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Southampton (SO15)

The SO15 postcode area is located in the Southampton postcode town region, within the county of Hampshire, and contains a total of 1779 individual postcodes.

There are 15 electoral wards in the SO15 postcode area, including Alresford, Brockenhurst, Eastleigh, Lymington, Lyndhurst, Romsey, Southampton, Stockbridge, Winchester which come under the local authority of the Southampton Council.

Combining the whole postcode region, 26% of people in SO15 are classed as having an AB social grade, (i.e. 'white-collar' middle-upper class), compared to 27% across the UK.

This does not mean that the people of SO15 are poorer than other areas, but it may give an indication that there are areas of deprivation.

The SO15 postcode is a postcode district in the Southampton post town of the SO postcode area. It is one of the 11 postcode districts in the Southampton post town and covers central Southampton's housing estates and the centre of the city. It stands for Southampton 15 under the Royal Mail postcode system.

The SO15 postcode district covers two areas; those directly connected to Southampton ring road and areas outside of the ring road. It incorporates places such as Bitterne, Bevois Valley, Coxford and Portswood. Some notable areas include the University of Southampton, the Civic Centre, Southampton Common, the ancient settlement of Bitterne and Bevois Valley's entertainment centre as well as shops, bars, and restaurants.

Restaurants and eateries consist of an Indian takeaway, Greek restaurant, a pizza parlour and a fish and chip shop. The local pubs cover a range of themes from a 1970s weekend to sports to a silent disco. There's also the Twelve David Street market, a former warehouse that's been transformed into a number of renovated vintage stores and pop-up eateries.

The area is home to several attractions, such as The Mayflower Theatre which hosts music, comedy, and theatre, plus art galleries at Southampton Solent University. The Industrial Archaeology Collective runs tours around the factory buildings of the former Ordnance Survey Central Marketing and National Geographical retail outlets on Bevois Valley.

Several parks and open spaces are located within SO15, with Southampton Common being the largest with activities such as golf, donkey rides, and adventure area for children. Other parks such as Hoglands, Riverside and Townhill provide green spaces for residents to relax and enjoy a wide range of activities.

Public transport is considered excellent with the main bus station located in the Civic Centre, whilst the train station is nearby, both of which have frequent services to other parts of the city as well as London. In addition Southampton International Airport is a 20 minute drive from the centre of the city.

Thearea is noted for its excellent access to entertainment and services, public transport, and nature. It continues to be popular due to its attractive city centre attractions for visitors, culture and history, and excellent leisure facilities.

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  • 79%WORKING

21% of people in SO15 are either unemployed or full time students. The average UK unemployment rate is currently 4%.


  • 26%AB
  • 51%C2/C2
  • 23%DE

According to census records, 26% of people here have a social grade of AB (highest), compared to the national average of 27%.


  • 74%WHITE
  • 26%NON-WHITE

74% of people class themselves as 'white', compared to a national UK average of 81.9%.

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The county of Hampshire

SO15 is located in the county of Hampshire, in England.

Hampshire has a total population of 1,829,500, making it the 5th largest county in the UK.

Hampshire has a total area of 1455 square miles, and a population density of 485 people per square kilometre. For comparison, Greater London has a density of 5,618 people/km2.

Hampshire Postal Town Map
Outward CodeSO15
Postal TownSouthampton
MSOA NameSouthampton 021
LSOA NameSouthampton 021C
Local AuthoritySouthampton
Area ClassificationUrban with City and Town

SO15 Electoral Wards

The postal region of SO15, includes the local towns, villages, electoral wards and stations of:

Lord's Hill
Old Shirley
Shirley Warren
Upper Shirley
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Click on an 'outward' code for more information. For example, the outward postcode page 'EC2M' will give you an alphabetical list covering all postcodes located in the region, from 'EC2M 1BB' through to 'EC2M 7YA'.

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