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Student accommodation in Southampton City Centre, Southampton

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Universities close to Southampton City Centre


Westquay Shopping Centre




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Solent University


Southampton Central Station


Westquay Shopping Centre




Hoglands Park


Solent University


Southampton Central Station


About student living in Southampton City Centre


Southampton city centre is a buzzy and very well-connected area. Student accommodation in Southampton city centre is just a ten-minute walk from Solent University and a thirty-minute bus ride away from the University of Southampton. Southampton Central train station is close by and many bus routes run through the area, making it easy and efficient to get around the wider city.


There are lots of green spaces close to student houses in Southampton city centre. Head to Palmerston Park, Houndwell Park, or Hoglands Park to play some sports, take a relaxing walk, or hang out with friends. Queen’s Park is another leafy, picturesque spot to go in the city centre if you need a break from urban life.

Food and Drink

Southampton city centre is packed with bars, pubs, restaurants, and cafes. Enjoy delicious Japanese dishes at Kokoro, authentic Italian cuisine at Ennio’s, or stunning Spanish tapas at La Regata. Grab a pint at Stein Garten, The Standing Order, or Dancing Man Brewery. Or, savour an interesting cocktail at Dark Arts Potion Bar. When you live in student housing in Southampton city centre, you’ll never be short of choice.


You’ll always have plenty to do when you live in student accommodation in Southampton city centre. Watch the latest film releases at Showcase Cinema de Lux or enjoy some live music at The 1985. You can spend your evenings bowling at Hollywood Bowl, or go to one of the many student nights at clubs in the area, including Switch and Revolucion de Cuba.


If you’re a fan of a shopping spree, student houses in Southampton city centre are the ideal choice for you. You can pick up all your groceries from the Asda Superstore or the Lidl, and get your essentials from Boots, TK Maxx, and IKEA. You can then head over to Westquay Shopping Centre and browse the many high street stores.

Student Housing

The wide range of student accommodation Southampton city centre has to offer means there is something for everyone. There are student lets in Southampton city centre to suit every taste and budget, from shared houses to purpose-built apartments. Have a browse of our student housing in Southampton city centre and find your next home, today.

FAQs about student accommodation in Southampton City Centre

Is Southampton city centre a student area?

As the area is so well-connected, is conveniently close to Solent University, and has so much to do, student housing in Southampton city centre is very popular. The city centre has quite a high student population.

Is Southampton city centre safe?

Like all other busy city centres, Southampton city centre does have some crime. However, you should feel safe living in student accommodation in Southampton city centre as long as you take sensible precautions like walking with others at night and securing your property when you leave.

Where is Southampton city centre?

Southampton city centre is towards the south of Southampton, close to the Cultural Quarter and St Mary’s.

Is Southampton city centre a nice place to live?

Southampton city centre is a vibrant and buzzy place to live with lots to get stuck into.

Does Solent University provide accommodation?

Solent University has five halls of residence in Southampton. Students will typically live in these halls in their first year, before moving into private student houses in Southampton city centre and the surrounding areas for the rest of their time at university.

Where do students live in Southampton?

As there are two universities in the city, students don’t just live in one area of Southampton. They tend to be spread across the city depending on their accommodation preferences and budgets. However, typically, students will live in student accommodation in Southampton city centre, Shirley, Portswood, the Polygon, Highfield, and Bassett.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Southampton city centre are now advertised with bills included in the price. Where this is the case, your rental price could include electricity, gas, internet, TV licence and water bills and this is clearly stated on the listing. Properties without bills included are also available, giving you the flexibility to choose your own energy and water suppliers and internet service provider.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

It is normal for property managers to require you to pay a security deposit at the time of booking or before you move in. Where a deposit is required and you are signing a tenancy agreement, your property manager must protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. As long as you look after the property and have no deductions for damage or unpaid rent, your deposit will be returned to you after your tenancy agreement ends. Whilst tenancy deposits are legally capped at five weeks' rent per person, it is more common for student deposits to be in the lower £100-250 range.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

The majority of student accommodation in Southampton city centre can be rented for fixed contract lengths. For purpose built student accommodation, 43 and 51-week fixed-term contracts are the most common. For shared houses, 52-week contracts are the most common and generally start in July to September.

Do you offer student accommodation for short-term stays?

Short-term student rentals in Southampton city centre are becoming more popular every year. As a result, property managers are increasingly offering shorter tenancy lengths, whether for the summer period or for individual semesters and terms. This is more common in the purpose-built student accommodation sector than in shared student rental houses across Southampton.

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