The University of Southampton is a member of the Russell Group and one of the UK's leading research universities, Southampton is consistently ranked in the top 20 UK universities and in the top 1% of universities worldwide. In line with this standing, the University has a truly international community, attracting the best academic staff from around the world, along with more than 2,000 international students, from more than 100 countries. The UK's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education recently awarded Southampton the highest possible grading for the standard of its teaching, and students placed Southampton in the top 20 in the UK for overall satisfaction with their studies in the most recent National Student Survey.
History of the University of Southampton dates back to 1862 when the Hartley Institution, as it was originally known, was established in the centre of Southampton. Hartley Institution became a known as a College and moved out of the city centre in 1919. It received its Royal Charter to award degrees and became a full-time University in April 1952.
Ranked in the top 20 by the three main UK university league tables. We are also one of the highest climbers in the last two years.
We are placed in the top 10* of the UK’s 24, leading, research-intensive universities that form the Russell Group. (*Times Higher Education, Table of Tables 2016).
With over 10,000 universities worldwide, the University of Southampton is in the top 1% and continues to rise in the two main global rankings. 81st in the world by QS World University Rankings 2015/16 110th in the world by THE World University Rankings 2015-2016
Southampton is located on the South coast of England, close to the New Forest and the Isle of Wight. Just over one hour by train from London. The main campus is bordered by the beautiful Southampton Common - over 300 acres of managed woodland - creating the perfect combination of a thriving natural environment and a bustling, cosmopolitan city. One of the UK's top 10 retail destinations, a busy port and sailing centre, and one of the safest places to live in the UK, Southampton is a city that looks to the future with expectation and ambition. Excellent road, rail, sea and air links to the area enables students to travel extensively and always be flexible about transportation. Southampton Airport is located nearby, which is also beneficial for the international students. Moreover, especially for their students, University-owned bus service provides transport across the city.