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.

At the end of the year, we will select a winning flat from each hall. Residents are awarded with SU summer ball tickets and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

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 and one of the largest contributors to the Climate Crisis
  • 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

What impact does the campaign have?

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

Volunteer with us

We need students living in halls to help spread the campaign message! At the beginning of the academic year we hold a training session for campaign Ambassadors. In this role you could gain transferable skills in:

Using these skills, your knowledge and enthusiasm, you can support and motivate your friends and flat-mates to become more energy and water efficient and to recycle where possible.

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