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Once you’re here look out for our Exec officers, the guys in blue, and our Freshers Crew, the team in orange! If you’ve got any queries, ask them! They are here to help you!
For now here are a few of the more popular questions we get asked about Freshers!
What happens when I arrive to move in?
You’ll be met by members of the Housing department who will assist you, you will collect keys and be directed to your Halls. Members of our Fresher’s Crew will be on hand to advise and assist, carry your bags and help you settle in, so ask them anything!!
Where can I get tickets for events?
Tickets of the majority of our Freshers 2018 events, including our new Freshers Wristbands will available on the website from mid-August. Check out the events listings and simply click BOOK NOW to purchase tickets.
What if an event has sold out?
We will always keep a limited number of tickets for sale on the door, however we recommend arriving early to save queuing and avoid disappointment!
What do I need to get in to an event?
Proof of student status and proof of age are required on entry for all events. Our standard forms of age ID are passport, passcard and driving license. For student status we accept your University ID Card, however during Freshers only, we will also accept enrolment paperwork or a Halls Of Residence key.
What time do event doors close?
This can vary, but is usually around 11pm for an 8pm doors or 12am for a 9pm doors. If you have a Freshers Wristband your last entry time is 10pm for evening events.
Can I bring a friend to events?
Unfortunately during Freshers no guests are permitted. From Monday 1st October students can sign in 1 guest per event. This can be done on the door when you arrive.
How do I join a sports team or society?
You can see a list of sports and societies on the website, to join we recommend coming down to the Freshers Fayre on Saturday 22nd September. You can meet all the teams, and sign up! You will require a student activity card to participate, you can buy one of these from SU reception (Level 3, University Centre)
Are there any events/socials for mature, international or commuting students?
We have afternoon tea's schedule for mature, international and commuting students, more details available on the events page! Both are the perfect opportunity to meet our Mature & Part Time and International Officers, and students in the same boat as you!
Where can I get an NUS card?
The NUS Extra card is an absolute must for any student! NUS Extra card gives you discounts on everything from clothing to books, food and travel! Plus reduced entry to our events! To buy your card go to www.nus.org.uk. Cards are valid for one year from date of purchase and can be ordered online or buy on campus when you enrol!
Where can I eat/drink on campus?
If you’re feeling peckish, there are lots of catering outlets on campus! To grab a sandwich, snack or drink head to the SU Shop (Level 1, University Centre) or pop to the Terrace Bar (Level 2, University Centre)
There is also the Learning Café, The Lounge and Food Hall in the University Centre. The Food Hall provides hot meals, deli counter, salad bar and more! The Lounge offers burgers, pizza and chips! These services are run by the University catering department and you can find out more on the Intranet.
Is there a cash machine on campus?
Yes there are two machines in The Lounge (Level 2, University Centre) and one in the West Downs Shop. The SU venues accept contactless card payments.
Where is the nearest Supermarket?
If you need to stock up when you’ve moved in, you can also buy essentials at our shops located on main campus and West Ddowns. However if you need more extensive groceris then you can head to Sainsbury’s at Badger Farm SO22 4QB or Tesco Extra (open 24 hours) at Winnall, SO23 7RS. Both are only a short drive or bus ride away! Our Freshers Crew can direct you, or you can hope on our Sainsburys Shuttle Bus (running on the opening weekend during Freshers).
Where can I do my laundry?
We have laundrette facilities at West Downs, Burma Road and in St.Edburga on King Alfred Campus.
Where can I get a part-time job?
Try applying at Winchester Student Union to work on our bars, shops and box office. The University employ students in their catering department, check the jobshop on the Intranet, or drop into Careers, opposite the Learning Café for advice. Also Winchester has loads of pubs, restaurants and shops which are always looking for students to work part-time.
How do I get to town?
The city centre is a short walk away from both King Alfred and West Downs Campus.
From King Alfred Campus, corss over the road by Main Reception and walk through the cemetery, at the end cross the road and enter St.James Terrace, at the end of the Terrace turn right and you’re entering the top of the High Street! Alternatively once you are out of the cemetery, turn right and walk down St. James Lane, take a left at the bottom of the road and walk along until you see a red phone box, follow St.Thomas Passage and head left at the end, this will bring you out by the Cathedral and the bottom end of the city!
From West Downs campus, turn left onto Romsey Road (opposite the County Arms) and just keep walking straight, past the hospital, garden centre, prison and police headquarters and keep going! This will bring you out at the ‘Westgate’ the top of the city centre! You can also hop on a bus outside West Downs which will take you to the bottom of the city.