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Winchester School of Art

Transport for Students

We are very pleased to offer a range of subsidied transport options and facilities to assist Winchester School of Art (WSA) students in accessing facilities and amenities in both Winchester and Southampton.

Support for Students

The University of Southampton now has adequate halls accommodation in Winchester (Erasmus Park and Riverside Way) to accommodate WSA students requiring University accommodation in Winchester. Any WSA students who choose to live in University accommodation in Southampton receive a bus pass for the Unilink bus service included in their hall fees, including WSA students.

As Unilink does not have a bus service between Southampton and Winchester students living in University accommodation in Winchester (Eramus Park and Riverside Way) receive a reduction in their hall fees to assist them in using the bus or train on the occasions they need to visit Southampton. For 2018-19 this reduction is approximately £287, compared to other University accommodation.

All WSA students can purchase a Bluestar bus pass which has been discounted by Bluestar and subsidised by the Faculty. A termly (90-day) bus pass can be purchased from the Finance Office at WSA or the Unilink Office, located above the Students Union shop on Highfield campus. For 2018-19 the cost of the termly 90 day pass is £130.

WSA shuttlebus
WSA shuttlebus

For supplementary ad-hoc journeys the Faculty is continuing to fund for 2018-19, a free shuttlebus service for WSA students between the Highfield campus, Southampton, and the Winchester campus, helping WSA students make the most of everything that Southampton has to offer. The 44-seat bus operates an hourly service during term-time and also stops at Erasmus Park/Riverside Way in the evening. Full details can be found on the WSA Shuttle Bus tab below.

Further information can be found on the University's transport page.

Travelling By Bus and Train

The information below will assist further in allowing you to travel easily between sites.

WSA Shuttle Bus

The University has arranged a free shuttle bus service for its students connecting the Winchester School of Art and Highfield, Southampton campuses.

For 2018-19, the service will commence on Monday 17th September 2018 and run Monday to Friday 08:00-23:00 during term-time (please see below for term dates). The 44-seat bus will pick-up/drop/off at the following locations:

Southampton – the Highfield Bus Interchange, off University Road, Southampton

Winchester (WSA) – the bus stop on North Walls, Winchester, opposite Upper Brook Street

Winchester (Erasmus Park-evenings only) – Easton Lane, Winchester, just past the entrance to Erasmus Park and opposite Jewsons

The service will operate to the following schedule. Please note times are approximate and notice of delays (over 15 minutes) and other problems will be announced on Twitter @wsashuttle. You can also track the bus live here.

Highfield Campus,
Southampton Transport Interchange
Winchester School of Art
North Walls bus stop
Erasmus Park Halls of Residence
Easton Road
07:45 08:30 -
09:00 09:30 -
10:00 10:30 -
11:00 11:30 -
12:00 12:30 -
13:00 13:30 -
14:00 14:30 -
15:00 15:30 -
16:00 16:30 -
17:00 17:30 -
18:00 18:30 18:32
19:00 19:30 19:32
20:00 20:30 20:32
21:00 21:30 21:32
22:00 22:30 22:32

Students are required to present a valid Student Card to travel. The bus is wheelchair accessible.

The service will operate during the following term dates:

  • Monday 17 September - Friday 14 December 2018
  • Monday 7 January - Friday 29 March 2019
  • Monday 29 April - Friday 14 June 2019

If you wish to comment on the Shuttle bus service please email 

Enquiries about lost property please contact 

Travel by Train

The University of Southampton Winchester campus is a 10 minute walk from Winchester Railway station. Five trains an hour operate between Winchester and Southampton, with a journey time of 10-15 minutes. Trains can be boarded from both Southampton Central and Southampton Airport Parkway stations. The Unilink U1 services provides a direct link between Southampton Airport Parkway and the Highfield Campus.

  • For details of train departure and arrival times, please visit the National Rail website.
  • For details of Unilink bus connections and tickets, please visit the Unilink website.
  • Bicycles can be carried on South West Train services, providing an alternative option for onward travel.
  • Students are eligible to apply for a Student Railcard, entitling them to a 1/3 discount on rail travel.

Travel by Bus

The Bluestar 1 bus service runs between Southampton City Centre and Winchester City Centre at a 15 minute frequency, travelling via Otterbourne and Chandlers Ford, with a journey time of approximately 40 minutes. The bus stop at the Avenue/Burgess Road junction is the closest to the Highfield campus. The same bus stop is served by the Unilink U6 service, allowing for cross-service travel from Wessex Lane halls and Highfield.

  • For details of the Bluestar 1 service please visit the Bluestar website.
  • All Unilink and Bluestar services are equipped with wifi.

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