Here at WSA, it’s easy to feel left out of the loop of University Life. Caroline Raby shares her thoughts on why we need a direct route to Highfield:
By Caroline Raby
Is it just me or does it seem like student life in Southampton is well, somehow better than it is here in Winchester?
Don’t get me wrong, I love studying at WSA but who else feels we could be missing out on some great opportunities in Southampton? Sometimes it feels like WSA isn’t even part of the University of Southampton because it’s so separated from the main campus.
A big part of solving this issue would be introducing a Uni-link bus service that would connect us to the Highfield campus.
The Southampton campus is completely foreign to many of us in Winchester
If we had a direct connection from WSA or from our halls Erasmus Park to Highfield and its surroundings, it could benefit students here massively. The Southampton campus is completely foreign to many of us in Winchester and a bus that would offer cheap, hassle-free travel would definitely help integrate WSA into the university more.
A bus would enable students from Winchester to reap the benefits of being part of such a large and prestigious university as Southampton; by allowing us to commute there easily, we could get involved with the vast number of clubs and societies and use the fantastic facilities available there, facilities we pay for.
Freshers would particularly benefit from a new bus service as most have little or no knowledge of the transport available and may be discouraged from visiting Highfield as a result. This is a real shame as Freshers’ Week is an important part of a First Year’s university experience and being unable or unsure of how to reach the main campus of the university they attend is a huge disadvantage in being able to get the most out of it.
The ever rising prices of train and coach fares are making it increasingly more expensive to get to Southampton, which isolates students here from the rest of the university. A Uni-link bus could make Highfield accessible at a lower cost.
Importantly, providing university-run bus services between Winchester and Southampton would give students living here exactly the same perks as those in Southampton which, let’s face it, is only fair.
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