Campus life at Shrivenham

The Shrivenham Campus has an excellent array of facilities and activities available to staff, students and their families during their time here at the Defence Academy. You’ll be part of a warm, welcoming community and there’s no shortage of things to do, both on and off Campus.

Look out for the Shrivenham Station Community News, a bi-monthly magazine with news, information and features on campus community life at Shrivenham.

Free wifi is available across the campus on your own device. 

Student accommodation is available on site.

The Visitor Information Guide provides more details.

Activities at Shrivenham

The Defence Academy has a wealth of activities and clubs open to staff, students and their families, and the Academy Players lay on a number of productions each year.

The nearby villages of Shrivenham and Watchfield provide small shops, informal restaurants, pubs and a post office. A local bus service connects Shrivenham to the town of Swindon (7 miles) and city of Oxford (24 miles) where the usual mix of metropolitan facilities can be found, as well as swift rail links to London.   

Community Centre

Located near the Defence Academy, the Community Centre provides facilities for service personnel and their families from both the United Kingdom and overseas together with all other Station personnel. The Centre includes a ‘soft play’ area for younger children whilst parents enjoy refreshments from the Coffee Shop and is also home to the HIVE. The idea behind the centre is to give the families (and of course staff and students) a place to meet old and new friends of differing nationalities in a friendly yet personal environment.

Friends and Families of the Defence Academy

The Friends and Families club is unlike any spouses’ club you have ever come across. It is run by a group of spouses of different nationalities, whose other halves are either studying or teaching on the different courses here at Shrivenham, or working elsewhere on the Station. The aim of the club is to ensure that everyone enjoys their time here, by offering opportunities to meet new people and enjoy their company whilst doing something a bit different.

The club organises many events throughout the year which include a children’s Christmas party, a Christmas Bazaar, an Easter Egg Hunt, pamper evenings and trips to nearby attractions. There are also regular coffee mornings that often have stalls run by spouses and local small traders; a great way to find some unusual bargains.