Southampton, University of

The University of Southampton is a truly international university with a global reputation for leading-edge research and innovation. The university is proud to have been consistently rated highly by their students as world-leading and internationally excellent. Part of the exclusive Russell Group, the University of Southampton has been consistently rated in top 15 research universities in the UK and was ranked 14th in the Complete University Guide 2016. Southampton is one of only 19 UK universities to be ranked among the top 100 in the world. With 5,000 international students from 130 countries, the university offers a friendly, welcoming and multicultural environment in which to live and learn.

Their areas of expertise cover the arts, law, oceanography, engineering, science, mathematics, social science, medicine, health and life sciences and offer degree programs in more than 65 areas. Southampton is also the only Law School in the UK to offer a 2 Year accelerated LLB with a JD Pathway, with a core half-year module in Constitutional Law of Canada - giving students a competitive edge when transferring to practice Law in Canada.

South Coast City Life
Located on the south coast of England, the city of Southampton has one of the mildest climates in the UK.  Famous for the sailing of the Titanic in 1912, Southampton is surrounded by places of historical interest, such as Winchester, Stonehenge and Salisbury, which provided inspiration for the novels of Jane Austen. London is just over one hour away by train. Southampton has excellent transport links to the UK and European cities via train, car, coach, ferry and plane. Southampton is a founding member of the Worldwide Universities Network, which links world research institutions across the UK, USA and Canada. This friendly and safe maritime English city has about 220,000 residents and offers some of the finest for theater, music and film venues. Southampton also provides numerous opportunities to get become a member of sports clubs or simply practice sailing, windsurfing and diving.

Campuses of University of Southampton
Southampton is made up of six different campuses located across Southampton and Winchester, as well as the recently formed University of Southampton Malaysian Campus in EduCity at Iskandar.

  • The Highfield Campus hosts the majority of academic programs and boasts a hub of activity, including sports facilities, the Hartley Library, Students Union, cafés and weekly campus market
  • The Avenue Campus houses the Faculty of Humanities along with the Center for Language Study. It also has its own library, lecture theaters and catering facilities
  • The National Oceanography Center Southampton is one of the top global research centers for the study of the ocean and earth sciences
  • Southampton General Hospital is home to the University’s Faculty of Medicine
  • Founded in 1863, the Winchester School of Art is located just twelve miles north of Southampton in Winchester. The Schools of Art boasts unique purpose-designed buildings including specialist art and design studios, workshops, a library with special collections, The Winchester Gallery and Students' Union
  • The Boldrewood Innovation Campus is home to some of our most up-to-date buildings and facilities. It houses their center for innovation, business, and education in maritime engineering and engineering sciences

The Southampton campuses are all linked by the university’s UniLink bus service, which is free for all students who are living in the Halls of Residence.

Support for Students from Canada

The university welcomes applications from Canada, and their dedicated International Office team regularly travel to North America to meet with prospective students. Each year the university runs a Southampton Welcome program designed to introduce new international students to the university and to the City of Southampton. The ‘Meet and Greet’ service is run free of charge to collect students at London Heathrow Airport and bring them to their university residence.

Please contact one of our UK Study Experts to find out more about studying at the University of Southampton.

Student population: 22,000

City population: 240,000  

Date of establishment: 1862 (Hartley Institution)

Location: Southampton, South coast of England

Centers of Excellence: National Oceanography Centre, The Parkes Institute for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations, Institute of Maritime Law, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research

Costs of Tuition: from £17,065 per year (2019/20)

Accommodation fees: from £89 per week on campus

Physiotherapy options in the UK

Physiotherapy is a very popular subject for Canadian students and we'd be delighted to help you apply!  We can help you apply for a physiotherapy program at either the bachelor's or Master's level.  A physiotherapy degree will be transferable back to Canada. If you'd like to learn more, see our Physiotherapy page to learn more about the subject and register for an advisor.  

We look forward to working with you!

The Winchester School of Art

The University of Southampton prides itself on being a research-intensive academic institution, but with this image, many students do not realize that they have their own Art and Design school.  This is indeed rare for any member of the Russell Group; only two institutions in the Russell Group have an Art School. (“Russell Group” universities are those universities in the UK that maintain the best research, teaching, student learning experience and business links.  There are currently only 24 universities out of the 120-odd total universities that are in the Russell Group

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Samuel  Burleton

Having moved to Canada at a young age, there was always an inclination to eventually move back to the United Kingdom—where the majority of family resides. After graduating with a degree in Political Science and Journalism from a leading Canadian institution, I began exploring options of where I w

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Shauna D'Onofrio

Studying at the University of Southampton provided me with many memorable international life experiences but also allowed me to completed my legal studies at an accelerated pace.

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Nirusitha Gnanenthra

Southampton Law School is a great, reputable school. If you enjoy, great weather, friendly people, delicious food, the field of law, and travelling – Southampton is the school to choose.

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Yan  Liu

My advice for students returning to Canada from Southampton is to be proactive before you go back. Start the NCA process right away and try to gain internships at Canadian firms whenever you have the opportunity.

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Marek  Lorenc

Studying Law at the University of Southampton was a great experience not only because of the tremendous quality of the faculty and staff, but also because it affords many opportunities to learn.

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Angelo  Morgan

Come in with a positive attitude and a willingness to try something new, come in with an open mind, and you may have one of the best experiences of your life!

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