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Life in Winchester

This ancient city boasts a thriving arts and culture scene which rivals much bigger University towns – meaning that you can enjoy a great student social life while living in Winchester.

Winchester is a small city of just 45,000 people and it is one of the most desirable places to live in the UK, thanks to its beautiful architecture, plentiful cafés and restaurants, and proximity to London.

Watch our short video to see some of the attractions of Winchester.

Winchester offers:

Nightlife in Winchester

Winchester has a dense offering of pubs, cafes and restaurants that are open late into the night
Cafe/restaurant culture

Nightclubs in Winchester

Winchester has two popular nightclubs: the Vodka Bar & Nightclub and The Vault.

However, if you’d like a bit more clubbing choice you also have the option of going out in Southampton which is just 30 minutes away by car, train or bus. For your return journey at the end of the night you can take the Southampton University’s Students’ Union (SUSU) Safety Bus which will take you direct to your door for just £4.50. This is a great service which means you never have to worry about how you’ll get home, and if you don’t have enough money on you for the trip back you can hand in your student ID to the driver and pay the next day.

Late night cafes, pubs and restaurants

Winchester has a tremendous selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants of all types and varieties. You can find many of the big chains in the city centre, but you’ll also find some of the best and most unusual places to eat and drink in the UK at some of our independent venues - from late night café The Cornerhouse, to weird and wacky pub The Black Boy.

And if you truly love your food you’ll be able to discover some of the finest restaurants in Winchester with Michelin and celebrity chef choices aplenty, as well as budget options.

Discover the full breadth of venues on the onitwinchester website.

Winchester's Great Hall is home to a medieval round table, said by legend to have belonged to King Arthur
The Round Table

Live music, theatre and entertainment

The active arts community living in Winchester means that there are many small venues offering live music, plays, comedy and performance art as well as larger venues including The Railway, Winchester Guildhall, Winchester Theatre Royal and the Chesil Theatre.

Arts and culture

Winchester has inspired artists and writers for generations, with the likes of Jane Austen and John Keats immortalising the city in their work. This tradition, along with its well-connected location in the South makes it an ideal host for art and literary festivals and exhibitions such as The Winchester Festival of the Arts, and the Winchester Writers Festival among many others. There are also many permanent art galleries and arts spaces across the city such as The Minster Gallery, The Colour Factory and The Link Gallery.

And as an important historic city, Winchester is packed full of historic buildings and museums including Winchester Cathedral which has the longest nave of any Gothic cathedral in Europe, and the Great Hall which holds King Arthur’s round table and where the Domesday book was signed.


According to the Complete University Guide, Winchester is the 7th safest university neighbourhood in England and Wales 2016.

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