for international students in Southampton and Winchester

You can now register for the Local Link scheme for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Please read the information below, and click here to Open the Local Link registration page (a google form) in a new window


Would you like to meet local people and be welcomed to Southampton and Winchester?

local link

Local Link is a scheme that links international students with local people in the Southampton and Winchester area. This year, depending on current government guidelines and the personal situation of the hosts, some hosts might offer you a meal in their home, others might arrange to meet you outside for a walk or others may prefer to meet with you online.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet local people who are not students, learn about life and customs in the UK and share something about your own culture with others.

Who will your hosts be?

Local Link

All of our Local Link scheme hosts adhere to our Local Link Code of Conduct. All hosts live in the Southampton or Winchester area, are members of local Christian church communities, and are required to provide a reference. They have registered with us because they are keen to meet students and scholars from other countries and learn about different cultures and they are committed to giving you a warm welcome during your stay in Southampton or Winchester. Hosts may be single or married, with or without children. They may be young, old or somewhere in between. Some live in flats, while others live in larger houses with gardens. Some hosts also have cats, dogs or other types of pets.

Who can register for Local Link?

Local Link is open to all international students over the age of 18, visiting scholars, families and academics. If you would like to sign up for Local Link, please complete the registration form below. We will then contact you by email within a month with details of your Local Link hosts. Your hosts will then contact you directly (via email, telephone or letter) to arrange a date that is convenient for you to meet with them, either in person or online. They will give you information about where to meet them or how to connect with them online.

We ask all those who register for the Local Link scheme to read and adhere to our Local Link – Terms & Conditions.

Register for Local Link

Clik here to register for Local Link (form opens in a new window).