Living in Leamington Spa
There’s a lot of choice in terms of places to live for Warwick students living off campus: Coventry, Canley, Earlsdon, Kenilworth, and Leamington Spa are the main ones, and each has its advantages and disadvantages.
My housemates and I decided that we, like the majority of off-campus students, would like to live in Leamington in our second year. And I’m so glad we did.
A major advantage of living here is that you’re in a (very pretty) town. I personally think Leamington feels about the right size for a student: it’s big enough that you don’t feel constrained, but it’s small enough that you can easily walk everywhere you’d want to go. I thought it would be quite a big change from the campus bubble that I experienced in first year, but it’s actually not dissimilar – I see someone I recognise from uni pretty much every time I leave the house.
But the best thing about living here has to be that the vast majority of the people I know do, too. I live with some of my flatmates from first year, but because I live so close to my course friends we are able to meet up to go for a walk or spend an hour in Jephson Gardens pretty regularly (the cover photo is a picture of my friend from when we were on a walk along the canal recently).
It is a bit of a coincidence that we all chose the same place to live – I hadn’t even met one of my friends when I signed the contract for my house – but I’m very glad that this is the way it’s turned out, especially as we’re trying to keep public transport usage to a minimum at the moment.
The only possible downside to living in Leamington that I can think of is that it’s quite far from campus. I haven’t had the chance to experience the cram-packed buses to campus that I always heard about last year as they’re so empty at the moment, but I have done the journey. To be honest, I don’t mind it at all, and I think the benefits of living here far outweigh the slight inconvenience of travel time.
As you can probably tell, I love living in Leamington. There’s always something to do, somewhere to walk around, and someone to go for a coffee and a catch up with (preferably at The Aviary cafe in Jephson Gardens, where I spend far more time and money than I probably should).
Please feel free to send me a message if you’ve got any questions about living in Leamington Spa!