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Life at WCUC

We know that attending university is about more than simply studying and securing your qualification.

You will want to make the most of your time here and university is a great way to meet new people and make new friendships, some of which will last a lifetime.

At Wiltshire College & University Centre, we are sure we have everything available to ensure your enjoyment and participation in student life extends well beyond the classroom.

Campus life

It’s likely you will have free time on campus and there are plenty of options to keep you busy. As well as our dedicated university-level study rooms and Learning Resource Centres, we have student common rooms and gyms on each site and there are lots of clubs and societies you can join.

You’re free to head off campus and into town but we do offer food and drink options on campus. Our canteens are home to Costa Coffee, while Costa Express machines are also dotted around each campus. Our canteens accept cash, card and Apple and Android Pay.

If you fancy a lunchtime treat in a slightly more refined setting, university-level students in Salisbury and Trowbridge can book into our student-run training restaurant which offer a lunch service on Tuesdays during term time.

You can also make use of our student-run hair and beauty salons in Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge.

Away from your studies, if you live in our on-site accommodation at either our Lackham and Salisbury campuses, there is always something going on to ensure you have a good time. Find out more in our dedicated accommodation page.

Off-campus

University isn’t just about the hours you spend dedicated to your course, you will want to enjoy life beyond our buildings. Besides our first-class academic offering, there are a host of reasons why it’s great to study in Wiltshire.

Salisbury is one of the most colourful locations in the county with a vibrant night life and you’ll find plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants in Chippenham and Trowbridge too. There are also cinemas, theatres and venues hosting regular events, including music and comedy, and we’re also not too far from Bath and Swindon, where the options and opportunities really increase.

Wiltshire is also home to its fair share of popular landmarks and attractions. If you’ve never been, historic sites like Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral are well worth a visit, as is Longleat – well known for its famous safari park and centre-piece stately home all set in 9,000 acres of beautiful countryside.

Heading further afield isn’t too much of an issue either, travelling down to the beach on the stunning South Coast takes about an hour to 90 minutes – as does a train journey to London.

If watching sport is more your thing, why not visit The Rec, the atmospheric city-centre home of Bath Rugby, or head north to catch a Swindon Town football match. Both are just a short drive from our campuses in the north of the county. If you’re based in Salisbury, home games for AFC Bournemouth in the winter and Hampshire cricket fixtures in the summer can be reached in about 45 minutes.

Study support

The College has a vast range of high-quality facilities on each of its campuses so students on all of our university-level courses can be sure that their learning will be aided by the latest equipment and industry-standard technology.

Alongside this, all students have access to our Learning Resource Centres, which are home to PCs and Macs equipped with the latest versions of Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office Suite and various other innovative software.

You’ll be allocated your own Learning Resource Coordinator who is there to help with research skills, referencing, academic writing, time management, and group and one-to-one support.

You will also have access to thousands of books, industry journals, eBooks and online databases, and we have dedicated study rooms for university level students, featuring PCs and study space.

Student Union

The College is home to its own Student Union. The Union is there to be a channel of transparent communication between the College and its students, ensuring the student voice is heard and acted upon.

The Union is also there to promote, encourage and co-ordinate campaigns, student clubs, trips, sports, and social activities.

As an undergraduate at a UK educational institution, you are eligible to join the National Union of Students (NUS), offering you access to a host of support networks, campaigns and student discount opportunities.

Sport

We are home to the Wiltshire College & University Centre Academy of Sport and have football, rugby and futsal teams open to any student enrolled on a programme of study at the College.

These teams compete in a variety of competitions both regionally and nationally and receive expert training and coaching from our dedicated sport staff.

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