The University's Winchester School of Art campus is close to the centre of a thriving city with a rich history.
Winchester is a small but lively city with many pubs, restaurants and cafés. There are also museums, a cinema, a theatre, music venues and several art galleries. You'll find a wide variety of shops in the city centre, from high-street and designer stores to small independent boutiques and weekly markets.
If you want to get active, the leisure centre has a swimming pool, gym and offers exercise classes. There are all-weather pitches and an athletics track at Winchester Sports Stadium and the University of Winchester has as gym and squash, tennis and badminton courts that are available to all.
It's easy to get to Southampton (10 miles and a 16-minute train journey away) and London (just over an hour by train).
There's always plenty going on in the city, with several festivals during the year. The largest is the Winchester Hat Fair, a celebration of street performance that attracts troupes from around the world. There is also a writers festival, a guitar festival and a chamber music festival.
One of England’s most historic cities, Winchester was once the capital of England and the seat of King Alfred the Great. The magnificent 11th century cathedral is the burial place of the great English novelist Jane Austen, while the medieval Great Hall houses the famous symbol of medieval mythology, King Arthur's Round Table.
Winchester was a great place to study; the School of Art was ideal as a campus, being close enough to London for all the galleries, events, and private views, but also situated within relaxed, quiet surroundings, which I found perfect for creativity.
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