Southampton is a coastal city in the South of England close to the New Forest and the beaches of Bournemouth. It is about 80 miles from London and is easily accessible from there. Southampton
is also a university city with an international reputation.
Southampton has lots of green parks and City College is about two minutes walk from them and ten minutes from
the city centre, where there are a variety of shops and a modern shopping mall.
Southampton has a rich maritime history. The Mayflower and Titanic originally set sail from here and today there
is an annual Boat Show, which is very popular, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Southampton offers a lively nightlife including the Mayflower Theatre and a variety of different pubs, clubs and restaurants. The Saints, Southampton's football team have their stadium just around the corner from City College. There are also art galleries,
cinemas, theatres, swimming pools and bowling.
Southampton's excellent south coast location means that travel links by road,rail,sea and air are unmatched in the region.
By car: Southampton is just 75 miles from London and 21 miles from the Channel ports. From the North,
London and the Home Counties, the M3, M27 and A34 provide fast, direct road links into the heart of the city, whilst the A36
is the major route from the West Country, Bristol and Wales. From the East follow the A27/M27 and leave at Junction 8. The
Southampton Romanse web site gives details of traffic information in and around the city.
By rail: Southampton has good access by train from London's Waterloo station with a journey time of around
75 minutes. Trains run hourly from Reading, Oxford, Birmingham, Salisbury, Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Chichester, Hove (for Brighton),
Gatwick Airport and Weymouth with more frequent services from Bournemouth, Winchester, Fareham and Portsmouth.
The Megatrain offers low cost services to London and Birmingham. Eurostar services from Paris, Lille and Brussels also
arrive and depart from Waterloo making travelling between Southampton and the near continent easy and convenient.
By coach : National Express operates an extensive coach service. There are regular services from central
London, Heathrow, Birmingham, Bournemouth and the North. Megabus provides low cost travel to central London.
By air: Southampton International Airport is situated on the outskirts of the city and is convenient for
the M27 and M3. The airport has its own railway station Southampton Parkway which is on the main London line and 5 trains
an hour leave for Southampton Central station in the peak part of the day with a journey time of as little as 7 minutes..
The airport services UK and major European destinations.
By sea : Cross channel ferry services by Brittany Ferries and LD Lines operate out of the nearby port
of Portsmouth (21 miles) offering fast and regular crossings to the near continent. P and O Ferries run from Portsmouth to
Bilbao and on summer Sundays Condor Ferries run a fast service from Portsmouth to Cherbourg.Red Funnel Ferries provide a regular
fast and efficient service from Town Quay to Cowes on the Isle of Wight.