Situated on the south coast of England, right in the centre of the vibrant city of Southampton, Solent University is home to around 12,800 staff and students. They have recently been awarded TEF Silver in recognition of our excellent teaching. 

Solent always puts students first, so you'll be welcomed and supported from the very start. With more than 200 qualifications ranging from Bachelors to PhDs, their lively campus community is home to over 100 different nationalities and a massive range of sports and societies.

Solent has everything you need to prepare for and build a fantastic future – the latest knowledge, essential practical and professional skills, superb industry contacts and cutting-edge facilities. £100m investment will be made to the campus by 2020, and the stunning £33m Spark building has recently opened.

The main campus is situated in the city centre, but is also close to the sea, there are plenty of parks nearby, and it’s just an hour by train from London too. 

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

  • Architecture and construction
  • Art and design 
  • Business and finance 
  • Computing and games 
  • Engineering 
  • English and journalism 
  • Fashion 
  • Health and psychology 
  • Law and criminology 
  • Maritime 
  • Marketing, communications and public relations 
  • Music and performance 
  • Sport and fitness 
  • Travel and tourism 
  • TV, film and media technology


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. Beautiful city centre parks, an electric night-time economy and a thriving arts and music scene all meet to offer residents something truly unique.

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 nightlife 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 is focused on giving you access to cutting-edge facilities with the latest tools and equipment – whatever course you’re studying.

  • A digital student-run 3D cinema with Dolby Atmos audio
  • FA-accredited sports facilities including our multimillion-pound Test Park sports ground, with a floodlit football stadium, a full-size, all-weather 3G sports pitch and half a dozen other pitches.
  • A fully equipped outside broadcast vehicle used by Solent students to broadcast live from events such as the Glastonbury Festival, and package up footage for international broadcasters like the BBC.
  • A well-stocked library with flexible opening hours.
  • A 60-metre hydrodynamic testing tank that provides professional testing facilities for watercraft design, temperature controlled-composite materials lab, 3D scanning and printing facilities, and a dedicated design suite.
  • £1 million music recording studios
  • A multi-function performance space and HD TV studio - one of the biggest HD studios in the south of England. Plus two fully equipped HD TV studios, eight radio studios and ten audio recording studios; photography, animation and green-screen studios; specialist fashion, hair and make-up studios; and a professional-grade newsroom.
  • £1.3 million hi-tech sport science laboratories, including purpose-built labs for biomechanics,nutrition and psychology, and a BASES-accredited physiology lab. Data collection software, motion capture, eye-tracking, reaction timers, force transducers and more.
  • The stunning Spark building, the centrepiece of the campus, wrapping five storeys of bright, innovative and accessible teaching spaces around a spectacular central atrium – including the eye-catching Pod, a unique elevated lecture room with an open-topped viewing platform. 
  • The new sports building, opened in the summer of 2019, adding two new sports halls, three fitness studios, a health and wellbeing gym, a strength and conditioning gym and further high-quality teaching facilities to the campus.
  • Solent is investing £43 million in maritime facilities, including a new £6 million campus for officer cadet tuition that opened in 2017. Work has also started on a cutting-edge new simulation centre in the main campus, expected to open in summer 2019.  


  • Awarded TEF Silver in recognition of the University’s excellent teaching
  • Rated five stars by the QS World Rankings for Teaching and Inclusiveness
  • 95.2% of graduates in employment or further study six months after leaving - DLHE survey 2017
  • Ranked 12th in UK for boosting graduate earnings – The Economist, 2017
  • Ranked 8th in the UK for graduate business start-ups – HE-BCI survey 2016/17
  • One of the top 100 fashion schools in the world - CEOWORLD, 2016

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


Student population: around 10,000 

Number of international students: around 1,500 

City population: over 250,000

Date of establishment: Founded 1856

Location: Southampton, South East of England

Closest airports: Southampton Airport, Bournemouth Airport, Gatwick, Heathrow, City, Stansted, Luton (London airports)

Areas of expertise: Art, design, fashion, maritime, yacht design and football

Centres for Excellence: Our Warsash Maritime Academy is one of the world's leading providers of marine industry education, training courses, research and consultancy. We are a leader in football-related study (The Times Good University Guide) and home to the internationally renownedLawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research.


The university offers scholarships to which all international students can apply. Contact your advisor for more information. If you do not yet have a personal student advisor, please get in touch with an Across the Pond Advisor or use the form on this page to request one.

Sophie M.
Art and Design, University of Solent

This course is for you if you love being creative and are willing to learn whatever is thrown at you.

How did Solent prepare you for your career?

University has allowed me to learn all different aspects of graphic design for fashion… Read more

Amanda B.
University of Solent
Describe a typical day on your course

It depends on the time of the year and the various deadlines we have to meet. We could spend our days in one of the nine studios, recording music and mixing it either in the MacLab or workstation, rehearsing… Read more

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