Southampton Solent University is a premier British university of approximately 18,500 students based in Southampton, United Kingdom.Its main campus is located on East Park Terrace near the city centre and the maritime hub of Southampton.Solent University students are represented by Solent Students' Union, which is based on the East Park Terrace campus.HistoryThe university's origins can be traced back to a private School of Art founded in 1856, which eventually became the Southampton College of Art. Mergers with the Southampton College of Technology, and later the College of Nautical Studies at Warsash, led to the establishment of the Southampton Institute of Higher Education in 1984.Southampton Institute became a university on 12 July 2005, adopting its current name on 15 August 2005. Prior to 2005, students at Southampton Institute received degrees awarded by Nottingham Trent University. In 2015 the University came to an agreement with New College of the Humanities, London whereby it will validate some of their degrees.In 2012, producer, singer/songwriter and musician Trevor Horn received an honorary degree from Southampton Solent University in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in music and his commitment to the music industry. He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music during a ceremony at Southampton’s Guildhall on 20 November.CampusHalls of residenceThe University has six major student Halls complexes: Chantry Deanery Emily Davies Hamwic Kimber (incorporating the David Moxon Annexe) Lucia Foster WelchAll are located away from the main teaching buildings. Five of the six halls are located South East of the city centre, between the St Mary's and Ocean Village areas of the Southampton, while Emily Davies is located to the north west of the city centre, near to the Southampton Civic Centre.