University of Southampton

University Rd, Southampton SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom

About the University

Come as you are. Leave as you want to be.

University of Southampton students are part of a diverse and inclusive community driven by passion for excellence. A top 100 global university* with over 150 years of history, our world-leading academics support students to develop, learn and grow in a research-intensive, innovative environment. You’ll be encouraged to take advantage of a wide range of academic, social and employment opportunities during your time with us.
You’ll be able to develop critical thinking and independent learning skills essential for future leaders and decision makers. With personalised courses in 65 subject areas, over 300 student-run societies, award-winning careers advice, study abroad and paid work placements available - there is no limit to what remarkable students can achieve at the University of Southampton.
*QS World University Ranking 2021

Why the University of Southampton?
We are an exceptional place where people achieve remarkable things. Our mission? To change the world for the better. Renowned for our innovation and enterprise, our graduates are confident global citizens, equipped to make a positive contribution to the world.
• Founding member of the Russell Group and Worldwide Universities Network
• More than 24,500 students from over 135 countries
• 8th in the UK for ‘research intensity’, according to Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
• Top 15 UK university - The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
• Founding partner of SETsquared, ranked #1 university-based business incubator in the world by UBI Global with 27 spin-out companies since 2000
• Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education and Research
• More than 150 international business partnerships for research and development including Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Microsoft, IBM and Phillips
• Year in Employment and internship opportunities available to students at all study levels

The City/Campuses
We are a multi-campus university with each campus forming a community of related subject areas, with study spaces, libraries, cafes and restaurants. UK-based study in either Southampton or Winchester. Both are student-friendly cities with plenty of green spaces, history and culture. Southampton is a friendly, safe and walkable city next to the sea. There's lots to do for students, including a great live music scene and international food and culture on your doorstep. Winchester is an historic city full of beautiful old buildings, 12 miles north of Southampton. With a strong sense of community and culture, this is where our Art and Design students study. Our cities are some of the safest in the UK, with the warmest UK weather and are well-connected to the rest of Europe.


It all started with a local eccentric - Henry Robinson Hartley.

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 result was the formation of The Hartley Institution, which opened in the High Street, below the Bargate in 1862.
Within three years, the Hartley Institution had a membership of almost 700 – many of these being part-time evening students.
A group of early students from Hartley University College pose for a picture
Students in 1904
By the 20th century we were already gaining an impressive reputation in spite of our small size. We became a University College in 1902 and by the 1930s we were winning national grants for our work in Chemistry and Engineering.

Rapid growth of our student population in the 1950s led to a massive expansion of our Highfield campus, and we began to innovate on a national and global level in a number of areas.


University Information

School Type: Public

Established: 1862

Times Ranking: 16

Guardian Ranking: 14

Independent Ranking: 16

Tuition Fee: $ $ $

No. of students: 20000+

Acceptance Rate: N/A

Ave High School GPA: 3.1 - 3.5

Student / faculty ratio: 12:1

Degrees offered: Bachelor's degree,Master's degree,Doctorate

Popular Courses

social sciences
health and life sciences

Location Details

University Rd, Southampton SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom

Country: UK

Location: City centre,Campus

Town/City: Southampton

Nearest Airport: Southampton Airport

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