preparing for your


You made it! What an effort in such a difficult year! You're here! But what now? 

90 weeks. Give or take. That's your lot. It's how long a typical university student will spend here in Southampton, once you take holidays out of the picture. 90 weeks. And we at Christ Church are determined to make every one of them count for you.

Your uni years are a fantastic opportunity to grow as a Christian and build strong relationships with others who share that desire. And we at Christ Church are serious about helping you to do just that. By the time you graduate, we want you to leave with your faith deepened, your mind stretched and your Christian character more firmly established. More than that, we want you to leave trained and equipped for a lifetime of serving Jesus, whatever that may look like for you.

We put a high value on clear, contemporary and challenging Bible-teaching. And that we prioritise deep discipleship and training. These things are part of our DNA at Christ Church, and we work hard at them. 

Getting on for 100 students are part of the Christ Church community at any one time. But each and every one of them is an individual, with their own temperaments, gifts, struggles and confusions. The team here is dedicated to encouraging you on, wherever you are in your head and your heart.

Students who call Christ Church home get involved in a bunch of different ways...

first up


The annual Student Pizza & Puddings Party is one of the key fixtures in Freshers Week here in Southampton. It's open to all Freshers (Southampton Uni and Solent Uni) as well as 2nd and 3rd years.

7.30pm at Burgess Road Library (straight after The Six O'Clock). It's free, fun and a chance to meet dozens and dozens of other Christian students on what is for many their first weekend in Southampton.

No need to book. Just turn up - and feel free to bring any (new) friends!

don't miss the main event


It's all too easy to remain within the confines of the student 'bubble' - even in a local church. Of course, it's tempting to keep surrounding yourself with people just like you. But then you'd miss out on the experience of being part of a real, mixed, supportive spiritual family. 

So at Christ Church we encourage students to get along to at least one Sunday gathering - as well as Student Connect. (In the morning, we normally meet together as a church family every Sunday morning, normally at Cantell School near to Glen Eyre Halls and only 15-20 minutes walk from Wessex.)

All of our gatherings are COVID-secure and over this summer we're meeting in our covered outside area to help everyone feel at ease. 

Some of our students take the opportunity to help out from time to time with the music, the tech team, the morning crèche, the coffee-serving or the welcoming - there's always plenty to do - but it's quite alright just to be there. 

At the gathering there's good, contemporary music and heartfelt prayer. But the centrepiece is always the Bible talk. This is when we hear God's word unfolded for us. We aim to be faithful to what God is saying, clear and contemporary in the way we present it, and both encouraging and challenging in the way it's applied.

go deeper


Student Connect is just for students. It currently takes place at 7.45pm each Sunday during term time, immediately after The Six O'Clock.  

After good food, there is a short talk on an area of Christian understanding and then we get into small groups for Bible study and prayer. 

New to studying the Bible? Want to brush up on the basics of the Christian faith? Ask to join the Foundations group. Same time. Same place. Just a group that's a better fit for where you're at.

get personal


Many of our students find it helpful to meet up with an older Christian on an informal but regular basis for prayer, Bible study and encouragement. It's a great way to supercharge your spiritual growth.

We're all for this at Christ Church and will do our best to partner you with someone we think you'll click with who's a bit further down the track in the Christian life.

One-to-ones happen in cafes, homes, on campus or wherever works for you. Usually you'll be reading a book of the Bible together, or perhaps a Christian book, but whatever you're looking at, there'll be plenty of opportunity to ask questions, explore issues and seek advice and direction.

If you're interested, drop a quick message to Pete Bentley-Taylor or Sophie Cornes, our student pastors - or any member of the team.

opportunities to


In a busy church like ours, you'll find heaps of ways to put your God-given gifts and talents to good use, if you're up for it. Whether it's helping with the children, joining one of the bands, making cakes or working the tech desk, you're bound to find a way to contribute to the life of the church.

For more details of how to get involved, email James.

time to


It may not be too long before the walls of Southampton start to close in on you and you need to get out. 

There are a number of opportunities for students at Christ Church to do just that. 

  • Every September we start the year with Student Getaway in the Sussex coutryside - loads of fun and games, building relationships and getting into the Bible
  • In February, with first semester exams are history, students head away with the 20s to a beautiful estate in Dorset for 'MYC' (mid-year convention) for the weekend - this year of necessity on Zoom
  • In June it's time to spend a day out with the entire church family at the church's Big Day Out
  • And then the student year finishes with some serious head-down time at the Summer Bible Week

Details of each are released closer to the time - you won't miss out!

let us


If you're coming to Southampton to study, we'd love to make the transition is as easy as possible for you. 

We can talk you through practical issues ahead of your arrival, answer questions about life as a student in Southampton, look out for you when you arrive, show you the ropes, offer a helping hand, introduce you to some people we think you'll enjoy getting to know, answer any questions you may have, arrange for a family to get you round to their place from time to time (our 'student adoption' scheme!) or just make sure we're around if things get hard.

So if you - or someone you know - are heading this way, take a moment to click the button right now!