The University prides itself in our small group culture meaning its a really friendly and supportive place to be. You will quickly make friends as you get the chance to meet other students from the UK and around the world. The University is also recognised as one of the safest cities in the UK to study.
Find out what it is like to study at the University of Winchester from one of our current or previous students from around the world. Click here to find out more!
The University of Winchester has a lively and award winning student union which is at the very heart of the University. The University centre located on our main King Alfred Campus has two very popular coffee shops, three bars, a nightclub, a cinema and a large dining area. The student union is responsible for running over 100 sports and society clubs for all students to get involved with. These range from football, rugby, hockey, swimming through to knitting, volunteering and many more! The student union has various events running all the time, and taking part in these activities is a good way of making new friends and getting the most out of your time at the University.
One of the largest and most active societies at the University is the International Students Society. They have recently won the "The society of the year award" because of the many events and trips they run as well as for their work in and around the University. Joining this society is also a great way to make friends from all over the world and letting everyone else know something about the country you come from.
The student union is run by students for students. Part of this involves a strong student support network with a number of elected students responsible for representing all of the students at the University of Winchester.
Becoming part of the student union is automatic when you join us and you will see the Union representatives on campus all the time, especially during the first few weeks of term as they let you know all about what is happening at the Union and how to get involved.
To find out more about the student union please visit their website
The University of Winchester guarantees all International students a room in our halls of residence for each year you are studying with us, so long as you apply in good time. There are various types of rooms available, the majority of which are on campus and have en suite facilities. You can apply for accommodation once you have accepted our offer of a study place and we advise you apply for accommodation as soon as possible to give you the best opportunity of securing room of choice. When you apply for accommodation you can select up to three options and you should list them in your order of preference. Whilst we can't guarantee that you will get your first choice, the earlier you apply the better your chance of getting your first choice room. Applications for housing should be made before 1st August wherever possible. You will receive a confirmation email to acknowledge that we have received your application for accommodation and then in early September the Housing team will email you with your room allocation and a contract which you must read and then accept if you are happy with the information.
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The living costs of students studying at the University of Winchester will vary depending on your lifestyle. Living costs include food, transport, books and stationary, social activities and other similar necessary costs. We advise students to budget between £2000 to £3000 per year for these things but the amount you require may be different depending on how much or little of the above you do. You may be able to find a part time job to help with the cost of living whilst you are studying. Please see our fees and finance page for more information including a budget calculator to help you.
The University is located in the city of Winchester. It is just a 10 minute walk from the University to the centre of the city. There are buses which run from outside the West Downs campus and they take 5 minutes to reach the city centre. Taxis are also available and the reception can call one for you. There are also taxi ranks in the city centre and at the train station. The cost of a taxi from the city centre to the University is approximately £5.
Winchester has a mainline train station from which you can catch the train to London (1 hour), Southampton (15 minutes), Portsmouth (40 minutes) and Bournemouth (45 minutes). Trains run approx every 10 minutes in each direction.
Winchester has a bus station from which you can take a bus to nearby areas including Southampton. There is also a National Express coach stop from which you can take a bus to London and also Heathrow airport.
The city of Winchester is well equipped with many facilities to enjoy in your spare time. There are bars, cafes, pubs, restaurants, a cinema, many museums as well as many nice walks in and around the city. There is a large sports centre with a swimming pool where Winchester students can get a reduced membership. Winchester is famous for its major department stores , top-end high street brands and, in particular, its boutique and unique shopping opportunities. During the winter the city is very popular with visitors coming to see our famous Christmas markets.
Close by there are also opportunities for golf, cycling, watching premier league football (at Southampton FC), cricket (Hampshire CC), ice hockey (Basingstoke Bisons), the seaside and hundreds of other activities. The International student society and the students union organise many different activities regularly throughout the year so that you can enjoy Winchester and the surrounding area.
As an International student you may be able to work in a part time capacity whilst you are studying. This can help with living costs but also allow you to gain valuable work experience. When you arrive at the University visit our Job Shop to find out more or click here
Whilst at the University you will have the full support of our student services with a dedicated International Student Officer. To learn more about the support available please click here
During your time at the University there is free English Language support available to you. Please click here to find out more