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The University of Winchester is located in Hampshire in the south of England. 7,540 students are currently enrolled at the university which 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. The values-driven university demonstrates a commitment to sustainability as well as the success of each individual student.
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95% of the University of Winchester’s graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation. The university works in partnership with students in creative ways to shape their future and ensure they are equipped for the professions and for public service. Students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in their career field as well as becoming the conscience of their community. The University of Winchester’s dedicated careers service provides students with guidance and support in graduate employment, volunteering, further study, leadership and language skills, internships and much more.
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The University of Winchester’s campus is split into ‘Quaters’ with student life centred on the King Alfred Quater, which is a short walk from Winchester city centre. The King Alfred Quater boasts first-class facilities including a cutting-edge Life Fitness gym, an award-winning social hub, beautifully restored chapel and fully equipped Multimedia Centre. £50m is currently being invested into The university’s West Downs Quarter where a new learning and teaching building is being developed. The new building will be home to digital-related degree programmes and business and management courses. Many of the university’s facilities encompass eco-friendly innovations such as energy-efficient lighting, air source heat pumps and solar panels.
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The friendly and safe city of Winchester which is steeped in heritage is home to about 50,000 people. In 2016 it was recognised as being the best place in the UK to live. Winchester's bustling, cobbled high-street is packed with boutique stores, cosy pubs, independent restaurants & bars and vibrant galleries. Students can enjoy an exciting live music scene as well as an eclectic mix of art, comedy and drama. The city places host to a number of popular festivals throughout the year and this, coupled with Winchester’s close proximity to London and Southampton makes it a desirable place for students to live.
The University of Winchester’s students are encouraged to be active members of the university community and they have the opportunity to get involved in over 100 different societies, associations, sports clubs and volunteering teams. As well as this, the Student Union offers an array of different extra-curricular activities and events including concerts, club nights, free film showings and quizzes. Students can benefit from a free bus service which operates from the Student Union after events.
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The campus at Winchester is small, homely and beautiful. The uni campus largely has really good facilities but they are expanding the number of students and so facilities are becoming stretched. The union bar has really weird and short opening hours. But largely the campus and facilities are good. Student services are really helpful and supportive as well as having a really good academic skills department which I have found very valuable. The teaching is amazing and interesting on my course. It is a small course and the lecturers know everyone by name and we have a good relationship with them. They have been incredibly supportive with both academic and pastoral issues. I would highly recommend Winchester. It is a very supportive and homely uni with great facilities and opportunities. The city itself is old and beautiful. Although it doesn't have the best nightlife, Southampton and Eastleigh are close enough for going out.
The uni is focused more on how it looks as an establishment than it does the people actually studying here. The faculties are unorganised and chaotic, things are regularly lost and it is left to the students to resolve. The security at the student union are awful, they use their power to push people about, don’t actually care for the safety of students and just discard anyone who may actually be vulnerable. The counselling and mental health services are basically non existent and not even worth mentioning.
Campus is beautiful and has pretty much everything you would need but is small and very hilly. NO PARKING at all around the uni unless you have a permit which is really hard to get. Very difficult if thinking about commuting. Luckily I was given my first choice of accommodation at West downs, and despite none of my flat mates leaving their rooms to socialise I really enjoyed my time there. The rooms are a lot bigger than Burma and the village is a lot more attractive and allows you to be more sociable due to the large windows and grass areas with bbq pits. However if your course takes place on the main campus, be prepared for the hill back to your room. Good range of societies but felt if you weren’t really good at a sport you weren’t given much of a chance to take part. The SU offered loads of events during freshers and holds around 2/3 events each week, while offering jobs to students. When the WiFi worked it worked well, but found it was constantly disconnecting.
The campus is very nice but small. The lectures of often interesting and run well, I have no problems with the course. However student services care very little for the students treating them as nuisances, even if they really need help. I know many students that the university has failed and have now dropped out as a result, this can range from not helping with mental health issues to failing to punish sexual assaults even when caught on cctv. The university’a zero tolerance policy towards drugs and criminal offences is anything but, resulting in a £50 fine in extreme cases, this had lead to people feeling unsafe in the university halls and around campus after they have reported issues to the university.
As a second year going into third year I can say that I’m not looking forward to going back as I know I can expect the same. It’s been poor from the start, poor communication and poor course I guess. Told at the start of second year that we can go to our lecturers anytime for help and support followed by we will only be here for you when it’s convenient for us i.e. working day hours which is pathetic. Don’t know what I’m paying 9 grand for and definitely wouldn’t pay anymore than 3 at this point. Work ethic of some lecturers is little to non existing which really ruins the course not just the module.
Unbelievably overpriced SU, mental health service is a joke, the societies make the uni experience far better but the uni are running themselves into the ground. Accepting more students but no space to place them forcing some freshers to pay £7,000+ for accomodation they never asked for. I know it is winchester but still, the prices are crazy compared to pretty much all other unis in terms of accomodation, shop prices & bar prices. My faculty was very good but I am aware of others who struggle to competently communicate and some which are simply not taught well enough due to staff attitudes. Its a bit of a shambles.
3 years have gone by so quick however have enjoyed every minute of seeing the campus every day! Doing dance means that I was able to use the dance studios nearly everyday making the most of the huge space to dance in. Have made some amazing friends through my course and the rounders society!
3 years ago I would have given this university a much higher rating. However, the increase in student intake has a NEGATIVE impact and is heavily felt. The library and other work spaces are far too overcrowded with 0 spaces available throughout the day and the closer you get to deadlines (when you need to use these facilities) the less room there is. As a commuter, arriving at ridiculously early times to achieve a space is not feasible. Appointments for student services are far and few between, resources are not as available as they say they are. Waiting list of a month for some. Lecturer quality is hit and miss, some are fantastic whereas some are .... questionable. General lack of capability to reply to emails. Claim to care for the environment and they do have recycling bins on sites for coffee cups etc but are currently spending MILLIONS on a new building whilst asking lecturers to take voluntary severance due to lack of funding available. Something not quite adding up ....
Winchester is a wonderful university with a variety of societies and activities to take part in ranging from swimming to quidditch! The music centre particularly is excellent and student services are so helpful and kind. The student union may not be the biggest but it’s one of the safest and the summer ball was amazing. Theres nowhere else I’d rather be.
Physically, everything’s fine. Nice campus, accommodation is ridiculously expensive (as expected), fun SU etc. However, there’s an atmosphere of ‘not our problem’. I did my undergrad and masters at winch (winch offers a 50% deal off on masters if you do an undergrad with them), and studied in both the arts and business faculties. The mental health services are a joke. A 3 month wait for an assessment and then 5 sessions
Overall it’s a good uni, I’ve just finished first year and I can’t fault that much. One thing that is particularly annoying is the internet but it’s not a big deal, there is nothing about the uni that I could say was terrible.
The facilities are great and the courses are interesting. However with it being a smaller uni they need to improve the student union to fulfil everyone’s best uni experience possible. Also West Downs Student Village has horrible water and the showers are disgusting with black mould.
Events cost a lot to attend ie, sports awards, summer ball and even have to pay a lot for graduation. But the academic facilities, resources and support is good. With my course (journalism) where we don't have a lot of contact hours, we do most of our work independently, but the resources we are given to help us and the people we meet make my course worth it. And the way it is structured works because it prepared us for the industry we're going into.
The uni itself is a nice small uni and classes are never massive. Nice for those who don’t want to have to be in a room with hundreds of people at a time. However, my course has not been helpful with marking and student services very rarely actually help to improve grades.
Student services and mental health services are extremely poor. SU doesn’t do much to change or help any issues. The dean and faculty of arts is helpless. Funding is being cut more and more. The town is pretty boring and everything is expensive
In our third week we were attacked by another student on university grounds, they refused to remove him from the university and their lack of action led to him not being sent to prison as the courts saw the lack of action as complacency.
Small campus which instantly makes you feel comfortable. However, it needs more study spaces. Sports teams are huge whilst other societies struggle to keep going. A really good and modern SU but the vault needs to be expanded to accomodate the growing number of students. Brilliant and very helpful careers service if you choose to use them and decent internet and wifi.
Very small, kind of antisocial. Not very multi cultural. Boring. Good that it’s small though because it’s easy to find places. Not much to see or do and is only good for about 4 of the courses so I’ve heard. Film course is not good hence why I’m trying to go to a different university to do a more art based course
The University of Winchester is undoubtably falling short when it comes to being a desirable and interesting university. Although a few union events are made they are repetitive and become a students worst nightmare after a while. The halls are mixed with some being new and updated whereas others are falling apart and should not be lived in (especially for the price charged). After three years at the university I have never received a single hint of help on future careers. The university needs a serious update - instead of spending money on new things try to update the things already in place.
Have basically been conned into a degree that has no budget and is not what it was sold as. They’ve even given us fake stats about where our money goes and the dean has tried to get free labour over summer from a group of us. Genuinely considering a law suit.
This uni has been my home for the last 3 years and when I say home I mean I as such. It’s supportive, comfortable and very clean. I love it here so much that I’ve chosen to stay for another. I don’t think this uni gets the credit it deserves. No one can ever do enough for you especially the student services and programme leaders. When things get tough or life throws you a curve ball the uni are there to help you on your feet again and achieve. Thank you Winchester uni
There is a lack of newer and relevant books in the Winchester library for Marketing. Disabled/additional support is very inconvenient and doesn’t offer alternate locations for 1-1 learning sessions making them hard to attend
Where to begin... My lecturers are for the most part fine. The campus is fairly nice but the buildings advertised are nothing like the ones you will actually use. The student unions events are useless and revolve around basic boring nights out at an overpriced SU bar with awful music and have never seemed to put on a live music event despite advertising. My housing situation probably sums it up most I ended up having to live alone in a house for two months because of an error made by the university. Clubs and societies, there are plenty most of them uninteresting there are classics like rugby football etc I joined busking society for music and felt totally alienated very quickly no one even bothered to learn my name except a couple people. The internet works what else can be said Overall I’d say don’t bother even if they give you an unconditional.
I haven't got a bad thing to say. They've been 100% supportive in getting me through, student services is amazing, staff throughout the uni work together to make uni an enjoyable experience and to get you through your studies. The management on the uni whether it's security, halls or food outlets is faultless. They've gotten me through a lot, regardless of the problem. So glad I came here.
Lovely modern campus with all the facilities and resources you'll need. You genuinely feel taken care of at this university, the staff are all very kind and they treat you as an adult, not a child or a number. Winchester itself is a beautiful city, perhaps not the best for a night out (the one nightclub might not be for everyone), but it has plenty of lovely pubs and Southampton (which has many more nightclubs) is only a short journey away. Not to mention The Vault (basically a student union club) which always has events on. You feel like a member of a big family here, which is welcoming and great to be part of.
The campus is beautiful and it’s all pretty much in one place, so you can easily walk to all parts of campus. Winchester has a really friendly and supportive environment and there are so many opportunities to be social and make friends.
The campus is beautiful and all the facilities are within walking distance of each other. It’s a really friendly and supportive environment, and there are so many opportunities to be social and make friends. The lecturers are really approachable and friendly, and make you feel lseen and heard, and not just like a student number in the crowd.
A gorgeous campus, very helpful staff and despite it being a fairly small campus, they do a fantastic job especially when it comes to events at the student union! So many opportunities for all kinds of people and fantastic support network too!
Winchester is a lovely place! The campus is beautiful and quite small which makes it hard to get lost! All on campus housing is within good distance of lectures. All facilities on campus are great! Very eco friendly and big on recycling - they even recycle gum! I'm proud to be a Winchester student.
Wasn’t the best in terms for disabled students even the lifts would constantly break down leaving students stuck in them. Not much was put in place for students who required help especially the wait for those with mental health issues. The WiFi was intermittent at best and would often not work for days which isn’t helpful for students during their dissertation period.
Eduroam is awful WiFi! I am in my third year and currently live at home and commute, facilities are good for commuters. When in first year I lived in Queens student flats, you couldn’t call from your mobile inside the flat, flat block or sometimes even the courtyard out the front - in first year this led to me missing my food shop as I didn’t have signal, meaning I lost out on food and £40. I think it needs to be easier to get into clubs and societies, especially if you decide you want to start part way through a semester. I always felt awkward showing up to trials for societies. Student union isn’t bad - good places for food/drinks.
Careers service is absolutely awful. Wifi drops out constantly. Always had issues with the wifi. The student union are alright but could listen to students more. The campus facilities are good, although automatic doors and lifts break all the time.
Awful management in every sense possible, unprofessional staff and those outside the arts are unfair on both the staff and students, minimising their opportunities, docking funding, and trying to cut down staff. And the staff in that department work hard
A university with a brilliant lecture team but a horrible administration, when studying you feel as if you are there for a reason but bedside that you are constantly being degraded and threatened by credit control if you ever find yourself in a financial situation, with constant overlooking of your needs as a student and a lack of empathy; everything concerning the student union is lacklustre at best and the only half decent social activity involving the university is the societies which create great bonding, besides that food on campus is tasteless at its best yet cheap with many computer facilities however a lot of them not working at the best of times, academically a great university however administration wise it’s horrible.
Overall university it’s amazing, looks wise at least. The teaching needs to be improved if it wants to continue accepting students, because I had a terrible experience over my three years at the uni with teaching. Wasn’t cared about at all, I only have 4 lectures overall and in my final year they still didn’t know my name, just shows how much effort they put in to their work.
Just finishing my third year of university, it has been amazing. I have met the most amazing people and had the most amazing adventures. I have been so fortunate to find like-minded down to earth people who I expect will be my friends for life.
As joining as a third year student , the university does not cater specifically for this type of student however is more than happy to take the money. There is a complete lack of help, the grading criteria is also extremely fluid and the lecturers are very political and favoritism does reflect the great given.
Campus is always tidy and clean. Food can be quite limited and expensive. Not a massive range of sports facilities. Parking is very very limited near campus. Cost for commuting can be expensive via train. Not many weekly lectures and split over 3 days makes it difficult to work around the timetable. Library has good facilities and a nice place to study.
The housing team are awful. Bullied by my drug taking alcoholic flatmates (I was made to move not them) and then moved in with more drug takers. Tried to charge me for leaving onsite accommodation. Happened to at least three of my friends as well. Exposed to nudity in and outside the flat. Poorly handled. Course had multiple close deadlines (four in two weeks, one an exam) and it took a long time to get work back.
My main issue with Winchester is their mental health support is literally none existent. I suffered for the two years I was there before I decided to drop out and I was literally getting thrown around by the uni and I felt like they weren’t really concerned or believed me? Could be a lot better.
Since starting at the university in 2017, I have enjoyed every moment there! The staff in the law department are helpful, committed and incredibly intelligent, with personal touches to their teaching and are always very approachable. The facilities are vast and range from outdoor spaces, indoor spaces, with great equipment at our disposal and modern technology and design. There is a great community feel throughout the university and being apart of a society only expands upon that!
I love Winchester. Not simply the university, but the place itself is somewhere you can feel safe walking around and is easy to meet people anywhere you go. I was accepted here after going through clearing and I am so thankful as it is somewhere that is supportive, interesting and above all enjoyable.
My favourite place and second home! I am a second year and honestly don’t want to leave. I have visited other universities and found that our student union is much more active than many others and we have lots of events having throughout the week. Facilities are all fantastic, especially the library.
The internet does not work at all in certain dorms. It cuts off and logs you out about every minute. Some dorms are also very dirty and have nasty carpets. The food on campus is a joke. You can hardly get food when you want it. Places close whenever they want and there isn’t really many options either. I would save your money and go to another school. I’m an international student and only here for a semester and I regret it all. This place is a joke. Nothing like its advertised. They spend all the money here on the terrible parties rather than serving the students with good dorms and food. It’s ridiculous. The teachers are decent, but nothing to go crazy about as assignment guidelines are never really clear. The clubs here also are a waste. It’s more about partying than inclusion and sport. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME HERE!
Fantastic lecturers, beautiful campus, top wifi speed and an study area that sells delicious organic pizza! Historic town centre, great restaurants and pubs, although town is not big on the nightclub scene (avoid Vodka at all costs
The university has been brilliant for me as a trainee teacher with a disability. They have put everything possible in place to help me work for my degree and comfortably live away from home. Couldn’t ask for any more.
Winchester is small but perfectly formed. It has history, beautiful buildings (old and very new), and a tight community of students and academics. Its size belies the scale of its ambition. It is a world leader in the fields of education, history and archaeology and contributes a great deal to these areas in terms of research. It has a vibrant arts programme and there is an international vibrancy to its cohort and output. It is perhaps too comprehensive in its admissions, but I believe it's on the ascendancy.
The best university. Everyone I encountered during my three years at Winchester was friendly and welcoming and, as I left to begin my MSc at the University of Glasgow (for a course not offered at Winch, otherwise I would have stayed), I felt well-equipped to deal with any number of challenges. I wish I could go back and start the three years all over again :)
I am disgusted by the treatment and superiority of security staff regardless of whether a general complaint or sexual misconduct ( I am aware of at least two incidents of inappropriate photographs being taken by university societies and several sexual assaults which have all been reported with no consequence) has been mentioned or during general issues through student events. I do not feel like this university protects my well being or safety when events at the student union is being held. I feel like the university makes a mockery of their students who are effectively paying thousands of pounds a year to be treated like scum by a security team that enjoys causing problems just so they have people to throw out
I dropped out after a month and a half. Rubbish uni with awful dorms and sub par teaching staff. I was given no information about lectures in the first week and was given a telling off after I didn't turn up to a lecture I didn't have. Hardly any decent societies and I had a hard time making friends. Town is rubbish and hardly no decent shops. Lecturers were patronizing didn't care. I would recommend you to avoid this uni at all costs.
Having been a student, it's with great regret that I look back at my period there(university of Winchester). There are lots of discrimination against bme students. They are treated less favourably compared to their counterparts.
Generally good. Careers are a great bunch, and are so helpful Internet, never had a problem Clubs and Societies, generally something for everyone! Campus is beautiful, and the facilities are ok, but the campus is always expanding and getting bigger.
Eduroam is the worst wifi service on earth and that is coming from everybody. Never connects and when it does its speed is questionable. The university is good and the library is great. Location is nice and you can tell that they make effort but I still feel as if things can be improved.
The campus and its facilities are exemplar; disabled accessibility, food service, the Library and Computer access are abundant. The clubs and societies at Winchester are amazing, whether they're based around sports, politics, gaming, or are specific course societies they're fantastically inclusive and active. (Shoutout to Busking, History and Psychology!) The Students Union is fantastic as its staff, social events and facilities have been consistently brilliant and continue to improve! The careers services are welcoming and efficient in their advice and are committed towards getting you the best job for you. Internet is very fast and the entirety of the campus has Wi-Fi access, literally everywhere!
Very good university, especially for Primary Education, library is well stocked! SU do good nights, especially with decorations and the like and the drinks are reasonable priced. Enjoy my course and the people at the uni are very good! If it wasn't for the lack of a local big supermarket (Sainsburys down the hill in town is a pain because walking up from there with shopping is tiring!) then it would be perfect! Online shopping is needed really. Also a shame about the hills, however it makes me feel less guilty about not joining a gym!
Brilliant facilities, and services for students. However due to the obvious extra intake of students every year, facilities are often stretched at peak times of the day. Computers and workspaces become hard to find in periods like this.
A lovely peaceful campus with that countryside feel yet it is still close to town and the train and bus station. The clubs run here are always popular with everyone and the careers service here help you get a job as well as teaching you skills like how to write a CV.
This university has a very high standard. The teachers are great, and so are the students. You can be yourself, and it will most likely be a society where you fit in. The teachers are very motivating, and passionate about their subject.
I did not attend Winchester myself but as a guest I was treated in an appallingly rude manner by the pathetic excuses they have for staff at the student union 'Nightclub' (aka glorified school disco that does not allow students to enjoy themselves). Both times I have been to an SU event when visiting a friend attending Winchester uni I have been treated as far, far, far more drunk than I was and on the first occasion was thrown out and verbally abused by the security staff for slipping on an ice cube while wearing 5 inch stilettos- apparently this was enough to make an assumption that I was highly intoxicated and had nothing to do with the state of the floor... hmmmmm... perhaps one should purchase a breathalyzer for future use as they clearly cannot use their eyes and 'brains' to determine otherwise. I highly recommend prospective students give Winchester a miss if they wish to be able to go out and enjoy themselves without getting scrutinized.
I love this university, everybody is so friendly and the teachers are really cool and approachable, you get treated like an adult here and that's a nice touch, it's a short distance from town too so that's not a far walk, and the place in general is really pretty
Its getting better academically. Lecturers are very good, courses have excellent content. Very friendly community atmosphere due to relatively small university size. Ideal for students unsure about moving away from home or people from small towns/villages.
The University of Winchester may be small and the campus may be scattered, but the university has it where it counts. The professors teach to a high standard and help as much as possible, which is what is important.
Majority of people are super friendly, Staff are helpful. The area is lovely and the Campus is kept clean. Societies are welcoming for the most part but some sports and arts societies/clubs seem a little unwelcoming. Student Union seems to be focused mostly on the sports and arts clubs but other than that it's okay. Overall it's an amazing place to go to and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
Winchester University is great, and I am so happy with my choice to study here. Campus is lovely, with everything being close together on the King Alfred Campus. New buildings are lovely as are the old. Internet is usually okay, however sometimes a little unreliable. Staff are really friendly, and are always happy to help with any issues you may have. Great events held at the SU. Love Winchester Uni!! Will be very sad to leave once I have finished my degree!
The university, although small, is brilliant! Even down to its mix of modern and old architecture. It has a really unique feel to the place. The SU is great for a night out, and the campus itself provides an open and social atmosphere.
Brilliant university that gives an opportunity to all students to have a career in what ever they want ! The lecturers are extremely knowledgable and have vast in field experience. The seminar group are small and very interactive especially with real world situations, allowing for maximum learning outcomes to be experienced ! The vast choices of modules for all subjects and societies to join is brilliant and creates a really safe friendly environment to be a part of!
The university has plenty going on all the time, from just about every club or society you can think of (if it does not exist, it will be created!). The student union works tirelessly promoting events and nights out. The staff are all human and approachable, always available for advice and inspiration. The careers office have a dedicated website and an office that you can pop into if you prefer dealing with genuine humans. The opportunities are available, both within the university and outside.
A small but wonderful university where you can get to know everyone and everything, the student union is great and although the town is small you can have some cracking nights out! The area is beautiful and the university itself is lovely! The best three years at university I could have asked for
This university was great until i had a problem, which has still not been resolved and it has been over a month. I was the victim in this problem and i was punished for being so, something that i was promised that i would not be. Not only was i punished but several other students who were part of it victims also were punished, There has been problems with the freedom of speech as well, we are not allowed to bad mouth the university because it will make the university loose credibility when the university for the students who attend has already lost its credibilty. The campus is great and most of the staff are lovely. The TRS lecturers are helpful at all times and do not moan when problems arise then simply get on with it. There are a few classrooms that need to be redesigned but the historical atmosphere of Medecroft is lovely. Bop is a great factor for the university.