Fun Facts about Southampton

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Have you ever visited the University of Southampton or even the city itself? One of the greatest things about the University of Southampton is its location. Not only do you have the campus feel, but you also have a vibrant city that’s just a bus ride away! Some of you reading this may be current students who might learn something new about their University city and some of you may be potential UK, European, or International students (waiting for your A-Level results – eeks!) who want to find out what Southampton is really like as a city!


1) Did you know that Jack Bauer is coming to Southampton to film 24: Live Another Day? So head down to the Southampton Docks to try and get a sneaky second of fame on those Hollywood cameras!

2) West Quay is one of the biggest shopping centres in Southern England and has all your wants and needs! Getting to West Quay couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is catch a bus from Highfield Campus which will take you straight outside West Quay. What’s even better is that the shops inside don’t close till 8pm and you can dine till 9pm – we love the late closing times – http://www.west-quay.co.uk/

3) Sprinkles. Enough said really. You’ll hear the word ‘Sprinkles’ at least once every day during your time at Southampton. This is by far the best store for those with a sweet tooth. The gelato ice cream isn’t just bog standard vanilla ice cream. Oh no; It’s far better. You’ll find ice cream flavours that you’ll rarely find in your normal supermarket such as Kinder Chocolate or Ferraro Roche Ice Cream. Sprinkles also do (very large) fresh waffles and pancakes, if you’re hungry for more – http://www.sprinklesgelato.co.uk/

4) Did you know the Titanic left Southampton in April 1912? The SeaCity Museum is at the heart of the city where you can find out more about the Titanic tragedy and Southampton maritime history – http://www.seacitymuseum.co.uk/

5) The Brook is ranked the best attraction in Southampton. This is a great venue for those who like to discover new bands as they perform live. Book tickets here: http://www.the-brook.com/

6) Did you know that the Spitfire first flew from Southampton airport on 5th March 1936? This was and incredibly important event in Southampton’s past as it symbolised the advanced technology in aviation that Southampton specialised and developed between 1908 and the late 1960s. You can visit the Solent Sky Museum to see the magnificent planes – http://www.solentskymuseum.org/

7) Jane Austen and her family lived in Southampton for two years after her father’s death. Austen’s family house stood where the Juniper Berry pub is now in Upper Bugle Street – http://www.southampton-pubs.co.uk/juniperberry/

8) Did you know that Southampton is the only city in the UK with a geothermal power station? This ranks Southampton as one of the best cities in the UK that emit little CO2 – http://www.southampton.gov.uk/s-environment/energy/Geothermal/

9) Southampton has a small airport located in Eastleigh. Fancy a weekend in Amsterdam or even Paris?   You can find out where you can fly to here: http://www.southamptonairport.com/to-from-the-airport/

10) Most importantly, the best university in Southampton! The University of Southampton is a Russell Group university that was founded in 1862. Southampton is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world and according to the Guardian University Guide 2015, Southampton is ranked overall 19th and 2nd for Engineering: electronic & electrical!

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