West Downs Student Village

At our West Downs Student Village there is a mixture of ensuite and shared facility rooms and some one and two-bedroom family flats.


Our beautiful West Downs Student Village is a self-catered residence on the West Downs campus and a short walk away from the King Alfred campus. Rooms are arranged in houses and flats of six to eight rooms. There are ensuite and shared-facility rooms and some one- and two-bedroom family flats.

Ensuite rooms are single occupancy and have their own shower, toilet and basin. Shared bathroom facility rooms are single occupancy and have their own vanity unit (basin, mirror and cupboard). There are two separate showers and two separate toilets per house. West Downs also has 16 premium rooms which have a double bed and shared bathroom facilities.

Experience our West Downs rooms from the comfort of your own home with our Virtual tour.

Mature students (those age 24 and above) are welcome to apply for University Managed Accommodation and we endeavour to set aside designated flats/houses for mature students across all our accommodation where possible.

Residents have the benefit of a shop, laundrette, cafe and 24-hour vending machines and the University gym and other catering outlets are a short walk away.

Key facts

  • On the West Downs Quarter 
  • 10-minute walk to the King Alfred Quarter 
  • 20-minute walk to the centre of Winchester
  • Unlimited internet access included 
  • Laundrette, shop and cafe facilities on-site 
  • 24/7 security team 
  • Cleaning team for all communal and shared (toilet and shower) areas

Floor plan

Floor plan of West Downs accommodation

This is an indicative floorplan of a typical room in West Downs Student Village.

See the rooms for yourself on our Virtual Tour.

Living on campus

The Residential Management team

Student Housing Services is here to support students living on campus. The team comprises of 9 members of staff with the Housing Manager on campus holding the overall responsibility for both day-to-day operations and the promotion of a positive living environment for residents. There is also a dedicated team of staff and student staff who provide out-of-hours pastoral care in the residences so there is always someone on hand to assist or give advice.

Security and safety

Here at Winchester the safety and security of our students is paramount and the 24-hour Site Steward Team provides security, emergency callout and pastoral care amongst other duties. Our Police liaison officer can also provide advice to students.

Cleaning and maintenance

The University’s Campus Management team visits all on-campus residences regularly and cleans communal and shared facilities (toilet and shower) areas. We’re sorry, but our cleaners don’t do the washing up!

The University has an in-house Maintenance team that manages the day-to-day maintenance of our accommodation. Emergency cover out of hours is also provided.


Whether you live in catered or self-catered accommodation, there is always somewhere on campus to find something to eat. The Foodhall on the King Alfred campus and the Catering outlets on the West Downs Quarte offer a range of options including hot and cold breakfasts, homemade soups, filled baguettes and pizza slices as well as homecooked dishes from our ‘Tastes of the World’ section. You can order your favourite coffee and panini from the Learning Café or Cafe Life. 

The University is cash-free so students can pay for items or benefit from various discounts by using their student ID card. For students in catered halls, their card is automatically topped up each week as part of their accommodation package. For all other students, the University offers a number of catering packages that students can purchase or they can set up an online account so they, or their family and friends, can add credit on an ad-hoc basis.

Internet provision

The cost of data connection is included in residence fees and wireless access is available in all University on-campus accommodation providing students with flexible study options. For a guaranteed internet connection there are wired data points within all study bedrooms, although WiFi is also available in all communal areas and most study bedrooms. The University has an ICT Acceptable Use Policy which students will be advised of along with information on how to connect to and use the University network.

Other facilities

Students living on campus have access to a wide variety of benefits and facilities. Here are some of them:

  • 3 laundrettes placed to serve all accommodation areas
  • University libraries including 24-hour access to West Downs library
  • University gym and sports facilities
  • Student Union venue on the King Alfred campus
  • Student Union run shops on both the King Alfred and the West Downs campus
  • All heating, water, electricity, internet costs and basic contents insurance are included in residence fees