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Accommodation Application Tips and Advice

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Fran Hughes | Film and Literature Contact Fran
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As you approach the start of your first year at Warwick and will have now you have accepted your offer you will be thinking more seriously about accommodation options. This is especially difficult if you haven’t been able to visit the campus, but the Warwick website has videos and descriptions of each accommodation type.

So how to choose the right accommodation for you?

First, you need to work out what your personal priorities and research the pros and cons of each type of accommodation on Warwick’s website and potentially even The Student Room. Is it most important to consider what matters most to you personally? Would you rather live on central campus or would you rather save money in the long term?

Don’t choose accommodation based on where your home friends want to live if they are also going to Warwick. Even if you get lucky and are allocated the same type of accommodation it’s extremely unlikely you’ll be in the same block, never mind the same flat. Although it’s comforting to have home friends at university, living in different accommodations is the perfect opportunity for growth.

Bear in mind that the accommodation application system limits what accommodation you can choose when it asks you to rank your choices. This confused me at first. For example, If you choose Arthur Vick you can’t choose Jack Martin as they are almost identical. The same thing goes for the Cryfield Townhouses and Bluebell. Although they are not as similar they are both modern, fresh, expensive accommodation types. In the accommodation application, the University wants to see what matters most to you. You need to rank a variety of options in order of preference to submit the application.

If you are concerned about whether you’ll get on with your flatmates don’t worry. During the accommodation application, you complete a personality quiz which helps the accommodation team match you with compatible flatmates with similar interests. It also ensures you live in an accommodation block well suited to you and your preferences. For example, if you don’t enjoy partying until 2 am and are introverted it’s probably best to avoid ranking Rootes, the party accommodation high on your help. Somewhere like Bluebell or Heronbank will offer you a much quieter lifestyle.

If you are disabled like me make sure to prioritise your access needs and contact disability services if you haven’t already. You need to feel safe, comfortable and secure in your home away from home. It is likely you will require one of the more modern blocks, but different accommodations have different levels of accessibility. If you disclosed your disability and or access needs on UCAS they hopefully should have contacted you. If not email the heads of disability services Kathryn Fisher and Despina Weber (K.J.Fisher@warwick.ac.ukD.Weber@warwick.ac.uk).

Remember all types of accommodation have different things to offer. Focus on what matters most to you personally. I hope you found this blog post useful and it has given you a helpful insight into the application process for accommodation. If you have any further questions or are a wheelchair user with access queries please feel free to ask.

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Fran Hughes | Film and Literature Contact Fran
Film and TV studies, English Literature, Warwick Widening Participation, Disablity/Accessibility…
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