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All hotel bookings must be arranged by participants themselves. 


The University of Southampton, in partnership with EUA, has negotiated an excellent rate of £87.50 per night for bed and breakfast at the Grand Harbour De Vere Hotel. The iconic modern hotel is rated 4* and is located near the Southampton Waterfront. All 173 of the bedrooms are en suite with satellite TV, radio and complimentary internet access. The rate includes access to the hotel's leisure facilities including a 15 metre indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and techno gym. The Serenity Spa and 4 treatment rooms can be used at an additional cost.

When doing your reservation, please call the hotel at +44 (0)2380 633033 and mention the booking reference “SIRUS conference” in order to fully benefit from the advantageous conference rate. 

The hotel Grand Harbour will hold rooms until 29th July.

Following the first day of the conference on 31st August, guests will be collected by coach from the University's Waterfront Campus and taken to the Grand Harbour De Vere Hotel to check in. Guests will be collected by coach later that evening, for an evening reception at Southampton's City Art Gallery. The coach will also be available from the Grand Harbour De Vere Hotel on the morning of 1st September, to transport guests to the University's Highfield Campus.

Should guests wish to book with an alternative hotel, the University will be unable to arrange transportation to our campuses. However information on public transportation, walking routes and local taxi details will be provided in the conference pack (available on arrival). Some alternative local hotels are outlined below.


All Hotel Options

Southampton can offer an outstanding range of accommodation from luxurious 4 star hotels to cosy family-run guesthouses.

De Vere Grand Harbour        4****    
Bed and Breakfast
Rates: starting from £87.60 (incl use of leisure facilities)    

Chilworth Manor Hotel        3***    
Bed and Breakfast        
Rates: starting at £101.00                 

Novotel          3***    
Bed and Breakfast        
Rates: starting at £108 

Mercure          4****        
Bed and Breakfast        
Rates: starting at £127 

Bed only            
Rates: starting at £125 

Holiday Inn            4****        
Bed and Breakfast        
Rates: starting at £107 

Jury’s Inn            2**        
Bed only            
Rates: starting at £56 

Highfield House                    
Bed and breakfast        
Rates: starting at £65

Getting Around

The conference venue of the first day, the Waterfront Campus of the University of Southampton, (European Way, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 3ZH, United Kingdom) is located about 8 km fromSouthampton Airport.

The conference venue of the second day, the Highfield Campus of the University of Southampton, (Southampton, Hampshire SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom) is located about 3 km from Southampton Airport.

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On the end of the first conference day on 31 August, guests will be collected by coach from the University's Waterfront Campus and taken to the Grand Harbour De Vere Hotel. Guests will be collected by coach later that evening, for an evening reception at Southampton's City Art Gallery.


The coach will also be available from the Grand Harbour De Vere Hotel on the morning of 1 September, to transport guests to the University's Highfield Campus.


Please note that there will be no arranged transport from and to other hotels. However, information on public transportation, walking routes and local taxi details will be provided in the conference pack (available on arrival).


Good to know

Eating and drinking

From intimate lounge bars and roof terraces to Leisure World, which houses a casino, bowling alley, several restaurants and bars, a 13-screen cinema and two nightclubs, there's something to suit every taste.

Historic Oxford Street is home to Southampton's finest restaurants, but wherever you are in the city you'll be spoiled for choice.


West Quay is one of the UK's top 10 shopping centres, with over 100 stores including all the high street favourites. There are three other shopping centres in the city as well as boutiques, designer stores and an antiques quarter.

Music and festivals

Whatever your musical taste there are great venues in Southampton for live music. The Joiners, for example, is known for up-and-coming bands – Coldplay, Oasis and Radiohead all played there before they were famous.

The Guildhall is a multi-purpose venue, which stages jazz and rock as well as a range of contemporary and classical music.


The Sports Centre in Southampton includes a dry ski slope, all-weather pitches, cross-country routes and tennis courts. The Quays Eddie Read Swimming and Diving Complex offers a wide range of sporting activities and you can perfect your swing on the city's municipal golf course. Our coastal location means great watersports including windsurfing, sailing, ocean racing, power boating and dragon boating. The Southampton Boat Show, held annually in September, is the largest on-water boat show in Europe.

If spectating is your thing, the Rose Bowl is home to the Hampshire Cricket Club, and Southampton Football Club play in the superb St Mary's Stadium, just outside the city centre.


What to do in Southampton

Optional campus tour on 1 September at 14:00

If you are interested in an optional campus tour at the University of Southampton, please contact Victoria Ferguson Please indicate your specific interest or a request to meeting representatives of specific departments, etc.

The city is packed with places to go and things to do from art, parks and sports to annual events and night life. This page will be updated after 1st July with some ideas of activities to do in your spare time.

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For more information on what there is to do in Southhampton, please also visit the following sites: "Where is Southampton" and "Visit Southampton" portal.

Places to Visit

  • Oxford Street (Distance: 0.4 miles) 
    Oxford Street is the site of Southampton's cosmopolitan rendezvous, located between the history of the old city walls.  If you like nothing more than to eat, drink and be pampered then Oxford Street is the perfect location to visit restaurants, bars and shops.


  • Medieval Walls (Distance: 0.4 miles) 
    Southampton boasts the third longest original uninterrupted stretch of medieval defensive walling of any of any other town or city in Great Britain.  Follow the ‘walk the walls’ sign posts and panels which offer a free guided tour of Medieval Southampton, or if you prefer tour guides are available.


  • Southampton Guildhall (Distance: 0.6 miles) 
    Southampton Guildhall is the South’s largest multipurpose entertainment venue with a capacity of 1749 and in the heart of the city centre this venue has played host to some of the biggest names in music and stand-up.


    Mayflower Theatre (Distance: 0.6 miles) 

    The largest theatre in the South offers you magical evenings with the most spectacular touring musicals - many direct from the West End - plus opera, ballet, and some of the biggest names in popular music and comedy.


  • Ocean Village Marina (Distance: 0.8 miles) 
    Situated in the shelter of Southampton water, Ocean Village is more than a marina.  Surrounded by restaurants, cinemas and bars if offers outstanding recreational facilities and beautiful views.


  • Beaulieu (Distance: 5.7 miles)
    Beaulieu Abbey & Beaulieu Motor museum.


  • Marwell Zoological Park (Distance: 8.2 miles) 
    The Park is owned and run by Marwell Preservation Trust, a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and natural habitats both locally and internationally. The Zoological Park in Hampshire is open daily from 10am.


  • The New Forest (Distance: 10 miles)
    There is something for everyone in the New Forest; whether you are looking to relax, explore or just enjoy it is the ideal location.  There is a wealth of places to visit and explore from award winning gardens to museums and wildlife parks and farms. The New Forest is renowned for countryside walks and spotting wild ponies. Why not visit the villages of Brockenhurst, Ringwood, Lymington, Lepe or Lyndhurst.


  • Winchester (Distance: 11.9 miles) 
    Winchester is home to the University's School of Art including the Textile Conservation Centre. One of England’s most historic cities, Winchester was once the capital of England and its eleventh-century cathedral dominates the skyline. An unspoilt city on the edge of the South Downs, Winchester is a former seat of King Alfred the Great. It combines the best of city life with the freshness of the surrounding countryside. The city has a lively atmosphere with many pubs, restaurants and cafés. There is also a broad range of sports and leisure facilities, and cultural attractions including museums, a cinema, art galleries and excellent shopping facilities.


  • Isle of Wight (Distance: 14.9 miles) 
    A short ferry ride from Southampton the Isle of Wight is steeped in history with 60 miles of stunning unspoilt scenery and a wealth of attractions, the Isle of Wight has something for everyone.


  • Portsmouth (Distance: 19.4 miles)
    Portsmouth is famous for its historic dockyard and outlet shopping. The Spinnaker Tower is a 170 metre tall attraction over looking historical Portsmouth harbour and the solent. With awe-inspiring views, the tower is a must see.


  • Salisbury (Distance: 23.6 miles)
    Sailsbury is famous as the location of the World Heritage site of Stonehenge. Sailsbury also boast a wide range of less well known but equally lovely stately homes, lively farm parks and award-winning museums.  With it’s very famous cathedrals, and pretty market towns, Sailsbury is one not to miss.


  • Bournemouth (Distance: 30 miles)
    Bournemouth has seven miles of sands and sparkling sea and is known for being one the sunniest parts of England. It is a vibrant cosmopolitan town, with buzzing nightlife and endless countryside as well as hosting Europe's first artificial surf reef in Boscombe. 


European University Association (EUA)

Brussels office:
Avenue de l’Yser, 24
1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0) 2 230 55 44

Geneva office:
114, Rue du Rhône
Case postale 3174
1211 Geneva 3
Tel: +41 22 552 02 96