Southampton student accommodation at a glance
Looking for student accommodation in Southampton can feel overwhelming sometimes, but we’ve got your back with a few of our favourites. First on the list is Nido The Walls, a contemporary student building right by the seaside. They offer a variety of private studio rooms that range from classic to superior and have stylish social spaces that include a cinema room and on-site gym. Location-wise, you’re only a 16-minute walk to Southampton Solent University but about a 55-minute walk to the University of Southampton, so we recommend you grab a bike or jump on the bus.
Next on the list of must-see student halls in Southampton is Park House. This accommodation in the city centre is a popular spot for students, offering a range of private studios. They’re big on community at Vita, organising lots of parties, events, and talks, and have an on-site gym, games room, and grab-and-go breakfast service. It’s a great location for Southampton Solent University students being only a five-minute walk away. The walk to the University of Southampton is a bit more daunting, but luckily public transport can get you there in around 20 minutes.
If you’re looking for student living in Southampton which is a little more in the city centre, check out Vincent Place. They offer both private studios as well as communal apartments and have great social break-out spaces with an on-site gym. It’s a little closer to Southampton Solent University being only a 10-minute walk away, and around a 13-minute drive to the University of Southampton. However, again, there are great bus schedules from student flats in Southampton to campuses, so there isn’t necessarily a need for a car.
When searching for student accommodation in Southampton, have a look at Cumberland Place. These state-of-the-art student apartments offer a range of private en-suite studios as well as a gym, cinema and games room, and contemporary social spaces to study or chill with friends. It’s right in the city centre which means you have loads of bars and restaurants on your doorstep, and is only a 10-minute walk to Southampton Solent University or a short bus ride to the University of Southampton.
Student life in Southampton
- Home to many higher educational establishments such as Southampton Solent University, the University of Southampton, and City College Southampton, with great transport links to your student flats in Southampton.
- With so many universities in the city, Southampton has a large student population, including a large number of international students (over 40%!), creating a youthful and diverse atmosphere for university attendees.
- Southampton is where the majority of the passengers as well as the crew boarded the fatal Titanic’s maiden voyage, and the SeaCity Museum has a fascinating exhibit dedicated to the topic. At just £7.50 for a student ticket and access to all of the exhibits on offer, it’s definitely one to check out.
- Visit historical Bargate, the old entrance to the once walled city of Southampton. Use this as a starting point to explore the remaining city walls and medieval St. Michael’s Church.
- Hit the shops at Westquay Shopping Centre. With hundreds of shops, cafes, and restaurants, it’s easy to lose an afternoon in this shopping complex that’s right in the city centre.
- If the restaurant scene is more your forte, take a break from your student halls in Southampton and head to Oxford Street. Here you’ll find the best selection of bars, and restaurants in Southampton. For amazing drunk food though, it’s hard to go past Sal’s Kebab & Pizza House, a hot spot amongst students.
- Make the most of being right by the water at the Southampton Water Activities Centre. Try your hand at sailing, powerboating, windsurfing and so much more.
- Catch a show at The Mayflower Theatre. Built in 1928, this beautiful theatre is where you can see the best ballet, opera, and musicals.
- Head to the area of Bedford, a favourite haunt amongst students for its lively and energetic nightlife.
Student travel in Southampton
Southampton has some great transport links to get you around and out of the city. The main transport options are buses, with several operators providing a regular service, however, Southampton is quite a flat city, which means travelling by bike, foot or e-scooter are also easy and affordable options, especially for students travelling to and from their student halls in Southampton.
The buses in Southampton are one of the most favoured modes of transport by students and university staff, thanks largely to the dedicated bus service Unilink. Unilink specifically operates to take people directly to and from all university campuses in the city.
There are also several other great service providers that take you to your non-campus-related activities. The main being Bluestar Bus, as well as Firstbus, and Salisbury Reds.
Southampton is considered a bike-friendly city with the council investing more and more resources into making it even better. There are plenty of bike paths to get around, as well as the Love To Ride app, encouraging people to ride through rewards and community support. Cycling is seen as a great option when getting away from your student accommodation in Southampton.
Southampton City Council has partnered with Voi to bring eScooters to the city. This cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to get around the city costs around £1 to unlock and then £0.14 per minute of usage. Voi also offers 24-hour (at £5) and 30-day (at £55) subscriptions, allowing users to take an unlimited number of rides at a fixed rate.
Southampton’s main train station is Southampton Central, located just northwest of the city centre. While trains aren’t the best way to get around the city, they are the best way to make your way further afield to other cities around the UK, such as nearby Portsmouth and Bournemouth.
Featured neighbourhoods in Southampton
The city centre is a popular area for student accommodation in Southampton as it’s right in the action, especially for Southampton Solent University students being only a short walk from campus. In the city centre is where you’ll find the best collection of bars, restaurants, and pubs, as well as being close to the historical attractions of Southampton that make it so popular, such as the Tudor House and Garden and the Southampton City Art Gallery.
If you’re wanting your student halls in Southampton to be buzzing with social activity, then The Polygon is for you. Located in the north of the city, The Polygon is known for its nightlife, eateries, pubs, nightclubs, and bars. Some of our favourites would have to be the Funky Flamingo and BrewDog.
For student flats in Southampton right near the University of Southampton’s main campus, Highfield is your area. A bus ride out of the city centre, Highfield offers students a quieter alternative to some of the main, energetic student areas. Southampton Common is also right on your doorstep, which is the largest green space in the city and is perfect for when you need a break from studying.
Southampton student accommodation FAQs
When is the best time to look for student accommodation in Southampton?
October is when most students look for student accommodation in Southampton. However, if you’re a first-year or international student, it’s common to start your search from January onwards.
What is the best way to search for student accommodation in Southampton?
Mystudenthalls.com is the best place to find an array of student halls in Southampton, including private studios, shared apartments, and halls of residence. Sort by budget or university, add your favourites to a shortlist and contact them all at once. Easy!
How much does it cost to live in Southampton as a student?
Southampton is considered an affordable place for students to live with cost-effective accommodation options and lots of part-time employment opportunities. It’s estimated you’ll need about £1262.50 per month for all outgoings. For information regarding how students pay for accommodation, check out our guide.
Can you live with someone else in Southampton?
Yes – there are plenty of options, whether you’re looking to split a two-bed student flat in Southampton or share a studio with your partner. Some of the studios will even permit dual occupancy at no extra cost, meaning you can split the bills without adding to them.
Are there different types of student accommodation in Southampton?
There are lots of varied student accommodations available, so it really depends on your budget and how much space you’re willing to share. You’ll find everything from a room in a shared flat to student studios in Southampton – the choice is up to you!
Not sure about what type of accommodation is for you? Check out our guide to the different accommodation options available to students.
Can I view student accommodation in Southampton before applying?
To get a look inside your potential student accommodation before you apply, there are three easy options. Where possible, attending one of your uni’s open days is a great way to see what the rooms look like (and how they look decorated by a student!). Otherwise, contact the provider directly to see if they can arrange a viewing.
If you can’t get to see the property in person, many of our listings also offer online viewings – just look for the eye icon on the listing.
How long does a student tenancy agreement last?
Most student tenancy agreements are designed to last through the academic year, between 42 and 51 weeks. However, some providers are willing to offer longer, shorter or more flexible contracts as needed, so if that’s something you need, it’s best to get in touch with the provider.