Reading Week & Housing Hunting Panic
As it’s now Week 5, it’s officially half way though the first term! For us lucky Politics people, that means Reading Week! For many of you, you’ll go home to do the "reading" but quite a few of you will also stay back in the bubble.
Being an international student, I don’t really have the option of going back home for the week- you know, because home for me is halfway across the world. I’ll just be sticking around over here and making use of the less crowded library. The plan is to catch up on reading and hopefully start writing my formative essays. (Don’t judge my nerdiness guys, I’m in final year!)
Speaking of final year, in hindsight I kind of regret not making full use of Reading Week during my first year. I had taken part in Warwick Jailbreak, a charity hitchhiking event, and ended up in Inverness. Instead of staying to explore the beautiful Scottish town for a couple more days I decided to fork out over a 100 pounds for a same-day return ticket back to campus in order to “read”.
*Disclaimer: Not encouraging people to neglect their studies but only to enjoy first year so you don’t have any regrets!
So, anyways, for people who will be in the bubble this Reading Week, you’ll have time to reflect on your flatmates as halls will be relatively emptier. Is the flat a lot cleaner with that one girl studying philosophy gone travelling? Is it a lot quieter with the party people gone home? This may prompt you to thinking about who you’re living with next year (and also where, but more on this later)
There is probably pressure early on to finalize who you’ll be living with next year. Try to refrain from deciding immediately though as you want to make sure you’re living with the right people for you. If you get along well with flatmates then lucky you but if not go to different societies and socialize with people on your course- you never know, you might find your future housemates there as I did!
The second point, leading on from the previous, is when to find a house. I remember in my first year people were looking for houses since mid of October. By November, the standard conversation starter with acquaintances and friends would be “Where are you living next year?”. In this situation, it’s quite easy to rush and frantically sign a house contract. If you don’t have a place to stay yet, however, DON’T PANIC. You will not be homeless. It is obviously better to have everything sorted out earlier but many people are still able to get their houses as late as February.
I found my second-year house in January in Leamington through Warwick Accommodation. Just some words of advice from my personal experience, if/when you need to do a fault reporting, make sure you deal with Warwick Accommodation and not directly with the landlord. This is just to make the whole process as official as possible and to avoid and potential problems.
But that’s a whole year from now anyways. Apart from that, have a great reading week and happy house hunting!