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Solent University (Southampton)

About Solent University (Southampton)

Solent University is a public university located in Southampton, United Kingdom. Formerly Southampton Solent University.

It has more than 160 years of history and has recently won the TEF Silver award for their excellent teaching.

Solent University offers multiple programs covering arts, design and fashion, law and communication, media arts and technology, sports, health and social sciences.

Solent University's maritime courses are recognized worldwide, and ranked among the world's best maritime courses.

94% of full-time graduates of Solent University are employed or further studied six months after leaving (DLHE survey 2018).


Solent University has three main locations: City, Warsash and Lake Timsbury. The City Campus is in Southampton city centre.

Facilities in Campus

  • State-of-the-art sports complex 
  • UK’s largest ship and port simulation centre 
  • digital student-run 3D cinema 
  • FA-accredited sports facilities including multimillion-pound Test Park sports ground, with a floodlit football stadium, a full-size, all-weather 3G sports pitch and half a dozen other pitches.
  •  fully-equipped outside broadcast vehicle 
  • library with flexible opening hours.
  • A 60-metre hydrodynamic testing tank 
  •  £1 million music recording studios
  • multi-function performance space and HD TV studio - one of the biggest HD studios in the south of England.
  • Eight radio studios and ten audio recording studios;
  •  photography, animation and green-screen studios; 
  • specialist fashion, hair and make-up studios
  • professional-grade newsroom.
  • £1.3 million hi-tech sport science laboratories

Location Specialities 

Southampton is well known for its heritage on the waterfront and at sea. It is the UK's cruise capital, and home to one of the UK's largest boat shows Southampton is close to other major UK towns including Portsmouth and Brighton.


  • The University has six major student halls complexes: they are all within easy distance from each other and are within walking distance of the campus and the center of the city.
  • Accommodation is guaranteed for all full-time applicants entering their first year of study and applying for a standard room within the relevant time limit. University accommodation is also available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students in the second and third years.


  • 89th in the Times University Guide 2020
  • 73rd in the Guardian University Guide 2020
  • Solent University was ranked among the top 30 universities in the UK for academic support, learning community and student voice in the 2019 National Student Survey.
  • Solent University also recently ranked:
  • Top 20 in the sector for Architecture (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • Top 20 in the sector for Fashion and Textiles (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • Top five in the sector for Law (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • Top 10 in the sector for English (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • Top 20 in the sector for Mechanical Engineering(Guardian University Guide 2020)

Teaching Quality

Silver has been awarded to Solent University, reflecting its high quality teaching, learning and achievement for its students.

Study Options

  • Architecture and construction
  • Art and design
  • Business and finance
  • Computing and games
  • Engineering
  • English and journalism
  • Fashion
  • Health, psychology and sociology
  • Law and criminology
  • Maritime
  • Marketing, communications and public relations
  • Music and performance
  • Sport and fitness
  • Travel and tourism
  • TV, film and media technology

Why Solent University

  • An international University with students from over 100 different countries
  • Home to one of the world’s leading maritime training academies
  • invested £1.4 million (and over £100 million overall) into brand new facilities and buildings

How to Reach? Or Travel

  • London is 78 miles away, and 1 hour 15 minutes away by train.
  • The international airport of Southampton is on the north, with national and European flights.
  • Good and affordable local bus services.

Solent University, United Kingdom Financial Aids

Solent University offers financial aids in the form of scholarships, grants and bursaries. Non-EU international students studying in the U.Kcan get help funding their education as they are eligible for merit scholarships, which require no separate application. Some of the scholarships available to international students are mentioned below,

  • International Academic Merit Scholarship (AMS) - It is awarded students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. The value of the scholarship ranges between 1000 GBP to 2000 GBP.
  • Direct Entry Academic Merit Scholarship (DAMS) - It is awarded to the students based on final results and accumulates. The value of the scholarship ranges between 500 GBP to 1000 GBP.
  • Taught Academic Merit Scholarship (PAM) - It is a limited amount of postgraduate academic scholarships given to the student based on their grade. The value of the scholarship ranges between 1000 GBP to 1500 GBP.
  • Undergraduate Academic Merit Scholarship (UAMS) – It is awarded based on academic performance to both domestic and international applicants. The value of the scholarship ranges between 500 GBP to 2000 GBP.

Famous Aluminis

  • William Adkin – Cricketer
  • Mark Evans - CEO Telefónica UK Limited
  • Paul Goodison – Olympic Gold Medalist 2008
  • David Quayle – Co-founder of B&Q
  • Ricky Whittle – Actor


Solent University (Southampton) Highlights

Type of Institution Public
Campus Setting Urban
Endowment 0.81 million GBP
Number of campuses One main campus and two other locations (Warsash and St. Mary)
Student Satisfaction Rate 83%
Graduate Job Rate 93.9%
International Fee 13,260 GBP - 15,900 GBP
Type of Academic Programs Undergraduate, Post Graduate, CPD/professional courses
Mode of Program Full time
Average Graduate Salary 18,000 GBP a year
Research Income 0.2 million GBP

Solent University, United Kingdom Application Process

Solent University offers an online application process for all the courses.

  • Undergraduates have to apply through the UCAS application, while graduate applicants have to apply separately for the course of their choice.
  • Students have to fill up the application form, pay the application fee of 30 GBP and upload all supporting documents.
  • Student class profile –
    • Total number of students – 8800
    • Non-EU students – 5%
  • Applicants should have a high school education/bachelors’ degree/international baccalaureate degree to be eligible for admission.
  • The general documents required for online application include - official transcripts, TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores, school leaving certificates, personal statement, financial statement, letters of recommendation and the U.Kstudent visa (for international applicants)

English Language Test Scores

International students can submit the following test scores as proof of English Language Proficiency.

Test Required Score
IELTS UG-6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component),
PG-6.5 (minimum 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in reading listening and speaking)
TOEFL iBT UG-80, PG-92
TOEFL Writing UG-19, PG-22
TOEFL Reading UG-19, PG-19
PTE U.G – 56 (with 51 in each component),
PG – 61 (56 in writing and 51 in reading, listening and speaking)

Solent University, United Kingdom Fees and Expenses

The following table presents the tuition fees for various courses at Solent University,

Category Tuition Fees Per year
Foundation Course 11,660 GBP
Bachelor’s Degree 13,260 GBP
Higher Diplomas and Certificates 13,260 GBP
MBA 15,900 GBP
MSc 14,300 GBP
MA 13,260 GBP
PG research 13,260 GBP

The various charges for different types of accommodation at Solent University are mentioned in the table below,

Type of Rooms Charges per week
Superior en-suite 146 GBP
Large Superior en-suite 156 GBP
Standard en-suite 136 GBP
Large Standard en-suite 146 GBP
Non-en-suite 111 GBP
Large Non-en-suite 125 GBP

Know more about Studying in UK

Tuition Fees in UK (1st Year Average) MS: £17276 | MBA: £17276 | BE/Btech: £16632 | BBA: £15130 | BSc: £16632 | MFin: £19000 | MA: £15560 | MIM: £18241 | MEM: £16950 | MArch: £14271 | BHM: £12662 | MIS: £15344 | MEng: £12876 | MBBS: £28865| MPharm: £15452
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK £850 to £1,050 a month
Entrance Exams in UK TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590
Work and Study in UK Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in UK 2 Year after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in UK £348
Student Visa in UK Your nationality, duration of your stay and purpose of your stay are the three essential factors for UK visa. For Non-EU students UK visa is mandatory.
Intakes in UK There are mainly two intakes in UK: January/February & September/October.
Top Job Sectors in UK IT Engineering, Product Design, Mobile Development, Designers, Logistics, etc.
Economy in UK Growth Rate: 1.3% (2018) 1.4% (2019) 1.4% (2020e), 6th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

Solent University (Southampton) Average Tuition Fee Per Year


£ 12,555


£ 13,900

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

£ 8,213

Campus accommodation

£ 6,572

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.