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Winchester town is absolutely beautiful. There is plenty to do and see. One downside is that there is only one nightclub, but the town has good public transport and a huge variety of shops. The town is a short walk from the uni, and has lots of restaurants and pubs to eat out at.

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By livyintheshire
On 28th February 20

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Winchester town is absolutely beautiful. There is plenty to do and see. One downside is that there is only one nightclub, but the town has good public transport and a huge variety of shops. The town is a short walk from the uni, and has lots of restaurants and pubs to eat out at.

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By livyintheshire
On 28th February 20

Living in Winchester

It might surprise you to know that Winchester, not London, used to be the capital city of England. Of course this was around 1500 years ago and things have changed since then.

Winchester is still a traditional cathedral city that isn’t particularly large or fast paced, making it a pretty sweet spot for the student who likes a slightly calmer university experience, with a bit of old-style culture thrown in for good measure.

All the traditional architecture makes it a really attractive place to live and study in. Take the cathedral, for example. It is a beautiful building, Britain’s longest cathedral, and has some amazing historical sights hidden inside it. Jane Austen’s tomb is here (if you’re not freaked out by that sort of thing) and so is the Winchester Bible, a painstakingly illuminated copy that now sits surrounded by art stretching all the way from 1100AD to the present day. Not bad for a building that’s almost a millennia old. As Saint Yoda wisely reminds us: “When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not.”

Winchester does fairly well for sports, with successful men and women’s teams in football and hockey. There’s also rugby and athletics clubs, and a roller hockey team which is gaining speed - usually very literally - and the sports facilities, many of them run by the university, live up to this so you won’t find yourself short of a gym when you need it. There are a few pubs and bars in the town, but for the most part nights are pretty quiet. Students wanting to go clubbing usually catch the train to Southampton, only half an hour away.

Winchester also boasts a great location right next to the South Downs National Park. The area round the town is known for its hills and woodland, which make for some great walking, riding and cycling, and the high Downs themselves offer amazing views of the rest of Hampshire.

But I have no money

  • Winchester castle: The only substantial part of it left is the Great Hall, but this is arguably the best bit. If you come here you can sit at the Round Table! ...Okay so it’s not the real one (although it is extremely old), but why let that stop you?
  • The Hat Fair: An awesome street theatre festival. It’s bright, kooky, and not actually a fair about hats.
  • St Giles Hill: From the top of the hill you can overlook the entire city. A cost-free but romantic location to take someone special, particularly at sunset or with a picnic.

Getting about

  • Cabs: City Taxis.
  • Train: There’s a direct route to London that only takes an hour.
  • Car?: Everything’s quite close together, so unless you’re planning daytrips or you get through a lot of groceries, you probably won’t need one.


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Student Review: 3 /5
By Kimm On 7th September 20

very quiet city, loved it and getting there is easy. would not recommend if you like to party but for more sophisticated students looking for living quality highly recommend.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1350851 On 30th August 20

Good choice of shops, could do with more but Southampton is near

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1102 On 23rd March 20

15 minute train journey (if that) to Southampton central for the best nights out. ubers available so it really isn't an issue going out beyond winchester

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member546717 On 12th March 20

Great public transport but honestly nowhere to go. Nightlife is nonexistent with 1 club in the whole of Winchester excluding the self managed university club. Cost of living is very expensive here and housing usually ranges anywhere from 5-6K a year

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member646673 On 10th March 20

Very expensive, nights out are ok but tend to get boring. Public transport is amazing.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member546586 On 9th March 20

A bit posh for students and you aren't welcomed much by the community. Lovely views and beautiful place to live, but extortionate rent and due to poshness there's no asda or affordable shops in town centre apart from poundland, which the residents loathe. Nightlife is rubbish, you have to go to southamptom for a proper night out. If your studies are depressing you, walking out in the nature of it all is nice.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member746210 On 1st March 20

Public transport isn't necessary, the most you'll have to walk anywhere is 30 minutes. Even then, you're talking one side of the city to the other. Nights out, it depends what you like. I'm not much of a clubber and there's better shopping in Eastleigh (A short train ride away). Spoons becomes your second language. Housing prices are on a par with London. It's bloody expensive. Remember though, Winchester was once the capital and it is a beautiful city. I think it's worth it. Plus it teaches you the value of money.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1246208 On 1st March 20

The restaurants in town are lovely! Again the nights out are pretty good, but if security catch you having too much of a laugh, they will genuinely just grab you and kick you out !

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Student Review: 4 /5
By livyintheshire On 28th February 20

Winchester town is absolutely beautiful. There is plenty to do and see. One downside is that there is only one nightclub, but the town has good public transport and a huge variety of shops. The town is a short walk from the uni, and has lots of restaurants and pubs to eat out at.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By Don’t go winch On 17th February 20

There is one club in town and it’s s*** Wetherspoons is alright

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1045773 On 16th February 20

Affordable travel, brilliant nights out and great atmosphere on the city centre

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member445621 On 12th February 20

Obviously quite expensive city, but it is nice and there are a good number of shops available, independent ae well as chain ones. Overall good though

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Hannahbess16 On 11th February 20

I love the town, plenty of history. It makes me really appreciate what’s on offer

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member1345388 On 9th February 20

Very nice little city, immediately felt like home for me. However, not many places to shop (for food or clothes).

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1211733 On 29th July 15

Beautiful city that has a friendly feel

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member511672 On 28th July 15

Small but has everythin you want in one place. Only has 1 night club but loads of great pubs with quiz nights etc. Also csry close to Southampton which is a good night out

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member711668 On 28th July 15

Expensive to live, but if you're smart and look in the right places you can find somewhere do-able. Eating out is great, lovely cafe culture with a range of independent restaurants. Not much of clubbing nights out, more of a pub city but the SU is great at nights out and Southampton is only 20mins away by train if you want something more hardcore Shopping - there's a Sainsburys, Primark and Poundland - what else do you need? Tesco do online deliveries so that saves you going into town all the time! Public transport - depends on what you need but the uni is only 10-20mins away from town and everywhere you need is quite close so it doesn't really matter!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By CourteousPrancer1421 On 27th July 15

A very expensive place to rent a house second year. If possible, it is cheaper to commute from Eastleigh. Lots of great pubs, and the university hosts clubbing nights weekly to make up for their only being one 'club' in Winchester. Trains run efficiently and cheaply to Southampton/eastliegh.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member611389 On 20th July 15

Not really a clubbing city but perfect if you love a pub crawl. Having a Weather Spoons and an SU means it's possible to have an affordable night out. I don't really recommend Vodka as a club but the Railway has a bit of fun for everyone as a pub and for live music. The SU does the best clubbing events - you can't beat a BOP night out! :)

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member611376 On 20th July 15

Lots of nice pubs for something to do, however, shopping wise you would have more luck travelling to Southampton!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member711346 On 17th July 15

most beautiful city ever, more like a big town

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

It is safe, it is full of talented people and a great place to take artistic photos.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1211240 On 14th July 15

Lovely town- not many clubs but loads of bars and restaurants. Has all of the essentials

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Student Review: 5 /5
By TertianLake50 On 14th July 15

the cost of living here is fairly standard for the south. There is a great town, with plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs. Unfortunately, there are no real night clubs. Having said that, some of the pubs open until late and the excellent train service can whisk you to Southampton for the clubs.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member711184 On 14th July 15

Although expensive.. Winchester had everything you could hope for. Minus the clubs! There were a range of shops perfect for everyone's needs, a small cinema and a theatre. The nightlife was bare.. One club but hundreds of pubs! There are great public connections too with the bus station in the middle of town and the train station at the top. And Southampton being only 10 mins Away.. What more could you want?

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member119415 On 28th June 15

Winchester itself is the most boring place, there are no shops and only 3 places to go on a night out..

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member49176 On 16th June 15

Great for Christmas present shopping, terrible for anything else.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By hannahrose33 On 21st April 15

Options for shopping are limited but Southampton west quay is 20 minutes away and easily accessible, lots of lovely places to eat out, only a few bars pubs and clubs but they are all great and you can have some brilliant nights out, the cost of living and rent etc is slightly higher than average but not ridiculous and you don't mind because it's such a lovely place

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