Information for new and returning students

Students

Information for new and returning students

If you are a new university student in Southampton then we’d like to offer you a very warm welcome to our city.

This page is a checklist of things you need to do as a fresher or returning student living in Southampton. Each link will open in a new tab so the list remains open for you.

Southampton is a vibrant and well-connected city, proud of its diverse community and boasting two universities alongside world-class shopping and entertainment, lively nightlife and restaurants, a rich history and so much more. We’re here to help you make the most of student life in Southampton.

Halls of residence
Private accommodation

Students in halls of residence

1 Council Tax 

One of the first things you need to do after moving to Southampton is register for Council Tax. Students living in halls of residence do not have to pay Council Tax as they will be exempt, however, you will still need to register.


2 Voting and elections 

In the UK, if you are eligible to vote you are required by law to register. You will need to complete the registration process yourself and provide additional information to prove your identity and address. Once registered, you will be eligible to vote in local and national elections in Southampton.

If your home and university addresses are in two different local authority areas, you can vote in local elections in both areas. This is because they are separate elections. No one is allowed to vote twice in the same election, even if the votes are in different areas of the country.


3 Getting the most out of Southampton 

There’s so much happening in Southampton all year round that we’re confident you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained and engaged. Use the links in this section to find out what’s going on near you.


4 Keep up to date 

The best way to stay up to date with all the latest news and information from us or about the city is to follow us on Twitter or Facebook. We’re always keen to hear how you’re getting on in Southampton. If you have any questions, enquiries or problems that can’t be answered by the pages above, there are plenty of ways to get in touch with us online.


 

Students in private accommodation

1 Council Tax 

One of the first things you need to do after moving to Southampton is register for Council Tax. Full time students living in private accommodation are exempt from Council Tax but will still need to register.


2 Bins and recycling 

Finding out when your bins are collected and what can go in them can be one of the more bewildering aspects of moving home. Get all the information you need about the bins and recycling services in Southampton right here.


3 Voting and elections 

In the UK, if you are eligible to vote you are required by law to register. You will need to complete the registration process yourself and provide additional information to prove your identity and address. Once registered, you will be eligible to vote in local and national elections in Southampton.

If your home and university addresses are in two different local authority areas, you can vote in local elections in both areas. This is because they are separate elections. No one is allowed to vote twice in the same election, even if the votes are in different areas of the country.


4 Parking your car 

Your private residence may be in a residents parking zone. If so, you must apply for a residents’ parking permit if you want to park your car on the road. You will need to know the zone number and provide proof of residence and vehicle ownership to obtain a residents' permit.


5 Getting the most out of Southampton 

There’s so much happening in Southampton all year round that we’re confident you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained and engaged. Use the links in this section to find out what’s going on near to your new home.


6 Keep up to date 

The best way to stay up to date with all the latest news and information from us or about the city is to follow us on Twitter or Facebook. We’re always keen to hear how you’re getting on in Southampton. If you have any questions, enquiries or problems that can’t be answered by the pages above, there are plenty of ways to have your say and get in touch with us online.