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Welcome from the Head of College

Welcome to Southlands, a small community of staff and students who live and work together in a college established on a strong set of values and built to a design which places modern comfort and excellent facilities within peaceful and green, open spaces.

Southlands is the smallest of the colleges at Roehampton, and we pride ourselves on the friendly and supportive nature of our college community. Our buildings, our traditions and our activities are all designed to bring people together, to create opportunities for socializing, participating, sharing and developing as individuals alongside one another.

Southlands was founded in 1872 as a college for the education of women as school teachers. It is a very different place now, educating young men and women in all university subjects. However, we retain the principles and the priorities of our founding body, the Methodist Church, applied afresh in our modern context. The college has moved twice in its lifetime. Our buildings today were opened in the 1990s, now housing the Business School, and the Departments of Media, Culture and Language and Music Education. 

Southlands is the hub for music performance activity in the university, housing some impressive performance spaces, world-class instruments, practice rooms and recording facilities. 

We are a diverse an eclectic community, where all are welcome and where all are encouraged to explore, to challenge and to take part in and make the most of college life.

Dr Christopher Stephens
Head of Southlands College

Christopher Stephens
News and Events

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College Life

Being part of Southlands means you have a home within a home at Roehampton. Click here to find out what it’s like.


Our college chaplaincy is a friendly and welcoming community; the team includes representatives of the Jewish, Hindu and Muslim faiths, as well as Christian chaplains.

College Team

Find out about the college staff and student officers that work hard every day to ensure your college experience is vibrant, exciting and full of fun!


Southlands was founded in the 1870s. Find out about its long history here.