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The University of Winchester

4.9 out of 5 (10 ratings / 8 reviews) Winchester, England, United Kingdom
We are a thriving university with a deep commitment to teaching and research excellence. Established in 1840 by the Church of England, everything we do is underpinned by an unrelenting commitment to our values.

Preparation Courses

Humanities (1)



The story of the University of Winchester shows just how much we have been woven into the history of the City. It all started with a mission the Church of England had in the 1830s to create an institution that would train teachers to teach in poor communities. The Diocesan Training School was eventually established by Bishop Sumner in 1840.


We are passionate about seeing our students flourish. As a Winchester student you will have access to a rigorous education in a supportive and creative environment. You will be nurtured and challenged to grow as a confident and successful individual committed to a life of meaning and purpose, determined to challenge the status quo.


Our research is driven by a commitment to make a difference. Our reputation for research excellence is growing as we continue to deliver impact at regional, national and international levels. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 82 per cent of our submitted research was considered to be recognised internationally, with seven out of eight units of assessment achieving world-leading quality. Explore our research themes.


We offer:

  • CareerConnect which advertises part-time job vacancies both on campus and locally, vacation work, and national graduate job vacancies
  • A volunteering service promoting many local opportunities
  • The HEAR - a single record of your academic and other achievements during your time at University
  • A free online language learning programme - Languages Online
  • The chance to develop your leadership skills through the Frontrunner course
  • The Winchester Employability Fund, enabling eligible undergraduate students to carry out activities to enhance their employability and receive up to £500 funding
  • Help and advice to students who wish to leave university prematurely


Student services

The Student Advice and Finance team is available to offer information and advice on student loans, bursaries and scholarships and financial hardship. We can also provide a listening ear and support those experiencing personal issues which are affecting study, struggles with work load and University life, course concerns and a range of other issues.

The International Support and Advice Centre is available to help students with non academic issues and enquiries such as arrival enquiries, orientation, travelling to Europe, visa applications and extensions, opening bank accounts and will also direct students to the appropriate support elsewhere in Student Services or the university as appropriate.

Housing services

At the University of Winchester we realise that where you live is an important factor in deciding where to study.

Our aim is to help you through the process of securing good quality housing for the duration of your course, by offering University managed accommodation and providing information and advice on accommodation with us and in the Winchester Community.

The University guarantees on campus accommodation or off campus University Managed Housing, to all first year fulltime undergraduate students who hold Winchester as their firm first choice University (via UCAS) and apply for accommodation by published guarantee dates.

Library services

Open seven days a week and 24 hours a day, the Martial Rose Library houses over 300,000 books, including key course textbook, as well as a huge online library of academic journals, e-books and databases. You can settle down to study at one of our 220 workstations, or book one of our 11 study rooms for individual or group work. 

ICT services

Winchester hosts over 350 networked PCs located in the Library, the Kenneth Kettle open access building, the Learning Cafe situated in the University Centre, Medecroft and at the Winchester Business School at the West Downs campus. We also have a number of computer suites for teaching.

All campus accommodation has internet access (wired and wireless).

Medical services

Winchester Centre for Global Health reflects and extends the University’s contribution to the common good for those in need through strong and sustained commitment in low- and middle-income countries.

Student Life

Campus life

Student life is centred on our King Alfred Quarter, within walking distance of the historic cathedral city of Winchester. In recent years, the King Alfred Quarter has been added to and renovated to enhance its facilities with the latest industry-standard equipment, digital networks and AV technology.The award-winning King Alfred Centre is a bright and spacious social hub. It houses the Student Union, bookshop, Learning Cafe (with 24-hour PC access), Food Hall, Terrace Bar, The Lounge, Union Shop and The Vault – the main venue for student social activities.

Sports facilities

We have a gym pass to suit everyone!

Burma Road Student Village hosts the University Gym. The equipment supplied by Life Fitness provides an excellent work out experience. The top floor hosts a large cardio area providing bikes, running machines, cross trainers, rowing machines and more. There is also a stretching zone to get you ready for your workout and fixed resistance machines to improve your strength.

Student clubs

When you arrive at the University you will be given an ‘Entertainments Schedule’ outlining all the events taking place during your first two weeks at Winchester. 

Freshers’ Fortnight is your chance to get involved, socialise and find out what your Union will provide for you! The Freshers’ crew is on hand to guide you through two non-stop weeks of activities and events, supplied by your union and to answer any questions you may have.

Our Freshers’ Fayre usually takes place at the end of week one and is held on main campus, where you can sign up for sports and societies, as well as meeting lots of local organisations.

Winchester, England, United Kingdom