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A great place to study
Southampton, once referred to as the ‘Gateway To The World’ has an abundance of history, not least its association with the infamous and unfortunately doomed Titanic, which set off from there in 1912. From this, to tales of kings and plagues, Southampton has a fascinating history with a rich culture.
Today, the city has a booming economy, partially in thanks to the cruise industry which still exists at its very heart.
Southampton has two main universities, the University of Southampton and Southampton Solent. Both have great prospects for their students, and those who live in the city have a fantastic experience, complete with the kind of lifestyle you’d expect from any bustling hub.
From nightclubs to restaurants, live music to sport, Southampton really has it all.
Food and drink
Face it: eating is a huge part of our daily lives, and simply being on a student budget doesn’t mean you have to give up the experience of eating out.
For a classy Italian, look no further than Ennio's, found on Town Quay Road. The two-course lunch menu will only set you back £12, with mains ranging from pan-fried bass fillet to chilli-marinated steak.
For fans of Asian cuisine, you won’t be disappointed, with Tiger Lilly offering a tasty medley of Indian and Chinese in the form of a buffet, and Indian Melody offering acclaimed vegetarian food on High Street. This is also the location of tons more pubs and bars to suit every taste.
For a true bargain, try the student-friendly pub grub that is The Court Jester in Ocean Village. For less than £6, you’ll get two meals, so it’s the perfect place to head with your friends from our student accommodation in Southampton.
If it’s easier, you should head to Avondale House, where you’ll also find some amazing deals.
Sports and leisure
Considering the entire city is built around a port, it shouldn’t come as a huge shock that water sports are absolutely everywhere. Whether you fancy yachting on the Solent or ocean racing, power boating or windsurfing, you can give it a go. Every September, Southampton hosts the largest boat show in Europe.
Southampton isn’t without its football, with Southampton FC playing down at Friends Provident St. Mary's Stadium.
If cricket is much more your game, you’ll also find Hampshire County Cricket Club, which is at the Rose Bowl.
For those after something a little different, the city even has a dri ski slope at the Alpine Snowsports Centre, as well as tennis courts and all-weather pitches; all perfect for both the casual and serious sports-person.
Culture and music
Pubs, cinemas, music and theatres – when it comes to the staples of culture, Southampton has it all. At the Mayflower Theatre in fact, you can catch ballet, pantomime, opera and comedy, and at the Nuffield Theatre on the Highfield campus, you can see something a little different.
The Turner Sims Concert Hall is a leading venue for jazz, folk and classical music and the O2 Guildhall Southampton is the large music venue. You can also check out The Joiner’s Arms gig venue as well.
When it comes to music, there are plenty of gigs throughout the city, with a vibrant scene in Southampton and surrounding towns. There is a large subculture of music fans, so you'll be sure to find fun activities every single week.
The main gallery is the City Art Gallery.
For culture lovers, the city is steeped in both maritime and aviation history, and the Titanic is of course a real draw. If you’re into legends and myths, there are also plenty of these which have their roots in Southampton itself.
The nightlife in Southampton won’t leave anyone out! There are loads of different bars to suit absolutely all tastes, perfect for the student scene. No matter the type of music or atmosphere you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Southampton.
Most people know the name Oceana, with its reputation that precedes it! As a successful chain throughout the UK, in Southampton it’s no different, regularly playing host to over 3000 students. Junk is also a popular hotspot, especially if you’re a fan of EDM, and The Edge is the city’s award winning gay club; a fantastic night out for all.
The Cellar is a bit different too, with a somewhat hipster-esque feel and lots of things happening like comedy and open mic nights. If you’re a bit more into indie, you need to give Lennon’s a go, and if you’re a full on heavy metal-head, you’ll be wanting The Dungeon.
There are of course loads of other bars and fun places to try. In the heart of Bedford Place, you’ll find the Buddha Lounge, which really comes to life during the summer in thanks to the amazing roof terrace and hookah bar. Then there’s Revolution, as well as Ninety Degrees, which is pretty chilled out.
Getting around the city is pretty simple with loads of local bus services which are fairly priced. Blue Star buses run plenty of services which take students from the university's central location to the rest of the city and beyond.
If you do fancy hopping a train and getting away for the day, it’s really easy, too. Regular services run to London Waterloo (every 20 minutes) and you can also escape to Cardiff, Manchester and Brighton, to name but a few.
Health and wellbeing
Southampton’s students are offered lots of support throughout their time at University, right from the start.
Whether you need information, advice or guidance, you can find it, with staff always on hand to help. Southampton and Solent universities offer welfare, financial and career advice to all their students which are available at various advice clinics across campuses.
Locally, there’s medical assistance available, too. The Royal South Hants Hospital is literally right next to us, and whilst there’s no A&E, there’s a brilliant GP Walk-In Service as well as a sexual health clinic. The Southampton General Hospital is located within 30 minutes of our residence and can be reached via the U6 Uni Link Bus which passes through the University campus, so you’re never too far away from all the care you may be looking for.
Our Southampton student accommodation is super close to the campuses and so students are never far away from any help they need.
Southampton is the shopping hub on the south coast and actually makes the UK’s top ten for shopping destinations. There are two indoor shopping centres, an IKEA store, an impressive retail park, plus boutique shopping for those looking for something a little more independent or less generic.
WestQuay Shopping centre has over 100 stores spread over three levels, with some really huge name brands. With the sheer amount of choice on offer for fashionistas, there’s no wonder it’s made a name for itself as the premier destination in the region. It’s not only retailer – there are lots of places you eat in the new ‘Dining At West Quay’, including the big chains too.
If you prefer markets, there are lots of continental type stalls and well as street foods, which can be found on the pedestrianised areas by the Bargate Monument and Above Bar on Fridays and Saturdays. There’s also Bitterne Market, Shirley Market and the Community Market.
Of course, Southampton has all the expected amenities when it comes to supermarkets, meaning you’ll never be short of locations to do your grocery shopping. You’ll also find high street banks, as well as the good old student staple: takeaways!
Southampton might be located really far down south, but that isn’t to say that there’s nothing else around it. It’s actually the perfect base for loads of different types of trips.
There are frequent trains to London, Cardiff and even Manchester, and you can easily take a short break to surrounding areas, too. London is 1 hour 15 minutes away by train, so you can be comfortably there and back within a day.
In Winchester, you can see King Arthur’s Round Table, or if you’re an animal lover, you can check in at Marwell Zoo. Just a short ferry ride away is The Isle of Wight, which is absolutely stunning, and nature fans can even discover the New Forest National Park, which has a ton of beauty waiting to be explored on bike or foot.
Whatever you are looking for, you will find it with Liberty Living in Southampton.
Accommodation available in Southampton
Liberty Quays is undertaking an exciting project which includes an upgrade for all rooms to make them brand new – ready for September 2017.
The residence offers loads of different room types to choose from, and you’ll be right next to the institutions in the city, including Southampton Solent University, so you’ll never have an excuse to be late!
You’re not only next to campus; you’re also in a prime position in the city, too. Located on Duke Street right on the doorstep of Southampton Marina, the residence is within easy reach of all local amenities and transport links. There are tons of things to do without going far as it’s a bustling and vibrant city.
You’ll be safe and sound at Liberty Quays, as 24-hour security is just one of the things we include in your rent. You also get all your bills thrown in too!
With brand new rooms and facilities throughout the residence, Liberty Quay is the perfect place to make the most of your student experience this academic year. And if you’re a stickler for being on time, you’ll be pleased to know that Liberty Point sits right next to the city's universities so you’ll never be late for lectures, including Southampton Solent University and the University of Southampton!
You’ll have a fantastic communal area at Liberty Point but there’s plenty to do outside of these four walls, too. You’ll be living on St Mary’s Road and so you’re not far from all the amazing things that Southampton has to offer; from its Marina through to its lively nightlife and beyond.
You’re in great hands as 24-hour security is part of the parcel in your rent. You also get all your bills in the package too – leaving you to focus on your studies.
Why choose Liberty Living?
We welcome group bookings
Want to live with your friends? We can make it happen! At Liberty Living, we’re happy for you to book with whoever you like. So, if you can’t bear the thought of being separated for even one moment, now you don’t have to be. We know how social University is and we don’t want to split anyone up who’s quite happy in their own little group. We’d also be the last ones to split up a relationship, so you can even share a room with a partner thanks to our room shares – in residences that have double rooms or studios.
Perhaps you’re coming back for your second or third year with us, or maybe you all met on your course – it doesn’t matter, we’d love to have you stay with Liberty Living. We’ll welcome you (or welcome you back!) with open arms. As an added incentive, we’ll even help you settle in, too. Book in a group of four or more people and we’ll give you a £100* shopping voucher for a supermarket of your choice. Better get sharpening those cooking skills – you’ll all have to do your fair share!
It’s super easy to make a booking together, so follow the link to find out more about group bookings.
*Shopping voucher offer of £100 differs in some residences and is only available at selected residences.
The best choice for international students
Coming to the UK to study from abroad? Welcome! We love catering to students from all over the world and learning a thing or two about their culture. Luckily, we’ve already got plenty of experience with this as we currently have around 4,500 international students staying with us, so you’re certainly not alone.
When you stay with Liberty Living your safety is the most important thing to us. We understand that you’re a long way from home and you want to feel comfortable and secure at all times. We have amazing staff on hand 24 hours a day, from the Residence Team, right through to Security who’ll keep an eye out for you overnight as well as CCTV. Contents insurance covering your possessions is included as standard in your rent, so your stuff is protected, and any parcels you have delivered will be well looked after until you can come to collect them.
Of course, we want you to have fun and make the most of your time here, too. You can always come to us with any problems, or even just for a chat. A new country can be confusing, so we’ve got loads of tips for things to do, too – just ask! Many of our staff members are multilingual, so don’t be shy if English isn’t your first language; if we can’t immediately offer support in your native tongue, we’ll point you in the direction of someone who can. We’ll do our best to help you settle in and make friends, and we can point you in the right direction for any visa, welfare or University advice you may need.
We can’t wait to meet you!
We think we’re pretty great – but don’t worry, we can back it up, we promise! We’ve won tons of awards and we’re eager to win more, so you know you’re in good hands. From ‘Best Customer Service’ to ‘Best Private Halls Provider’, we have our fair share of accolades, so take a look below…
Winner 'Best Individual Accommodation' 2016
Awarded ‘International Accommodation Quality Mark’ from 2012 – 2016
Shortlisted 'Best Private Halls Provider' from 2014 – 2016
Shortlisted 'Best Student Broadband' 2016
Shortlisted 'Best Learning Environment' 2016
Winner of the 'Contribution to the Student Experience' award 2016
Winner of the Rate Your Landlord 'Improvement Impact Award' 2015
Winner 'Best Learning Environment' 2015
Winner 'Best Student Broadband' 2015
Winner of the 'Rate Your Landlord' survey 2015
Shortlisted 'Best Individual Accommodation' 2014
Winner of the 'Rate Your Landlord' survey 2014
Winner of the 'Best Hall of Residence of the Year' survey 2013
Winner 'Best Customer Service' 2012
Winner of the 'Rate Your Landlord' survey 2012
Winner 'Best Moving In Expreience' 2011
Winner 'Best Private Halls Provider' 2010
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We have great relationships with UK universities
Our student accommodation is endorsed by some of the UK’s leading higher education institutions and we work in partnership with many of these to ensure that you have somewhere safe, clean and fun to stay throughout your time with them. If you want find out more check out our University partners page.
Your Student Experience
Enhancing your Student Experience
Our dedicated Student Experience programme has been created to ensure that every single one of you has the best stay possible when you live with us. Whether it is coming along to our social events and activities to meet new people, getting involved in fundraising and volunteering for some amazing charities, or popping along to drop in sessions to seek advice on finances, wellbeing and careers, we have something for you.
We understand that University can sometimes be an overwhelming experience, but don’t worry our team are great at giving advice on and mediating in all kinds of welfare issues that you may experience, such as homesickness, difficulty in getting on with flatmates, noise complaints, relationship problems, partying too hard and having trouble with studies.
Also, if you need more guidance, we have great relationships with our University partners and their support departments to help and guide you.
Follow the link to find out more about our Student Experience programme.
Liberty Living operates in accordance with the National Code of Standards for student accommodation. The Code of Standards is run by ANUK (The Accreditation Network UK), the NUS, and Unipol Student Homes, and is supported by universities across the UK.
Liberty Living joined the Code of Standards to give our students peace of mind. You can be assured that you will enjoy a high standard of living in accordance with the Code of Standards, and a prompt resolution to problems should they ever occur when you stay at any of Liberty Living’s residences.
Liberty Living follow a distinct set of standards for our student accommodation, called the ANUK/Unipol National Codes. The purpose of these Codes, (membership of which is voluntary), is to provide students with professional housing services.
The standards chosen for the Codes reflect a balance of common sense obligations and responsibilities between landlords and tenants. They also reflect established best practice in the sector and are based on what an average student and their parents would expect of a good quality housing supplier. The standards are supported by the voice of students themselves through the National Union of Students.
What does being a member of the codes mean?
- Both parties can enjoy the benefits of good standards of housing management and practice.
- Misunderstandings and disputes are reduced.
- If problems do occur they can be promptly resolved.
- The independent complaints procedure operated by the Codes can be used for complaint resolution.
Looking for somewhere to stay over the summer months?
We have summer accommodation available in great destinations for you to book for just a few nights or the whole of summer – extend your stay with us or book at any one of our 53 residences in 21 cities across the UK and Europe.
Whether you’re planning to start an internship, summer school, language school, study, shop, attend a conference or explore further afield – we’re the perfect base for an affordable city centre break and we have a wide range of summer accommodation options available.
Plus, you don't even have to be a student to stay with us over the summer… all bills and internet access are included in the rent, and you’ll feel safe and secure with our 24-hour security and on-site maintenance teams.
It’s super easy to make a booking, so follow the link to find out more about our summer accommodation in Southampton.