Welcome to Southampton: Get to Know your New City
Luckily for you new students, Southampton is a city full of diversity. When you’re not too busy drinking in the fresh sea air or learning about the history of the area, then you will be visiting the quirky pubs and infamous clubs that you’ll soon call ‘home’. It can be a bit daunting moving to a new location, but we’ve got all the must-see places covered to help you settle in as effortlessly as possible. Are you ready to explore your new home?
1. The Common
This perfect scenic area in the centre of Southampton features a large green open space, ponds, woodland, playgrounds, wildlife, lakes and parkland.
The Common is great for joining your new uni friends for walks, cycles, kickabouts or even somewhere different to study when you feel like a change of scenery from the library. There are often big events held here, such Common People, a two-day music and art festival with lots of great food trucks and activities for all ages.
2. O2 Guildhall
Located in the heart of the city centre is the largest multipurpose entertainment venue in the South. The Guildhall hosts the biggest names in music and comedy, with a mixture of other forms of entertainment including boxing matches and gin festivals. Take a look at what’s coming up, and hopefully your flatmates will have the same taste as you!
3. SeaCity Museum
Learn more about the history of your university’s town and its connection with the RMS Titanic and the sea by visiting SeaCity.
This is far from a dull museum collecting dust! There are plenty of exciting, hands-on experiences, and you can find many interesting recorded accounts from survivors of the Titanic. It’s easy to lose yourself for hours here, discovering facts about Southampton through interactive experiences for all ages.
4. The Mayflower Theatre
For the aspiring thespians and musical-loving students, Southampton holds the largest theatre in South England.
The Mayflower features everything from touring West End shows to opera and ballet, so you should consider booking tickets for Shrek The Musical now! See what’s coming up and get your tickets booked.
5. Southampton FC
Moving away from home can be hard when you’re in a relationship with football. For the fanatic students who have traded in their season tickets to watch football on a phone screen, there is always St. Mary’s Stadium, home of the Saints.
So, whether you support Southampton FC or not, you could see your team play in the largest football stadium in South East England.
6. Westquay Shopping Centre
This is Southampton’s premier shopping destination with over 90 shops and 50 places to eat, including all the big chains so you won’t miss out on your favourite stores back home. jisp has many exclusive deals and offers with Westquay stores, including Superdry, Ann Summers, Creams and Yankee Candle.
From 22/09/18- 06/10/18, jisp has special student exclusives with stores like Millie’s Cookies, Bubble Drop and Zizzi. You can view all these offers on the app and help make your student loan last until the new year.
7. Go Ape
If you’re looking for an adventurous day trip, why not round up your fellow students and swing through the trees Tarzan-style? Itchen Valley Country Park is home of Southampton’s Tree Top Adventure course, where you can whizz along zip wires and test your balance by crossing obstacles between trees. What better way to see all of Southampton than by viewing it from above?
8. Ocean Village
Student life is predominately eating pizza in a tiny flat, but if you want to live a more luxurious student life every now and then, head down to the marina.
Ocean Village is a very stylish, picturesque area surrounded by restaurants, bars and shops for you to visit in between taking photos of the fancy yachts.
9. Showcase Cinema
A popular cinema for students due to the incredible experiences offered including; XPlus screens, customisable recliner seating, RealD 3D, and Barco Laser Protection. Don’t forget your student card for cheaper tickets!
10. Bedford Place
Just north of the city centre, this is a popular area for students to visit for its great club scene. Not only does it have the big chains including Revolution and Popworld, but you can have a drink (or two) and dance in the more unique clubs like Orange Rooms and Buddah Lounge.