Congratulation on your decision to come to WAIS! Before you start planning your trip, please refer to the links below for useful information regarding visa applications, residency, insurance, university admission and accomodations.
Southampton is one of the most lively and dynamic cities in the south of England. It offers a vibrant and varied nightlife, numerous leisure facilities, superb heritage attractions, bustling marinas, beautiful parks and great places to eat and drink. There really is something for everyone. Being on the waterfront adds another dimension and Southampton has a rich maritime heritage with a major focus on water sports, sailing and ocean racing.
Southampton is one of the UK’s greenest cities with several large parks situated throughout the centre. Four of our campuses are close to Southampton Common – 326 acres of managed woodland in the heart of the city – perfect for walking, jogging or a spontaneous game of football.
The beautiful New Forest National Park is right on our doorstep, and the coastal resorts of Bournemouth, Poole and Brighton are nearby. The historic cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester are even closer. London is also just over an hour away by train. With its own international airport, the city is within easy reach of Europe, with good connections to cross-channel ferries and the Eurostar rail service. Southampton is a great place to live – there's a huge choice of things to do and places to visit.
Southampton Airport serves 50 UK and European destinations, and handles nearly 2 million passengers per year.
In 2010, the city's population was 239,700, making it the largest city on the South Coast.
One in every 15 people in Southampton is a University of Southampton student.
Travelling to Southampton
Travel by train
Southampton is on the South Coast about 80 miles from London. The train service for Southampton leaves from Waterloo Station and there are 3 trains (2 fast) per hour throughout the day. Southampton has two stations, Southampton Parkway, near the airport for arrivals from the North and Southampton Central for arrivals from the East or West. The unilink bus is available from both stations and will bring you straight to the University.
Travel by coach
For those arriving by plane into Heathrow, the easiest way to Southampton is by the National Express coach service. The coach service is two-hourly from the coach station which is adjacent to the bus station at the centre of the airport complex. The journey takes approximately 90 minutes and tickets should be purchased in the bus station. For those arriving at Gatwick there is a good train service from Gatwick direct to Southampton. Alternatively, you can take the express train from Gatwick to Victoria, underground to Waterloo, and then train to Southampton, but this is rather expensive. Stansted Airport is much less convenient being sited North of London. There are National Express bus services but they involve changing at Heathrow and it takes about 4 hours. By train you need to travel through London including underground between Liverpool Street and Waterloo.
If you are travelling in a group, take a taxi to Southampton and share the fare, it is the most convenient if not the cheaper option. Certainly, you will be able to arrange to go back to the airport in a shared taxi, once you get to know people on the course.
Travel by air
Where is WAIS
WAIS is on the third level of Building 32 in Highfield Campus.
Before you come to study or work in WAIS, it is important that you find out about UK immigration procedures and how they will affect you. You should do this as far in advance of your arrival in the UK as possible. If you are not UK citizen, please check UK Visas and Immigration firstly whether you need a visa to study or work in UK. Our Visa Guidance Team are trained to assist international students with their visas and other immigration related processes.
Nationals of certain countries or territories are required to register with the police if studying on a course for more than six months. These countries can be found via Metropolitan Police website. From late September and throughout the autumn term, appointments to register with the Police on Highfield Campus in Southampton can be made in the Student Services Centre in Building 37. If you arrive between January and August you will need to book and attend an appointment with the Nationalities Office in Winchester.
For more information, please see our Student Service website.
There are a couple of ways for you to find useful information about accomodations:
- Student Accommodation Service in University of Southampton
- The Student Room Website
- The Southampton Accreditation Scheme for Student Housing
- Hotels and B&B near University of Southampton
The Students Services Centre is the first point of contact for enrolment, tuition fees, accommodation and registering for the graduation ceremonies. Trained staff are on hand daily to answer any questions you may have.
Health and Safty
You are guaranteed free access to the UK's National Health Service (NHS) as long as your visit is longer than six months. You can read more about accessing health services in the UK. You will normally need to register with a local doctor or General Practitioner (GP) before the start of your course or your work. Students are also encouraged to register at an NHS dental practice. Please check the National Health Service website to search for a dentist service in your local area.
The Students’ Union Advice Centre offers free and confidential advice regarding any matter affecting everyday student life. We also have a dedicated Counselling Service. For researchers coming to WAIS, you can also check out the Work as a Researcher page in University of Southampton.