7 Must-Do Activities

Southampton Student's Insider

Welcome to Southampton, where history meets modernity, and there's never a dull moment for students! Whether you're new to the city or looking to explore beyond the campus, we've curated a list of the top things to do that promise to make your student life in Southampton unforgettable.

What’s even better is that, as a student, so much of what’s great and good about this city is within easy reach. Living at CANVAS CAPITAL HOUSE means having Solent University, Southampton University and the city centre on your doorstep.

So let’s take a walk around and introduce you to some of the places that top our list of favourite spots to explore and hang out.



Take a journey through history as you step back in time and immerse yourself in the charm of SOUTHAMPTON'S OLD TOWN. Wander through cobblestone streets lined with medieval walls, adorned with Tudor houses, and discover hidden alleyways steeped in centuries-old tales. Every corner you turn is a new adventure, with each historic landmark whispering stories of the past.

Make sure to carve out time to visit iconic sites like the TUDOR HOUSE & GARDEN, where you can delve into Southampton's rich heritage firsthand. Explore the meticulously preserved interiors of this Tudor-era dwelling, where each room tells a story of bygone days. Stroll through the lush garden oasis, a tranquil retreat in the heart of the bustling city, and imagine life as it was centuries ago.

Whether you're a history enthusiast or simply seeking a glimpse into the past, Southampton's Old Town promises an unforgettable journey through time. Soak in the ambiance, marvel at the architecture, and let the echoes of history guide you on a captivating adventure.


Indulge in a leisurely stroll along Southampton's picturesque waterfront, where breathtaking views of the Solent stretch out before you. Let the tranquil beauty of the glistening waters and sailboats on the horizon captivate your senses as you meander along the promenade.

Stop by OCEAN VILLAGE MARINA, a vibrant hub filled with trendy cafes, waterfront bistros, and chic boutiques. Enjoy a steaming cup of artisan coffee or savour a delicious meal while soaking in the serene ambiance of the marina.

Alternatively, head to TOWN QUAY, where bustling activity fills the air. From ferries and cruise ships docking at the quayside to the rhythmic bustle of maritime commerce, there's plenty to see and experience. Find a cosy spot along the waterfront and watch as vessels of all shapes and sizes navigate the bustling harbour.



Immerse yourself in Southampton's vibrant cultural scene by exploring its diverse array of museums and galleries. Leading the charge in contemporary art is the JOHN HANSARD GALLERY. Here, students can dive into thought-provoking exhibitions featuring works by both established and emerging artists. From avant-garde installations to captivating multimedia displays, each visit promises a fresh perspective and a captivating sensory experience.

For history buffs and maritime enthusiasts, the SEACITY MUSEUM offers a fascinating journey through Southampton's seafaring legacy. Through interactive exhibits and historic artifacts, students can immerse themselves in the stories of sailors and explorers who shaped the city's maritime identity. From majestic vessels to bustling streets, the museum offers a compelling glimpse into Southampton's past.

But the cultural exploration doesn't stop there. Additionally, the SOUTHAMPTON CITY ART GALLERY showcases artworks spanning centuries and continents. With each museum and gallery offering a unique perspective, students are invited to embark on a journey of discovery through Southampton's rich cultural landscape.


Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and discover Southampton's abundant green spaces. SOUTHAMPTON COMMON, with its vast expanse of lush greenery, offers the ideal setting for picnics, leisurely strolls, and outdoor workouts. Whether you're soaking up the sun with friends or finding solace in nature, this sprawling park provides a serene escape from the urban hustle.

For a more intimate retreat, head to HOUNDWELL PARK, conveniently located next to CANVAS CAPITAL HOUSE. Here, you'll find peaceful tranquillity amidst beautifully landscaped gardens and serene pathways. Take a moment to unwind on a park bench, listen to the gentle rustle of leaves, or simply enjoy the blissful ambiance of this hidden gem tucked away in the heart of the city.

With Southampton's diverse range of green spaces, there's no shortage of places to relax and recharge. Whether you're seeking the expansive beauty of Southampton Common or the peaceful tranquillity of Houndwell Park, these green havens offer the perfect opportunity to escape the chaos of city life and reconnect with nature.



Indulge in a shopping spree at WESTQUAY SHOPPING CENTRE, Southampton's ultimate retail destination. Featuring over 100 stores, from high-street favourites to designer brands, Westquay caters to every style and preference. Whether you're hunting for the latest fashion trends or browsing for gifts and gadgets, the mall's diverse selection ensures an unforgettable shopping experience.

After shopping, catch a movie at Westquay's state-of-the-art cinema complex. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the latest blockbuster hits on the big screen. With a lineup of films spanning genres, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Immerse yourself in the magic of the silver screen and escape into a world of cinematic wonder

Don't forget to refuel at Westquay's dining options. From casual cafes to upscale restaurants, there's a tantalising array of flavours to satisfy every craving. Whether it's a quick bite between shopping sprees or a leisurely meal with friends, Westquay's dining scene offers the perfect pitstop to recharge before diving back into your shopping adventures.


Experience Southampton's lively nightlife scene and immerse yourself in its diverse array of bars, clubs, and live music venues. From intimate pubs to pulsating clubs, there's something to suit every student's taste and mood. Whether you're grooving to indie bands, getting lost in electronic beats, or enjoying a laid-back vibe at a cosy pub, Southampton's nightlife promises unforgettable moments and cherished memories with friends.

Step into the vibrant atmosphere of Southampton's bustling streets as the sun sets, signaling the start of a night filled with excitement and possibility. Explore the city's eclectic nightlife hotspots, where the energy is infectious, and the drinks flow freely. With each venue offering its own unique ambiance and entertainment, there's always something new to discover and experience in Southampton after dark.

Whether you're looking to dance the night away, catch a live gig, or simply unwind with friends over drinks, Southampton's nightlife scene has you covered. So gather your crew, embrace the rhythm of the night, and make the most of your student experience in this vibrant city where the party never stops.



Immerse yourself in the vibrant student community at Southampton by participating in the wide array of events and activities organised by the student unions. These events range from exhilarating sports tournaments to enriching cultural festivals, offering something for every interest and passion. Whether you're a sports enthusiast looking to showcase your skills on the field or a cultural aficionado eager to explore new traditions, the student unions host events that cater to diverse tastes and backgrounds.

Take advantage of networking events and workshops organised by the student unions to enhance your academic and professional skills while forging meaningful connections with fellow students. These events provide valuable opportunities to expand your network, gain insights from industry professionals, and lay the groundwork for future collaborations. Whether you're seeking guidance on career paths or looking to broaden your horizons through cultural exchange, the student unions offer a supportive and inclusive environment to grow and thrive.

By actively participating in the vibrant student community at Southampton, you'll not only enrich your university experience but also forge lifelong friendships and memories. Whether you're bonding over shared interests at a sports tournament or immersing yourself in cultural festivities, these events provide the perfect platform to connect with like-minded peers and create lasting connections that extend beyond the campus walls. So dive into the bustling student community, seize every opportunity for engagement, and embark on a journey of personal and academic growth surrounded by a supportive and dynamic community of fellow students.


Two universities, hundreds of bars, restaurants and shops, acres of green space, miles of waterways, dozens of historic and iconic cultural attractions — all on the doorstep of of CANVAS CAPITAL HOUSE. What’s not to love?

With its blend of history, culture, and student-friendly attractions, Southampton offers endless opportunities for students to explore, learn, and have fun. Southampton has something to offer every student looking to make the most of their university experience. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and start exploring!


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