The University of Southampton

Getting Here

Driving directions and details of public transport are shown below. You can also find more on the Getting Here pages on the University of Southampton web site, plus detailed campus maps, virtual tours and information about disabled access.

By rail

Trains from London, Bournemouth/Weymouth, Bristol/South Wales, Portsmouth and the South Coast and the Midlands stop at Southampton Central and/or Southampton Airport Parkway. You can then catch a Uni-link U1 bus to the interchange at the centre of Highfield Campus, or or take a taxi.

By bus or coach

National Express provides regular services from central London, Heathrow, and other parts of the country. 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.

By car

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

From the M3 – exit at junction 14, following signs for Southampton (A33). Follow the A33 into Bassett Avenue and follow the map/signs to University campuses.

From the M27 (west or east) – leave the M27 at junction 5 (Southampton Airport) and follow the map/signs to University campuses.

Visitor parking

There is a pay and display car park on Highfield Campus, which is sited in the vicinity of Buildings 1 and 16. Please note that it can fill up very quickly during the morning.

By air

Southampton International Airport is a few minutes away from the Southampton campuses by Uni-link bus or taxi. There is a full UK domestic service, as well as flights to mainland Europe and the Channel Islands.

I have had an amazing time at ECS. It's such a creative environment driven by enthusiastic academics and hard-working students who share a passion for engineering. What I have achieved as an undergraduate is beyond all the expectations I had before starting university and has increased my appreciation of the power of group collaboration. As we move on to the next chapter in our lives I really look forward to seeing how fellow graduates shape the world around themselves and how our common thread, ECS, has prepared us for a career in this fast-paced industry.

Ashley Robinson - MEng Electronic Engineer (2014) joined Cambridge Design Partnership on graduation
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Welcome to the FPSE Careers Hub

Students in the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering have fantastic prospects after graduation
Careers Hub

The reputation of our degree programmes and the high quality of our students has ensured that our graduates are in constant demand by companies leading the development of the world's high-tech industries.

To meet this demand, and to ensure that our students achieve their full potential in the jobs they want, we have our own successful careers and employability initiative - launched with our first Careers Fair in February 2008.

Working with employers

We operate a vigorous programme of engagement with employers, including our annual Engineering and Technology Careers Fair in February. Throughout the year we support a full programme of employer visits, sponsored events and activities, ensuring that our students are aware and informed of the opportunities available to them. We have interactions with around 300 companies each year, including our Affiliate and Laureate companies, with whom we have close partner relationships. We advertise over 400 technology positions every year, directly to our students and alumni (soton-login only). For further information contact Joyce Lewis, Careers Hub Director.

What do our students do after Graduation?

ECS is currently ranked first in the UK for graduate employability in Computer Science and first equal in Electronics and Electrical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2017). These are excellent results, reflecting the very high regard that employers have for our graduates. The majority of ECS graduates take up high-quality roles in the technology industry, as software engineers, app or Web developers, technology analysts, design engineers, systems engineers, or power engineers, working in leading technology-based multinationals or recent start-ups from London’s Tech City, in government departments and organizations, online retailers, innovative energy and transport providers, and the technology departments of City finance houses. Read more about our graduates. Our Physics and Astronomy students are also highly ranked for graduate employability and take up roles in the space, energy, and finance industry, as well as undertaking PhD research and joining the teaching profession.

ECS students' plans for the future

Our students join us with high expectations of their futures - you can hear some of them talking about this in our video

Internships and placements

The majority of our students take up paid summer internships during their degree studies, usually after years two and three. These offer great experience and also provide our students with better knowledge of the kinds of roles which are available to them as graduates. Summer internships last from six to 14 weeks. Our new MEng with Industrial Studies degree offers a 12-month placement with a company as part of the programme and a number of the Physics degrees also offer internships in industry as well as specialized research positions.


A number of our students start their own companies or innovative projects while they are studying. Recent examples include Realtime Trains and Garmsby. We provide mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs for students keen to explore their ideas, and a number of our student societies focus on enterprise, including ECS Entrepreneurs and HackaSoton. We also work closely with organizations such as Entrepreneur First

For further information, to advertise jobs or internships, or discuss ways of working with our students, contact Joyce Lewis, Careers Hub Director.

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