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Our campuses are friendly and compact with a community feel, offering first-class, sustainable facilities for learning and teaching.

King Alfred Campus

Student life is centred on our King Alfred Campus within walking distance of the historic cathedral city of Winchester. In recent years, the main campus has been added to and renovated to enhance its facilities with the latest industry-standard equipment, digital networks and AV technology.

The £6.5 million St Alphege building, for example, offers state-of-the-art learning and teaching facilities, including 10 lecture rooms and a mezzanine floor with open-access PCs.

The award-winning University 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 campus venue for a myriad of social activities.

We are proud that all of our recent developments meet the highest environmental standards. They feature a number of eco-friendly innovations such as natural ventilation, energy-efficient lighting, air source heat pumps, solar panels and a wildflower roof.

Open seven days a week and 24 hours a day, our Martial Rose Library has over 300,000 books as well as a huge digital library of academic journals, e-books and databases. There are also study rooms which can be booked for group work sessions, and a borrowing service for popular fiction and non-fiction books, and a range of newspapers and magazines.

There are 600 networked PCs available for students to use across campus, including 150 workstations at the Library. You can make full use of the campus-wide WiFi network and benefit from the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas, which gives you easy access to all types of material such as reading lists, academic papers and video clips.

The campus is also home to a beautifully restored Chapel, a cutting-edge Life Fitness gym and other sports facilities, the Performing Arts Studios, Multimedia Centre and faculty buildings where the majority of lectures and seminars take place.

Many undergraduate students live in the halls of residence on the King Alfred Campus, Queens Road and Burma Road or in the accommodation at nearby West Downs.

West Downs campus 

West Downs is a short walk away from the centre of the King Alfred Campus. It is the home of our self-catering accommodation, the West Downs Student Village, and the West Downs Centre, which is where the University's Winchester Business School is based. The centre also has social learning spaces with the latest IT equipment for you to use for individual and group work sessions.

Other key features of the West Downs Campus are the Link Gallery, which is open to the general public and runs an exhibition programme throughout the year featuring established and emerging artists from the world of visual arts, and the Research and Knowledge Exchange Centre, which is dedicated to research, enterprise and consultancy. It provides excellent resources for postgraduate students, particularly research students as it is the centre of research administration and support services.

An impressive £50 million contemporary building is being constructed at the entrance to the West Downs site on Romsey Road, the main gateway into the city centre from the south-west.

This new architectural development will include a 250-seat auditorium, art gallery, café, food hall, library, social learning areas and be home to the University's new computer and digital-related degree programmes.

It will also provide state-of-the-art facilities to improve the quality of teaching space and meet the changing demands of higher education.