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3.44 / 5

Winchester

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By member1111742
On 29th July 15

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.


24 Winchester Reviews


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

Beautiful city that has a friendly feel

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Student Review: 4 /5
By 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 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: 3 /5
By On 28th July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By 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: 2 /5
By On 24th July 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By 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 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 On 17th July 15

most beautiful city ever, more like a big town

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Student Review: 5 /5
By 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 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 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: 2 /5
By On 14th July 15

Expensive!

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

Great for Christmas present shopping, terrible for anything else.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 13th June 15

Expensive but worth it!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th June 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 15th May 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By 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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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 20th April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 12th April 15
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