Hotels near Southampton University

Southampton University is recognised as a centre of excellence, and its numerous medieval buildings and links with the shipping industry also serve to make the city a popular visitor destination in the South West. Premier Inn has a number of hotels in the Southampton area, with budget-friendly options, each offering ease of access to Southampton University as well as the city's major attractions. Find out more about the city with our Things to do in Southampton guide

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About Southampton University

Is Southampton a city or campus university?
The University of Southampton has seven campuses in total – five in Southampton, one in Winchester and another in Malaysia. The Southampton campuses are all located close together, within very easy reach of the city centre and with student halls well placed amongst them. While technically a campus university, Southampton very much feels like a blend of campus and city, offering the best of both options close together.

Is Southampton a good university?
The University of Southampton is considered to be a very good uni, ranking 13th in the UK and 122nd in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2020. It offers more than 300 degree courses across a wide range of subjects.

What is Southampton University known for?
Known for its excellent location within a safe and fun coastal city, Southampton is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, and is well regarded for its engineering research for performance sport, as well as pioneering cancer immunotherapy research. It’s also home to a range of other excellent institutes focusing on areas such as sound and vibration, marine life, life science and electronics. Famous alumni include model and writer Laura Bailey, naturist and TV presenter Chris Packham, musician Brian Eno and one of the world’s most successful Formula One car designers and engineers, Adrian Newey.

How many people go to Southampton Uni?
Around 22,000 people study at the University of Southampton, including approximately 14,400 undergraduates and 7,600 postgraduates.

Where do students live in Southampton?
There are a range of halls options near the campuses, but for independent living students, the most popular areas to live are Highfield, a safe and quiet area right next to the uni, and Portswood, within walking distance of the uni and close to Portswood high street and Bevois Valley with a wide range of handy amenities.

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Open Days at Southampton University

What can you expect at a Southampton University open day?
If you’re a prospective student thinking of attending the University of Southampton, the open days are an excellent opportunity to get a taste of what life studying there could be like. You’ll be able to explore the campuses and halls, speak with current students to learn about their experiences and see talks from academic staff on different courses. While there, you can also investigate the city itself to see if it’s what you’re looking for as your student home. The uni also offers virtual open days, with live chats, online tours and Q&A sessions.

Do you have to book open days at the University of Southampton?
Yes, make sure to book or register in advance if you’re keen to attend an open day at the University of Southampton.

How often does Southampton University have open days?
Open days at the University of Southampton tend to take place in July and then again in September and October, although it’s best to check the website as these can change year by year.

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Getting to Southampton University

How far is Southampton University from the train station?
Southampton Central station, with direct links to London, Portsmouth and Bristol, is 3 miles from the main Highfield Campus, with easy bus links between the two. The closest train stations are St Denys station or Swaythling station, both one mile (around 25 minutes’ walk) from Highfield Campus.

How far is Southampton University from the nearest Premier Inn hotel?
Southampton University is centrally located, meaning a stay at our hotel in Southampton City Centre just 10 minutes’ drive away is ideal, whether you're visiting the University or exploring the sights and amenities of Southampton during your visit. Anyone flying in to Southampton University can enjoy a convenient stay at our Southampton Airport hotel off Junction 5 of the M27, while our hotel in Southampton City Centre (West Quay) is just a short walk from Southampton Central train station and positioned close to the Docks.

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