Hello all! ESN Southampton are organising a daytrip to the historic city of Bath in Somerset. Bath is one of England's oldest and most beautiful cities as well as being just 90 minutes or so from Southampton.

You will be able to visit the historic Roman Baths, home to some of the most extensive Roman ruins outside Italy and a fascinating museum on Roman England as well as Bath Abbey and the beautiful streets and buildings associated with English high society in the 18th century.

We will meet at Southampton Central station at 8:45 and take the 9:10 train to Bath Spa station. Arriving at 10:35, you will be able to either join us in visiting the Roman Baths for some time before having the afternoon to explore or make your own arrangements for activities, be that shopping, dining out or sightseeing. We will take the 19:37 train out of Bath Spa, returning to Southampton Central for 21:03. 

This event is absolutely free but you will need to purchase your own train tickets, which will be around £20 return if you have the 16-25 railcard (if you do not, I wholeheartedly recommend getting one as the discount will pay for the value of the card if you take two visits to London or Bristol from Southampton). I also suggest you buy in advance online on thetrainline or a similar website. 

Furthermore, in the next few days we will be asking about who would like to join the ESN Southampton group visiting the Roman Baths, joining the group will make it substantially cheaper to enter (£10.75) but will need to be pre-arranged. Additionally I (Tom) will be leading a tour/walk around Bath in the afternoon based on my own knowledge of the area and this will naturally be free of charge.

Check the facebook page for more information.

25/11/2017 - 08:45
United Kingdom

To all international, exchange and globally minded home students, join us for a Halloween house crawl, drinks at the Wild Lime and finishing up with a night out in Oceana. 

Have some fun dressing up and be creative with your outfits - the three best dressed attendees can have a drink on us!

Opportunity to pick up a society Oceana card (discounted entry). First come first served at the first house!
Free shot on entry to first house for all ESN card holders!

Everyone welcome, bring your own drinks for the house crawl but drinking is by no means required!

More info will be given soon on the facebook page! We hope to see you there!!

31/10/2017 - 20:00
United Kingdom

Just in time for the festive season, an ice rink is coming to Southampton! More information here.

11/11/2017 - 10:30 to 02/01/2018 - 10:00
United Kingdom

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual Society) have a lunch every week in the Bridge (Student Union building). This is a great opportunity to meet some British students over food/ drink and get to know some LGBT+ people during your stay in the UK.

Jordan, President of ESN Southampton, will be there, so come along to see his wonderful face and meet some new people!

Will post event details soon from the LGBT+ President.


26/10/2017 - 13:00
The Bridge, Highfield Campus
United Kingdom

Café Parler is a weekly opportunity to meet up with coursemates/French students/native French speakers to socialise and have a drink or snack whilst practising a bit of French speaking! 

This is meant to be an opportunity to improve your speaking outside of Avenue, and also get to know some coursemates/Frenchies a bit better!

For those who don't know, Wild Lime is a really nice bar in Portswood in front of Waitrose. The U1A/C and U6C/H

All abilities welcome and don't worry if you're not very confident - the idea of Café Parler is a casual mean of chatting en Français, potentially aided with a couple of beers, yummy food and good company! Practice is key, and it's so much easier in a relaxed out of classroom environment  

Don't feel like you have to come for the full two hours either -- feel free to drop by for half an hour whenever you can make it. 

If you have any concerns or questions, just a message to FrenSoc's facebook page.

26/10/2017 - 20:00
Wild Lime, Portswood
United Kingdom

Join people from all around the world for the language exchange at the Bridge bar between 8pm and 10pm+!

For those who are new - the idea is simple: come round, have a beer, speak and socialise in a different language, help other people practise the language that you speak. The way you do it is up to you, some people take it more seriously, others more relaxed. If you just want to relax and meet people from other parts of the world - that's fine too!

24/10/2017 - 20:00
The Bridge, Highfield Campus
United Kingdom
  • Everyone is invited.

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Larisa de Vries is a Multimedia Journalism student at Southampton Solent University. She is from Belgium and staying in Southampton for a semester. She chose to study in Southampton to practise her English some more and to explore the UK in her free weekends. Here is her post about her first few days in the city, and her first day at a British University!

It’s already Thursday and I’ve already done so much…

Yesterday I started the day at Bill’s, a pretty restaurant in the centre of Southampton. I had Bill’s Granola Sundae and, god, it was delicious!

After eating there, I went shopping in West Quay. My accommodation is very close to all the shops like Lidl, Primark and Poundland which is very useful! Firstly, I bought all the useful stuff like washing-up liquid and toilet paper. If you need things like this, Poundland is simply the best shop for them!

Then, I bought some cute decorations and things from Primark, like coat racks, a laundry basket, some pillows and a bathroom mat (a pink one, but that might not be a surprise… I love pink). Also, in Ikea, I found some cute pots and plants to make my room that little bit cosier.

After all the decoration and household goods, it was time for food! Lidl supermarket is just two houses down from mine, which is very handy. Some cereals, yoghurt, vegetables, fruits and tea filled my refrigerator in a few minutes!

After my very busy first day, I went to bed at 9pm... I was exhausted! 

The next day, I went my new university- Southampton Solent University- for the first time. I was a bit nervy, but also so excited to see the university in real life. I had already seen some pictures of it, but after so much time waiting to be there, it was very nice to see it! Southampton Solent University is a well-known university for Erasmus students; more than 20,000 students come here, and 15% of them are from abroad.

It is remarkable how sweet and helpful everyone is here: not only at the university but everywhere in Southampton too. When someone sees that you’re struggling with something, they come to you and help you if they can. Also, when I arrived at the university yesterday, several people came to me to show me the way which was very nice!

After the introduction, we had to do some more administration... again.
It’s incredible how much of paperwork you have to do as an Erasmus student, but I’m sure it’s worth it! After all of this administration work, a man took a picture of me for my own student card! And guess what? He just gave me a halo! I think he knew that I was a sweet girl ha!  

I’m so happy to finally say that I’m actually an Erasmus student at Southampton Solent University!

See you soon – Larisa x

Check out Larisa’s own blog and Vlogs at www.larisainsouthampton.wordpress.com 

Ryanair is Europe's largest airline company carrying 130 million customers a year on more than 1,800 daily flights from 86 bases, connecting over 200 destinations in 33 countries. Based on a low-cost business model, Ryanair makes travelling across Europe easier, faster, and more affordable.

Ryanair, along with Erasmus Student Network, has committed to improving Erasmus experience for all European students.
That is why, from September on, when flying with Ryanair, all ESNcard holders will be able to enjoy:

  • 15% discount on 8 single flights (or 4 return flights)
  • Free check-in luggage of 20kg with each of these 8 flights booked
  • Weekly travel offers for Erasmus students
  • Tailored Ryanair in-journey offers on the mobile app

In order to claim the discount, you must be a holder of an activated and valid ESNcard. Don't have it yet? Get it here!

Once you have received your ESNcard, make sure to follow the next steps:

  1. Register in ESNcard.orgAs this data will be used to validate your ESNcard during your flight booking process, please, remember to fill in all the blanks in your user profile - also your ESNcard number.
  2. Go to myRyanair and sign-up (or log-in if you already have an account).
  3. Add your details in the "Erasmus" tab of your myRyanair dashboard.
    Make sure that they match your ESNcard user profile data (use the same names, pay attention to typos, etc.). 
  4. Wait until your ESNcard and other details are validated. This is not live validation, so it might take a few days.
  5. Once it is validated, use the booking widget at the bottom of the Erasmus section of your myRyanair dashboard to make your bookings at a discounted rate. Only bookings made using this widget will be considered for the discount, so make sure you do not use the normal booking engine of Ryanair or any other booking systems.

Now that your user profile is updated and your ESNcard valid, you can book your Ryanair flights to any destination offered.
Keep in mind that you should book your tickets at least 28 days in advance* and that the offer applies to the dates between the 1st September and 15th June*.

*To learn more, read Terms and Conditions carefully.