The University of Southampton

Mature Students

At the University of Southampton we welcome students of all ages and are committed to supporting mature students to ensure they get the most out of their university experience. Students who are aged 21 and over, at the start of their undergraduate course, are defined as mature by the University of Southampton.

Whilst there’s no such thing as a typical student, starting university a bit later in life may mean you have particular worries about returning to education, the impact of this on your life or finances or how to balance university alongside other existing commitments. The information and resources here are designed to support you as a mature student.

If you have any questions about studying at our university as a mature student, please email us at

Mature Student Information Guide