What makes Warwick special
The UCAS deadline is very close now (15 January) and so I wanted to do a blog post about what sets Warwick apart from other universities. Obviously, I only have experience of being a student here, but hopefully this will give you an idea of what, for me, makes it extra special.
I’m going to start off with an obvious one; the world class teaching and research. We are consistently near the top of the UK league tables, and are even doing pretty well in the global rankings as well. Since it is such a prestigious university, it means the teaching is of an excellent quality too. In particular this year, it has been clear that my lecturers are at the top of their respective fields. For example, in my Mathematical Modelling module this term, the lecturer constantly mentioned work that her colleagues were doing which was directly related to the topics in the module. This was really exciting to learn about and made the module one of my favourites!
Generally, first years live on campus and then move into Coventry or Leamington Spa in subsequent years. I really enjoyed being able to live on campus in first year. It gave me a chance to get to know the environment and get settled in, without having to worry about travelling in or dealing with bills etc. It felt like a nice halfway step between leaving home and living independently.
The support that Warwick Accommodation and Warwick SU Advice Centre give regarding off-campus is also great and really helpful. I always get my housing contract checked by the Advice Centre to give me peace of mind!
It is the largest Arts Centre in the Midlands, and one of the largest outside of London, so it is incredible that we have this on campus! A variety of theatre shows, dance troupes, drama companies and comedy acts come and perform here, and there is always something exciting on. Also, students get a discount on many films and shows so there is no excuse not to get your culture fix! There are opportunities for students to work and volunteer in the Arts Centre and societies can use the facilities to put on their own shows as well.
The Arts Centre is currently being redeveloped in its big 20:20 project. This an exciting development, and when it is finished the Arts Centre will be bigger and better than before! You can find out more about the project on the website here.
Warwick SU has over 250 societies and there are more than 70 sports club as well. This means that whatever your interest, hobby or inclination I promise that there will be a club for you! And if not, you can even set up your own! I have talked endlessly about how important societies are to me, both in terms of making friends and settling in and giving me opportunities to try out things I never thought I could do. If you’re interested in finding out more, have a look on the SU website or peruse some of my older posts, like this one!
Every few weeks the food market comes to the Piazza, and I can honestly say it is the highlight of my week. They take place on Wednesday afternoon, and I can never resist the temptation to buy something tasty for my lunch, along with a homemade brownie of course! There is so much choice, from Indian to Caribbean, as well as several vegan stands. There is more cake than you can shake a stick at, and often some cheese and fruit as well. There is a lovely atmosphere with everyone enjoying the freshly cooked food and relaxing in the Piazza!
Below, I have linked some of the other blogs I have written about why I chose Warwick: