Catered accommodation

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Catered accommodation

We have three halls of residence available for students who have a preference for catered accommodation:

  • Alwyn
  • St Elizabeths
  • Beech Glade

They are located on our beautiful King Alfred Campus enabling and are 15 minute walk away from Winchester city centre. 

Each one of our catered accommodation is a traditional hall of residence, set up with rooms arranged along communal corridors with shared bathrooms and kitchenettes at various points. Many rooms boast beautiful views across Winchester and the South Downs and all rooms are larger than average single study bedrooms. Each room also has it’s own vanity area, with washbasin and mirror above.

The catering element works on a part board basis and each resident has a flexible weekly catering allowance automatically loaded on to their Campus Card. Residents use their allowance to pay for items in the University catering outlets as they wish. Students are free to spend the allowance as they wish over the course of the week but should be able to cover approximately 14 meals a week. The kitchenettes in the halls provide facilities for cooking small meals and snacks.

There are a number of rooms adapted for hearing impaired students and Beech Glade is designated as a quiet hall. There are also areas set aside for mature (21 and over) students.

Living on campus

The Residential Management team

Student Housing Services is here to support students living on campus.  The team comprises of 9 staff with the Housing Manager on campus holding the overall responsibility for both day to day operations and the promotion of a positive living environment for residents. There is also a dedicated team of staff and student staff who provide out-of-hours pastoral care in the residences so there is always someone on hand to assist or give advice.

Security and safety

Here at Winchester the safety and security of our students is paramount and the 24 hour Site Steward Team provide security emergency call out and pastoral care amongst other duties.  Our Police liaison officer can also provide advice to students.

Cleaning and maintenance

The University’s Campus Management team visit all on campus residences regularly and clean communal and shared facilities (toilet and shower) areas.  We’re sorry but our cleaners don’t do the washing up!

The University has an in house Maintenance team that manage the day to day maintenance of our accommodation.  Emergency cover out of hours is also provided.

Catering

Whether you live in catered or self-catered accommodation, there is always somewhere on campus to find something to eat.  The Food Hall offers a range of options including breakfast, traditional home cooked meals and the Deli Bar, as well as ‘Tastes of the World’ where you can ask the chef to cook just for you. You can order your favourite coffee and panini from the Learning Café or Café LIFE; a prime Buffalo burger or steak from the Gourmet Burger Company; or pizza from Cyber Italia to eat in or have delivered to your accommodation.

Students can use cash to pay for items or benefit from various discounts by using their campus ID card. For students in catered halls, their card is automatically topped up each week as part of their accommodation package. For all other students, the University offers a number of catering packages that students can purchase or they can set up an online account so they, or their family and friends, can add credit on an ad-hoc basis.

Internet provision

The cost of data connection is included in the residence fees and wireless access is available in all University on campus accommodation providing students with flexible study options.  For a guaranteed internet connection there are wired data points within all study bedrooms, although Wi-Fi is also available in all communal areas and most study bedrooms.  The University has an ICT acceptable use policy which students will be advised of along with information on how to connect to and use the University network.

Other facilities

Students living on campus have a wide variety of facilities at their fingertips, just a few of which are mentioned here:

  • 3 Launderettes placed to serve all accommodation areas
  • University library
  • University gym and sports facilities
  • Students’ Union venue and other facilities
  • Student Union run Shops on the King Alfred and West Downs campuses
  • All heating, water, electricity and Internet costs are included in the residence fees