On-campus Accommodation Advice
From party block Rootes to expensive Bluebell and Claycroft-the-one-near-Tesco, Warwick sure has a range of rooves to host your first year nervous noggin. But what are the important points of choosing accommodation?
Campus accommodation can be seen as fairly pricey, but remember it’s all inclusive and incredibly near your lectures. However, don’t go for the more expensive just because you can – it may be physically a tad nicer but can lack a communal atmosphere. For example, in Sherbourne there is a lack of communal spaces between flats, meaning you’re basically stuck with your flatmates because the other seven flats in the buildings are behind locked doors. By contrast in Westwood people tend to know everyone on their floor and a few on the floors above since you can hop around easily. If you want the “niceness” but not the price, you can sacrifice some of your privacy for a cheery roommate and pay a reduced room rate.
Is it really a priority to poo in peace? Brushing your teeth with newfound flatmates is reminiscent of sharing the bathroom mirror with siblings at home. Brushing your teeth alone in an ensuite is peaceful but prevents the opportunity to make hilarious eye contact. I suppose it’s a matter of personal preference.
3. Location Location Location
Taking 15 mins to walk to central campus, Westwood is the furthest away but hardly far. If you want a walk but prefer a more scenic route, pick Heronbank or Lakeside or Sherbourne. In spring there will be ducklings. Arthur Vick, Jack Martin, and Redfern are all a respectable 5/10 minute walk to central campus, and Claycroft has the added bonus of being the closest to Tesco. Rootes, Tocil, Whitefields, and Cryfield are the most central, for deep-sleepers who don’t mind occasional noise and just want to roll out of bed into the lecture theatre.
4. Reputation: “Ohhh you live in Bluebell…”
As with housing in the real world, everyone will judge you based on the price of accommodation you pick. If you’ve heard stuff about reputation, don’t set too much stock by it since your enjoyment of living in a student flat depends almost completely on your flatmates. They might be fun, they might not be. It’s worth noting if you really dislike your accommodation, you can apply to swap with someone after arrival.
5. The Personality Form: How Well Do You Know Yourself?
I was 17 when I arrived at uni, and described myself in the accommodation form as a fairly quiet try-hard-work-hard giggler who liked to have fun but not too much fun. OH boy, was my self-perception both astoundingly correct and wrong. I ended up in Sherbourne with a flat full of lovely hard-working people where we all got along as well as most flats do, but we rarely spent time together as a flat, preferring to meet with friends on our courses or in societies. It wasn’t really what I expected but was true to what I wrote, hence why you need to think about who you actually want for flatmates at uni.
Ultimately, there’s only so much you can decide when applying for accommodation. The most important things to remember is that all accommodation is habitable, you get what you pay for, and your flat experience depends almost totally on your flatmates anyway, which is not something you can pick.