Southlands School is set in its own extensive grounds, which contain an outdoor swimming pool, an angling lake and hard-court surfaces for recreation.
Accommodation is provided in eight age-based family style houses. There are two houses located on the first floor of the converted main building, with another six clustering around the grounds. Each house has its own lounge, play/leisure area and kitchenette. All houses have ample toilets and showers, with most houses containing baths. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for tidiness around the house and in their own rooms.
Students are appointed single study bedrooms and are encouraged to bring pictures, rugs, books and any other special items that are personal to them. Television and video are available in the lounges, with a selection of Freeview digital channels. A range of resources and games are also available in each living area for students to use.