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 facilitates a number of groups and activities and also has a ‘soft play’ area for younger children whilst parents enjoy refreshments from the coffee shop. Although there is no longer a HIVE at Shrivenham the nearest point is based in Abingdon. The centre gives families, staff and students a place to meet old and new friends of differing nationalities in a friendly environment. The Welfare Team are housed within the centre and comprises of a mix of military and civilian personnel. The centre is open Monday – Friday so please be sure to pop by.

Friends and families of the Defence Academy

DAFFYS (Defence Academy Friends and Family) runs social events and activities for those posted to Shrivenham and the Defence Academy.

It’s an entirely volunteer-run organisation to help the friends and family of those based at Shrivenham to get to know each other and make friends through a mixture of social gatherings. These include a fine dining evening, a Christmas lunch, mess lunches (sometimes with guest speakers), International Bring a Dish evenings, outings, children's Popcorn Club and children’s Christmas Party to name just a few.  So no matter what your age, where you come from, if you have children or not, or whether you are posted here for months or years, there is always something for everyone.

We also advertise DAFFYS events on The Shrivenham Family Facebook page where you will also find lots of information about many other useful topics.