Avenue Campus is currently home to the Faculty of Humanities, with the exception of Music, and is located a short distance away from the main Highfield campus. The site previously housed the Southampton Tramsheds and Richard Taunton's College , of which the existing building still stands on the site. It was purchased by the university from Southampton City Council for £2 million in December 1993  so that the university may expand – planning regulations meant that excess land on the Highfield campus couldn't be built on and had to be reserved for future car parking spaces.  The departments moved onto the campus in 1996.  The campus consists of the original Tauntons building from the early 20th century but redeveloped with a glass-fronted courtyard and extension and a new Archaeology building built in 2006 costing £ million. 
In 1952, the institute received the right to grant degrees and soon opened 6 faculties focusing their teaching on economics, law, engineering, science, education and arts. Today the university, now part of the Russell Group, is a pioneer in academic research related to cancer and Alzheimers disease. The students, a significant minority of whom hail from abroad, have the chance to pursue over 300 degree programmes, each of which aims to equip students with the knowledge and experience needed to be successful in their chosen field of study.