Things to do in Southampton

Of course, being in Southampton is not just about your time at university. The city also offers many other opportunities both within its boundaries and nearby. Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Take-in the city’s top student night-spots: Bedford Place for Audio, Junk, Revolution, Buddha lounge, Pop and the Orange Rooms; Bevois Valley for Sobar and The Hobbit.
  • Fancy a civilised night out? Try the restaurants of Oxford Street or the trendy lower high street including our personal favourite, the Coriander Lounge.
  • Shopping in Southampton is without equal in the South. Head to West Quay to satisfy your shopaholic desires.
  • Visit the city’s numerous parks and gardens as well as Southampton Common. Walk the 16 miles to Winchester following the historic Itchen wayor head to Netley and Hamble via the coastal path.
  • Visit the city’s Maritime Museum and Civic Art Gallery, including the soon-to-open ‘Sea-City’ museum in Southampton’s developing cultural quarter.
  • Catch some up-and-coming live bands at the Talking Heads, Bent Brief, Soul Cellar or The Brook.
  • Go back in time with a visit the Isle of Wight. It’s a fantastic place for walking and biking and is world-famous for sailing. Get there with Red Funnel from Town Quay.
  • Take in the New Forest National Park. 150 square miles of pure wilderness on your doorstep. Perfect for hikes, horse riding and mountain biking. Take the train to Brockenhurst and you’re there!
  • Visit nearby Portsmouth with its historic Naval connections. Direct trains run approximately every 20 minutes and take one hour.
  • >Visit nearby Winchester, once the Roman capital of England and the site of an impressive cathedral. Direct trains run approximately every 30 minutes and take 20 minutes