On 15 October 1862 the Hartley Institution was declared open by Lord Palmerston.Hartley was the heir to a family of Southampton wine merchants. A studious and reclusive character, he had turned his back on the family business and when he died he left his estate to the Corporation of Southampton to promote the study and advancement of science and learning.
The University of Southampton is a world-class university built on the quality and diversity of our community. Our staff place a high value on excellence and creativity, supporting independence of thought, and the freedom to challenge existing knowledge and beliefs through critical research and scholarship. Through our education and research we transform people’s lives and change the world for the better.
The University of Southampton is changing the world for the better, working with industry, governments and research institutions to make a global impact.
We are a world-class research-intensive Russell Group university. Over 96 per cent of our research has been assessed as world-leading and internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
We are one of the world’s top 150 institutions for employability. Our Careers and Employability team help you access:
To find out more about the help and support services we can offer you, scroll down the page or click on the links in the list below to jump down the page.
The halls guide is your one stop manual for everything you need to know when living in halls. It is designed for you so that you have the knowledge of how things work, the processes and services and also helpful advice and information for your time in University residences. The halls guide can be downloaded here, or you can also request a published copy from your halls reception.
The University Library has a comprehensive collection of books and journals, both electronic and print, available from the Hartley and other campus libraries, plus a range of services to support teaching and research across all areas of the University.
We provide help and support to students, staff and researchers regarding everything IT, from a Windows desktop to high performance computing.
We have two health practices at Highfield Campus – the University Health Service and Highfield Health. They provide a full range of health care services which are open to all registered students and their families.
On campus, it couldn't be easier to meet and mix with your fellow students. You can make new friends, play a full part in the University community, and make your University life truly memorable.
Sport and Wellbeing, working in partnership with Active Nation, are delighted to be able to offer its members (University of Southampton Students and Staff Peak Performer, Frequent Fitness and Workout Central Members only) access to an 8 lane athletics track and an artificial ski slope.
As well as the sports facilities on-campus and at Wide Lane, we also have fitness suites and gyms at several of our bigger halls of residence including:
As a student at Southampton, you will automatically become a member of Southampton University Students’ Union (SUSU). SUSU is one of the largest Students’ unions in the UK, with many services and facilities to both support and entertain you.
Achieving chartered status in any profession indicates to the wider community a high level of subject knowledge and professional competence. It provides independent recognition of your standing and experience and verifies that you are a competent, qualified and committed professional.