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Southampton graduates choose to stay put

Published: Thursday, 01 December 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

More than a quarter of graduates in Southampton are staying in the area after completing their studies, according to a new report.

The HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey shows that 26% of graduates from University of Southampton decide to stay in the region after their studies.

Southampton is bucking the trend which sees a lot of cities having to fight to keep talented graduates nearby.

Major improvements to the city centre, a thriving jobs market, excellent transport links, affordable housing and a rich cultural presence have all contributed to the city establishing an attractive package for graduates.

The thriving local economy is a huge attraction for graduates, which has led to improved career prospects for those within the city.

Another important factor is the affordable cost of living available when compared to other locations such as London.

Change in attitude

The survey highlights a change in towards the idea that a university city is a stop-gap rather than a place to put down long-term roots.

A spokesman for the University of Southampton said: “The university graduate destinations survey suggests that 26 per cent of our recent graduates who stay in the UK are employed within Hampshire – London attracts just over 21% of our graduates.”

The city is a hugely popular place to study as its two universities offer a wide range of excellent degree courses.

Norman Armstrong, partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP’s Southampton office, said: “Southampton now has a thriving local economy and is certainly attracting graduates from its universities to seek a successful future, with great career prospects and a more affordable cost of living compared with other cities.”

The University of Southampton is ranked as the fourteenth best in the country, according to the 2016 University league tables.

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