Life in a campus university – Myths or truths?
While for some students, being a campus university may have been one of the reason why they had applied to Warwick in the first place, for others, it is a reason of concern. On top of that, you see all the “Warwick Bubble” titles attached to the reputation of the university and you find yourself wondering: “What have I applied for?” At least, this was one aspect I was very much worried about this time last year, therefore, now, I’ll give you my opinion on how I see “the bubble”, through some subjective advantages and disadvantages.
: Firstly, the way you respond to it being a campus university very much depends on whether you come from a small town or a big city. In my case, coming from a rather small town made the campus being rather a replication of the environment I was used to, which consisted in an advantage. I can even go that far in saying that some places like the Piazza, for instance, the core of the campus which is always crowded with students during week time, resembles some places form my home town, which gives me both a homely feeling and a sense of safety and security.
: If you like the outdoors, then you’ll definitely see it as an advantage. When you start university and have hundreds of stressful thoughts in your head, you can’t imagine how important it is for the area around you to create a harmonious environment that would facilitate your psychical health. Being in a campus university, you won’t take contact with the everyday chaotical traffic, waiting at the traffic lights for ages or having to change three buses till your destination. I recall one Sunday, when, together with my roommate, we had decided to go on a “campus appreciation walk”. As boring as it may sound, walking around the woods and passing by the lakes surrounding the campus, having no destination in mind and automatically getting lost was exactly what we needed to recharge our batteries after assignments, tests and deadlines.
: Speaking about getting lost, if you’re like me and your orientation instincts are completely underdeveloped, you’ll be more than happy to know that getting lost in a campus university is much more convenient than getting lost in the city. It would take me up to five minutes in the morning to walk form my accommodation to the class and back, which means that, if I woke up at 8:40, I could still make it to class at 9. (This will change in the second year, when I’ll move out of the campus) The most you’d have to walk is about 20 minutes and this happens if you live in Westwood, but once you get used to the campus, even that walk will seem shorter and it shouldn’t bother you anymore.
Well, well, here, the opinions are split. If you like clubbing, there are around five clubs in the nearby town, Leamington Spa, where students frequently go and the parties are usually really enjoyable, so I see no point in concerning about that. Moreover, the famous nights at Pop, held every Wednesday in the Copper Rooms in the campus are as well going to spice up your social life, especially if you go there with members of the societies you are part of, in which case you’ll most probably end up with a silly costume and some great memories.
Of course, at some point, you will start following a routine of campus, accommodation, societies and so on, but regardless if it’s a campus university or not, a routine is unavoidable at some point. The fact that most of the buildings you’ll see around are student halls and faculties could at some point give you the impression of an inorganic setting but giving the fact that starting with the second year you will move out of the campus anyway, I don’t think in one year you will see the campus as a crystal globe.
…: Indeed, not so many of those. There are some pretty spots to just chill and grab a coffee form, but if you really want a wide range of those, you’ll need to wait until the second year when you’ll change places.
This is debatable. If you thing of it as not giving you the sense of a vibrant city then yes, of course it is quieter, but if you think of it as students’ activity, then it is everything but static. There are always events going on in the campus, societies organizing projects, speakers coming, workshops organized so if you just get involved, you certainly won’t get bored. After all, when you feel the need to escape campus, which of course, will happen at some point, a road trip to Birmingham, London or anywhere near will come as a fresh air breath.
* : this weird adding is neither an advantage, nor a disadvantage as I absolutely don’t know how categorize a bunch of geese approaching you from everywhere like they want to attack you, yet they never do. If they are a cute blessing of the wildlife or an additional stress, you’ll have to decide for yourself.
So, it a nutshell, I have no regret for choosing a campus university and – in a rather childish comparison – you could think of the Warwick Bubble as a balloon which you can break whenever you want through the activities you’ll engage yourself in and the events you’ll attend.