The University of Winchester

Welcome to the University of Winchester Student Switch Off campaign.

What is Student Switch Off?

Student Switch Off (SSO) is an energy, water and recycling campaign run at the University of Winchester. The campaign supports and encourages students living in halls of residence to save energy and water, as well as recycle.

All the flats in West Downs, Burma Road and Queen’s Road are competing to save energy and water and to have the best recycling rate. If you live in one of these halls you are automatically taking part in the competition but visit our get involved page to find out how you can personally do more and win individual prizes, like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

At the end of the year, we will select a winning flat from each hall. Residents in the winning flats will receive a cash prize.

Why does Student Switch Off exist?

Student Switch Off provides a platform for students to take personal action on the Climate Crisis.

  • Halls of residence are energy and water intensive buildings
  • Electricity, heat and water are one of the largest contributors to the Climate Crisis, with the majority of Europe’s energy coming from fossil fuels
  • When bills are included in rent, we may not be as enticed to save energy and water
  • Reducing our energy consumption is a great way to reduce our negative environmental and social impact
  • Reducing waste and recycling where possible also saves energy and cuts CO2 emissions
  • Whilst individual actions aren’t going to solve the whole problem, it’s a good place to start and seemingly small actions can add up

What impact does the campaign have?

The campaign is run across multiple universities in the UK and in the past 12 years we have…

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By taking part in Student Switch Off, you are contributing to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals which are an urgent call for all countries to act on the climate crisis and to preserve oceans and forests. The goals recognise that this must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, and reduce inequality.