The whole of year 12 spent a day visiting Southampton University as part of their enrichment programme.
The campus is very inviting with a mixture of modern buildings, older buildings, and large, green spaces. The green spaces are very well kept and gave the whole university a very picturesque appearance and this coupled with the good quality accommodation made Southampton look like a nice place to spend my years of study at. We looked at both sets of accommodation (I much preferred the rooms with en suite bathrooms) and then I decided to go and discover what my subject course entails. The lecturers were very enthusiastic about their field and I learned a lot about the modules that I would be doing. I also learned that the Extended Project Qualification that I am currently partaking in is regarded very highly at Southampton and they will lower their offers based on how well you do in the EPQ which is a great benefit.
I visited the social area to find out about extracurricular activities that take place at Southampton and the general vibe of the students already made it seems as if they were very happy to be at Southampton. I spoke to someone in the football team and he told me about all the football teams and other sports that take place at Southampton (including Quidditch... yes, Quidditch) and there are many and they all accommodate people of every ability, from casual to athletic level, so there's room for everyone. For people who don't like sport there were many other clubs to attend and the students said the social life and clubs were very good and they have enjoyed their time at Southampton greatly so far.
In conclusion the day was a success and I found that Southampton has a great balance of the academic and social side of university and also has fantastic facilities, opportunities and lecturers.