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Solent University (Southampton)

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Solent University is home to around 11,000 staff and students, with more than 200 qualifications ranging from HNDs to PhDs. This international university has over 160 years of history to their name, and was recently awarded TEF Silver for their excellent teaching.

Solent University courses are designed to help students prepare and build themselves a fantastic future. Students are taught the latest knowledge, learn practical and professional skills, have access to cutting-edge facilities and meet industry contacts in their field.

The University offers practical and professional courses in a wide range of subject areas:

£100m investment is being made to the campus by 2020, and their stunning £33m Spark building opened a few years ago.

Solent University (Southampton) students on Whatuni say:

“I love being at uni, it is nice having the independence away from home. I have made great friends and think my degree is going to be very helpful in opening lots of doors for me after uni.”

“I love university, I love the course, the university life and living away from home. I love the independence and university has changed me as a person for the better.”

“The university experience so far has been amazing, I have met so many interesting people so far and done so many interesting things in and around the city.”

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Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

94% of Solent University full-time graduates are in employment or further study six months after leaving (DLHE survey 2018), so whatever career you’ve got in mind, the University will help you get there.

The University prides itself on providing more than just standard classroom teaching, ensuring that students receive work experience, make connections and graduate with a package of practical and professional skills.

To ensure students learn the right skills and knowledge for their chosen industry, and have plenty of opportunities to develop their professional experience, all of Solent’s courses are developed in partnership with regional and national employers.

And from the moment you join the University, the Solent Futures careers service offers comprehensive information, advice and guidance. This service provides links with local and national employers, offering internships, placements, training courses and job opportunities.

Solent students also have the opportunity to work with exciting and innovative student enterprises, including:

Re:So - the first student-run retail store in the UK
Solent Creatives - our own creative agency
Solent Music - our in-house work experience and employability organisation for music
Solent Productions - our in-house production company
Solent TV - commissions creative content from the students for the University's web channel

Solent University is also ranked 12th in UK for boosting graduate earnings (The Economist, 2017) and 8th in the UK for graduate business start-ups (HE-BCI survey 2016/17).

Solent University (Southampton) students on Whatuni say:

“The events management course has its own student lead events management company that helps us to gain experience working with internal university and external clients. We also have to partake in 210 hours of work placement in order to pass our 2nd year.”

“On my course, we have a unit called Personal Professional Development which I believe helps increase our employability. We also have resources such as Solent Futures which can help.”

“We have a unit on our employability giving us experience for when we finish.”

Graduates in job/further study
Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

Our reviewers praise the practical aspects of the courses offered by Solent University, as well as knowledgeable and experienced tutors. Some of the departments are internationally recognised for the courses that they provide. For example, it is one of the world’s leading maritime education and training providers, and is a leader in the UK for academic and competitive sports provision.

Solent University (Southampton) students on Whatuni say:

“Lecturers motivate students to approach their goals and it works! I like everything about my course.”

“The teaching of the course is of an impeccable standard. The course tutors treat each student individually and not just as a group or class. The tutors here are there to help with anything you may be having problem with and if you ask them something you can be sure it will be dealt with in the most sensible way. The tutors are very good at explaining things and preparing handouts for each activity held, They also make the lessons enjoyable and a pleasure to attend.”

“The staff are very approachable.”

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

Solent Students’ Union ensures that students are heard at every level of the University, represent a diverse range of groups, and is an essential link between students and academic staff. The Students’ Union team and course reps are annually elected by the students themselves.

The Students’ Union also runs a full calendar of events, from Freshers’ Fayre and the Big Night Out at the start of the academic year to the Summer Ball at the end. It has even hosted Puppy Room events to relieve stress around the exam season.

The Students’ Union Advice Service is the place to access free, confidential and impartial advice from the Academic Caseworker on issues affecting your academic experience whilst at Solent. This may include issues with academic misconduct, extenuating circumstances, appeals, complaints and examination results. The Academic caseworker can also act as an advocate accompanying you to formal meetings or panels to ensure that you are given the opportunity to raise your views clearly and that you are treated fairly.

Solent University (Southampton) students on Whatuni say:

“They always think of new and innovative events for students, are a great help and presence throughout the year.”

“Very friendly, receptive to ideas and easy to join in with.”

“I think our Student's Union does a great job as they offer a range of things suited to everyone, whether you are looking to pick up some new skills, gain experience to add to your CV, meet new people or just have some fun, there is always something on offer.”

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At Solent there are more than 2,300 single study-bedrooms spread across six different halls of residences. They are all located within easy distance of each other, and are within walking distance of the campus and the city centre. Parking is available at each residence, however it’s worth knowing that because the halls are in such close proximity to everything, a car isn’t necessary.

Five of the six residences are reserved for first-year undergraduate students, with a sixth available for second and third year and postgraduate students. While prices vary depending on where you stay, rent always includes bills and internet, and kitchen facilities are shared.

Deanery residence has en-suite bedrooms which are separated into flats of seven, eight or 10. There is a common room which features Sky TV, a DVD player and pool and table football along with vending machines. There is a laundry room and a dedicated room which can also be used as a private study area. Rent is £5,898.09 (from £140.91 per week) for a standard 41 weeks residence period.

Kimber residences combined feature 391 single study bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities. David Moxon Annexe is designated as a quieter residence, although they still have a common room, a laundry room and a music practice room. Rent is from £6,199.88 (from £148.12 per week) for an en-suite room for a standard 41 weeks residence period.

David Moxon is near to the City campus and is the closest residence to the East Park Terrace campus. Reserved as a quieter residence, it offers accommodation for first year students and officer cadets. All 117 study-bedrooms are en-suite. Rent is £5,898.09 (from £140.91 per week) for a standard 41 weeks residence period.

Hamwic has en-suite study bedrooms. There is a common room, a laundry room, and designated quiet areas are available. Rent is £5,898.09 (from £140.91 per week) – however fees vary depending on room size.

Chantry residence has 208 single study-bedrooms and a large common room. Rent is from £4,605.96 (from £110.04 per week) for a standard 41 weeks residence period.

Lucia Foster Welch with 805 study bedrooms, and is near Ocean Village Marina with its modern bars, cafes, restaurants and a cinema. Rent is £5,040.00 (£105 per week) for an extended 48-week period of residence.

Solent University (Southampton) students on Whatuni say:

“I live in en suite student halls, I feel that my accommodation is very secure and safe and is one of the best offered at the university.”

“It is a non en-suite accommodation made up of 7 houses. There is a reception and a common room. It is a very nice place.”

“My accommodation is great, my room is en-suite which is what I hoped for, it is easy to socialise as there are many social rooms such as common rooms, the kitchens are modern and a good size.”

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No matter what course you’re studying, Solent University provides cutting-edge facilities with the latest tools and equipment for you.

Academic facilities include:

Solent University (Southampton) students on Whatuni say:

“Facilities are great. My course equipment is new and industry-level. Solent are always interested in supporting the students', and ensuring that their facilities are top-notch.”

“My uni has great facilities that help to enhance our learning. In the TV department we have loads of industry standard cameras and equipment available at our disposal. We have a great library with a large selection of books and computers, which are helpful for studying.”

“They are very good! The student hub is very helpful and also library staff is great!”


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City life
City life

City life

Southampton is one of the south coast’s most vibrant cities – and Solent puts you right in the heart of it. There is something for everyone, from beautiful city centre parks and an electric night-time economy to a thriving arts and music scene.

Moving away from West Quay (one of the UK’s largest shopping centres) and towards the waterfront, you’ll find a hub of independent eateries, venues and stores. At the other end of the city is Bedford Place, the centre of the city’s night-life and home to a huge range of pubs and clubs.

It’s a short trip to the famous beaches of Bournemouth or the ancient streets of Winchester. Southampton Airport is your ideal ticket to the rest of the UK or even Europe. And of course, London is just a short train ride away – the perfect day-trip.

Solent University (Southampton) students on Whatuni say:

“It is a very nice city I love living here, everything is all in one place.”

“Solent is right in the middle of Southampton, so we can live city life in its fullest.”

“Southampton is a student city. You never feel bored if you are social person. All you need to do is go out and make some friends.”

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Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

There are 50 societies which are run through the students’ union. You can join any number of societies through their page using a student login. Societies are split into subject categories, religious beliefs, ethnicity and nationalities, languages, hobbies, sporting and more. If you don’t see a society that you want to join, you can create your own. You will need eight signatures from students that would like to be part of the society, with the VP Engagement officer on hand to offer advice on setting up a society.

Current societies include:

  • Drama and performance
  • Japanese arts and media
  • LGBT+
  • Live events
  • Table top and computer games
  • DJ and production
  • Maritime
  • Various religious societies
  • Solent Sparks (entrepreneurial)
  • And many more!

Students can also take part in traditional sports including football, cricket, hockey and netball as well as alternative sports such as windsurfing, snowboarding and climbing. Students from all levels can join a sports teams from a “knock-about” to National League. Visit the Solent Sport web pages to find out more.

Solent University (Southampton) students on Whatuni say:

“FANTASTIC! There are so many to choose from.”

“There is a huge variety of clubs on offer, I love them.”

“I think they are great, they have a range of things.”

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Student support
Student support

Student support

Whatever your question, Solent University’s dedicated Student Hub offers friendly, professional and confidential support, including:

  • Questions about your course
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Student funding
  • References and letters
  • Advice on regulations, processes, policies and more

Other support services include:

  • Academic support
  • Learning support
  • Advice for international students
  • Religion and belief support
  • Career support

Solent University (Southampton) students on Whatuni say:

“Very good I know support is there if I need it.”

“The tutors are very supportive and so is the student hub any problems go to them.”

“Really good.”



Full-time undergraduate fees for the 2019/20 academic year are as follows:

Home and EU students

  • Foundation years (level 3): £9,250
  • Bachelor's degrees: £9,250
  • Language Foundation Year: £7,800

Tuition fees for overseas (non-EU) students

  • Foundation Year/Certificate: £11,330
  • Bachelor's degree: £12,875
Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

You may be eligible for various bursaries and scholarships which don’t have to be repaid.

Some examples include:

The Solent university bursary
Students below the household income threshold and paying full tuition fees may be awarded £3,000 in their first year and £500 in each remaining year of study.

Academic merit scholarships (UK and International)
This scholarship worth between £500 and £1,000, this scholarship rewards applicants who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability in their final school or college exam results. The University also offer a scholarship to full-time overseas, EEA and EU students who exceed the entry criteria for their course.

The Lisa Wilson scholarship
Set-up in memory of their daughter, Lisa, the Wilson family developed this scholarship with Solent to help young people with the cost of higher education.

There are four scholarships for new students applying to FdA, HND or BA/BSc degree courses. The scholarships are available to students who have overcome adversity and can demonstrate why they need extra financial help with their studies.

Sport scholarships
These are awarded to athletes competing in a variety of sports at national level and above, including - but not exclusively - basketball, cricket, football and sailing.

As a scholar, you'll receive financial assistance towards academic fees and be able to take advantage of a support package worth up to £2,500. Academic fees are covered at 100% or 50% by the University for each successful applicant

Find out more information about student funding on the University's website.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

Solent University’s Warsash Maritime Academy is one of the world's leading providers of marine industry education, training courses, research and consultancy.

They are also a leader in football-related study (The Times Good University Guide) and home to the internationally renowned Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research.

Solent University also recently ranked:

  • Top 20 in the sector for Architecture (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • Top 20 in the sector for Fashion and Textiles (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • Top five in the sector for Law (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • Top 10 in the sector for English (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • Top 20 in the sector for Mechanical Engineering(Guardian University Guide 2020)


Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Solent University is committed to enabling students from all kinds of background to have access to higher education. Students enter their courses through a wide range of educational routes, and each application is considered on its own merits.

They use the UCAS tariff points system and entry requirements vary from course to course.

Visit Solent University’s website for more details.


Key stats

WUSCA ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

74th / 131

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2020

105th / 131

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2018 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)


TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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