Social spots on campus – no, it’s not a joke…
Social spots on campus. Seems a bit oxymoronic at the moment doesn’t it? Nevertheless, I’m going to detail some of my favourite spots on campus – subject to COVID-19 of course.
Literally heartbroken whenever I mention this. The TRC (Transnational Resources Centre) is a special spot for SMLC (School of Modern Languages and Cultures) students – and it’s closed because of COVID. Understandable, because it’s a very small space and hard to keep corona-friendly. In fact, they’ve now turned it into a makeshift classroom – and it just doesn’t feel the same. But back when it was in its usual state, it was a good place to sit and get some work done, and meet friends (because like I said, it’s only open to language students). Not only that, but there is a extensive DVD library where you can borrow foreign films (still available now), a TV where you can watch international channels, a cinema room if you want to watch the DVDs, and a group study room. It’s a pretty great space, and I always felt most comfortable there – so it’s a shame it’s closed.
This is the main square on campus – there’s a huge TV there showing all sorts of things that are going on around the university, and sometimes they put on The Chase or other TV shows, as well as important events (I watched quite a bit of the US election coverage on campus) – pre-COVID, people used to gather there for film marathons or more importantly, Eurovision. Right now, it is nice to sit there (as we can’t really go anywhere else) and have lunch, and it’s even better in the summer. Currently, there are a lot of food trucks on campus – selling hot dogs, pizza, and kebabs among other things.
Speaking of the piazza, there is now a huge marquee called Basecamp – currently a COVID-friendly study space. Before the new restrictions, it was possible to get a coffee there, even drinks if you wanted, and just chill out. I think it was a really nice initiative from the uni – it shows they were understanding of how social events were going to be affected by COVID-19, and they have started Warwick Presents (https://warwick.ac.uk/warwick_presents), a programme of events keeping our safety in mind.
This is a big building not far from the piazza – just past Rootes, the on-campus grocery store. It’s usually for lectures and seminars, and I’ve seen a few classes in there since the coronavirus pandemic started, but what they’ve done is adapt the existing study spaces to make it COVID-friendly. I was in there the other day, and it was actually quite good – I felt very productive!
The Dirty Duck – the student pub. Currently closed, but they do good food – and it’s my favourite place to go in Term 3 to relax after exams – something about the outdoor seating just does it for me.
Terrace Bar – I miss this! It’s a bar on campus with – understandably, a terrace. I always ended up there for a few drinks before hitting the student club – and, if I wasn’t clubbing, it was good to go there, get some drinks and play some pool.
Copper Rooms – I MISS POP! For the uninitiated, POP! is a student club night that takes place on Wednesday – and they play the cheesiest stuff. Honestly, my favourite way to let my hair down. RIP Copper Rooms, hope you open soon.