The University of Southampton
Winchester School of Art

Transport for Students

To assist Winchester School of Art (WSA) students in accessing facilities and amenities in both Winchester and Southampton, WSA and the Faculty of Business, Law and Art are very pleased to offer a range of subsidied transport options and facilities.

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 2017-18 this reduction is approximately £280, 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 2017-18 the cost of the termly 90 day pass is £130.

For supplementary ad-hoc journeys the Faculty is continuing to fund for 2017-18, a free shuttlebus service for students between the Transport Interchange on Highfield campus, Southampton, and WSA on the Winchester campus. A new contract for this service, due to start again in September 2017, is currently being negotiated and full details will be available soon.

In addition, as it is difficult for WSA students to use the University sports centre on Highfield, the University subsidises the membership fee for WSA students joining the Winchester Leisure Centre. For 2017-18, this subsidy reduces the fee to approximately £135 for 8-month membership.

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

Travelling By Bus and Train

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

WSA Shuttle Bus

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

Running Monday to Friday during term-time, the shuttle bus will provide easier access for ad-hoc journeys to Highfield campus, helping you make the most of everything Southampton has to offer. An enhanced service for 2017-18 is currently being negotiated, and full details will be available soon.

Note: shuttle bus passengers must use the seat belts provided.

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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