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West Downs Student Village Reviews

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Absolutely beautiful place to live and incredibly good if you like community. The cleaners come once every week day, and they get very antsy about washing up so make sure it's done if you live in West Downs! Perfect if you're planning on doing Buisiness or something, but trust me you get used to the hill down to main campus (unless it's freezing, then you never get used to the hill).

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By member115362
On 26th March 15

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Absolutely beautiful place to live and incredibly good if you like community. The cleaners come once every week day, and they get very antsy about washing up so make sure it's done if you live in West Downs! Perfect if you're planning on doing Buisiness or something, but trust me you get used to the hill down to main campus (unless it's freezing, then you never get used to the hill).

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By member115362
On 26th March 15

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West Downs Student Village Information

Price from£121.45 per week (subject to availability)
CateringSelf-catered
No. of rooms663
CampusKing Alfred Campus
PostcodeSO22 5HT

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Does anyone know if the west downs cat has an actual home?
By member936217 On 21st February 19
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Wondering if there is a West Downs group chat going for new people arriving September 2018
By member633338 On 5th August 18
There is a Facebook page it's called West Downs 2018/2019
By member1233738 On 3rd September 18
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Concerned parent about the reviews.... bugs, silver fish, dirty accommodation and rats!
By member1232952 On 19th July 18
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What are the sizes of the beds in West Downs ? Single, 3/4 or double ?
By member931418 On 21st April 18
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 17th May 19

My room in first year was really nice and big - bigger than my own room at home! Cleaners came regularly and always left everything nicely. Only had the kitchen to socialise in which was a nightmare when people were trying to cook whilst everyone was in there as it wasn’t very big. The cookers were ancient and took ages to cook anything so hopefully they will be updated soon.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 16th May 19

The flat is good, except there should be two ovens in the kitchen when we are 7 people making dinner at the same time. Otherwise, the rooms are really spacious and at a convenient location.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 13th May 19

The rooms have mould, the cleaners are rude and the WiFi is awful

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 11th May 19

Best place to live on campus! It’s the hub to UoW!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 8th May 19

So happy with my accommodation, great shop nearby and lovely street

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 8th May 19

I did not stay in halls, but they are very expensive

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 7th May 19

West downs is a very nice location and very pretty.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 6th May 19

Good value for money but there were frequent issues with the radiator when I lived at West Downs which was not good

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 5th May 19

Don’t like in a hall so I cannot review

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th May 19

While we’ve had problems in the past this is overall the best accommodation site for Winchester

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 2nd May 19

This is the university's best accommodation for social life. Not to mention it's cheaper than the rest and is genuinely more pleasant. The West Downs campus is very green and peaceful, and I've loved my experience here.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th April 19

It was a fun place to live in first year! Not as modern as the other halls available but it’s more sociable

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 28th April 19

West downs was really nice. It had a good community spirit, was very reasonably priced, and the rooms were really nice. Far better then the student digs I've had since for my master's.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 28th April 19

A horrible rooming service providing a kitchen in need of renovation as well as the room with mould being frequent and the carpets being stained. Beds are old and firm and for paying £100 plus pounds per a week with your only communal area being the kitchen and your bedroom having several issues it is a total waste of money however, the people you meet are some of the best and has a great student life culture.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 26th April 19

I was placed in an en suite in west downs and I'm loving to because it means I have my own space and having my own bathroom means more privacy. Walking up the hill from campus to west downs isn't that fun but could be a lot worse.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 25th April 19

very good value for money, easy to be social with other flats; wifi very good, has its own little shop

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 25th April 19

I love how sociable West Downs is. Even though it’s not the new fancy accommodation please don’t think you are disadvantaged in any way - I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 25th April 19

Great value for money with the en-suite bathroom, placed on campus with an easy walk to town

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th April 19

The West Downs site could do with a common room area

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 20th March 18

I spent one of the best years of my life in West Downs. The student village is perfect for meeting new people and all members of staff are friendly and welcoming. I've spoken to lots of people who lived in Burma/Queens and wished that they'd chosen West Downs. Although the rooms themselves might be nicer elsewhere (debatable as the West Downs rooms are much bigger, with big windows and wide open kitchens), the layout and setting is not very social. West Downs is perfect and I wish I could re-do my year there :)

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 14th March 18

It would have been a great place to live, any other year, however the building work has disturbed our flat beyond description, as I write this there is a non-stop siren wailing somewhere on the building site

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 29th October 17

If you like social life it's perfect at West Downs. It's very cozy here and for the price it's ok. In your room there is a single bed, a table, a shelve, a sink with a mirrow and a wardrobe. All public spaces will be cleaned like every second day. If you choose the quiet area be aware that probably you will have a fan in your room which is running all the time (also during night). This can be sometimes be annoying. Wifi is not always working very well.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th October 16

When I first found out I had got West Downs I was a bit annoyed to say the least, but from the moment I got here I feel in love with the place. The whole of west downs feel like a proper little village with it's own little shop. The accommodation felt much more like a house rather than a flat, making living there all-the-more better. The cat that lives at west downs also helped me feel more at home as it loves to be cuddled just like my cat at home. West Downs was the best place I could have gone an dI'm thankful I got it.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 7th July 16

Such a lovely social halls. Loved my year living there.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 2nd June 16

Hood value for money, although areasof the halls could be updated to allow for an enjoyable stay.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 5th April 16

Really good, wears downs very social. Little bit more of a walk from the campus but amazing

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 29th March 16

West downs was my last choice when picking my uni accomodation, however I ended up there and i am so glad i did. Was dreading sharing a toilet- but its absolutely fine and so much cheaper that i wouldn't change it at all. The most social out of the uni accomodations, got to know so many people around my flat and in my block. The grass areas outside is great for when it gets sunny. The walk to campus about 15 minutes and hilly is deffinately worth it!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 29th March 16

The beauty of West downs is you truly feel like part of something, completely integrated free to wounder and socialise. It's patroled and 24/7 cctv so you are always safe!

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 28th March 16

Cleaners dont seem to actually clean, just sort of sit on the stairs outside lol

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 28th March 16

West downs defiantly has the best student environment! It feels like a little village and I'm glad I moved here, will be sad to leave

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd March 16

Best place to live on campus with the best social life.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 7th March 16

It has been great, feels like home and when you leave you meet with the other houses giving you more chances to make friends

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th February 16

Beautiful setting and I love the feel of WD. The cleaners are reliable and do a thorough job as well as being very friendly. The kitchens are spacious and location is perfect even if you have to carry your shopping up the hill. If there's a problem and you go about it I the right way issues are solved on the same day if they can be and its just a lovely place to be.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 1st January 16

Everyone is very friendly and talks to others with all the shared facilities. Cleaners are lovely and clean communal areas for you, only downside is kitchen space is small

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 1st January 16

West Downs in my opinion is the best accommodation for the uni. Most people I talk to in other accommodation wish they were in WD! Despite the distance from the uni (a 5 minute walk, compared to Burma and Queens which are both on campus) and the fact that it is up the hill it is brilliant. The rooms are spacious and feels like a home, the newer accommodation feels more like a hotel, block rooms and smaller. Considering this is the cheapest accommodation I am very very satisfied! It is also the most sociable accommodation with lots of room to have predrinks etc.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 14th December 15

By far the best location at Winch, so glad it was my 1st choice

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th December 15

Good value for money, very sociable. It's the halls furthest away from uni but still only a 10 minute walk so great if you're running late! Management can be very strict with the noise and parties which people are surprised about as people expect it to be really relaxed! Also the cleaners only wipe the surfaces, Hoover the floors and occasionally mop the kitchen.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 3rd December 15

Everything you need from student halls

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 25th November 15

West Downs were definitely the best halls at Winchester

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th November 15

Very nice friendly setting and very social

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 24th November 15

Really big rooms compared to queens and Burma. I nice get away from the uni while still being on campus.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 20th November 15

Love being in west downs - a lot more happens here than any of the other halls - but that does mean sometimes it's a bit noisy!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 20th November 15

Lovely area to live in - very social community and shop on campus

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 18th November 15

Best time here, Very socialable campus best place for BNOC's

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 18th November 15

Better than some of the more expensive halls as the rooms are twice the size (even with an en-suite). Kitchen sizes vary between different flats - some will have a balcony attached - but most are a reasonable size. West Downs is the most social student accommodations with many flats throwing parties where you can meet others who live near you.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 16th November 15

these halls are very social and are the cheapest, the best place to be during freshers

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 16th November 15

West downs is a really good and social community, it isnt that loud at night and you can really feel like you are apart of something. Even though it is old it is really good and the kitchens and rooms are medium size. Overall west downs is really good.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 16th November 15

West downs is where the parties are!!! If you are a party guy, you will go for West Downs!!!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 15th November 15

Amazingly large student accommodation and amazing atmosphere

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 15th November 15

Very nice halls, more homely than the others and great value for money. Plus nowhere near as many fire alarms as Queens or Burma.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 16th October 15

Good fun, always a nice vibe around the student village and there's always people around. The houses are nice but a bit worn with age.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 5th October 15

I live in a shared bathroom place in west downs and I was scared going into it, but it's actually just fine, I only share with 4 people and both spaces get cleaned every two days or so! It's the furthest halls from main campus but it still isn't that far, the laundrette is around the corner as well as a small shop. The only things I can complain about is living next to a nursery and when you plug our toaster in it trips the electrics, but other than that it's alright for the money which is a lot cheaper than an en suite place!! :)

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 5th October 15

Love it. West Downs is where the party is at!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 2nd October 15

Some flats look run down but that's expected with it being the oldest (and cheapest) option available. Great social community and su shop and washing close by. My flat had a large kitchen/communal area however others were smaller. Cleaning depends on who you get, some cleaners were friendly and did a good job, others were not and constantly complained. Overall it's a good choice

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 1st October 15

Pleasant halls although not very well maintained. Silverfish infestation in the kitchen really put you off ever eating or cooking fresh. Cleaners wouldn't clean if you were in even if you offered to move.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 26th September 15

had the best few weeks in west downs, great for making close friends with flat mates

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th September 15

West Downs Student Village is the perfect accommodation for anyone looking to make friends at University. The downside to these halls of residence is that you do have to walk up a rather steep hill to get home from a lecture but I seem to personally be getting used to it and I'm feeling much healthier for it, saves you paying out for the gym! I live in a shared bathroom accommodation and the showers are meant to be better than those that are in en suite accommodation in West Downs and my cleaner comes every day apart from the weekend so minimal cleaning is required, you only need to do your room! My room has a sink basin with a large cupboard underneath. You do not have a "living area" in this type of accommodation but the kitchen area is good to socialise with housemates in, plus there is a pub right opposite the village if you're looking for a more lively atmosphere. My "house" is directly opposite the West Downs garden so I have a lovely view and the houses/flats are stylish.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 22nd September 15

Right at the top lots of hills to walk. Nice sized room

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 22nd September 15

excellent accommodation. I am in a 1 bed self contained flat as I have a 2.5 year old. So impressed! Its small and not ideal to share a bedroom but so worth it! Feel very safe and well looked after by the uni.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st September 15

Some rooms are too close to social areas thus making it difficult to sleep/study when people are in the kitchen

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 21st September 15

A very average hall, maybe not worth accommodation fee. Not very comfortable or homey, won't be staying in this hall. However, wifi as adequate as the rest of the campus, maybe and okay hall for some but not others.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th September 15

I loved West downs for its social aspect. Ot was so communal and even though I didn't get on with the people in my house I made amazing friends in the houses around! Couldn't have asked for a better place to live socially wise.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 3rd September 15

Nice grass area outside, however was placed in a flat completely out the way of the social life on the main strip. Room was extremely small, felt like a prison after a while. My roommate was arrested and expelled, my other roommate thought I was conspiring against her. No area in the flat that is comfortable to socialise in. Cleaners don't do a lot of cleaning in kitchen but are friendly.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 1st September 15

West Downs was an excellent halls of residence! Although it would of been nice to have a sofa and more lounge area for a social space. Instead of the kitchen being the only social space abalible.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 28th August 15

Really sociable place to live, feels like home a few days after arriving. Management is great, and maintenance team responds quickly to issues that arise. Cleaners were all friendly and visited to clean kitchen every other day. Common area could be improved slightly, as only place to socialise with the house is at the dining table, with no other seating provided other than dining chairs. However really enjoyed living in West Downs, very sad to leave!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th August 15

West Downs was amazing! It was like a year round holiday camp. Such a social layout; truly a little village for the students, and so much fun. Also, the West Downs cat (his name is Craig, you cannot dispute this) is the most wonderful creature you'll ever meet.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 3rd August 15

Brilliant spacious accomodation. Worth the extra money

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 27th July 15

Kitchen was on the small side for 7 people, not enough cupboards/fridge shelves and only 1 oven! Room was very good value for money, and the shower was excellent.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 17th July 15

I love the arhitecture and the vibe that the buildings give.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 14th July 15

Better halls than most get! Excellent location and great social space for students

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 14th July 15

The halls were a small community. We shared a house rather than a hallway which I loved! They were designed as a street and so sociable for every one! The bedrooms were a Great size and the house iteslf.. Although old.. Was great! Security were around 24/7 and maintenance always appeared fast! Cleaning.. She wasn't great!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st April 15

the best halls at Winchester, amazing and very large rooms, more than enough space and facilities, great cleaners everyday, perfect location for the university and town!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 12th April 15

I chose west downs mainly for the money, but I didn't realise how much the social experience was the best. There are two other halls that I have friends in and have said that west downs is so much better.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 26th March 15

Absolutely beautiful place to live and incredibly good if you like community. The cleaners come once every week day, and they get very antsy about washing up so make sure it's done if you live in West Downs! Perfect if you're planning on doing Buisiness or something, but trust me you get used to the hill down to main campus (unless it's freezing, then you never get used to the hill).

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