The University of Southampton Atheist Society are proud to be hosting the AHS annual general meeting for 2011. The events will take place from the 8th to the 10th of July at the University of Southampton Highfield campus. This page will provide all the information needed for guests, if you have any questions, please contact us.
There are lots of hotels and Travelodges (or similar) in Southampton, but unfortunately no hostels.
The best priced accommodation, and the one we are recommending people use is Mercury Point, a halls of residence run by Liberty Living. The rooms are arranged in flats and as long as a booking is made with the AHS AGM as the reference, you will be assigned to a flat of other guests attending the AGM. Mercury Point can provide up to 100 rooms.
- Mercury Point, Liberty Living
Location: City, 3 minute walk to U1A – Dock Gate 4
Price: £65 for 3 nights (Fri, Sat, Sun), £50 for 2 nights, £10 one-off for bed sheets if wanted, sleeping bags otherwise
Info: No food included, but each flat (3-6 rooms) has a kitchen and small communal area for making breakfast. Good for students on a tight budget
Booking: Coming Soon
- Mayview Guest House, Abbey Lodge, Claremont House
Location: City, 2 minute walk to U1A – Cenotaph
Price: £75, £90, £90 for the 3 nights respectively
Info: Room availability may not be accurate on the site, more info here, Those prices may not be the best prices. Breakfast included with all rooms. Note, these places seem to have fairly low ratings and are probably not that great.
Booking: Here – not necessarily the best price, we suggest shopping around.
- Premier Inn, Etap, Ibis
Location: Central Station, on U1 route
Price: £60, £51, £65 per night
Info: You can book these everywhere on the internet it seems. There are probably some good deals around, especially with the Premier Inn, but the above prices appear to be the ‘RRP’ of the rooms.
Location: Lodge Road, on the U1 route between city and campus
Price: £63 per night
Info: Travelodge do lots of deals, it is possible to get a room for £19 a night if you book at the right time. See here for more details.
Most of these are very expensive, which is why we are recommending Mercury Point. It is quite a way from campus, but very easy to get to using the bus. For more Hotels, try this search at Hotels.com.
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Southampton is approximately a 1hr 40m drive from London and approximately 2hrs 30m from Birmingham. It is very easy to get to via the M3 and M4.
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There are 2 train stations you can use, both on the main line from London Waterloo. South West Trains and Cross Country both offer frequent services in both directions to both stations. Southampton Airport Parkway is slightly closer to campus and the best choice for anyone looking to stay at a hotel near the airport. For people staying in Liberty Living accommodation, Southampton Central is more convenient. Both are on the U1 bus route.
- Cross Country run a service from Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth every hour. This stops at both stations in Southampton.
- MegaTrain do good deals on trains from London Waterloo.
- Southern run hourly trains from London Victoria to Southampton Central via Gatwick Airport with prices starting from £3.
- Cross Country run services every 2 hours to/from Derby, Leeds, York and Newcastle.
- First Great Western run trains to/from Portsmouth, Salisbury, Bristol and Cardiff.
Many of the trains will allow you to get a Plusbus ticket which can get you a day of travel on the Uni-Link buses for £1.55 if you have a railcard.
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Southampton Airport is on the main university bus route (U1) and so very convenient.
Flybe flies to/from Dublin and Belfast from Southampton Airport.
More information to come.
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There is a university bus service called Uni-Link in Southampton. They provide cheap and relatively frequent buses to all the important places in the city. A “day-rider” all day bus travel ticket currently costs £3.
The U1 bus route goes from Dock Gate 4 (3 minutes walk from Liberty Living accommodation) to Central Station, up The Avenue (past the Lodge Road Travelodge) to Portswood where we will probably go to get food in the evenings. It continues on to Highfield Campus where our events will take place and then on to Southampton Airport and Airport Parkway Station. The U1A goes in the direction of the Airport and the U1C towards the city centre.
If you are getting the train to Southampton, you may want to get a Plusbus ticket which gives you one day of travel on the Uni-Link buses for £1.55 if you have a railcard or £2.30 if you don’t.
We’ve produced a map that will help you find your way to the key locations
[dropcap]Programme of Events[/dropcap]
Friday 8th July
17:00 Meet in Highfield Public House
19.00 Meet outside Liberty Living at Mercury Point to be taken to restaurants: Varsity and Gandhi.
~21.00 Highfield Public House
~22.30 Kaos rock nightclub
Saturday 9th July – AGM
09.15 Meet outside Liberty Living
10.00 or meet at Building 2 Lecture Theatre K
11.00 Apologies, ratification of minutes, Executive and Officer reports
12.30 Vote on motions and any other business
13.00 Lunch (provided)
14.00 Elect new Executive
15.30 Workshop: How The AHS Can Help You
16:30 Feedback from member societies
17.00 Head to Hobbit Public House for “Think and Drink” Workshop
19:00 Restaurants: Slug & Lettuce or Avondale.
21.15 Barricade show at Guildhall Square
22.30 The Hobbit for LOTR themed cocktails and possibly dancing
Sunday 10th July
09.20 Meet outside Liberty Living
10.00 or meet at Building 2 Lecture Theatre K
10.10 Welcome and introduction of days events.
10.15 Film Premier – The Ledge
12.40 Workshop: How to Run a Successful Freshers Fair
13.30 Workshops: BHA Choir and “Dealing with Apathy and Leadership.”
14.20 Workshops: “A Guide to Interfaith” and “How to Debate” with BHA Chief Executive Andrew Copson
15.00 Closing speech from Dr Evan Harris
16.00 Highfield Pub (for those leaving later)