16 Things Only Southampton Solent Students Will Understand
We all know which of Southampton’s universities gives the best student experience.
1. The Uni of / Solent rivalry
Seeing Uni of students flounce around in their Jack Wills and shouting profanities at them. We’re not the classy ones but at least we own it.
2. Lucia Foster a.k.a the party halls
Nobody quite realises how fantastic sleep is until they’re not getting any. Non-stop beats echo throughout the night to the point that even ear plugs lose their effectiveness. And you can forget OCD, you’re in the wrong halls buddy! Even the cleaners won’t go near that kitchen, cue threatening letters that never actually lead to any serious courses of action anyway.
3. That cargo train
As deadlines loom, you will find that the noise dulls down somewhat. That is until six in the morning when you’re woken up by a horrendously loud horn and what seems like a never ending train travelling past your window.
4. Asda – the only place to get food
Advice for freshers? Get a car, or befriend someone who has one. Despite being the closest supermarket, it’s not really all that close to anyone. But it will provide you with weeks-worth of microwave meals and junk food, as well as all the necessary pre-drinks for nights out and party games.
5. Jesters – mass crowds of sweaty people and waiting up to an hour for an 80p drink
Going to Jesters? Take wellies. In fact, take multiple pairs because it’s likely that whatever is on that floor will dissolve them in minutes. Officially in the top 10 worst nightclubs in the country, nobody knows why people tend to go there. Is it the cheap drinks or is it the increase in pulling power? Either way, you always end up there.
6. Risking walking through the parks after dark instead of going around
The snap of a twig induces a near heart attack as shadows of trees and bushes bring to your attention the horrific likelihood of an attack. Never far from the front pages of the Echo, park danger is something on every girls mind, particularly as the nights draw in. But is it worth going that extra five minutes around?
7. Having to trek all the way back from Oceana when taxi funds are low
Skyscraper heels and no jumper seemed like such a sensible option at the start of the night, until the moment the lights go up and the music goes down. The regret sinks in not even five minutes into the walk back. That’s right. You should have got in a taxi, yet somehow it’s never a mistake you learn from.
8. Forgetting your card when swiping into the library
That means either walking all the way home or facing the embarrassment of filling out a card over the barrier with everyone watching. No thanks.
9. Being in the main building and realising you have a lesson over in SM
It’s such a short walk, in fact you can even see it as soon as you step outside. It’s still so much hassle when you could walk an even shorter distance and stay within the confines of RM. So there are a lot of stairs but at least it’s warm.
10. Everyone has a horrific night out tale that for some reason they choose to share
Confessions of a Uni Student may as well have been solely for Solent students – which is probably why they decided to set up a page specifically for us anyway. Be it that humiliating walk into lectures after an awkward night with a course mate or vomiting all over the bar, everyone has a story. And that story stays with you throughout and well beyond uni.
11. Turtle Bay – the only place to get cocktails
2 for 1 cocktails whilst looking out of the beautifully lit huge glass windows onto the gum-ridden streets of Southampton is a must. A tradition of sorts.
12. Student Union lunches
Exotic crocodile, ostrich and rhino burgers draw you into the highly calorific menu, and by the time your next lecture rolls around you’re generally too stuffed to move. Besides which, conversations over sound-barrier breaking music is usually challenging and brain-stimulating enough as it is.
13. Living further into the Polygon than your friends
Your best mate lives at the top of Henstead Road and you live right at the bottom of Wilton Avenue. Walking to uni is one thing, but what about walking to Sainsburys or feeling the urge for a takeaway. Never mind, you soon get used to it. And nobody judges you if you stay in your pyjamas and slippers for that sort of thing.
14. Relaxing on the common when the weather is nice
If you’re from the countryside, the need to get around some scenery can become overwhelming sometimes. Even if it is filled with needles and probably even more dangerous than the parks, the common provides therapy during crushing deadline stress.
15. Erratic timetabling. Why have I got two lessons at the same time on Wednesday?!
Coming in to be told to go home or receiving angry emails questioning your attendance for lessons not even scheduled – welcome to Solent! A place where the lecturers seem more disorderly than the students and small things like using the printer become rocket science.
16. But overall loving every moment
Ok, so Southampton is not the prettiest, and heaven knows the people aren’t the friendliest, but there’s still something about it. As a university city it has it all – close access to the clubs and bars, great shopping complexes and lots to get involved in.