Record numbers of students have already secured a university place for September, with A Level pass rates rising to 98.1% with 400,000 students starting their degrees in the autumn following their A Levels.*
As students are working hard at their studies they are also working hard to secure a suitable place to rent. But what should you be looking for when searching for a rented property? A selection of our top tips are below:
Where should you be looking to rent?
The Polygon is a relatively small area, it stretches from Southampton Central Station to the immediate area north. Its a popular area for students from both The University of Southampton as well as Solent University, as it is in walking distance of the city centre and many of the local hotspots.
Bedford Place is situated inside The Polygon and is a predominantly Solent student area. Its selection of specialist shops and trendy bars has everything a student could need and is next to two of the larger parks, Watts Park and East Park, as well as backing onto London Road which has even more shops and bars.
The Portswood area is further out from the city centre but is still very popular, especially with students from the University of Southampton. Its high street has more to offer than that of Bedford Place, but doesn’t offer quite as many watering holes.
Culture & Entertainment
Southampton has a rich history and culture, with a wide array of music venues, museums, art galleries and festivals. From the old city walls and medieval features to the newly developing Cultural Quarter there is always something interesting happening.
The O2 Guildhall features many of the bigger acts performing in Southampton. It is just opposite Solent University, in the middle of the soon to be finished Cultural Quarter, where new creative spaces and offices have been developed to entice budding creative minds to flock.
A student favorite, The Joiners, is a smaller alternative venue which features up-and-coming bands and has been named as one of Britain's best small music venues. In the past it has hosted the likes of Oasis, Kasabian and Muse to name a few and is a short walk from Solent Uni.
The Mayflower Theatre is a historic and iconic building, showing west end productions as well as new plays, musicals and pantomimes and is located on the southern border of the Polygon, just up from the station.
Southampton also caters for those who have a passion for film. There are a few cinemas around the city. Leisure World, which also houses the ever popular Oceana Nightclub, features a large Odeon showing all the newest blockbusters and has IMAX. There is also a Picturehouse Cinema in Ocean Village which offers ‘Slackers Club’ membership, great for film loving students.
When tuna pasta night after night gets too much these amazing eats might be on the cards. Turtle Bay is a student favourite. Right next to The Guildhall and one of the Solent Uni buildings, the smell from this trendy caribbean restaurant has peoples mouths watering as they walk between the campus buildings. Their range of homemade cocktails are almost as sort after as the food.
7Bone, found in Portswood, appeared on BBC2 as a subject of ‘The Restaurant Man’. Now over a year later this burger joint has become a hotspot for locals. Their spin on american style food along with the shabby chic approach of the restaurant come together to create a unique restaurant you will come back to time and time again.
Those with a sweet tooth need look no further than Sprinkles. Almost directly opposite Turtle Bay this gelato bar serves homemade ice cream, waffles, shakes and all things sugary sweet. It seems even in the depths of winter students will still be eating their favourite flavour of ice cream here.
Southampton has brilliant shopping locations. From the specialist shops in Bedford Place to the big brands in West Quay you are bound to find what you are looking for. Above Bar Street is the main high street in the city centre, leading towards Marlands and West Quay shopping centres and is also home to some of the larger nightclubs and bars. This is also where the market takes place on Friday and Saturday, with many different types of street food as well as fresh produce and general stalls.
Southampton has an excellent student Uni-Link bus service connecting the campuses to the city centre as well as Southampton Central Station. Southampton Central Station provides frequent services to London, taking around an hour and fifteen minutes, as well as Gatwick Airport and the surrounding areas, it is just a short walk from the city centre.
Southampton Airport connects the city to many European destinations as well as other major cities in the UK, including Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin.
The city is also situated near main routes to the rest of the country. The A27/M27 gives fast and easy access from the east, the M3, M27 and A34 provide speedy and direct routes into the city centre from London, while the main road from the West is the A36.
Southampton has a rich, seafaring history which still continues today. Home to liners from P&O, Princess and Cunard, many set off on luxury world travel from Southampton’s port. Red Funnel also provides services connecting Southampton to the Isle of Wight, while nearby Portsmouth offers channel crossing services to France. Southampton’s maritime roots and history can be experienced further at the SeaCity Museum.
Property to rent
Examples from Your Move Southampton of properties to rent in student areas of Southampton. For further information please contact Your Move Southampton: 02380 635 444** or at email@example.com.
This 5 bed student house on Milton Road is less than a 5 minute walk to Bedford Place.
Kent Road is in the Portswood area and only 15 minutes from the University of Southampton.
This 5 bedroom house on Burgess Road is a short walk to Portswood and just down the road from the University of Southampton.
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