The University of Winchester

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Student Accommodation

  • The university's halls (catered or self-catered) have en-suite rooms, excellent Wi-Fi connectivity and plenty of communal spaces. The accommodation provides a safe and comfortable home so students can enjoy studying and living in Winchester.
  • There are also university-managed houses around Winchester's beautiful tree-lined streets for students who prefer to live off-campus.
  • Please refer to the university website for details of accommodation.

Accommodation Costs

Catered from £4,521 per year
Self-Catered from £3,192 to £8,943 per year

Student Life

  • Winchester is the quintessential English city, with a contemporary culture and rich heritage – once the ancient capital of England and former seat of King Alfred the Great. The friendly and compact city of about 50,000 people has an easy-going vibe, fabulous local food, a lively music scene and a wonderful street performance festival – The Hat Fair – to rival Edinburgh.
  • With the imposing cathedral and handsome Georgian townhouses, you half expect the town to still be inhabited by characters from a Jane Austen novel. The city has charmed A-list celebrities too – its hushed backstreets and generous share of medieval buildings have lent themselves to scenes in films such as The Da Vinci Code, Les Misérables and Wolf Hall, which were all shot here.

Nightlife and Culture

  • Winchester has become a city that enjoys celebrating its fine setting and exceptional local food and drink. A thriving scene of independent cafés, restaurants and bars includes celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Canteen in Abbey Mills Garden, Rick Stein's seafood-focused restaurant, and cosy heritage pubs like the Wykeham Arms. There's also Winchester Wine Festival, a cocktail week – 'Shaking it up in the city' – and real ale and cider festival.
  • Winchester offers an array of unique, independent shops and boutiques as well as high street shops, from Jack Wills to vintage clothing, a three-storey second-hand bookshop and British artisan chocolate store. The High Street is a bustling, traffic-free shopping environment with street performers and regular markets.
  • Winchester also holds the national Purple Flag status, which recognises cities that are safe and enjoyable places for a night out.


  • The university is located a 10-minute walk from the city centre.
  • Winchester is just over an hour from London Waterloo by direct train, with services every 20 minutes at peak times. The station is well-served by trains connecting to Southampton, Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Brighton, the New Forest and the north of England.
  • The National Express coach service picks up from Winchester and serves dozens of destinations across the UK.
  • Winchester is located close to the M3 which provides easy road access to the M25 and M27.
  • Heathrow and Gatwick airports are within easy reach by road and rail, with journeys taking 1–2 hours. Southampton Airport is 15 minutes by train, with flights within the UK, the Channel Islands and mainland Europe. Ferry services from Portsmouth link to a number of ports in France and Spain.