities to make an impact on a whole host of areas, from climate change to new treatments of disease during your studies. As well as being academically rigorous, many of their programmes offer opportunities such as field trips and exchanges, as well as industry placements to enhance your career potential.
Depending on your chosen programme, you could have opportunities to personalise your degree by choosing modules from other disciplines, giving you greater choice and preparing you for a life-changing career. The University is a world leader in a diverse range of disciplines, from ocean exploration to understanding the internet and from sustainable energy to finding medical solutions to major diseases.
The University is home to world-leading research centres in electronics & computer science, sound & vibration, optoelectronics, textile conservation, developmental origins of health and disease, and numerous other fields, many of which were pioneered at Southampton. As the only UK university in which every engineering department has the top 5 research quality rating, Southampton is the UK's leading university for engineering. It is also home to the nationally important Winchester School of Art, the National Oceanography Centre, and the eighteenth-century Chawton House, Jane Austen's literary home and now a library for the study of early women writers.
An award-winning bus service, Uni-link, makes a significant contribution to the student and local community, connecting campuses, halls of residence, city centre and main transport links. The University is also proud of its excellent student accommodation and the impressive range of catering facilities at its many and varied cafés and restaurants. The students' union has a club or society to suit everyone and a huge range of facilities and entertainments, all part of the vibrant and sociable atmosphere that characterises university life at Southampton.
* The University has six campuses in all - four in Southampton, one in Winchester and a new Malaysian branch campus.
* The superior sports facilities include the new £8.5 million Jubilee sporting complex based at the Highfield campus.
* There are plenty of places to get a bite to eat or a relaxing drink across the campuses.
* The students’ union has around 180 societies and 78 sports clubs – including everything from Archeology to Yoga and Aikido to Windsurfing.
* The university actively support and promote the arts and the venues have won national and international recognition.
* Early Years Centre is open to all students and staff. It provides a safe, caring and stimulating environment for children aged from four months to five years.
*Many of the courses offer opportunities to study abroad. Find out about exchange and study abroad opportunities.
The University offers more than 5000 places in 20 halls of residence and is one of the largest providers of university accommodation in the UK. All full time, registered UK/EU undergraduate and international students will be guaranteed a place in halls durning their first year or study. Though, they must follow the criteria:
1) You currently live outside of the Southampton City boundaries
2) You make the University of Southampton your Firm choice (for undergraduate students only)
3) Your application is received by 1 August in the year in which your studies commence
4) You are unaccompanied, i.e. you do not bring any dependants, such as a partner and/or children.
The prices for self-catered accommodation range from £77.28 a week to £154.98 a week, and for catered accommodation the prices range from £115.15 a week to £160.58 a week.
The annual tuition fee for UK/EU students, for most courses, will be between £6,000 and £9,000 depending on your household income.
Tuition fees are paid to the University in two installments in September and January. Students can receive a 1% discount on tuition fees if the full fees are paid by 30th September.
If you are an EU student you have the right to apply for a student loan that will cover the tuition fee. Positive side here is that you don’t need to start paying back your loan until you reach the repayment threshold. This means that you will start making repayments after you finish or leave your course, only if you are earning over the relevant repayment threshold for the country you are living in at that time (9% what is over the minimal earnings needs to be paid back monthly).
More info: www.direct.gov.uk
If you are unaccompanied, the cost of living (in addition to tuition fees and travel to and from Southampton) is usually between £7,200 and £8,800 per academic year.
This should cover accommodation, food and meals, daily travel in Southampton, books, stationery, dissertation preparation and other items. Some courses may require an extra expense for material, use of laboratory equipment and final project.
The following table gives you an idea of the approximate cost of common items that you may need to pay for during your student life:
Costs estimated by the British Council
Costs estimated by Hotcourses
University Hall fees /
Fish and Chips
Mobile phone bill
Indian take-away meal
Travel and transport
Food and housekeeping
Jeans from Top Shop
Clothes and shoes
Premiership football match tickets
Leisure and sport
Game of ten pin bowling
Books and stationery
Part time work
Your student visa will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week during term time. Part time work can provide you with extra money for leisure activities but it should not interfere with your studies. There is a temporary job agency, called the 'Temp Bank', offers part time temporary positions at the University of Southampton.
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