Catered Accommodation


At Winchester we have two halls of residence rooms available in Halls of Residence for students who have a preference for catered accommodation

These rooms are located on our beautiful King Alfred quarter and are a 15-20 minute walk away from Winchester city centre.  

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Our catered accommodation rooms are within traditional halls of residence, with rooms arranged along communal corridors. There is access to shared bathrooms and kitchenettes along the corridors. Many rooms have beautiful views across Winchester and the South Downs and all rooms are larger than average single study bedrooms. Each room also has its own washbasin with mirror above. 

The catering element works on a part-board basis and each resident has a flexible weekly catering allowance automatically loaded on to their student ID card. Residents use their allowance to pay for items in the University catering outlets. Students are free to spend the allowance as they would like over the course of the week and should be able to cover approximately 10 meals a week. The kitchenettes in the halls provide facilities for cooking small meals and snacks.


Key facts

  • 15-20 minute walk into town 
  • Unlimited internet access included
  • 24/7 security team 
  • Cleaning team for all communal and shared facilities (toilet and shower) areas
  • Flexible weekly catering allowance automatically loaded onto your student ID card to spend at University catering outlets

Floor plan

Floor plan of Catered accommodation

This is an indicative floor plan for a typical room in catered accommodation.

Living on campus

The Residential Management team

Student Housing Services is here to support students living on campus.  The team comprises of 9 staff with the Housing Manager on campus holding the overall responsibility for both day-to-day operations and the promotion of a positive living environment for residents. There is also a dedicated team of staff and student staff who provide out-of-hours pastoral care in the residences so there is always someone on hand to assist or give advice.

Security and safety

Here at Winchester the safety and security of our students is paramount and the 24-hour Site Steward Team provides security emergency call out and pastoral care amongst other duties. Our Police liaison officer can also provide advice to students.

Cleaning and maintenance

The University’s Campus Management team visits all on-campus residences regularly and cleans communal and shared facilities (toilet and shower) areas. We’re sorry, but our cleaners don’t do the washing up!

The University has an in-house maintenance team that manages the day-to-day maintenance of our accommodation. Emergency cover out of hours is also provided.


Whether you live in catered or self-catered accommodation, there is always somewhere on campus to find something to eat and facilities are open to all students. We have a wide range of eateries providing meals inspired from around the world, as well as traditional home-cooked meals.

To help you with you budgeting, the University offers a number of catering packages, depending on your own individual needs and each one will load a weekly allowance onto your student ID card. Please note: the allowance is loaded weekly on Saturday morning and any remaining balance will be lost if not used that week. 

If you are in catered accommodation, you will automatically be provided with Catering Package 2 on your University student ID card as a weekly allowance to spend in catering outlets on campus.

If you are in self-catered accommodation, you are able to purchase one of the catering packages below. Alternatively, you may set up an online account with your University student ID card so that you can add funds to be spent as required, with no specific weekly allowance.

For guidance, the 2023/24, the Catering Packages are:

Catering Package 1 

Cost per week: £50.75
Cost for full contract: £1573.25

Catering Package 2 

Cost per week: £67.00
Cost for full contract: £2,077

Catering Package 3

Cost per week: £88.25
Cost for full contract: £2,735.75

All meals numbers quoted are dependent on the individual cardholder's spending pattern and are only a guide as the cardholder may spend the allowance in any outlet throughout the week as required.

Internet provision

The cost of data connection is included in the residence fees and wireless access is available in all University on-campus accommodation providing students with flexible study options. For a guaranteed internet connection there are wired data points within all study bedrooms, although WiFi is also available in all communal areas and most study bedrooms. The University has an ICT Acceptable Use Policy which students will be advised of along with information on how to connect to and use the University network.

Other facilities

Students living on campus have access to a wide variety of benefits and facilities, here are some of them:

  • 3 laundrettes placed to serve all accommodation areas
  • University libraries
  • University gym and sports facilities
  • Student Union venue on King Alfred campus
  • Student Union run shop on both the King Alfred and the West Downs campus
  • All heating, water, electricity, internet costs and basic contents insurance are included in the residence fees