Parents guide to international study

As a parent or guardian to a prospective student, we understand that there are many things that you will be interested in learning about.

We’ve gathered everything you need to support your child at every stage of their journey so that nothing can get in the way of their success

Student Support

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The International Advice Team

The International Advice Team

Provides guidance, and advice regarding visas and immigration, life in the UK, as well as employment and careers. They are also available to help any questions prior to arriving in the UK.


Disability Support

Access Solent is a targeted advice and support service, working to support disabled students so they can achieve their academic potential.


Academic affairs

Student services can offer your child impartial information, advice and guidance on using university procedures for those circumstances where they have a non-academic complaint or problem relating to university life.

Spirituality and reflection

Spirituality and reflection

The spirituality and reflection service provides support to students in an inclusive and non-judgmental environment, regardless of which, if any, faith you hold.



We offer a variety of support, including talking therapy, hypnotherapy, groups/workshops and mental health advice.


If you are supporting someone who is considering university, this is likely the first time they will have lived away. Where a student lives during their university experience is more than just a roof over their head. It is a place of their own to relax, study and spend time with their friends.

Applying for student accommodation early means your child will have the best chance of getting accommodation that is perfect for them. There are more than 1,200 single study-bedrooms across five residences, providing a mix of en-suite and non-ensuite university accommodation. These services are exclusive to the university residences.

Included in the rent is up to 100 Mb WiFi access, personal contents insurance, access to social rooms with table tennis, repairs and maintenance services, cleaning of communal areas, and coverage for all utility bills.

Take a virtual tour of our university residences to see where your child could be living!

Students in accommodation

Living costs

Aside from course fees, there are additional costs your child should consider when budgeting for university

UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) requires students to have a budget of at least £1,023* per month to study in Southampton (in addition to tuition fees)

Food costs around £30-£40* per week or £1,000 - £1,600* per year.

Rent ranges from approximately £108.50-£154* per week on campus.

Solent University has excellent venues for entertainment. The budget for this is around £30 per week or £1,200* per year.

*Estimated costs as of 01/08/2023

Solent Student in classroom

Money and support

There are two main expenses Pathway students have, tuition fees and living costs. We have a number of measures in place to help make your child’s study more affordable.

How does it work


Upon successful completion and passing the foundation programme, your child is guaranteed to progress onto the first year of the degree programme they applied for at Solent University

Course dates and fees

We provide various intakes throughout the year, tailored to meet your child’s individual needs. To explore the available intakes and access additional valuable details such as tuition fees, enrolment deadlines, and term dates, simply click on the link below.


Moving to the UK checklist

We have put together a checklist of things you must arrange before your child arrives in the UK and some useful items to pack.

Read more information and advice on registering for a GA and healthcare in the UK

Regional contact information

If you have any questions about your child’s application to study with us, please contact our dedicated regional team:

Russia and Central Asia –
Middle East and North Africa –
India –
South Asia –
China & East Asia –
America –
South East Asia –
Africa –

How to Apply

Please visit the web page of the programme you wish to apply for and click on ‘’Apply Online’’ to start the online application.

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