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.
The main campus is bordered by the beautiful Southampton Common - over 300 acres of managed woodland - creating the perfect combination of a thriving natural environment and a bustling, cosmopolitan city.
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 expectation and ambition. The University is similarly forward-looking. A member of the Russell Group and one of the UK's leading research universities, Southampton is consistently ranked in the top 10 UK universities.
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 2,000 international students, from more than 100 countries.
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. The University 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.
The University offers a broad range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, spanning medicine, life sciences, law, humanities, social sciences, engineering, physical sciences and mathematics. The UK's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education recently awarded Southampton the highest possible grading for the standard of its teaching, and students placed Southampton in the top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction with their studies in the most recent National Student Survey.
Three arts venues of national standing can be found on the main campus: the Nuffield Theatre, the Turner Sims Concert Hall and the John Hansard Art Gallery. 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.