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Getting to Southampton

By air

Southampton Airport 

Southampton International Airport is a few minutes away from the Southampton campuses by bus or taxi (off junction 5 of the M27 motorway). There is a full UK domestic service, as well as flights to mainland Europe and the Channel Islands.


London Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow Airport lies east of London City and is only 65 miles by road to the University of Southampton. The easiest way to get to Southampton is by road either by car or by National Express coach, who have a direct line from Southampton to all Heathrow terminals, with an average journey time of 90 minutes.

London Gatwick Airport

London Gatwick Airport lies directly south of London City, around 80 miles from Southampton. There is a train station in the south terminal, with connections to London, and you can travel to Southampton Central Station with 1 change.

By rail

Fast trains from London and Bournemouth/Weymouth stop at Winchester, Southampton Central and Southampton Airport Parkway. Trains from Portsmouth and Bristol/South Wales stop at Southampton Central. Slow trains from London and Bournemouth/Weymouth also stop at Swaythling Station.

By bus or coach

National Express provides regular services from central London, Heathrow, Birmingham, Bournemouth and the North. Southampton coach station is at Western Esplanade, in the city centre. Our own Uni-link buses connect the University’s Southampton campuses with the city centre and both train stations – Southampton Central and Southampton Airport Parkway.


By car

Southampton is just 75 miles (120km) from London and 21 miles (35km) from the Channel ports. The M3 and M27 motorways, as well the A34 road provide fast, direct access while the A36 road is the main route to the West Country, Bristol and Wales.

From the M3 motorway– exit at junction 14, following signs for Southampton (A33 road). Follow the A33 into Bassett Avenue and follow the map/signs to University of Southampton Highfield campus. From the M27 motorway (west or east) – leave the M27 at junction 5 (Southampton Airport) and follow the map/signs to the University of Southampton Highfield campus.

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