Home to 562 students, Mercury Point (formerly Liberty Quays) is ideally situated to help you make the most of your time at university. Solent University is only 10 minutes away by foot, while the University of Southampton is a 40-minute bus ride away.
Decide to live here and you’ll have a choice of en-suite rooms and studios, all of which come with their own private bathrooms. If you don’t want to share a kitchen and living space with flatmates, a studio is the option for you.
Being just a few streets from the city centre, Mercury Point is an ideal base for making the most of Southampton. West Quay Shopping Centre is the place to be if you like to shop or want to dine at one of your favourite restaurant chains, while you’ll find plenty of pubs, bars and clubs scattered across the city centre and the Cultural Quarter. For something a little more chilled, head to the marina, just 10 minutes away, for a relaxing walk.
Southampton is vibrant city bursting with culture, with an exciting social scene. There are a range of different bars, restaurants and pubs in and around the city to keep you occupied in your spare time and during weekends.
Nightlife in Southampton has a great reputation, with most students visiting the well-known club Oceana; 10 minutes’ walk from Mercury Point. Other popular nightclubs include Junk and EDM; Southampton’s popular gay club.
The city centre and Oxford Street have a range of bars including; Yates, Orange Rooms and Turtle Bay, which are a hit amongst students.
Being so close to the city centre there are tons of different places to eat, catering for all differing tastes. Some popular favourite hotspots include Mango Thai, Shrimp & Burger, Milan Italian, La Tavernetta and 7Bone Burger.
There is also a large selection of national chain restaurants to enjoy, including; Nando’s, Bella Italia, Wagamama and more. If you like ice cream and delicious desserts, you will need to visit the famous Sprinkles Gelato in the city centre, it won’t disappoint!
Mercury Point is ideally suited for students studying at Southampton Solent University and the University of Southampton. The city centre is a 15 minute walk from the residence and both universities can be easily reached by bus or foot.
Shopping enthusiasts are well catered for, so don’t panic! WestQuay Shopping Centre has over 100 stores spread over three levels, with big name brands. It’s not only a retailer – there are lots of places you eat in the new ‘Dining at WestQuay’, and it’s less than a 20 minute walk from the accommodation.
As well as the high street brands, Southampton has a range of markets around the city. Street foods, crafts and continental treats are just some of the typical stalls you may see dotted around the place.
The city has three cinemas showcasing all the latest movies, including the multi-screen at the Odeon at Leisure World and UGC at Ocean Village, just a 10 minute walk away. The Harbour Lights Picture House is an independent cinema and it’s under a 15 minute walk from your new student accommodation.
Alternatively, if you enjoy the theatre; the Mayflower Theatre is 15 minutes’ walk away and hosts shows which include ballet, panto, opera and comedy.
The Titanic disaster of 1912 had a huge impact on the people of Southampton with hundreds of people sadly losing family members. The SeaCity Museum in the city centre is a well worth a visit, and looks into the history of the ship and the crew members on board.
If you like to relax after your lectures, take a walk around Southampton Common; it’s just 10 minutes’ drive away. The Common currently includes 326 acres of woodland and loads of beautiful scenery and things to do.
If it’s art and history you enjoy, Southampton centre is bursting with it. Visit the Southampton City Art Galleryfor contemporary pieces, or the Medieval Merchant’s House built in the 13th century – well worth a visit!
If you like to keep fit, there are a variety of gyms located around Southampton. The closest to Mercury Point is located on Southampton Solent University campus, a 10 minute walk away. There is also a gym located on The University of Southampton campus for their students. Alternatively, the nearest private gym is The Gym in the city centre. It's only a 5 minute walk away, offering affordable gym rates for students.
For fans of professional sport, Southampton Football Club is based at Friends Provident St. Mary’s Stadium; less than a 20 minute walk away from the residence. As well as this, Hampshire County Cricket Club is based at the Rose Bowl; less than a 20 minute drive away.
Water sports are very popular as you might imagine with being right on the coast. You can experience yachting and windsurfing on the Solent, plus, watch out for the annual boat show – the biggest in Europe!
If you’re feeling adventurous, visit the dry ski slopes at The Alpine Snowsports Centre – 10 minutes’ walk from Mercury Point. The centre caters for all types of winter sports and is a great day out for everyone.
Travel and Transport
Mercury Point is located on Duke Street, on the doorstep of Southampton Marina, and close to the city centre where you will find good transport links to get in and out the city.
The city has a great bus system, with student Uni-Link bus services connecting the campus and key areas of the city together for a small price. There is a Uni Link bus stop for links to the Southampton University campus at dock gate 4 just a few minutes from Mercury Point. The coach station is also near the city centre for those who use Mega Bus and National Express to get to other parts of the UK.
The main train station is located in 20 minutes’ walk away from the residence. Southampton is 1 hour and 15 minutes away from London and Bournemouth is less than 30 minutes.
Southampton International Airport is located under 15 minutes away by car and offers flights to UK and European destinations. Additionally Red Funnel Ferries provide a regular service from Southampton Quay to the Isle of Wight, for a fun day out.
Mercury Point is located around a large range of local amenities, which means popping to the shops for all your essentials can be done easily.
Next door to the residence you will find a Co-Operative store, selling all necessary items to keep you going. For a larger selection of goods, there is a larger Asda and Lidl located in the city centre – 10 minutes’ walk from the residence.
All local banks can be found in the city centre, 5 minutes’ walk from Mercury Point, and include HSBC, NatWest, Santander and many more. The city centre also has a Post Office and Bureau de Change.
Both University campuses have on-site library facilities with all resources you will need throughout your time studying. The nearest alternative library to those found on each University campus would be the one found in the Civic Centre which is only a 10 minute walk away.
You'll be able to get free and confidential advice regarding finances, careers and general welfare when studying at any of Southampton’s universities. Mercury Point is located close to campus so you’ll never be too far from the help you may need.
The nearest GP Surgery to the residence is St Mary’s Surgery – 10 minutes’ walk from Mercury Point.
For any emergencies, Southampton Hospital has an A&E department and is a 10 minute drive from the residence if you ever need any urgent medical assistance. We hope you don’t, but it’s a good idea to let you know.
At Mercury Point you will never be far from the help you may need. The Residence Team are on-site 24 hours a day to guide or assist you throughout your time with us.
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