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.

By livyintheshire On 28th February 2020

Study in Winchester

Winchester or ‘Winch’ to those in the know, is a beautiful historical city. It’s where the University of Winchester and Winchester School of Art, which is the art school of the University of Southampton, are located.

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University of Winchester

The University of Winchester is home to over 7,500 students and the university's teaching has been recognised with a Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. The University of Winchester has a reputation for providing a personalised learning experience and high-quality pastoral care in a supportive and creative environment.

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Winchester Student Life

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.

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Accommodation

Student accommodation costs range from £88 - £350 per week; the average is £188 per week. 

Compare the average elsewhere: Bournemouth: £171/week, Brighton: £238/week, Chichester: £161/week.

(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)

The average price for:

A cheap meal at a restaurant: £10
A pint of beer: £3.95
A regular takeout coffee: £2.84
1L of milk: £0.98
A loaf of white bread: £0.87

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Nights Out

There are a few pubs and bars in the town, but for the most part, nights are pretty quiet. Some of the popular spots where you will find fellow students are at wacky pub The Black Boy, Spoons, Pitcher & Piano, Alfie’s and the only nightclub in the city called Vodka. But if you are after a big night out then catch the train to Southampton where there are lots of clubs and is only half an hour away by train.

Public Transport

It is easy to get around the city by foot or bike, you won’t need a car unless you’re planning day trips or big grocery shops. Winchester is well connected by road and rail, there are direct trains into London Waterloo that only take an hour. There are also good connections to Southampton, Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Brighton, the New Forest and the north of England.

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Shopping

Winchester’s city centre is where you can find an array of shops on cobbled pedestrianised roads. Alongside the normal shops that you would expect on a high street, Winchester is full of unique, independent shops and boutiques as well as a weekly market. If you are after a bigger selection of more well-known brands, West Quay shopping centre in Southampton is only 30-mins away and will tick that box for you.

Days Out

 

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Winchester Cathedral

The cathedral is a beautiful building and has some amazing historical sights hidden inside, including Jane Austen’s tomb. It may not be a whole day out, but its well worth taking a few hours to explore the impressive structure and afterwards enjoy relaxing in the stunning cathedral grounds.

 

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St Catherine’s Hill

A short walk from the town centre is St Catherine’s Hill, it used to be an Iron Age Fort and a chapel in the 12th Century. From the top of the hill, you can overlook the entire city and beyond. If you are keen to impress someone, it’s a cost-free and romantic location to take someone special, particularly at sunset or with a picnic.

 

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South Downs National Park

Winchester boasts a superb location right next to the South Downs National Park. The area around 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.

 

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Marwell Zoo

Just a 20-minute drive away, Marwell Zoo is a fun place to spend a day away from the books. The zoo is home to over 1,200 animals of 135 species including giraffes, tigers and penguins, set in 140-acres of land.

 

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Isle of Wight 

For a big day out, or even better a night away, hop on a ferry from nearby Southampton and head over to the Isle of Wight. Buses run all over the island so it’s easy to get around or hire a bike which is also a great way to explore all the island has to offer.

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Winchester is beautiful...

Winchester is beautiful but you'll pay a hefty price for it. It's got a small primark and an iceland in town, an aldi quite far out, a big tesco and sainsburys. Lots of expensive boutiques, and plenty of shops keep shutting down because people here are not actually as rich as you might think. Sure, there are lots of middle class types in wellies and tweed, but walk up to winnall and the eight story tower blocks talk of a different side to the city. I do love Winchester, it's got some great restaurants and pubs, but it is costly. read more

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20th January 2021

Cost of living is terrible....

Cost of living is terrible. My university accommodation per semester is £1579 for the cheapest option. I don't even get any money to spend on myself. My student loan doesn't even cover my rent. Eating out is fine. Really enjoy the restaurants nearby. Nights out? What nights out? No one leaves flats. We're in a pandemic. Shopping is fine. Nothing really note worthy. Public transport is bad. One bus every 30 mins up that huge hill to the university. The university doesn't even have parking. You've got park 5 mils away from the university and catch a bus there and back. Downgrade to a bus from a car? Really? read more

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7th September 2020

very quiet city, loved...

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. read more

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30th August 2020

Good choice of shops,...

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

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23rd March 2020

15 minute train journey...

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 read more

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12th March 2020

Great public transport...

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 read more

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10th March 2020

Very expensive, nights...

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

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9th March 2020

A bit posh for students...

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. read more

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1st March 2020

Public transport isn't...

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. read more

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1st March 2020

The restaurants in town...

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 ! read more

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28th February 2020

Winchester town is absolutely...

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. read more

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17th February 2020

There is one club in...

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

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16th February 2020

Affordable travel, brilliant...

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

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12th February 2020

Obviously quite expensive...

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 read more

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11th February 2020

I love the town, plenty...

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

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member1345388
9th February 2020

Very nice little city,...

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

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29th July 2015

Beautiful city that has...

Beautiful city that has a friendly feel read more

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28th July 2015

Small but has everythin...

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 read more

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28th July 2015

Expensive to live, but...

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! read more

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27th July 2015

A very expensive place...

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. read more

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24th July 2015
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20th July 2015

Not really a clubbing...

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! :) read more

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20th July 2015

Lots of nice pubs for...

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

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17th July 2015

most beautiful city ever,...

most beautiful city ever, more like a big town read more

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17th July 2015

It is safe, it is full...

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

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14th July 2015

Lovely town- not many...

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

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14th July 2015

the cost of living here...

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. read more

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14th July 2015

Expensive!

Expensive! read more

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14th July 2015

Although expensive.....

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? read more

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28th June 2015

Winchester itself is...

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

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16th June 2015

Great for Christmas present...

Great for Christmas present shopping, terrible for anything else. read more

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13th June 2015

Expensive but worth it!

Expensive but worth it! read more

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10th June 2015
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21st April 2015

Options for shopping...

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 read more

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