The bars and entertainment at the University of Warwick are centered around the Student Union which is fairly large and was extended during 1998/9. You may expect as a Student Union the beer prices would be low and I have heard stories of other Universities where Beer was a pound a pint or less. At Warwick however, Beer prices are almost as high as most pubs so this is not a major attraction of the various bars. The Union has various different nights although Monday is the big night on Campus when all the cheesy 80's and 90's music is brought out for the weekly 'Top Banana' event. On Friday night the University night club holds a more traditional club night, called The Function, with all the latest Dance music. Ocassionaly bands play in the Union and during my time there they had bands such as Skunk Anansie, Mansun, Shed Seven and an infinite supply of cover bands. The University does suffer from being reasonably close to the NEC and other Birmingham venues meaning they miss out on many of the bigger bands. On Saturday night upcoming bands play at an event called 'Whipround' and bands to have played include Oasis who played a set in 1994 prior to the release of their first single, Supersonic. Another good point about Warwick is the Warwick Arts Centre which is also on the main campus. This venue is a popular stop off point for many comedians on their national tours and during my time at the University comedians such as Frank Skinner and Craig Charles amongst many other appeared there.
I come from a traditional university where the focus is definitely on work rather than play. However, my boyfriend has been here for the past year and so having spent a considerable amount of my free time socialising here, I consider myself well-informed enough to give it the thumbs up! The range of bars, cafes and restaurants on campus is HUGE and there seems to be a society to fit the tastes of Goths, Indie Chicks and nightclubbers alike. Warwick also benefits hugely from having the Arts Centre on campus (the biggest outside London apparently) which plays host to theatrical productions from the likes of the RSC, has a cinema showing at least two different films a day and an art gallery where free exhibitions are often held. The university's student drama societies also frequently hold productions too. All in all, a great place to study if you're the kind of person who wants to lead an active and varied social life as well as gain a degree.