The University of Winchester is situated within walking distance of the historic cathedral city centre of Winchester, which is one hour away from London by train. A range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development programmes are available.
The Martial Rose Library houses over 200,000 volumes relating to every course at the uni. If the book you want isn't there (which with just 200,000 volumes, chances are some won't be as you progress through your studies), you can request a copy through inter-library loans for a small charge.
The library also has 300 study spaces and 150 computer spaces which are linked to the University's network.
IT and Computing
There are more than 400 computers available to you. With the 150 in the library most of the rest are in the dedicated IT Centres.
As well as computers, the uni offers continual training to students on computer and software use. You can also use a range of reprographic and stationary services and hire out various pieces of audio-visual equipment and take part in training to use the video editing suites.
A big bonus at Winchester is the fact that ALL rooms in student housing have FREE internet access.
Sports facilities at Winchester include:
- Fitness suite
- Sports hall
- Tennis courts
- Squash courts
- Outdoor pitches
Do you like to take part in sport, but aren't very good? Or do you fancy trying a new sport? Then don't worry. Winchester has sport available at all levels from just for fun beginners to serious university teams playing in the BUSA sports leagues.
Current sports clubs/teams include:
Students who have excelled at sports could apply for a sports excellence award of £4,000 – for an application form visit www.winchester.ac.uk/studentsandmoney
2005 (gained university status)
West Hill, Winchester, SO22 4NR
547 (231 academic staff)
Applicants per place:
The University has a learning support service to help with more academic issues and a personal support service for non-academic issues.
The personal support service includes a confidential counseling service, a welfare team offering information and advice and help and assistance with money matters and child care matters. Due to the high proportion of mature students the nursery and half term activity sessions held at the uni are very useful services to have!
When you arrive in Winchester it's advisable to register with a GP so you can get the services of a medical doctor when you need one. The university does have a medical centre with this service but does have a nurse available daily. Just make an appointment and you can see her in the clinic in St James’ Hall Room 11.
Something different about Winchester is that the clinic room them offers a range of complementary therapies on some weekday afternoons. If you think this could help you could have sessions of aromatherapy or massages.
The SU runs small shops on the King Alfred's and West Down campuses. The city centre provides a wide range of shops, but if that is not enough for you then London is only an hour away and well worth a regular visit!
For a small city Winchester has a more than it's fair share of restaurants and cafes.
Winchester has the following banks and building societies:
Barclays Santander Lloyds TSB HSBC Royal Bank of Scotland NatWest Halifax Nation Wide Britannia Building Society Winchester Savers Credit Union (through Winchester City Council). Cheltenham and Glouster
Whilst at university in Winchester you're unlikely to need much transport getting to and from the uni if you live in student accommodation. The main halls are within walking distance of the other academic and service buildings and are only 10 minute walk from the city centre.
Nationally, transport links are good, with trains running in to Waterloo station in London and many National Express coaches stop at Winchester on route all over the UK.
The careers service will offer you a range of advice, information and tips on search for and applying for a jobs, further study, overseas and volunteering opportunities. You'll be able to make use of the service for up to 2 years after you graduate too.
Unlike a few universities, Winchester is happy for you to work part-time while you study here (so long as it doesn't interfere with your studying).
The careers service put up a lot of adverts for part time work on the JobShop website - both at the uni and in the wider area. You'll need your IT login and password to access the jobs, so don't forget them. The careers service will always have a paper copy of any advert for you to look at should you prefer that. Just pop in and asks them about it.
The university has a Chapel for Christian Worship and a Muslim prayer room.
No other groups are directly catered for on campus, though a Chaplain is there to offer help to all faiths, especially in finding places of worship within the community. The University has student groups for most religions and for those not having communities or places of worship within Winchester itself, near by Southampton usually does.
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Bars, Pubs and clubs
The SU runs regular big events. Weekly you'll get club nights and quizzes in the SU bar and sometimea live music.
Bigger events throughout the year include:
- Freshers Ball
- Christmas Ball
- Graduation Ball
- Winton Reunion Weekend
Clubs and societies
Winchester has a range of student societies and if there is one you want to start up, you're actively encouraged to do so. Current societies include:
- International Students
- LGBT Society
- Ski and Snowboard
- Dance Squad
- Debating Society
- History Society
- LINKS Society
- Performing Arts Winchester
- Winchester Rock Society
- [Winchester News Online]
Winchester offers both catered and self-catered accommodation. The catered halls as situated in the centre of the university while the self-catered flats are out at the student village on the West Downs campus a short distance away.
If you're starting in September 2012 you'll be able to apply for housing from the middle of April 2012. Priority is given to first year students who live over 25 miles from the Univeristy (using the postcode SO22 4NR as the University reference), and to international students and students who have medical needs of all years. Postgrad students will not be able to apply for a place in Halls.
- Situated on King Alfred's Campus
- Alwyn Hall (117 rooms), St Elizabeth's Hall (54 rooms), Beech Glade (29 rooms)
- Wash basin in rooms
- Shared bathrooms and kitchenettes
- Fridge, microwave, kettle, ironing board and vacuum cleaner provided
- Issued with a catering card which has a set value (around £42) each week which is taken from the rent payments, and equals to around 14 meals per week
- Catering cards can be used in the Learning Cafe, Food Hall and Games Room
- Food available each day up until 9pm form the Food Hall, the Games Room or the Learning cafe
- Unlimited internet included in rent.
Prices for 2011-2012
Standard Room £3,797.66*
Alwyn Hall, Beech Glade and St Elizabeths hall have a 28.2 Week Contract
- Including the Christmas retainer of £144.56 (half rent for the Christmas vacation)
Students must vacate and remove all belongings during the Easter break if residing in Alwyn, Beech Glade or St Elizabeths
- Situated on West Downs Campus, a several hundred yards from King Alfred's Campus
- 700 rooms, (300 en-suite)
- Flats of 5 to 8 people
- Wash basins in room
- Shared bathrooms in non-en suite room and shared kitchens for each flat
- Cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, sink, table and chairs, kettle, iron and ironing board and vacuum cleaner provided in shared area.
- Unlimited internet included in rent.
The university also has a 4 self-contain flats for couples/young families in the student village.
- Queens Road Student Village opened September 2010
- All rooms ensuite
- Standard rooms
- Large rooms
- Twin rooms (sharing with one roomate)
- Flats of 6,7,8 or 9 bedrooms
Prices for West Downs Studenrt Village 2011-2012'
Standard Room £3,644.13
Ensuite Room £4,105.15
All contracts for West Downs are 37 weeks
Prices for Queen's Road Student Village 2011-2012
Standard Ensuite £4,566.80
Large Ensuite £5,168.80
Twin £2,702.00 (per person)
All contracts for Queen's Road are 40 weeks.
The uni will help you find a place to live out during later years of study (or if you're not able to get a place in halls) by providing a large number of resources on their website to aid with your search.
The students union runs the student shops, bar and laundries on the campuses.
There are two full-time sabbatical officers (paid) running the SU - the President and the Vice-President (Activities and Services) as well as several non-sabbatical officers. Like other universities these elected annually from the student population.
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Winchester’s high level of student satisfaction was confirmed in the Guardian University Guide.
Winchester is a small university which takes great pride in the quality of its provision. That means that students will encounter academics who are passionate about what they teach and research, are knowledgeable in what they do, and share that with students. How much so, is up to the students. Tutors are regularly accessible, there are possiblities to embark in joint 'research apprenticeships', and they know you by name and care. Teaching innovation is seen as very important, and in many programmes students can take an active part in curriculum development, especially if you are willing to serve as student representative.
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