The other reviews are from over a decade ago, when this was just King Alfred's College. Now it's a fully fledged university. It's got a new Student Union building, which has won awards. The SU itself is one of the 20 best in the country, and the 2nd best of new universities. New facilities, new places to live which are very nice, new people. More societies, including many politics and sports societies. Winchester is a fast rising university, already halfway up the rankings after just 8 years of university status!
New courses are coming along every year, student satisfaction is one of the highest in the country, and there is a big plus for concerned parents: Winchester is the safest university city in the South East (Complete University Guide 2014).
It's getting there, it's not quite there yet but it'll be top 50 in the country within 10 years from now I think. The staff are great it's got a great community feel so you quickly make friends, people are really supportive and the uni only has about 6000-7000 students, so you meet pretty much everyone very quickly.
You'll make loads of friends, have loads of fun and wish you had longer than 3 years there. You really will!
After reading a negative report on King Alfreds Winchester I felt I had to write and let the world know what its really like. I have just finished my first year and have had the time of my life! Yes its a small uni but this has made me feel secure and I have got to know so many people. The union is tiny but has provided me with some of the best nights out, its cheap, and you can't get lost in there! I work in my union with a bunch of crazy but dedicated staff and i've met some fantastic people. The halls (especially Westdowns) are amazing compared to some I viewd for other uni's and the facillaties are great. Winchester is an expensive city, but its also a beautifull one in which I feel safe. My course is great, what you read in the prospectus is what you get. I would have to argye witht he negative report I read on Dooyoo and say that there are loads of clubs you can get involved with!!! Its not just the sports teams! I study Performing Arts and the teaching rooms are brilliant, fully equipped theatre,dance studios and superb library to name a few. King Alfreds might not be for everyone, especially if you fancy a manic life with thousands upon thousands running around campus, and a 2 hour queue to get into your union, but I believe uni is what you make it, and afterall, life isn't going to hand everything to us on a plate!!!
I have just started a degree course at King Alfred's in Winchester. As a day student i.e I do not live on campus I have found my first few weeks problematic to say the least. As a physically disabled student the campus is far from ideal. Having been built on one great big hill, to walk from the bottom to the top can take the average person about half an hour. The buildings are old and antequated with hardly any disabled access. The teaching rooms are small and crowded which makes you feel as though you're back at school. The students Union seems anything but friendly, apart from the Pres Michelle who seems quite nice. The bar is dank and depressing and unless you're a regular you're treated as a social outcast. Due to its subject range humanities and sports courses, the population is female dominated and the guys who are there are either rugger buggers, old or a touch on the femenine side. The staff seem nice enough but unable to offer any real or useful help. As an off campus student it is difficult to get to know anybody as there are no clubs or fascilities set up to meet in a social setting. There are a high proportion of mature students' too who seem to lack any kind of representation or cohesion. The only positive things I can say about the place is that library and computer resources are of a first rate standard and that my particular course (Theology, RE and Education Studies) is challenging and its a fairly reputable college to a degree from. On the whole King Alfred's is unlikely to live up to any students' idea of what Uni should be.
I went to King Alfreds Winchester last september, I regret going often and subsequently left after one semester. This was costly finacially and socially as most of my friends have since moved on to thier 2nd years and I feel I could have put last year to better use. I hope this review will help some people avoid the mistakes I made. I guess your opinion of King Alfreds will depend on your interests. Its main academic areas are drama, humanities subjects and sports studies. Consequently campus life reflects this relatively narrow spectrum of subjects. There were no political societies (just they young conservatives!), and the societies that exist are mainly centered around sport. There is a student radio though. The students union was (I was told) the second poorest in the country and thus facilities are sparse, there is one resturant, two bars and two launderettes for the whole university. The bar was always crowded and if you didn't like dance/garage type music there was hardly anywhere else to go (although the seperate winchester school of art union down the hill is much better). The library is brilliant, very modern and well equipped. I found my lectures and seminars very uninspiring though. (I was studying film and media studies). The university campus is tiny (about 3 football pitches long) and though it benefits from intimacy (you get to know most of you neighbours and tutors), sometimes this is rather claustraphobic, I was stuck in a corridor of sporty jocks who were constantly wrestling and being obnoxious. There was also a neo-nazi who had been in prison for three years near me who wanted me to fight him. On another occasion a boy began physically beating me. It was rather rough and intimidating and though may just have been bad luck on my part, I found this all rather dispiriting and not what I had imagined university life to be. I would advise people to scout around more (Winchester was the only 'university' I ever visited, and it
s really only a polytechnic; these days they call them university colleges), Winchester is a lovely town but there are better places out there as I have discovered at the University of Kent in Canterbury where I am now a happy resident.