Country vs City
When I was choosing which universities I was interested in applying to, a big factor for me was the location. I don’t mean the location as in what there was to do in the university’s surrounding area, but more what the area itself was physically like. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a country girl who grew up surrounded by fields. My town has a population of just under 10,000 (that sounds big, but it’s actually kinda small) and you have to drive 30 minutes if you want to do some serious shopping that doesn’t just involve Sainsbury’s and the local butcher. Make that 1 hour’s journey if you haven’t passed your driving test/don’t have a car and have to use the bus (ie. me).
Because of where I grew up, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with cities. I love them because there’s actually stuff to DO that isn’t just taking the dog for a walk, but I also hate them because there’s so many PEOPLE and it’s just so busy ALL THE TIME!
So the choice between a campus uni and a city uni was a tricky one. I wanted somewhere that wasn’t slap-bang in the middle of a city, but also not too isolated from the world around it. Luckily, that’s where Warwick came in.
You’ll hear a lot of people talking about the ‘Warwick bubble’, both negative and positive. For me, it’s a total positive. The thing I love most about Warwick is its location, and I think that’s the ultimate reason I fell in love with it (besides the fact that it’s No.1 in the UK for Creative Writing!!). At Warwick, you get the best of both worlds in a way that I didn’t find anywhere else (and believe me, I dragged my parents to more than a few Open Days around the country). At Warwick, you’re never really too far from anything because, firstly, there’s so much stuff happening on campus, and secondly, a bus ride into Coventry only takes about 15 minutes if you get the direct bus. Or, you can head the other direction into Leamington Spa, or if you’re feeling really adventurous, hop on the train to Birmingham. Warwick is just surrounded by stuff, and for me that’s something I’ve never experienced before. Okay, if you’re from London, then you might be rolling your eyes at my excitement, but if you’re not from a city then you might understand!
But I also get the country element, because Warwick is still far enough away from the centre of Coventry to be relatively quiet in places. My accommodation (I live in Arthur Vick 3) backs onto a wooded area with a lake which I can see out of my window, and there’s loads of routes around campus which take you into the woods and along the muddy footpaths which remind me of my home county. Not a lot of people know about them, but there’s several long walking routes around the outskirts of campus – I think the longest is 6km. (Google Warwick Uni campus walks if you want to find out about those). Sometimes, when I’m walking home to my accommodation and the autumn leaves are on the ground and the geese are flying overhead, it feels like I’m back home in Norfolk again. But at the same time, the hustle and bustle is always just around the corner. And that’s what I’ve come to love the most about being at Warwick.