Some Warwick FAQs
Recently, I started working with UCAS as part of their unibuddy scheme https://www.ucas.com/chat-to-students. If you’re lucky enough to have not yet stumbled onto UCAS, it is the platform students use to apply to UK universities, and the unibuddy system allows applicants to livechat with students at each university. I’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks, and thought it would be a good idea to do a blog post with some of the questions that have come up most often.
- What is happening with COVID19?
Very good question – if you know the answer, could you let me know? In all honesty, there is still a lack of certainty over what is going to happen next year, especially with regards to what freshers will experience. Whilst it is clear it will not be the typical experience and quite a lot of classes will be virtual, your department will have your best interests in mind, and will do their best to make it as normal as possible for you. The best thing to remember is that everyone is in the same boat, so as in incoming fresher, you’ve got to make the most of it. If you have any questions, email the department you have applied to, but be prepared to for the department to still be unsure.
2. What is the campus atmosphere like?
This was probably the most asked question, and I suppose given Open Days were cancelled, is the hardest to answer, as you can’t actually go and look around and get a feel for the university. First of all, I invite anyone interested in what the campus is like to have a look at the virtual open day page https://warwick.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/opendays/. The university spent a lot of time putting together videos and an interactive map to allow you to have a good look around and get a feel. But obviously, it is not the same. Personally, I really like the campus atmosphere. Everything you could need is in one place, and there is genuinely a nice feeling in the air when you walk around. Having said that, it can be quite isolating. The nearest big towns are Coventry and Leamington, which are at least 15 minutes on the bus. I remember towards the end of my first year how small campus felt. Equally, when you move out of halls at the end of first year and have to live in Leamington or Coventry, the trip to campus can drag a bit. But overall, I really like it. It is a safe, exciting place, with lots of new things to do every day. And there is a food market every other Wednesday which is incredible.
3. What is the local life atmosphere like?
Similar to the above, but this is focusing on the towns nearby to the campus. First things first, the university is not actually in the town of Warwick, but rather 15 minutes from the city centre of Coventry. Warwick town is around a 25 minute drive from campus, as is Leamington Spa, the town where most students choose to live. Leamington is a really pretty town with all the normal chain shops and restaurants, and is the usual spot for a night out, making it very popular with Warwick’s student body. Coventry is a little less loved, however, the suburb of Earlsdon is very popular with students as it has good pubs and more reliable buses to campus. In between campus and Leamington is the village of Kenilworth, which is often chosen by students who want better buses, but aren’t so fussed by having a Wagamama nearby. As a fresher, I wouldn’t worry too much about all of this, as you’ll spend most of your time on campus, and slowly get a feel for the nearby towns and cities before you need to choose where to live.
This varies person to person. Most people wanted to know about the cost of housing, so have a look at this page https://warwick.ac.uk/about/campus/tour/residences/ to see the current prices for on campus accommodation. I would say, as a rule of thumb (do not take my word for it) off-campus accommodation is cheaper, but as you’ll see on the webpage, there are options for all budgets. There is also a webpage all about student funding and help: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/funding. The best thing to do if you have any concerns is email the university, whether that is with an email directly linked to the problem, or just your department if you don’t know who to contact. As long as you email someone, they should be able to point you in the right direction.
5. “I no longer want to do [this] course, I want to do [this] course”
If this is you, then don’t stress. Most people who asked me did not want to completely change their degree, but rather make a small change, such as changing from PPE to just philosophy and politics. Once again, email both the department you have applied to, as well as the department you would like to change to; if you don’t ask, you’ll never change. Some departments may already be full, and so will be unable to let you change, but others may be happy to have you as long as you achieve the necessary grades on results day. As a language student I will say that it is quite easy to switch up your languages in first year, so I wouldn’t even worry about trying to change before you arrive. I switched in my second week, but this is just for the languages department.
So those are some of the main questions that have come up from my experience. Hopefully this can help any future Warwick students with some of the main issues. If I have not answered your questions, don’t be afraid to message myself or any of the other bloggers – we are happy to help!