Whether you’re a student already staying in Southampton for your studies or looking to stay next year, here is why Southampton is the best place to be and a city you will come to love.

Southampton’s Ocean Village Marina

Southampton is full of fantastic things to do, museums, shopping, eating, and drinking. Here are some of the best places that Southampton has to offer, and how you can make the most of your stay when you’re not revising and all on a budget of course!

With an NUS card or even the free Unidays or Studentbeans app, you can get the best discounts and up to 40% off food and up to 45% off clothing!


Southampton is the largest city on the south coast of the UK.

It was the place from where the Titanic set sail in 1912 and has lots of information and facts about the Titanic you may not have known.

Southampton & The Sea

SeaCity Museum

The SeaCity is a newly built museum; built in 2012 to mark the centenary of the departure of RMS Titanic. Its modern and sleek design and interactive activities makes the learning more fun.

After a day of learning or for a break, the café is a great recharge station and will get you ready for the rest of your day. Costing less than £10 for entry, you will have a great day from the moment you enter.

Art & Culture

If it is art you are in to, the city’s art gallery should be your first stop. With multiple exhibitions throughout the year, you’ll be able to view a range of art from all around the world, and the best part, it’s free!

The Waterfront

Southampton is renowned for its beautiful waterfront which has recently had a £400 million development and is now better than ever. The pier was originally built in the 1800s and has come a long way since then.

Now with its lavish landscape and Victorian history, you could easily spend a whole day learning and enjoying what Southampton has to offer.

If you do want to simply enjoy your day around town and have a break from your studies you could have a walk around the pier and even jump a 30 minute ferry to the Isle of Wight for less than £15 including return!

Or you could simply enjoy what Southampton has offer around the pier with its offering of restaurants, shops and pubs.

Shopping in Southampton

If you’re looking to cop the latest deals and steals, Westquay is the best place for you. One of the biggest shopping centres in the UK; it is home to over 125 shops.

It also has a cinema and bowling alley for a little break in between your shopping and 21 restaurants if you fancy a spot of lunch, you can also use your Student discounts here and enjoy your food for less.

Dining

Eating out in Southampton couldn’t be easier. No matter the size of appetite or budget, no matter the occasion, there is a place for you. “It’s a Pizza Thing” has 201 reviews on Trip Advisor and has an overall rating of 5 stars. It is ranked 2 of 801 Places to Eat in Southampton, United Kingdom.

It has food for everyone with a range of vegetarian and vegan foods. Prices range from £2-£6 which for fresh pizza is a bargain.

Sport in Southampton

St Mary’s Stadium. Home of the mighty Southampton football club.

A football fan? Southampton is home to the almighty Saints, Southampton FC. Playing at St Mary’s Stadium since 2001, it is the biggest stadium in the southeast.

Concerts, Events & Nightlife

Not only does it house footballing events but also has concerts there too. Coming up in May 2019, Take That’s Greatest Hits tour has two shows as well as Rod Stewart a few days later.

You can also do a tour around the stadium for £15 and get to go into the dressing room and right to the edge of the pitch!

If you’re wondering how to spend your nights in Southampton, its nightlife is very varied and diverse so you will easily find your new favourite, club, bar or pub. Oceana, according to the locals is the best club in Southampton. Having attracted DJs such as Calvin Harris and artists such as JLS.

They also offer a range of Student Therapy parties which is the biggest student party around and tickets are only £3!

If you’re looking for a more relaxed evening, you could take a trip to the Mayflower theatre or one of the two Nuffield Theatres. They have amazing shows on all throughout the year and with fantastic casts for each show, you are almost guaranteed a good night. 

Does Southampton seem like the place for you?

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