What is the environment around Warwick like?
Recently, I’ve got some friends asking me about the environment here, and I thought it would be nice to share my experience with more people. After all, the campus environment is also one of the important factors to consider when choosing your university, because you’ll be staying in the same place for three years or even more!
One of the biggest distinctions between universities is being a city or a campus university. City universities are usually located in the city centre, while campus universities are generally slightly further out of town, with a more centralised campus. For those who enjoy the convenience of being in a city, city universities would be a good choice. However, for me, I come from Hong Kong, a very modernized city which I don’t really enjoy — I much more prefer staying away from the hustle and bustle of big cities.
Being in a campus university will be less convenient, but I think it’s not actually that bad, because in Warwick you get all the basic thigns you need. Here we have the Cannon Park Shopping Centre (with a range of shops like Tesco, Aldi, Boots, SportsDirect, Korean store, etc.), Rootes Grocery Store, the Copper Rooms (SU-run nightclub events), the Terrace Bar, some pubs (the Dirty Duck, Varsity), a range of restaurants and cafes, etc. There are limited options comparing to being in town, but you get enough to satisfy your basic needs!
Of course, if you want more and better options, you could always go to town, which is not far away. Coventry (around 15 mins bus ride) is a relatively lively metropolitan city, with the Coventry market, shopping malls and restaurants. Royal Leamington Spa (around 30 mins bus ride), on the other hand, is a pretty little town, with lots of small shops, cafes, some nice parks, and a range of clubs. There are also closer areas around the university where a lot of students stay in, like Canley, Earlsdon, Kenilworth, etc.
Warwick is also situated in the Midlands, which gives it another benefit! Its central location means many other cities are always close to reach. For example, taking the train from Coventry Train Station, Birmingham is just 20 mins away, and London an hour away. Me and my friends go to Birmingham for dinner quite a lot, and we go to London occasionally during weekends and term breaks too! I really like the fact that we get to enjoy the nice and quiet surroundings, but the towns and cities are also close enough if you ever want to hang out with your friends and enjoy some nice food.
The environment around Warwick is perfect for me. However, it’s always a good idea to visit the university in person if you get the chance to, especially for local students. Everyone surely has their own personality and preferences, and you might view the same place differently as others do. Go and take a look at the university, have a walk and feel the vibes around to decide if you can see yourself staying in this place for a few years! (Just a quick reminder, Warwick’s Open Days are coming up soon on Fri 21st and Sat 22nd June this year, so make sure you mark it on your calendar) For those who couldn’t manage to visit the university, hopefully this blog does help you out!