The University of Winchester

The University of Winchester's passion is to help students reach their full potential and make a difference in the world. Winchester is considered one of the best places to live in the UK and the campus is just a 10-minute walk from the city centre. The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate study on a range of subjects within the arts, humanities, social sciences, business, law, sport, education, and health and social care.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: W76

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 86%
  • Part Time 14%

Where students come from

  • UK 94%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 5%

Student gender

  • Male 32%
  • Female 68%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Open 24/7, the Martial Rose Library houses over 300,000 books, as well as a huge online library of academic journals, e-books and databases. Students can study at PC workstations, or book a study room for individual or group work. The library operates a self-service issue system and students can reserve a PC for up to three hours a week in advance.
  • Other services include inter-library loans, which students can request free of charge to borrow materials from other libraries on behalf of students.
  • Across the campus are hundreds of PCs for student use, some with 24-hour access, plus free laptop loans on a self-service basis for 24-hour use either on or off campus. There is also an Assistive Technology room with specialist software and equipment and Postgraduate Research Study room, as well as printers, scanners and photocopiers.

Student jobs

  • The JobShop is the university's own jobs website which can help students search for part-time paid work while they study. Listings include vacation opportunities, full-time graduate job vacancies, placements, paid work experience, internships and a wide range of volunteering opportunities.

Careers advice

  • The Careers Service provides support, advice and guidance to students during their studies and after graduation to help them secure their ideal job or postgraduate course.
  • One-to-one support or group sessions are available for CV preparation, applying for postgraduate courses and effective interview techniques.
  • The service hosts a wide range of career and networking events each year so students can talk to recruiters and organisations face‑to‑face.

Health services

  • A multidisciplinary team supports students in all aspects of their well-being, and the university works with local GP practices to support students' health.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university provides a wide-range of counselling services to help students with personal issues, the pressures of academic work, or who may be struggling to adjust to university life, such international students who are new to the UK. Qualified counsellors are able to offer confidential and non-judgemental help and guidance.
  • Counselling is free of charge and available either on campus or via online counselling. Individual needs will be assessed in order to recommend the best plan to suit the situation – whether a series of counselling sessions, referral to specialists in other areas, or guidance on resources that can help students manage the problem themselves.
  • Support is provided for mental health, whether short or long-term, and diagnosed or not. The university's Mental Health Advisers offer one-to-one advice and guidance including coping strategies and help managing crisis situations – as well as signposting and liaising with other services. The approach tends to be one of practical support, rather than therapy.

Disability support

  • There is a dedicated support team, part of Student Services, who work with students with a wide range of physical and sensory disabilities, medical conditions and learning differences.

Students' Union

  • Winchester Student Union is located in University Centre, the hub of social life on campus. It includes The Vault, a large club/gig space for 1,200 people which can also host cinema nights, along with The Lounge and the Terrace Bar.
  • Winchester Student Union offers over 100 sports teams and societies.
  • The Vault has won a Best Bar None award three times, which recognises safe licensed venues.


  • Founded in 1840, Winchester has 175 years experience of providing excellence in higher education.
  • It first began as a teacher training school, but now its portfolio includes a range of courses within the arts, humanities, social sciences, business, law, sport, education, and health and social care.

Fascinating Fact

  • Championing sustainability, the University of Winchester has saved an estimated 72,000 disposable coffee cups from the landfill by introducing its own free reusable cups, given to all new students. What's more, the cups are made in part by chewing gum recycled from the campus – each Gum-tec cup is around 20% chewing gum.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Martin Bashir – television journalist.
  • Mike Bushell – sports presenter.
  • Lauren Cohen – actress.
  • Claire Fuller – author.
  • Steve Furst – comedian, actor and writer.
  • Nick Helm – comedian and actor.
  • Shappi Khorsandi – comedian.
  • Mark Lowry – author.
  • Dirk Maggs – writer and director.
  • Angus Scott – television presenter.


University of Winchester, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 4NR