Hello all! Summer has finally started here, exams are around the corner, and I’m in full revision mode.
The main campus is called Highfield and consists of faculty buildings such as Life Sciences, Engineering, Law and Business. The University’s library and Health and Fitness Centre are located near each other, with University Road running down the middle. A smaller campus, called Avenue Campus, is situated around a 20 minute walk away from Highfield and is home to the Humanities and Arts faculties.
Just like the University of Auckland, Highfield campus is open and spread out with University Road connecting the inner buildings to Burgess Road. There is also a bus interchange which connects the Campus to the Airport in one direction and four Halls of Residence and the city centre in the other direction. This makes the Campus very busy with students, staff and general traffic during term times.
The campus also has some lawns and small stream running through it. The lawns in particular are swarming with sunbathing students on sunny days. No patch of grass is spared. Southampton Common (or just The Common) is a large park with a few walkways which connect Highfield Campus with Avenue Campus. If you’re in a rush, a convenient bus service takes you there in about 10 minutes.
Avenue Campus, which is next to The Common, is smaller and has two main buildings. These buildings have lecture rooms and a small canteen too, with an open space for students to sit and eat their food and hang out.
I like walking from Highfield to Avenue on Fridays for my Archaeology lecture. The Common is a very beautiful area and great to walk around if you need to escape the stress and anxiety of exams. As for the campus itself, I like the mixture of old brick buildings and modern concrete ones. The bus services are super convenient and free to use if you have a Student Card.
As things start to slowly wrap up, I’d like to say that I’ve really enjoyed spending my time in and around the campus. From catching the bus on rainy days, walking in a couple of inches of snow to enjoying the rare sunshine on a cloudless weekend. With lectures officially over, it’s now time to get stuck in and study. Wish me luck and cheers for reading!