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A Student’s Guide to Southampton

Southampton is known for being a bustling student city, and Austen House and Crescent Place fit right in! Right in the middle of the action you’ll never be far from your lectures or the best nights out! Let us show you around…


Southampton Solent University

7 minute walk from Crescent Place

Crescent Place is just a short walk away from Southampton Solent University so getting to uni is unbelievably quick!

Southampton University

20 minute bus from Crescent Place

You can catch the U1, U6, 1 and City Red 7, arriving at University of Southampton Highfield Campus and Avenue Campus in as little as 30 minutes.

The Hobbit

12 minute walk from Crescent Place

If you love J.R.R Tolkien's magical Middle Earth this is a must visit with its character based cocktails and shots. How magical!


15 minute walk from Austen House

Split across three floors this is one of Southampton's biggest clubs and a great night out!

O2 Guildhall

13 minute walk from Austen House

The O2 Guildhall is Southampton's biggest multi-purpose venue. Hosting music from bands like The Killers and talks from people such as Brian Cox.

The Joiners

9 minute walk from Crescent Place

A legendary music venue that has hosted Coldplay & Ed Sheeran, to name a few. If you're a live music fan, keep your eye on their upcoming events!


9 minute walk from Crescent Place

Cheesy pop fans unite! Popworld promises 90s music galore, need we say more?

Southampton City Art Gallery

12 minute walk from Crescent Place

The art gallery is a great day out. Not only does it have an epic collection of art but it's also free to enter!

The Art House Café

8 minute walk from Crescent Place

This is much more than your typical café, The Art House is a gallery/venue/community with great coffee and food. We love, love, love it here!

Mayflower Theatre

12 minute walk from Crescent Place

Who doesn't love the theatre? Here you can catch all kinds of productions from the Ballet to Stand-up Comedy.

Southampton Football Club

20 minute walk from Austen House

Premier League football is on your doorstep with Southampton FC's home just around the corner.

Harbour Lights Picturehouse

14 minute walk from Austen House

Overlooking one of Southampton's many harbours, this independent cinema offers up blockbusters and indie productions.

West Quay Shopping Centre

12 minute walk from Austen House

WestQuay is a hugely popular shopping centre with over 100 stores and a brand new floor dedicated to all things food!

The Gym

5 minute walk from Austen House

Motivation goes a long way when it comes to the gym. With The Gym literally around the corner, there will be no more wasted memberships - hurrah!


Above Bar Street

9 minute walk from Crescent Place

Connecting the two local shopping centres, Above Bar is a hub of activity with tonnes of shops as well as great places to eat and drink.

St Mary's Surgery

8 minute walk from Crescent Place

Registering with a doctor should be one of your first priorities, so why not register with one close to Austen House?


9 minute walk from Crescent Place

A great curry house not too far from Austen House, and they deliver for those days when you're feeling extra lazy!


18 minute bus from Crescent Place

Sharing is caring and Sanjha is the perfect place to lose yourself to the Punjabi culture! Flavour fans this is a must visit!


8 minute walk from Crescent Place

Mexigo is one of Southampton's favourite burrito bars. You can see why when frozen margaritas are 2 for 1 all day, every day. Salud!

Shen Yang

4 minute walk from Austen House

Just around the corner is Shen Yang, a traditional Chinese restaurant and takeaway.

Mountbatten Library

5 minute walk from Crescent Place

Located on the Solent University city campus, this is your first stop for a quiet revision and study space in Southampton.

Kuti's Brasserie

6 minute walk from Austen House

This modern Asian restaurant offers Indian & Thai cuisine whether you would like buffet, sit down or takeaway and only a 6 minute walk away.

Orange Rooms

8 minute walk from Crescent Place

This is the essential spot for students in Southampton. This hotspot offers regular 2-4-1 cocktails along with guest dj's & live acts weekly!


6 minute walk from Austen House

Southampton's favourite growing coffee brand, with 3 different locations - serving the best coffee & loose leaf tea in the city!

Student life here has never been more convenient, with both universities easily accessible via short bus routes or walks from our student accommodation at Austen House and Crescent Place.

Bars & Pubs

Just a 10-minute walk from Crescent place you’ll find the Hobbit Pub, which is one of the quirkiest places to drink in Southampton! With all the features of a cosy hobbit hole, this bar offers up some craft beers and cocktails in addition to fun parties and festivals throughout the year.

Southampton also has incredible nightlife. Jesters & Clowns is a great club with a wine bar upstairs and a dancefloor in the basement. Just a few doors down from Jesters is Sobar, which has a big beer garden and tons of special offers for students.

Attractions in Southampton

During the day, why not visit the fun attractions that Southampton has to offer? In St Michael’s Square, there is a fascinating Tudor House and Gardens. Aside from brushing up on your Tudor history, you can take a seat in the gardens and get stuck into some coursework? It’s a beautiful and relaxing place to study away from uni.

If you’re more of an adrenaline-seeker, head to the snow-sports centre or, if you’re feeling especially crazy, go paintballing.


You’ll be pleased to hear that Southampton is also an ideal city for retail therapy! The West Quay Shopping Centre has all of the big brands and variety of shops you could wish for.

If you’re a fan of smaller boutiques, Beatnik Emporium is just a short walk away from the city centre. Full of unique clothes and accessories, this shop has plenty of variety and choice for students.

Great Cafes

Southampton is full of fun and quirky coffee houses, ideal for students taking a break from uni or getting stuck into some extra studying. A short walk from Crescent Place, the Art House Cafe serves up some amazing veggie and vegan treats. It also hosts some great art workshops and galleries if you’re passionate about art.

A ten-minute walk from Austen House, Mettricks Tea & Coffee House serves up everything from breakfast butties to tasty stews. As you’d hope, it also has a great range of premium coffees and teas, so it’s the ideal setting for a bit of coursework or reading.

Enjoy the Coastline

Southampton is best-known for its busy port, as millions of cargo containers come and go each year. Weston Shore, just by the Royal Victoria Country Park, is a perfect spot for picnics where you can watch the impressive cruise liners pull in.

Bournemouth, AKA one of the most famous seaside towns in the country, is just a 30-minute train ride away. This vibrant area offers beautiful sandy beaches, a pier full of fun attractions and a great shopping centre.

Student Life in Southampton

If you’re excited to start your new student life, contact us today and we’ll give you all the information you need to organise your accommodation.

Are you starting uni somewhere else? No problem! We have loads of student apartments across the country perfect for university life!