Where to live in your second year?
Freshers, the time has come for you to choose your accommodation for next year. November is the daunting time of the year when everyone starts hyperventilating about accommodation. Fear grips Indian students minds’ about Station House or Clarendon getting sold out, while the internationals and the Britons want to find a house either in South Leamington next to Neon, or North Leamington, next to Smack, and the remaining lot, just don’t bother until after Christmas. There’s no middle ground, from what I’ve heard.
Speaking from personal experience, I would recommend you to start looking or at least start thinking about where you want to live and who you want to live with. It is OK to be lost and feel intimidated in the beginning, but trust me, I’ve been there and everyone is in the same boat.
Attend the Housing Day 2016, at the Warwick SU, on the 30th November 2016, between 10 AM to 4 PM. It is a fair to give you a taste of what there is on offer in each place: Canley, Kenilworth (I honestly don’t think I know anyone living here) Coventry and of course, the holy Leamington. You are given brochures of different private agencies, which are researched upon by Warwick and are reliable to stick with, and other handy advice and information.
I would personally advise you to stick with Warwick Accommodation unless you find a really really good landlord. Warwick Accommodation knows how to deliver. They are extremely efficient and whenever it comes to fixing anything in the house, they are just a call away, and they make sure to fix it on the same day. Each accommodation is assigned to a manager who is your go-to person for any problems that you face. Most importantly, they do not ask for a deposit, which is the best part about them. The fee is paid to Warwick, in the same process you pay your Warwick On-Campus Accommodation fees.
Moving on from the nitty-grittys to where I live. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t live in Leamington, but Earlsdon, Coventry, and I am going to hopefully convince you by the end of this article, how living in Coventry is so much better, or at least that you should consider it, instead of immediately dismissing it. Coventry is not the place where you have to think twice about walking alone at night for the fear of getting mugged, as everyone so envisions.
For starters, Earlsdon is WAY more convenient. It is just a ten to fifteen-minute bus ride from campus or a fifteen-minute bike ride , and so you can easily make it to your 9 AMs, without batting an eye. For, if you lived in Leamington, like most of my friends, you would have to get up two hours earlier, because it takes about forty-five minutes, to get to campus in the morning, plus an additional five to ten minutes, walking to your lecture/seminar hall.
Thirdly, it is a really nice, area to live in. They’re not just students but also families living here so the town gives a cozy, homely feel. There’s a public library, a small church, and a primary school. There’s also a park nearby at Hearsall Common, if you fancy a jog. However, I am not going to lie, it is literally just a massive field, but as long as you get to exercise, it serves the purpose. It’s got a high street with shops ranging from the Co-operative store, where you can do your weekly shop, an Italian fine dining restaurant, a pub, a general discount store, Subway, Greggs, a hair salon, among others. Unfortunately, there’s no Tesco, but if you really are brand-loyal, you can either go to Cannon Park to do your weekly shop or else, more conveniently, you can shop online at Tesco, or Sainsbury’s, if the latter is what you prefer. There’s a Sainsbury and an Aldi, a ten-minute bus ride away, and so I don’t see any point in going there, unless you are really brand-loyal.
Last but not the least, Coventry has Kasbah and if you all want the night-life, it is indubitably there. It’s a pity that Neon and Smack are on the other end, but oh well, everyone is willing to make a sacrifice, once in a while for a night-out, and we all did it in the first year anyway.
Now, let’s move on to Canley. I do have some friends living in Canley but unlike Earlsdon, there is nothing grand in Canley, except Canon Park. However, if walking is your thing and you want to wake up to seeing Tesco in the morning, you should go for it.
Before I move on to talking about Leamington, bear in mind that there are two types of people who live in Coventry or Canley. Those who actually wanted to live there or those that left it too late and were forced to live in the afore-mentioned places because all the nice houses in Leamington sold out.
Leamington is the student paradise, but honestly, I would say it’s a bit overrated. The rent is higher than Coventry and the bus takes thirty to fifty minutes (depends on where in Leamington you are living). At the same time, it is where every student wants to live, so I cannot live in denial about Leamington. There is a reason its called the "Royal Leamington Spa". They say, that you haven’t experienced Warwick, if you haven’t lived in Leamington one year. Well, I wouldn’t lie. I would probably end up being a hypocrite and living in Leamington in my last year.
That’s all from me.
If you have any further questions, hit me up. 🙂
Thanks for reading. Hope you have a lovely day!