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Universities close to Shirley




The Bright Water Inn


The Gym Group


St James' Park


Solent University




The Bright Water Inn


The Gym Group


St James' Park


Solent University


About student living in Shirley


Although its slightly further away from the universities than some other areas, Shirley is a well-connected, residential area in Southampton. Student accommodation in Shirley is just a twenty-minute bus ride away from both Solent University and Southampton city centre. You can also get to the University of Southampton in just half an hour on public transport.


Student houses in Shirley are close to St James’ Park, a pretty park with a large green area. It’s the perfect place to go to relax or hang out with friends in the summer. There’s even a basketball court and a cafe to enjoy! Southampton Common is also nearby, which is the largest green space in the city.

Food and Drink

There are plenty of places to eat and drink close to Southampton student houses in Shirley. Enjoy a hot drink at Coffee #1 or a pint at The Bright Water Inn or The Park Inn. Santo Lounge is the perfect all-day dining spot for everything from brunch to burgers, or you can finish a night out with a takeaway from Tops Pizza.


You’ll have no trouble staying active when you live in student accommodation in Shirely. If you fancy a workout, you can use the gym facilities or take a fitness class at The Gym Group. Or you can enjoy a few laps of the pool at the Shirley Swimming Pool.


With a Lidl, Sainsbury’s, Iceland, and wilko in the area, you’ll never have to go too far from student houses in Shirely to get all your groceries and essentials. You can also explore the Winmar Turkish Food Centre or browse the selection of independent shops in the area.

Student Housing

The wide range of student accommodation Shirley has to offer means there is something for everyone. There are student lets in Shirley to suit every taste and budget, from shared houses to purpose-built apartments. Have a browse of our student housing in Shirley and find your next home, today.

FAQs about student accommodation in Shirley

Is Shirley a student area?

Despite there being a slightly longer commute from Southampton student houses in Shirley to the universities in the city, the area is still very popular with students. As Southampton General Hospital is closeby, Shirley is particularly popular with medical students.

Is Shirley, Southampton, safe?

You should feel safe living in student houses in Shirley as long as you take sensible precautions like securing your property when you leave and walking with others at night.

Is Shirley, Southampton, a nice place to live?

Shirley is a lovely place to live, with lots of green space and a wide selection of independent shops to explore. As a result, student accommodation in Shirely is very popular.

Where is Shirley in Southampton?

Shirely is an area to the west of Southampton, close to Maybush and Regent’s Park.

What is Shirley, Southampton like?

Shirley is a predominantly residential area with lots to do. There are plenty of shops, pubs, restaurants, and cafes to keep you occupied.

Where do students live in Southampton?

As there are two universities in the city, students don’t just live in one area of Southampton. They tend to be spread across the city depending on their accommodation preferences and budgets. However, typically, students will live in student accommodation in Shirley, Portswood, the Polygon, Highfield, Bassett, and Southampton city centre.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Shirley are now advertised with bills included in the price. Where this is the case, your rental price could include electricity, gas, internet, TV licence and water bills and this is clearly stated on the listing. Properties without bills included are also available, giving you the flexibility to choose your own energy and water suppliers and internet service provider.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

It is normal for property managers to require you to pay a security deposit at the time of booking or before you move in. Where a deposit is required and you are signing a tenancy agreement, your property manager must protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. As long as you look after the property and have no deductions for damage or unpaid rent, your deposit will be returned to you after your tenancy agreement ends. Whilst tenancy deposits are legally capped at five weeks' rent per person, it is more common for student deposits to be in the lower £100-250 range.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

The majority of student accommodation in Shirley can be rented for fixed contract lengths. For purpose built student accommodation, 43 and 51-week fixed-term contracts are the most common. For shared houses, 52-week contracts are the most common and generally start in July to September.

Do you offer student accommodation for short-term stays?

Short-term student rentals in Shirley are becoming more popular every year. As a result, property managers are increasingly offering shorter tenancy lengths, whether for the summer period or for individual semesters and terms. This is more common in the purpose-built student accommodation sector than in shared student rental houses across Southampton.

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