As a student at the University of Southampton you've automatically got free membership at the Union. We're here to represent your voice at every level and ultimately make your university experience as fun as possible.

The University of Southampton Students’ Union (SUSU) is the representative body for all of the 23,000 students who study at the University of Southampton. Our work is extensive and is guided by the following five aims.

  • Promoting the interests and welfare of members at the University of Southampton during their course of study and representing, supporting and advising members;

  • Being the recognised representative channel between members and the University and any other external bodies;

  • Providing social, cultural, sporting and recreational activities and forums for discussions and debate for the personal development of its members;

  • Promoting and facilitating students' involvement in their wider community;

  • Raising funds for other charitable organisations.

  • The Students' Union is an autonomous organisation, with its own governances, finances and employees. We work independently of the University, although we receive invaluable grant income from them each year. The Union has recently registered as a charity and been incorporated as a company limited by guarantee. Seven full-time student officers (sabbaticals) are elected annually from the student body to work full time to lead and direct the organisation and to represent the students. They in turn support 30 Student Leaders who directly lead various activity areas of the Union. Our trustee board is made up of 6 sabbaticals, 6 students and 4 external trustees.

    The wide range of services the Students’ Union runs includes the well-established Advice Centre, which provides comprehensive and professional advice and advocacy for all University students. The Union supports over 70 sports clubs and more than 150 societies covering a whole spectrum of sports and special interest societies and has developed a significant number of opportunities for students to undertake volunteering work with the local community. Students run various campaigns through the Union on issues such as Higher Education Funding cuts, tuition fees, health awareness and housing advice. We also support a highly successful course representative scheme.

    Our commercial operations provide important services to our members and generate valuable funds to allow the Union to fulfil its purpose. Trading turnover is more than £4m pa, so it is a significant part of our activity. The range is also substantial with 10 bars (including our own nightclub), a large shop, a cinema, 3 catering outlets and a range of tenants, including a hairdressing salon.

    To support all of these activities and areas, the Union has an established staff team of over 100 and more than 300 temporary and student staff. The Students' Union recognises its responsibilities as an employer. This means that our basic employment practices are designed to provide a rewarding environment for everyone who works within the Union. Significantly, the Students' Union is a genuinely student led organisation. As well as our trustees more than 1,000 of our members are active in leadership roles within our various activities.

    About the University, City and Area

    The University of Southampton is a world-class university, located on the outskirts of Southampton in Hampshire. Built around the docks, located in the heart of the south coast and just an hour outside of London, Southampton really is a great place to live and work. It is located to the east of the New Forest, and is the gateway to the Isle of Wight and to the west of the South Downs.

    We have chosen a couple of websites to help you get a feel for the university, the city and the surrounding area, we hope you find them useful:

  • http://www.soton.ac.uk/
  • http://www3.hants.gov.uk/index/your-area/localpages/south-west/southampton.html
  • http://www.visit-hampshire.co.uk/

  • Alternatively, you may wish to take a look at our gallery below with photographs of the University of Southampton as well as the surrounding area.

    What can we offer you?


    Find out the latest opportunities about the things that matter to you the most in sustainability, the creative industries, volunteering within the local community and more.


    Relax and unwind after a tough day in our subsidised Union outlets including The Stag's pub, The Bridge restaurant, our American-style Bar Three Diner and The Cafe.

    Get kitted out in the Team Southampton colours at The Shop on Top and stop off at The Shop below to get the things you need at your convenience.

    Watch the latest blockbuster at our very own student-led cinema, Union Films.


    Have your say about how we are run with your Halls Committees, during our elections and at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) held every summer. But you can also tell us what you think anytime, any day via You Make Change


    Your health and wellbeing is important, so whether you need free, confidential and impartial advice at our Advice Centre, or you simply just want to ask us a question - we've got it covered. We offer free services to help you find part-time work at Recruit, student housing at Lettings or simply a lift home on the Safety Bus after a night out with your friends.

    Not to mention our student-led listening service, Nightline and Peer Support, which gives you the chance to have a friendly chat with someone you can relate to.

    Anything else I should know?

    Independent from the University, we're completely run by students FOR students! With our team of elected student Sabbatical officers (you'll find out more about these guys later), our mission is to unlock the potential and enrich the life of every student.


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