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Here you will find information about the College, the College location, and travelling to the College:

What is Sparsholt College?


Sparsholt College Hampshire is one of the leading providers of university level courses for the land and environment with a heritage spanning more than 100 years.  It has an international reputation for attracting students from across the world to participate in the research, learning and practical preparation for global careers in equine fields, animal management, ecology, conservation and aquaculture.

The College has an unrivalled collection of animals and species in its purpose built Animal Management Centre and is one of the few colleges in the country with a Zoo Licence and a BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) partner, which is why it is one of the most popular colleges for animal and zoo management studies.

hands-on learning in Animal Management

Our learning, teaching and assessment strategy places the student at the centre of the entire journey from independent advice and guidance to progression to work or Further/Higher Education, and providing support to extend equality of opportunity to all.

The College has achieved high ratings from the government (QAA and Ofsted) for the quality of its Further and Higher Education courses and has an excellent reputation with employers and industry bodies and from the National Student Satisfaction survey where we have one of the highest levels of student satisfaction ratings for colleges and Universities of our type in the country. Our staff are experts in their chosen field with published research and high media profiles.

early morning mist

The campus is set in 176 hectares (437acres) of rolling chalk downland where the College main farming is livestock and arable, but where total farming activities extend to a total area of 257 hectares (636 acres).

The College is just 8km (5 miles) from the historic city of Winchester, and close to Central London and its major airports.

tailless tenrec (Tenrec ecaudatus)
Tailless Tenrec (Tenrec ecaudatus), from the College animal collection

Sparsholt College has enviable facilities with its own fully-functioning commercial farm; a nationally renowned Animal Management and Veterinary Centre, National Aquatics Training Centre, Equine Centre and diverse natural habitats for research and scientific observation work in connection with conservation and wildlife management. We are also developing a range of sustainable energy technologies as part of an expanding new curriculum based around anaerobic digestion of crops and grasses, wood fuels, and wind energy.

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Where is Sparsholt College?


Sparsholt College is just 8km (5 miles) west of Winchester, in the county of Hampshire, in central southern England. Winchester was the first capital of England from the early 9th century to the 12th century. It is now a thriving provincial city with a fascinating history and beautiful scenery.

Sparsholt international students enjoy living in the new University of Winchester halls of residence – offering you the best of city life and study in breathtaking countryside.

travelling to Sparsholt College

How do I get to Sparsholt College?

You should not use any airport taxis that you have not previously booked. Taxi touts operate in all major international airports and will target first-time travellers laden with luggage with “bargain” prices that at best turn out to be very expensive, or worst very dangerous. Do not take up offers from any person in the airport however honest they may seem!

From London Heathrow (LHR) airport

Heathrow is about 89km (55 miles) by road from Sparsholt/Winchester. There is a regular coach service between Heathrow and Winchester, from where you should take a taxi to the College. There is a Rail-Air link between Heathrow and Woking station, from where you can catch a train to Winchester, then a taxi to the College. Driving/taxi times between Heathrow and the College in excess of 55 minutes (about 50 miles/80km), depending on traffic. WinTax taxis offer fixed price airport transfers.

From London Gatwick (LGW) airport

Gatwick is about 113km (70 miles) by road from Sparsholt College/Winchester, a journey time in excess of 95 minutes depending on traffic. WinTax taxis offer fixed price airport transfers. You can travel to Winchester by train via London, a journey of about 120 minutes, and involves transferring between London Victoria station and London Waterloo station. Then take a taxi from Winchester station to the College.

London City Airport (LCY), Luton Airport (LTN), and Stansted Airport (STN)  are NOT ideal points of arrival in the UK.   The journey times by train are in excess of two and a half hours, and involve crossing Central London, either by Underground or by taxi. Crossing Central London by Underground with luggage is extremely difficult.

From Central London

There is a regular train service between London Waterloo station and Winchester (every 20 minutes), with best journey times of 60 minutes. Then take a taxi from Winchester station to the College.

 From Southampton (SOU) airport

There is a direct train link between Southampton airport station and Winchester, with a journey time of less than 10 minutes. You can then pick up a taxi from Winchester station to the College.

From Portsmouth Harbour

If you are arriving by ferry at Portsmouth Harbour, make your way to Portsmouth Harbour railway station and travel to Winchester, where you can pick up a taxi to the College. Your journey time  from Portsmouth to Winchester will take approximately 65 minutes.

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