Why You Should Live in Leamington Spa!
Hi everyone!It’s that time of year where everyone starts thinking about where to live for second year. I know it’s only been week 3 but last year, a lot of us did start thinking about where and who we wanted to live with. Don’t worry about it this year, because obviously things might be different and even if you only think about it later, you will be fine!
Having said that, today I’d like to make a case for why you should live in Leamington Spa (in second year when you have to live off-campus!). If you’re a fresher who hasn’t been yet or have no idea what I’m talking about, Leamington Spa is a town about 8 miles away from campus. It is one of the most popular choices as the place to live for second year (in my experience, probably, THE most popular choice!). I live in Leamington myself and I absolutely love it! I think it’s perfect for anyone because it has so many things to do!
- Firstly, it has so many students here that it is literally a student town! This means that the town has a very vibrant student life and there’s always something going on – you can meet your friends and go to the pub, go to the cinema, go to a restaurant or go for a picnic or go bowling! There are even escape rooms in Leamington, even though it might seem like a small town. And of course, in normal times, Leamington is clubbing central! There are around 3 to 4 clubs and these are the most popular ones, barring Kasbah, which is in Coventry. Obviously, things are different this year but I thought this might be interesting for people to know!
- If you don’t like clubbing or if you are a teetotaler (like me!) and are looking for other things to do, Leamington is THE place to be! Like I mentioned above, there are a lot of different options but also there are a lot of cute cafes and restaurants to just meet up for a meal! Leamington also has a few nice stores for shopping, such as River Island, House of Fraser, H&M and also cool stores like Tiger and Paperchase! There is a good selection of stores for anything you might need from makeup/skincare to records to furniture/home supplies!
- Compared to other areas, Leamington is relatively safer. For one, it’s a bigger town and not just a small area of a city and two, it’s got a lot of students so there will usually be people around! I would say it is quite safe and secure, so you don’t really need to worry about that aspect when you choose to live in Leamington. There is also a wide choice of accommodation, between houses to student accommodations to studio flats and so on! I live in a student accommodation where I share a flat with 5 others and I have an ensuite room. But if you’d prefer a house, there are a lot of nice (and cheap!) options!
- Leamington is very well-connected in terms of transport, even if it is farther away from campus than areas like Canley or Kenilworth. There are regular buses that go to campus – one set being from Stagecoach, which go directly to uni and are hence very quick and another set from National Express, which go through Kenilworth and so take a slight bit longer. The train station also makes it super easy to go to other cities, such as London and Oxford and it’s just a 20-minute ride to Birmingham! It is also quite close to Warwick (as in the town!) which is also a very pretty spot. In my opinion, Leamington is not very far and since you’d spend a lot of time at home/off-campus in second year, I was keen to choose Leam because it’s got such a great vibe and so many things to do!
- Just in terms of atmosphere, Leamington is very friendly and comfortable! It’s also got quite a posh vibe (in some parts, especially the Parade and in North Leam) because of the architecture/the surrounding but also it feels very welcoming to students. It’s got some very pretty spots such as Parish Church and Jephson Gardens, as well as Victoria Park and the numerous cafés! Some really pretty and popular restaurants/cafés are La Coppola, which is a fancy Italian restaurant, Procaffeinate, a very cool café in South Leam, Giggling Squid, a very popular Thai restaurant and Gusto Ricco, a quaint little Italian café !
I hope I was able to convince you of why you should live in Leam! That said, I don’t want this to be completely biased, so one of the things that might be an issue is the distance. If you’d prefer to be closer to campus, then Leamington would not be the best place for you as you have to take the bus to uni every day. Housing can also be a bit more expensive in Leamington as compared to other locations such as Canley.
I personally think Leamington is the best choice for where to live in second year! I couldn’t recommend it more!As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!