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My favourite places on campus

Sophie Frankpitt | English Language and Linguistics with Intercalated year Contact Sophie

For much of Term 1, quite a few of the normal campus venues were closed. Normally, I assume that people gather inside the pubs and cafés, or venture further outside the campus, but this hasn’t been possible that much this year. Instead, we’ve found outside places where we can meet friends, go on walks, and have picnics. I think that my top five places on campus (the lockdown-friendly version) are definitely worth a visit, whether in or out of lockdown. Oh, and as a side-note, I’d also recommend using the bikes around campus. The campus is bigger than you realise, and the bikes save a lot of time getting around, as well as being fun to use.

  1. Lakeside 

Okay, so maybe I’m a bit biased, but the lakes around Lakeside are lovely. We spent a lot of Term 1 circling the lakes in the freezing winter, and we’re now able to use the barbeques that are scattered around the banks. My only word of advice is to be wary of the geese – some people like them, but I’m personally not a fan. 

2. The piazza 

You’ll normally find lots of people milling about the piazza, and it’s got a relaxed atmosphere. When the cafés are open there, it’s particularly nice to visit – although, even in Term 1 lockdown, I enjoyed going to sit at the piazza just for a change of scene. 

3. The path to Kenilworth 

I don’t know if this small path actually has a name, but it’s opposite Cryfield village along the same road as the Sports Hub. I’m from the countryside, and this path, to me, feels particularly like home away from home. It’s spacious, green, and the perfect place for a bike-ride too. I’d recommend cycling to Kenilworth, which is also a nice place to visit. 

4. The nature reserve 

Just beyond central campus, the nature reserve is a great spot for a walk or picnic. There are a few cycle paths that can take you around the woods, or up to the Medical School, or into Canley, so it’s been an interesting place for us to explore, when there hasn’t been much else open. 

5. The lake by Bluebell 

If you come to Warwick, you’ll find that there are a LOT of lakes, which is lovely. My accommodation is in Lakeside Village, so it’s nice to branch out occasionally and find other places on campus. 

Before joining Warwick, I remember being told that you could probably find nicer university campuses. But I’ve found that I love Warwick’s campus. There is a lot of green space, and it feels like the perfect mixture of countryside and city. When out of lockdown, it’s easy to travel to other places, like Leamington, Coventry, or Birmingham, but it’s also great to have all the campus facilities right on the doorstep. Maybe it’s from spending so much time just on campus during lockdown, but it’s one of my favourite things about Warwick. 

Sophie Frankpitt | English Language and Linguistics with Intercalated year Contact Sophie

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