Student’s Guide To Top 5 Activities To Try In Southampton 

Southampton, a bustling city situated on the south coast of England is not only a hub for education and culture, but also a treasure trove of exciting activities waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re a local student looking to make the most of your time in Southampton or a visitor eager to explore this dynamic city, our student guide is your key to unlocking a world of unforgettable experiences.

Southampton offers a diverse range of activities that cater to all interests. From historical landmarks to vibrant nightlife, and serene parks to bustling markets, Southampton has something to offer everyone.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll take you on a journey through the top 5 activities to do in Southampton. If you’re seeking outdoor adventures or even simply a great day out, we’ve got you covered. 

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Bouldering can be a really exciting activity to try with yourself or with your friends. It challenges you to push your limits and if it isn’t something you have already tried,  you get to learn something new! 

Boulder Shack  Climbing Gym has different options for people who want to try out climbing. You can choose the taster session if you want to test the waters to see if it interests you or if you have done it before, you can also pre-register on the website and book a session. 

They also provide outdoor options that are one of the best limestone climbing in the country and you get to do it under the supervision of two instructors. But these are not regular and you will have to check the website to see when is the next date. 

Beyond this, they also have sessions for pilates, yoga, and more. So even if you are not interested in climbing, you will most definitely find some other activity that sparks your interest!

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Escape Rooms

If you are looking for fun activities to do in Southampton, you can never go wrong with escape rooms. Nothing brings people together more than being locked in a room for 60 minutes!

One of the highly rated escape rooms in Southampton is Houdinis Escape Room located at 19 Onslow Road. They have over 6 different rooms for you to choose from and it costs £25 per person. They offer a 50% discount on Tuesdays if there are 4 or more people. 

The slots get booked pretty fast, so make sure to book ahead of time! Click here to find more information.

Elusion Escape Room is another thrilling escape room in Southampton that you shouldn’t miss. They have unique game rooms like Pandora Heist, Cursed Waters, and more. It costs £24 per person and £30 if it is 2 people. You can book ahead on their website as their slots get sold out quickly as well. Click here to learn more. 

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Board Game Cafe

Board game cafes are one of the cheapest ways to have fun while still staying on a budget which makes it perfect for students. Board in the City is a board game cafe located at 38-40 Onslow Road that has over 1000 games for you to choose from. Even if you are not familiar with any of the games, don’t worry as they have fully trained staff who can help you get started!

The entry fee is £5 per person on all days and they offer discounts on large bookings that are placed in advance. You can make a booking on their website before visiting or you can also call them to see if they have any available spots on that day. Click here to read more. 

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Axe Throwing

Axe throwing is a complicated skill that not everyone has had the chance to try or master. This is why Black Axe Throwing Co. has sessions that are designed even for absolute beginners to try out this new skill. 

You won’t have to worry about it being unsafe as they have a detailed safety briefing for everyone before you start your session. They will also teach you the basics of the skills like how to hold the axe and how to hit the target. After the training, you also get to take part in an axe-throwing competition to put everything you have learned to good use!

This can be a fun and exciting activity to try with your mates to see who has the best axe-throwing skills. 

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Indoor Baseball

Have you always wanted to try baseball and never got the chance to? Well, look no further because 1st Base will allow you to not only play but also put your skills to the test. 

They will give you a safety briefing and instructions on how you can play. The ball will come from a pitching machine approximately 10 metres away. All that you have to do is step into the batting cage and hit the balls as hard as you can!

They use innovative technology that makes it possible to measure metrics like velocity, pitch, and more and you can find out how far your ball would have gone if you were actually on the pitch.

 You can book online and it costs £10 per person for a one-hour session where you can try it with a group of 2-8 people.

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Remember that this guide is just the beginning of your Southampton adventure. This city has much to offer in terms of culture, adventure, and entertainment. Click here to read a blog about all you need to know about living in Southampton as a student.

You will find a myriad of options to fill your days with excitement and enrich your university journey in this city. Embrace every opportunity to learn, explore, and connect with the vibrant community of students and residents who call Southampton home

Whether you’re pursuing your studies here or simply passing through, Southampton’s blend of history, culture, and modernity ensures that your time here will be filled with enriching experiences and cherished memories. So, go forth and make the most of your Southampton journey, and make your student years unforgettable.



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