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 rated as one of the best places to live in the UK (Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2017) and the campus is just a ten-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 33%
  • Female 67%

Student Services and Facilities


  • 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 settle down to study at one of 220 PC workstations, or book one of 11 study rooms 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Counselling services

  • 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.

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.

Other services and facilities

  • Hundreds of PCs are provided 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.

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

  • Students and staff at the university have increased the use of reusable coffee cups by 900% since the introduction of the university's own reusable cups, made in part from recycled 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