Warwick Accommodation (1): Shared
So this is a post for all of you prospective students! If you have put Warwick down as one of your options, you might be looking at what kind of accommodation the university has to offer. Bare with me, this is a bit of a long post!
Warwick’s accommodation has actually been ranked 15th best in the UK by Times HE
University accommodation can be great and exciting if this is the first time you’re living alone – but also, could be very nerve-wracking! But what is it really like to live in on-campus accommodation during your first year?
Warwick has all kinds of different options to suit people’s different needs. When choosing your accommodation, Warwick does it a bit differently to other universities (or from what I’ve heard from my other friend’s experiences). You have to put 4-5 options down, from your most to least preferable, and write a description on your lifestyle (Do you prefer kitchens to be clean? Would you rather live in a quiet flat/area or a more loud one that goes out a lot?).
I was lucky to get put into my first option and with lovely flatmates, but I’d just like to warn you this isn’t always the case (as I know some people who have not been put with people who are anything like them). I’m sure the university tries its best to put you with similar people and wherever there is space – but I think this can be hard to do with so many students and limited rooms. Other universities generally will not even ask you to write a description about yourself – so it is something that could end up making a difference to you.
If you’re not sure where to look on the university website for the different options, here’s the link (although I don’t think the link has updated prices for the next academic year):
While this page is very informative in terms of people per flat, bathroom facilities, pictures etc. I thought it would be more helpful if you could get the opinion of student’s who are currently residing within these different blocks.
This post will focus on shared accommodation blocks and I’ll post another one specifically for ensuite ones. I live in Claycroft so I’m writing about that but for the others, I asked them to try be as honest as possible. The university website won’t be able to give you a proper idea on having to live in these blocks day-to-day.
I have not included all their names as some have requested anonymity, and I’ve included names and course of those who didn’t mind (with permission) but everyone I’ve asked is a current first-year.
I live in Claycroft, which not everyone seems to know of. It was my first choice, and the main reason I chose it was because even though I don’t mind sharing bathrooms, I thought that it was reasonably priced considering you only share the bathroom with one other person who will be someone of the same gender (so it’s basically almost an ensuite!). And our bathroom gets cleaned once a week, but this hasn’t been an issue at all.
Claycroft has been one of my best decisions, and I am very happy that I ended up in this block. Fortunately for me, I got a corner room and some of the corner rooms in Claycroft are bigger rooms than the other rooms. While I do find this a bit unfair, as I pay the same as everyone else, yet I get a bigger room – it has been a big plus (and great for sleepovers!). I’m sharing the flat with 7 other people; 4 boys and 4 girls. Our kitchen is reasonably sized and you get one fridge and one freezer. We have split our fridge so that everyone has their own shelf, with a higher shelf at the bottom where we put milk (and other drinks). Most other accommodation blocks have electric stoves, but we have 4 gas hobs instead. A lot of appliances in our kitchen weren’t working in the beginning, and all 4 of the hobs had broken at different points – but Warwick Accommodation were quick to fix everything once we reported the problems (it would take them maximum a week). We only had these problems in the first two months of university but we haven’t had any issues since then.
Location wise, while it’s not in central campus (it’s about a 10 minute walk from the Piazza and Rootes grocery store and the same distance from the Library and Law School), I find the location ideal. We are only a 5 minute walk from Tesco and the Sports Centre, and a 2 minute walk from Maths and Statistics – so if you have any lectures there it’s very close. I have a 9am in that area and the short distance really does not give me an excuse to miss it (I tend to literally wake up about 10 minutes before).
Claycroft isn’t as loud as Rootes but it’s not as quiet as other areas – you will always find a flat to go out with. I’m really happy I ended up here and I can’t stress how great the facilities are for the price you pay. I would definitely recommend putting this down as one of your options – even if you want ensuite, you do have to put down some shared options, and Claycroft would not be a bad shared option for you if you end up not getting ensuite!
REDFERNOzan Caglar, Chemistry
Redfern is quite quiet, you are in a flat of 5 people which means you get fairly acquainted with your flatmates. The rooms are a bit smaller than those at rootes considering you pay the same amount but you get the benefit of living in a more quiet and green area as opposed to a grey urban area. Furthermore during SU nights out the noise may keep you up in rootes, you won’t have this issue in redfern. However the walls are quite thin and the taps of the in room sinks make a lot of noise when turned on in redfern so this may hinder your sleep if your flatmates are up late. The football fields are near redfern which may wake you up on a weekend or two, but it’s good for people who are fans of playing football.
You get 4 gas hobs between 5 people and there is a grill and and a gas oven and a bathroom separate to a toilet between 5 which is more than enough. You will rarely run into an issue cooking at the same time with people. The fridge space is quite limited but manageable, the freezer space is abundant. Being a flat of 5 also deters people from “rootes shopping” (taking/using your food/cooking equipment without asking).
One major factor is proximity to campus, if you are a lazy person then living in redfern is probably not ideal. I struggled to go to my lectures in term 2 as redfern is a 5 minute walk from central campus. If you have lectures in Westwood I definitely would not advise redfern unless you like a morning walk. All in all, if you’re a more sociable person rootes is probably a better choice of accommodation. If you are considering redfern, I’d advise cryfield instead as it has recently been refurbished and you are in nearly the same area but you get a common room and printer.”
I’m a current student at University of Warwick, staying at New Rootes accommodation. We are 13 students with 2 toilets and showers and 1 bathroom. At first I was disappointed that Warwick had assigned me my fifth option for accommodation. However, considering the location, I believe it’s the best on campus. It has easy and quick access to all facilities and buildings on campus. Nevertheless, I had issues regarding my central heating and mattress, however, Warwick accommodation was quick to act and fixed any issues within a few days.
Overall, I am satisfied with my accommodation and its facilities.”
This year, I was allocated a room in Rootes J (New Rootes). Initially, I was very disappointed as this was my last preference and ideally I wanted to live in Bluebell or Sherbourne mainly because of the ensuite option. However, after living in Rootes for two terms, I can truthfully say there are some good things about it, however they don’t outweigh the disadvantages.
Positives:Great location – this residence is situated in the heart of the central campus and thus is only a few minutes from the grocery store, the SU, cashpoints, bus interchange, health centre, on campus restaurants, other accommodations like Bluebell, JM and AV and many more places.Price – I think for the amount we pay whcih is just under 4 grand, the facilities in the accommodation are good. There are two toilets, a shower and a bathroom for 8 people. The rooms in new Rootes are of a much nicer design than in old Rootes and are even more spacious. It’s a decent size compared to other accommodations. The kitchen is equipped with 2 fridges and 2 freezers, 2 (2×2) electric hobs, 2 ovens, a microwave and a toaster.
Negatives:Flatmates – I was not placed with people that fit the description I provided of myself when selecting my accommodation and so my flatmates are very different to me. I think it is very important to note that if a loud and party lifestyle is not for you, then don’t pick Rootes. Luckily, I have managed to make some really cool friends and so not getting on with my flatmates does not bother me.Noise – This brings me on to my next point. As J block is right behind the SU, noise from the Copper Rooms transmits very easily to the flat. This can be very irritating and awful if you are someone who works late ate night or tends to go to bed early.Fire alarms – the fire alarm detectors in New Rootes are pretty horrid. They are very sensitive so be prepared to go out at least once a week. With this, I would advise that you always close the kitchen door when cooking as it is the smoke detector that causes the alarm to go off.Kitchens – although I personally believe that the kitchens are well equipped, living with 15 other people is not always fun in my opinion. The level of mess created can be horrendous and cooking at peak times can be quite stressful.
Lastly, if you are a quiet and reserved person like me and a neat freak, my advice will be not to pick Rootes.”
CRYFIELDMarta Zima, Biomedical Science
It’s actually a lot better than expected; the kitchen was recently renewed so everything is fresh and works well. The rooms are a decent size, on the small side, but it’s quite manageable with enough storage and work space. Having to share a bathroom with quite a few people didn’t really appeal to me at first, but again it hasn’t really been a problem. The only genuine downside is that it is a 34 week accommodation, so it’s a pain to have to move stuff out for Easter.
TOCILLena Lattacher, GSD and Business
In Tocil, you live with maximum 11 other people in a flat with four bathrooms, three of them with a shower and one with a bathtub. The accommodation is for first as well as third years, although you might not notice since the area is fairly quiet and meeting people from other flats is unlikely, in my experience. There are mixed as well as single sex rooms.
Personally, I’ve had a good experience living in Tocil. I live with 11 other people, the majority of whom I get along with very well. During the first term we had two exchange students living with us, who have been “replaced” with a girl who had spent the first term abroad and a new exchange student. However, this doesn’t seem to be the norm. Most people live with the same people for the entire year.
You might be worried about the bathroom situation, considering there are no sinks in the rooms. But I can honestly say I’ve never encountered any issues. A sink in the bedroom would be nice but it’s definitely not a necessity.
Concerning the kitchen, I really can’t complain. As far as I’ve seen we have more than the average amount of fridge space, one entire shelf per person plus one spare which we use as milk shelf, and enough freezer space.
Up until now I’ve been listing basically only positive things about life in Tocil, but of course there’s some other things I have to mention as well. When you enter my bock in Tocil, you will quickly notice the smell, mold. I’ve heard that our flat is not as bad as many others, but the sight and smell of mold constantly reminds you of the negative effect it can have on your health. Besides that, it’s hard to ignore the waste of energy going on in the building when you feel the cold breeze coming in through your window, but that’s something which doesn’t bother all of my flatmates and might not bother you.
I have no regrets about getting Tocil as my accommodation and I think it is a good choice to make. The buildings are close to central campus and right next to the sports centre so you won’t be able to use that as an excuse to skip the gym. The area is fairly quiet, if that’s something you want is up to you.
It’s important to remember that whichever accommodation you pick, you will only be living there for a few months and life on campus and how much you like or dislike it depends very much on your flatmates, where you live can only do so much.
When I saw Whitefields as the accommodation allocated to me in September, I had all sort of emotions going through me, I started crying and questioning the quick write up I was asked to do…I was looking forward to university life in my ensuite bedroom (Bluebell, Sherbourne, JM) but unfortunately that was not going to happen anymore 🙁 Let me get to the moment I entered the room assigned to me (Whitefields) I was amazed how different it looked compared to what was shown online. My room was quite spacious but as any other accommodation it had its ups and downs. Whitefields is a mini house with 12 bedrooms where 5 people live on the first floors and 7 on the ground floor. Each floor has a bathroom and a toilet that they share. We all share a small kitchen with little to none fridge space and a common room also referred to as the social room. Whitefields is the only accommodation with a common room which is separated from the kitchen.
On the downside, the wall in the rooms are not sound proof so you find yourself having to lower your voice or can barely talk properly. Although, the whole university housing experience really depends on your relationship with your flatmates. As they always say you make your uni experience. As for me, I was told in the beginning that I could change my accommodation 2 weeks after the start of the term 1 but getting there I did not want to move out because I got along really well with my flatmates and I don’t regret living here. To conclude, it’s nothing but an accommodation located in a perfect vicinity (central campus ;D) giving you easy access to the various resources the university has to offer (Learning Grid, Copper Room, Terrace Bar, Rootes Grocery shop, Arts Center and Health Center etc…). On the bright side, everyone is living under one roof so hence you have to find ways to get along one way or another. I think it is a good way to learn to live with others. This is my own view on Whitefields but everyone has their own different experience. Be open-minded to new ways of living even if you don’t get your first choice. In most cases, you won’t regret it like me. – Also, when writing about yourself make sure you research about the various accommodation on campus (their pros and cons) in order for your write up to not clash with your choices.
When I first found out I would be living in Westwood, I was devastated. I had read countless reviews (and memes) complaining about the long trek to and from central campus, yet was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was all an over-exaggeration – it only takes me 10 minutes to get to the uni library from my room. Westwood’s location allows you to distance yourself away from the ‘bubble’ when the exam stress hits and it a great way of fitting in a little cardio into your day 😉 Westwood, unlike most other accommodation, have open blocks (meaning youcan pass from one end of the building to the other without a key), this wasespecially useful during Freshers, as it allowed me to meet many new people from all 3 floors. Each block has 3 floors, with 2 kitchens per floor and a large common room on the ground floor with sofas and a big TV (great for movie nights!). The kitchens host around 12 students and have two sinks, two tables and plenty of fridge and freezer room and Westwood rooms are huge (with enough space to fit a queen-sized air mattress on the floor).
– It is situated next to Westwood Café, which serves hot/cold food, stationary and can be booked up (for free) for events and classes. – Next to football & athletic pitches and the tennis centre.– Right next to the post room (very convenient for large amazon packages!) – Tesco and Aldi are a 5-minute walk away.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped me out!(I’m still waiting for responses for some of the ensuite options, but that will hopefully be my next post).
As always, comment with any questions.
– Rana x