Based in the King Alfred Centre, the Student Union offers a diverse and exciting range of extracurricular activities, from fancy-dress club nights and comedy to our weekly Big Fat Quiz (with cash prizes) and live music.
The Vault, our award-winning club venue, can be transformed from dance floor to theatre with a stage and staggered seating for free film showings, concerts and performances. At the end of a great night out at the Student Union, we offer a free safety bus to drive you home wherever you live in Winchester.
You can make new friends and have a lot of fun by getting involved in a whole host of clubs, societies and associations – or if you spot a gap, you can even create your own. The Student Union has over 100 sports teams and societies, ranging from debating and busking to student radio and ultimate frisbee. You also have many opportunities to volunteer – from participating in the Big Tidy Up in the local community to being part of the Freshers Crew, plus much more.
Here is an overview of what Winchester's Student Union does:
Democracy in action
As well as providing shops, bars and entertainment, the Union is a democratically run organisation. The President and Vice President are full-time sabbatical officers who are elected from amongst the students to oversee the smooth running of the Union and its services and to ensure that it responds to student demand.
They are aided by an Executive Committee and Student Union Senate all of whom are elected from, and are accountable to the student body. Continuity and professional expertise are provided by permanent staff, and there are opportunities for students to work in the bars, shop and as security stewards.
The Union provides welfare, academic advice and representation to students, and the President, along with part-time officers responsible for specific areas, has responsibility for coordinating this work. The President is also a Governor of the University and through the Union, students are represented on University Committees. The Union is there to support student appeals to the University. The Union runs campaigns each year, promoting student health and welfare issues.
Winchester Student Union is affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS) and through the National Union is committed to giving students everywhere representation at the highest level and co-ordinating national campaigns on student issues.
Students are given the opportunity to attend national demonstrations and conferences on student issues and the right to be elected into national positions., and there are opportunities for students to work in the bars, shop and as security stewards.
Clubs and societies
The Union provides leisure and recreation activities for students. Sport is organised by the Vice President (Activities) and the Student Union Sports coordinator. The range of sports clubs is wide and includes football, rugby, cricket, hockey, basketball, netball, as well as ultimate frisbee, volleyball, skiing and many more.
There is a variety of clubs and societies which meet regularly, such as performing arts, film, radio, LGBT, archaeology, history and role-playing. New clubs and societies are always emerging as students form groups to carry out the activities they want to undertake.
Bars and shops
The Student Union has a special feel to it, providing a relaxed and secure environment for entertainment. The Vault received the NUS award Best Bar None confirming the venue to be a highly popular facility. Events take place regularly and include club nights, quizzes, comedy evenings, live music, promotions, multi-venue events and theme nights. Over the course of the year the Union organises larger events such as the Winton Reunion Weekend, Freshers, Christmas, Summer and Graduation Balls which often play host to top name acts. These events are hugely popular and always sell out very quickly.
The Union also runs shops and launderettes situated on King Alfred Campus and at West Downs. These commercial services provide value for money for students and income to support Union core activity.
The Student Union, above all, is about getting more from Winchester than just a qualification. Involvement is essential, whether that is as an officer, member of a club or society, or just as a user of the bar and laundry. The Student Union helps you do more!
Facing a difficult time? The Union is here for you. From academic and university matters to mental and financial wellbeing, we provide support and welfare services, accompanied by awareness campaigns throughout the year, on issues that are important to you. Student Listeners is a peer-support scheme where students are trained in basic counselling skills so they are able to listen and support other students.
Student Union President
Student Union Vice-President
Let us help you make the most of your student experience. For more information, visit the Winchester Student Union website.