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Things to do in Southampton

Two students talking whilst crossing a large paved plaza surrounded by shops, on a sunny day.

Famous as a maritime city, Southampton sits right on the south coast and has some of the best weather in the UK. Rich in history, but full of lively and modern art, culture, restaurants and nightlife, it’s a safe, friendly and walkable place.

City facts and tips

  • A diverse city

    Residents from over 55 countries

    source: Census

  • A safe city

    4th best UK city to live and work in

    source: OneFamily finance

  • A student city

    Southampton is home to more than 43,000 students

    source: Southampton data observatory

  • Green, walkable city

    Southampton has 20 parks

  • Airport nearby

    Southampton City Airport is a 12 minute bus ride from campus

  • Easy distance from London

    Arrive in London 1 hour and 20 minutes on the fast, direct trains

    • Top tips for Southampton

      Video of students sharing their favourite places.