Moving Off Campus: Living in Canley
The time when people start to think about where they want to live next year is upon us, so in this post I wanted to write a bit about my experience living in Canley. Moving off campus in your second year can seem like a daunting prospect and students often feel panicked and rush to find a house, but there are lots of options out there and you have plenty of time to find the right accommodation for you. I was worried about leaving the security of halls and the convenience of living on central campus but, as I’ve discovered this year, living off campus doesn’t necessarily feel too different.
Some of the main locations that students opt for are Leamington, Canley, Earlsdon and Kenilworth. My housemates and I chose to live in Canley mainly because it’s so close to campus – the walk to central campus is less than half an hour. This saves a lot of time day to day and means you don’t have to pay for the bus on a daily basis which can save you a lot of money. Living in Canley also means that you have Cannon Park nearby which is great as shopping somewhere you’re already familiar with can make your food shop feel a lot easier.
Canley feels like a friendly area and the large number of students that live there means that there are usually people walking to and from campus. I’ve found having other students around reassuring and it actually makes it feel quite similar to living on the campus itself. The area is also well-connected – there are lots of bus stops making it easy to travel to Coventry and Leamington, and Canley train station is also close by.
The biggest drawback to living in Canley is that it lacks the clubs/bars that Leamington has and, although Leamington is only a bus journey away, it can sometimes feel like a lot of effort to get there. If regularly going for nights out is a big part of your university experience you might be more suited to living in Leamington, but if you prefer more occasional nights out or often go circling with societies at the SU, living in Canley wouldn’t interrupt your social plans.
Although I was initially worried about moving off campus, I’m finding that living in a house feels really homely and I enjoy the walk to my lectures. House-hunting is probably something you’re completely new to so it’s natural to feel stressed, but you have lots of time and there is support available to you. Warwick’s Housing Day is coming up (28th November) which is a good opportunity to get some information about the process and the support on offer, so why not go along with some friends and take that first step together.