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Accommodation in Winchester
Cathedral Point offers studios & ensuite rooms
Monthly events, landscaped courtyard & super fast WiFi
It's only 24 minutes from the University of Winchester
Applying to West Downs Student Village
- TEACHING DELIVERY STATUS:
- Confirmed Sept/Oct start
- TEACHING MODE:
- Online learning
- OPEN DAYS:
- Virtual open day & campus tour on 2nd & 3rd July
- TEACHING NOTES:
- The latest Government guidance means students studying courses that have been back on campus this semester should continue to attend campus for week 12 teaching (4-7 May) and the assessment weeks (10-28 May). Government guidance unfortunately means that students on all other courses which did not return before Easter should continue to study online.
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West Downs student village is the place to be. It’s such a social place, but unfortunately it’s very filthy. The walls aren’t soundproof so if you end up having some party animals next door you won’t get much sleep. When I first arrived I had to unclog the shower because there was so much hair and leftover soap. The WiFi wasn’t the best so the flat I was in had to sit in certain areas for the internet to work. I was very lucky to get an ensuit, but for the amount of money you’re paying for that uni - you could at least have been given a double bed instead of a non existent single mattress where you could feel everything underneath.
Value for money? Yeah, well upon arriving, my windows was completely broken. I get a constant draft, which forces me to keep my blinds shut all the time. The heating does not turn on. It's only from 6PM to 10PM. My sink light broke completely and does not turn on. I made a service call in October and only now did they reply back saying "It's fixed", yet it's not? No privacy what's so ever. One minute I'm asleep, next minute, the Housing team have suddenly entered my flat and are knocking on me door. Nice. Mobile phone internet cuts out after 10 mins. The ethernet is amazing though! Living with my flat has been awful for the most par. Literally had a psychopath who adored me and was violent, upon my flat knowing, they either didn't care, or defended them. The bathroom is freezing cold. I can see my breath. The toilet sink is too powerful. The fan in room is directly above my bed. You can't turn it off or on for that matter. The power randomly goes out.
Terrible experience with both housemates, the housing team. Security is extremely slow to action responding to complaints in 25-35 minutes despite being based 2 minutes away from my dorm. Noise is absolutely terrible 24/7 leading to a lot of sleepless nights
Overall halls are not worth going to! The housing and security are constantly getting students into trouble, whether it be that the music is too loud, you are smoking too close to the accommodation, you are coming in “too loud” even if you’re just walking with your friends. They tend to raid the flats a lot for “drug searches” for no reason. The uni is very small and there are way too many staff for the students ratio. This means security are so bored that they just find something to get students into trouble for- and on top of that they are rude, aggressive and really intimidating. Overall, I certainly would not recommend going into Winchester uni halls or housing
Good value but some areas need work e.g. better locks on the toilets. Radiators are noisy and don't really go warm and the cladding on the windows lets a lot of cold air in. Individual letter box keys would be good too.
Overall I really liked West Downs, the rooms are pretty big and it’s really good having a sink in my room (as I’m shared facilities). Compared to the other accommodations, it’s probably not as nice but for the money it’s way better! However wifi drops out every few minutes, the radiator is never on so my room gets freezing - and when it does come on it is really noisy. There is also a really loud air purifier in my room (although not in all rooms) so it’s pretty hard to sleep.
West Downs was good apart from I feel it was a little overpriced. However, I did like living there and it had a very good and sociable atmosphere. The main issue I had was that my room was directly underneath the kitchen and if anyone even breathed or walked up there it was REALLY loud and so I couldn't really work or sleep in there for the whole year. Great if you are a heavy sleeper or very sociable person though.
West downs is the cheapest accommodation, I didn’t actually apply to live there but ended up there anyway which was really annoying at the start. That being said, I have made some amazing friends and it’s definitely the most social place to live.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!! :)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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).