A Review of Arthur Vick and the Benefits of Living in Halls
I’m currently enjoying the warm summer weather and reflecting on my first year and thinking about the exciting things I’ll be doing in second year. Because I’ll be in Venice for the first term of my second year, I will be living on campus again for the rest of the year and I thought I’d tell you a bit about Arthur Vick and halls in general as well as why I’m eager to live in halls accomodation again in my second year.
Arthur Vick was the perfect place for me. It is about a 10-minute walk away from central campus which is where you’ll find the Arts Centre, Rootes Building, Rootes Grocery Store, the Library and a lot of departmental buildings and it is also about a 10-minute walk away from Cannon Park which is where you’ll find Tesco’s, Wilko’s, New Look, Boots and a few other shops for your weekly shopping. It’s also extremely close to the Sports Centre so if you plan on going to the gym a lot or playing a sport then it’s a great place to be.
The rooms are a good size with plenty of space and they have all of your bedding included as well as a desk chair, bookshelf and a bin. The Arthur Vick rooms also include an en suite with a toilet, sink and bath with a shower so you get a lot more privacy and can take a bath or shower whenever you like so you don’t have to use a communal bathroom like you do in some halls. Our bathrooms were also cleaned on a weekly basis which I was unaware of before I arrived! We also had a laundrette in our block downstairs so you could do laundry whenever you like but you do need to get a card and top it up to pay for the service.
If things haven’t changed since last year, all accommodation at Warwick is self-catered and the kitchens in Arthur Vick are quite large and a kettle and microwave are already provided. The hoover, ironing board and cleaning supplies are also kept in the kitchen. There were a few things that we weren’t expecting though…I had put that I didn’t mind whether I was in a same-sex kitchen or not and we ended up as a kitchen of 14 girls which is also more people than the website said would be in a kitchen (they said it would be 9 – 12 people in a kitchen). This worked out fine and there was still plenty of space for each of us in the fridge, freezer and cupboards but just be aware that it may be slightly different to what is on the website.
In my second year, when I’m back on campus, I will be living in Lakeside accommodation. From what I’ve read, it seems very similar to Arthur Vick as it is also only a 10-minute walk from central campus, has en suite rooms and a laundrette within the block and has self-catering kitchens with slightly less people to a kitchen so I’m sure I’ll love it there too! I’m actually really happy to be living on campus again because it took away the stress of me having to find an affordable house with a group of people and having to spend money to commute into campus every day and from my experience last year in halls I will feel just as safe, comfortable and happy as I did then.
So all in all, don’t be afraid of living on campus! I know it’s a big change, especially for people who have never been away from home but you will soon make amazing friends, find your way around campus and in no time Warwick will be your home. You should have everything you need but Rootes Grocery Store and Cannon Park are only a stone’s throw away if you need to pick up a few extra things and Coventry and Leamington are close if you need a day out with some retail therapy. So try not to stress out and just enjoy your time moving in, making friends and going out as a fresher! Also, if you have any more questions about Arthur Vick then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment and ask me!
Thanks for reading!