LIVING AND WORKING IN SOUTHAMPTON
Southampton is a great place to live and work. It offers a vibrant and varied nightlife, numerous leisure facilities and fascinating heritage attractions, as well as a marina and lots of green spaces. There really is something for everyone. Its waterfront location gives Southampton its own distinctive character. The city has a rich maritime heritage and a focus on water sports, sailing and ocean racing. It is well-connected too, with two mainline train stations, an international airport and easy access to cross-channel ferries. As well as the University’s arts venues, which include a theatre, concert hall and contemporary art gallery, the city has a range of venues for theatre, music, art, and comedy. Southampton has several large shopping centres with all the big high-street brands within easy reach. Southampton is one of the UK’s greenest cities and has several large parks in the city centre. Four of our campuses are close to Southampton Common – over 300 acres of managed woodland in the heart of the city. It’s the perfect place for walking or jogging and is also the venue for community events during the year. Our coastal location means there are lots of opportunities for water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, ocean racing, and power boating. The University has a wide range of sports facilities available; and additionally the city’s Outdoor Sports Centre has all-weather pitches, cross-country routes, tennis courts and a dry ski slope. The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex offers a wide range of sporting activities. You can also perfect your swing on the city’s municipal golf course or practise winter sports year-round. If you prefer to watch rather than play, you can see Premiership football or world-class cricket. Southampton is a historically important maritime port and has played a significant role on the world stage over the last 500 years. It is still a major centre for maritime activities today; it has four dedicated cruise terminals and hosts the annual Southampton Boat Show, the largest on-water boat show in Europe. Nearby on the Isle of Wight, Cowes Week attracts the world’s best sailors for a week of competitive racing every August.
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