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My Experience with First Year Accommodation- Dispelling Myths About Westwood

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Mahnoor Shoaib | Law with a Year Abroad in English (Warwick Scholar) Contact Mahnoor
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With offers coming in for prospective students at the University of Warwick around this time of the year, I’m sure there must be plenty of you that have started to consider what accommodation you would like to select once the opportunity to do so comes around. I’m also sure that you have probably been checking out websites which give you ‘honest opinions’ on the different accommodations at Warwick, and so you must have heard of Westwood by now. That’s right – the accommodation that’s “so far” from everything and “in the middle of nowhere” – correct, THAT Westwood.

In all honesty, it IS farther from central campus than most other accommodations (between a 12-18 minute walk depending on your walking speed), and on a rainy day the long walk that felt “not too bad” suddenly feels as if you’ve been thrown into the Amazon (except colder)- OH, and let’s not forget the fact that it genuinely seems as if you’re situated in the middle of a forest with nothing but trees all around! But, is Westwood really that bad?

In my opinion, I would actually say that it’s one of the best accommodations; we get huge rooms and very big beds, yet it’s the fourth cheapest accommodation at Warwick. We also get our very own common room, which is not something present at all accommodations- we are one of the lucky ones! Plus, the kitchens are huge and you live with around 40+ people, meaning you get the chance to interact with and make friends with a lot of people in your first year!

Might I also mention that, even though it seems like an isolated place on first look, there are actually lots of amenities nearby: Cannon Park shopping centre is only a 5 minute walk away- equipped with everything from Tesco and Greggs to Boots (perfect for all of your shopping needs)! There’s even an Aldi for those of you looking for good, cheap groceries, and a Simply Gym for those of you who like to keep fit! Plus, if the shops there aren’t enough for you, the bus stop is right outside Hampton block so you can get to Coventry, to Leamington, or even to central campus very easily- I believe that Westwood is truly very conveniently located! Moreover, the forest-like surroundings guarantee you some peace and quiet (which is perhaps difficult to find on central campus due to the numerous events held there throughout the week). I don’t know about you, but having easy access to the bustling life on central campus via bus or by walk, and getting peace and quiet upon your return to your accommodation seems like a pretty good deal to me!

So Westwood, in my ‘honest opinion’, is actually a very good accommodation despite the distance from central campus- the positives far outweigh the negatives of living there, and with access to transport, a shopping centre, and the amazing rooms, I would say that you should all give Westwood a chance before striking it off the list simply because it is “too far”!

If you would like to know anything else about Westwood, or would like to ask me about my experiences and opinions, please feel free to do so!

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Mahnoor Shoaib | Law with a Year Abroad in English (Warwick Scholar) Contact Mahnoor
I have been involved with the following societies and roles…
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