Southampton, UK, is located on the south coast of England in Hampshire. The port city, situated close to the NewForest north of Southampton Water, is the biggest in south-east England, with a population just over 300,000 people. It is considered one of the highest quality and safest cities in the UK. Southampton’s weather can be described as temperate and mostly warm, with some rainfall throughout the year. A Southampton resident is referred to as a Sotonian.
There are more than 40,000 students choosing to study in Southampton, 10,000 of which are international students, at the University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University, and City College Southampton. Southampton University is ranked among the top 100 research facilities worldwide and the top 5 in the UK. It is known for its research in the areas of engineering sciences, optoelectronics, computer science and electronics, chemistry, cancer science, oceanography, and sound and vibration research. On the other hand, Southampton Solent University offers world-leading training, consultancy, and research programs. City College Southampton offers students a wide range of vocational courses and is well-known for its apprenticeship training. The fact that almost 15% of Southampton residents are university students makes the city very young and exciting to live in for international students.
With a beautiful waterfront area, a vibrant city centre, more than 2000 years of history, many museums and galleries to explore, Southampton offers something for everyone. Shopping in Southampton is a surreal experience, thanks to its world-class stores.
Among the many interesting things to do in Southampton is visiting Tudor House and Garden, the city’s most important historic landmark revealing 800 years of history, located in Old Town. Southhampton’s Seacity Museum is another popular attraction due to the city’s connection with the doomed RMS Titanic. You can head over there for your own Titanic trail in Southampton. It has several exhibitions exploring the ship’s departure from Southampton on 10 April 1912, 5 days before it sank. For those who enjoy live performances, Mayflower Theatre is the place to go, one of the top cultural destinations in the city.
There are many transportation options in the city for easy daily travels, including bus links and trains. A train ride from Southampton to London is about 1 hour and a half. There are many cities nearby suitable for fun day trips from Southampton.