I have been at the university for one and a half years now, and on the whole i have been satisfied with it. I am currently studying Accounting & Finance, and Warwick is supposed to be on eof the best universities in the country for this course. Having said that, my hopes and expectations have been let down a bit. Maybe i expected too much.
What i have a real problem with, is some of the lecturers. Some of them, sure, are great. But some, come unprepared, and just read off their slideshow presentation word for word. And if you ask them a question, they seem unsure. To me, the best lecturers are the ones who have been out into the real world and have experienced their chosen subject. The ones who have studied to become a lecturer, and are currenty doing "research", seem to be the ones who don't have enough time to prepare fully. It is worth remembering here, that i do have some FANTASTIC lecturers.
Another point is seminar tutors are ofent Post graduate students as opposed to lecturers/staff. This is fine for the most part as a seminar as supposed to be run by the students. The only problem it does create is they know little of exam structure/dates etc, due to lack of communication between themselves and the module managers.
So having talked about th education, ill move onto the social aspect. Living on campus for the first year was great. Everyone is so friendly so its not hard to find people like you and to get on with most of the people you live with. The student union has just been re-vamped, so a brand new venue is now open hosting live artists such as the streets and kano.
Apart form this, coventry is a 10minute cab ride away with lots of nightclubs/bars/pubs, and leamington is 15mins away (about £15) with quite a few venues to, including the assembly.
The facilities on campus are extensive, with 2 banks, an hair dressers, costcutters, costa coffee, a pub and a student cinema, there is always plenty to do, so you will never be bored.
I am firmly convinced that this is one of the best universities ever. It is well known by the graduate recruiters as an intellectual powerhouse. This is evidenced by the numerous careers fairs. They are attended by the most prestigious companies eg. McKinsey, Allen Overy, Bain & Co, the list goes on. The careers service is one of the best in the country. I personally found them very helpful and most of the students I knew got the jobs they wanted.
Aside from dazzling prospects post graduation, Warwick offers a lot on to enjoy while you're there. The student union has the most number of clubs and societies in the UK (over 200) and it is easy to start one if your interests aren't already cataered for. The students are a likeable and active bunch. They seem to have a great combination of academic ability and social mojo which appears to be lacking elsewhere. (Dicsclaimer: I am in no way bashing any other university, just supporting Warwick). I spent four years there and in both the first and last years when I was on campus, all of my housemates were active in more than one society and friendly.
The campus iitself has some pretty parts and some less pretty parts. The union and the arts centre have had a major rebuild and look much better. The rent on campus is pretty steep, going from £50 to £70/week in the four years I was there (in the cheaper accomodation both times). However, this often includes cleaners and the LAN connection is so fast that I transerred 3 45 minute programs in 5 minutes.
This is a first rate uni and I would recommend it to anyone that can get in.
As a 2009 fresher, I have been at Warwick for a grand total of five weeks now and thought that it was about time that I shared my experiences of the university so far with my fellow Do-yooers.
Why did I choose Warwick University?
To be perfectly honest, I only really chose to apply to this university on a whim. As many of you will know if you have ever applied to university through UCAS, it requires you to submit 5 or 6 applications for places on different courses and one day, after trying to decide which universities to apply to, I saw that Warwick looked quite nice in it's prospectus and chose the uni as one of my options.
The entry requirements were the highest of all my offers, at ABB and so I wasn't really holding out much hope. I wasn't too bothered at first, until I visited the university on one of their many open days and fell in love with the place, deciding that if I didn't get in I would take a gap year and apply again next year. By some miracle, however, I managed to get my results and so, at the end of September I packed my life into boxes and embarked on my Warwick life.
As a very girly girl, one of my most taxing choices when it came to preparing myself for university life was choosing which accommodation that I wanted to live in. I couldn't find many reviews that truly gave an honest opinion on the different places to live so here is a brief review of the accommodation that I have seen of it already.
Rootes: Rootes is the accommodation that I'm currently living in and I love it. What the website doesn't tell you, however, is that there are two areas of Rootes, Old Rootes and New Rootes. I'm in New Rootes and feel lucky to be here. The rooms are really nice and relatively modern whilst the kitchens are just the right size and have all of the appliances that you need. Rootes is seen as the liveliest area to live in and I would definitely agree that the night times here can be mad!
Old Rootes isn't as nice inside as New Rootes as its quite a bit more dated, however the party atmosphere is the same and I would definitely recommend applying here if you like a sociable and friendly atmosphere. The only disadvantage is that it can be a bit too noisy when you're trying to work or sleep but just invest in some ear plugs and you'll be fine!
Arthur Vick and Jack Martin: These are seen as the nicest areas of accommodation as they have nicer décor, and the en suites that everyone craves for. They have a nice feel to them and a little bit of luxury can't hurt, but sharing a bathroom is part of the fun of living in the less expensive areas like Rootes and if you're going to fully embrace the student life you really don't need your own bathroom.
Whitefield's is one of the least appealing areas to live in, in my opinion. The flats are like little two storey houses and, although they are situated right near to the union they look a bit too dated inside for my liking. I also prefer living in a big block as opposed to a little house with only a few rooms but then again it's down to personal preference really.
The main problem with Westwood is that it's so far from the central campus! It's about a half an hour walk from the union so if you're planning on spending most of your nights getting wasted in bars on campus, Westwood may not be the best choice for you. That said, however, the rooms aren't bad and there seems to be quite a community feel in Westwood as they are so far out, so if you don't mind being away from the central campus you may want to apply here.
There are other areas of undergraduate accommodation, including Claycroft, Tocil and Cryfield but although I haven't heard anything bad about these areas I can't really comment on them as I don't know enough about them yet! The ones I've mentioned so far seem to be the most popular however so bear that in mind when applying for accommodation.
Although it may not seem like it at times, academic work constitutes a major part of your time at Warwick and the work standards here definitely aren't for the lazy. The university is ranked sixth in the country and so doesn't have room for letting standards slip. For this reason, the workload here is very intense and students are constantly being pushed to work harder to maintain the great reputation that the university has worked so hard to build up.
This good reputation definitely has it's advantages however! I'm studying languages and couldn't ask for a more supportive lecturers and tutors. They are all experts in their field and it amazes me just how clever and confident in their approach to teaching that all the staff here are. You really feel the benefits of being taught by the best as the lectures are engaging and invaluable in helping you develop the required knowledge for your degree.
Although the academic load is tough, you will definitely find plenty of time to do other things and the campus has loads to keep you entertained. The Union boasts a variety of bars and restaurants where you can grab some food or just chill out with some drinks. The price of food isn't too bad and although the drinks aren't particularly cheap they are pretty standard prices. As well as the bars, you can spend some time relaxing in the on campus pub the 'Dirty Duck' which always has a great, lively atmosphere and does a great Sunday carvery for £4.95.
The Student Union has only just recently been refurbished and is now pretty impressive. 'The Copper Rooms' is the name of the new on-site nightclub that has two floors and a couple of bars inside. Something goes on here pretty much every night from comedy nights to appearances from top DJs. In freshers week we had everyone from Tinchy Stryder and Chase and Status to Simon Bird from the Inbetweeners and there are loads more events coming up before Christmas. The only bad thing about the Copper Rooms is that they can get really packed and it can be a bit claustrophobic at times. Also, tickets sell out pretty quickly so you need to be fast to get in on the events that you like the sound of.
Off campus nights are also quite popular and buses run from the campus to Coventry and Leamington Spa, both of which are good on student nights. Coventry is also good in the day for a shopping trip and the bus will only cost you around £2.90 return.
Other Campus facilities
As Warwick is a campus based university it is important that everything you need is close by. The facilities on site include; small branches of the main banks, a post office, Costcutters, laundrette, health centre, pharmacy and huge library for all your work related needs. There is also an impressive Arts Centre which has it's own cinema that shows a wide range of films and attracts many different comedians, stage groups and other performers from Jimmy Carr to Julian Clary.
Costcutters is fine for getting the odd bits of food but to do your main shop it works out much cheaper to visit the nearby Tesco. When I say nearby, it isn't exactly close and the 15-20 minute walk with heavy bags is a killer. It's nice to have a large supermarket nearby, however, and not being able to buy too much at a time isn't always a bad thing! The Tesco is situated in a small shopping centre that also has a tiny New Look, Boots, Wilkinson's and Iceland as well as a few other shops which are all handy when you need to pick up a few bits.
Overall, although I have only been at Warwick for 5 weeks, I feel really at home here and am so glad that I managed to get the grades to get into the university. I've made loads of friends here already and everyone is really friendly giving the university a nice atmosphere to live in. If your thinking of applying to university next year I would definitely consider Warwick, as it really is one of the best decisions that I've ever made!
About a year ago now, I was in my second year of college and a big scary decision was looming upon us-it was time to make our UCAS applications and decide where to spend the next three years of our lives. Not something to be taken lightly, I went to all of the fairs, took all of the free stuff offered to me by eager representatives (I have so many pens now it's ridiculous) and devoured the prospectuses as my daily reading. For a while, I had my heart set on Imperial college, London. Then my dad pointed out to me that my entire student loan would probably be blown just getting around that city, never mind the odd tipple here and there. So that plan was out of the window and it was back to square one.
Choosing my uni was a balancing act. I wanted to find somewhere I would love, obviously, but also I wanted to go somewhere that would make my dad happy, after his disappointment that I didn't want to apply for Oxbridge. That was how I ended up picking up the warwick prospectus and giving it another look. Initially I had rejected it straight off as a campus uni. I'm originally from Liverpool even though I now reside in the Cotswolds, and the thought of being trapped in a bubble with one nightclub and everything and everyone in one place sounded like a nightmare. My vision of a campus was concrete with a launderette and a cafe and nothing else. I wanted a city uni, that was that, but looking through the prospectus I was pleasantly surprised. It looked BEAUTIFUL!! Lakes, greenery, sculptures and modern art, one of the biggest student unions in the country (and voted the best) I decided it was worth having a look.
On the open day I fell completely head over heels in love with the place. It was modern yet traditional and had gorgeous buildings and the aformentioned lakes and trees (along with lots and lots of squirrels). The fact that it ranks amongst the top ten universities every single year despite being only 30 years old was also a big draw of course. So I put it as my first choice, got my offer, sat my A Levels, and the rest is history!
That is the story of how I came to be here in the first place. I have now spent my first term here and whilst ten weeks may not sound like a very long time to form a real opinion of the place I can assure you that the bubble is such an intensive environment, I feel like I have been there for years already.
Of course no open day can tell you what it is really going to be like, so here are my experiences of Warwick university so far...
My course is biological sciences, therefore my experience is very different to someone doing say humanities. I will do my best to tell you what I do know about other subjects from the people who I know doing them.
I have myself around 20 contact hours a week, There is one tutorial where you are groups of four or five, spending about an hour a week going through set problems/essays/presentations one on one with your assigned tutor. Different tutors have different styles but on the whole they are completely human, nice people who genuinely want to help. You have to bear in mind though that this is not school and they are not there to spoon feed you. They expect maturity, an eagerness to learn and research in your own time, and enthusiasm for the course. In return they give you the best of their knowledge and treat you as an adult, for possibly the first time in your life.
In addition to tutorials there are labs, which you will no doubt have a love/hate relationship with. Whilst it is fun to mess around with cool equipment, wear silly coats and generally do fairly enjoyable practicals, they are not school labs. They take HOURS. A block from 11 to 5 on thursdays is allocated for labs and they do take that long sometimes. Not the most sociable day for scientists. As well as this, remember those lab reports you had to produce for science coursework at GCSE? 5 or so pages writing up an experiment in loads of detail and doing analysis and stuff? You have to do one of those EVERY WEEK! And the hand in day is tuesday, the morning after top B (we will come back to top B, but I assure you having a deadline the day after top B is a BAD THING!).
The remainder of the contact hours are made up of non-compulsory lectures. While they are non-compulsory I strongly suggest you do at least try to go to them. Obviously noone can honestly say they have never missed a lecture but this stuff WILL come up again and you WILL wish you had been there. The lecturers range between cool guys who make jokes and bring the stuff to life and fairly monotone old men who read powerpoints. It is all beneficial though, especially if you can stay awake. And this brings me to the downside of biology. We have lectures in huge lecture theatres with lovely warm seats and noone to notice if you fall asleep. And you will. It is physically impossible, I have decided, to not get at least a little drowsy during a lecture. Dose up on caffeine, that is my advice to you.
Every week or two we get a multi choice test on the last block of lectures, which is when you will kick yourself for all of those times you fell asleep. Pretty much all the lecture notes are given out as handouts or are on the uni intranet though, which helps as it means you can actually listen instead of madly scribbling down notes. It only contributes to the ease of napping though....
Humanities get a LOT less hours than science subjects. Maybe as few as 8 a week, but they also get a LOT more to do outside of lectures than we do. They seem to constantly have essays and reading to do whereas us scientists 'just mess around with test tubes' as they say. They do all make fun of us monday night though when we are madly trying to get our lab reports done.
Maths people have so much work to do maths is rigorous at Warwick and they're always on their rooms working on problems. It is of course beneficial in the long run in terms of employability (and healthy livers) but not the most sociable subject. Another big one in terms of outside work is law. Case study after case study after case study....
Accomodation is very dependant on how much you want to spend and what type of person you are. I personally live in Cryfield, the cheapest accomodation at £66 a week. It looks a little bit like someone painted a prison yellow, we share a kitchen between ten and a bathroom between twenty (thats four toilets and three showers) which might sound rank but it's actually a great setup. I've never once queued for a shower or toilet, so why should I fork out an extra £40 a week just for the luxury of having my own? I like our little cramped kitchen, it's one hell of a community and in that kitchen I have met friends for life. We get along so great and to be honest, we don't spend that much time in our rooms anyway, so why do we need a big one? It tends to be that the cheaper accomodation blocks have more fun too, Rootes is the largest and most legendary block in terms of parties, but Cryfield isn't too far behind. Places like Jack Martin and Arthur Vick , which you will pay over £100 a week for, are palatial and gorgeous but the people there have a reputation for going to bed at 9 o'clock.
Some practicalities of the blocks. You have wardens who are there to shout at you for making noise and fine you for being bad. Try and get them on your good side, it's worth it. You have cleaners, who you will hate. They will moan at you constantly and wake you up at 9 because the kitchen is untidy. You basically have to clean the kitchen before they will clean it, but you will miss them on the weekend when they don't come round and the kitchen descends into chaos, a literal chicken fat all over the floor and humous all over the ceiling type situation.
You have to do all your own washing in the blocks that they provide, which are ok if a bit of a ripoff at £2 a go. You have to provide all your own kitchen stuff bar microwave, cooker, kettle and toaster, and wash all your own dishes and stuff. All accommodation is self catering as well, so learn to cook! It's very sociable though, and I wouldn't change my block for anything, I have met the most fun and wonderful people and we have so many memories already!
After the first year, you live off campus, and most people live in nearby Leamington Spa which is an absolutely gorgeous town with a big student presence, tons of shops, picturesque buildings and a fair few decent clubs with student nights.
FACILTIES ON CAMPUS
Remember my image of a campus with nothing on it?
Well we have an arts centre which is very posh, with a cinema and stuff where they do proper plays that the public can see and everything.
The library is HUGE and has just been redone. It has everything you could need, if a little too few computers, but I would recommend you take a laptop with you anyway. Noone really spend that much time there, but it is there and open late if you decide at 11pm that you know absolutely nothing and need to do some emergency education.
Shopping wise, the campus shop is costcutter, your new best friend. I wouldn't recommend doing any food shopping there as stuff tends to be a bit old, especially bread, but its location 5 minutes away from everywhere is great for late night alcohol runs...
Tesco is just off campus, about a 15 minute walk from my block. It's in a little place called cannon park which also has things like a boots, new look, birthdays, wilkinsons and other shops which come in handy. Try to food shop in tesco rather than costcutters and take full advantage of tesco value, for whilst it is not tasty, it is cheap, and that is the student mantra.
We have a pretty massive sports centre with nice modern gym facilities, a huge pool and tons of exercise classes. I would recommend joining in order to work off your poor diet and alcohol weight...
The student union is a massive building, which next year is apparently being knocked down to make an even bigger building, unfortunately in the meantime I hear they're going to put up a huge tent in its place, ooops...
In the current union there is boring stuff like administration offices and that, but also the more interesting stuff like battered the fish and chip shop, xananas the nice little restaurant, rococo coffee lounge, cholo bar, the grad bar, the pool halls, the cooler which is the site of alternative student nights, and the marketplace, the main club area for the mainstream nights. That brings me nicely onto....
As a city girl at heart, this was my main worry about coming to warwick. I imagined being bored night after night in the same old bar. Never fear. First of all, the union puts on tons of themed nights so there is always an excuse to dress up in silly costumes and get funny looks from people. So far I have already dressed up in nu rave gear, silky pjs, as an angel, as a devil, as a superhero, james bond themed, and in school uniform! The main night is Top Banana, which you will LOVE. £1 entry and £1 drinks is all you need to know, but also the music is pretty good, with good dance music in the marketplace and hip hop in the cooler, its a dance fest. Other nights include Score! which is pure cheese (think the spice girls), Pressure which is drum and bass, Renegade which is funk, soul and RnB, Flirt which is pop and dance a bit like Top B, Crash which is rock and metal, and my favourite Electric City which is dance and indie (think Hot Chip, Blondie, CSS and Arctic Monkeys). The union also hosts tons of gigs for everyone. Bear in mind that a union can't exactly get the biggest names in music, but so far I've seen the Go! Team, the Whip, Scouting for girls, Pendulum and the mighty We are Scientists in our very own marketplace. Also people quite often come and host the themed nights, we've had Amerie, East 17, Sky from Neighbours, Kavana, Roy Walker, Pat Sharp and more!
So that's the union. You also have the option of going into Leamington, which is a good idea on a tuesday when nothing good is on at the union, go to Evolve instead which has separate rooms for indie music, dance music and RnB, plus £1 vodka red bulls. On a thursday its more of a hardcore dance night, but it's stil £1 for a vodka and red bull so who cares if you're not into dance really?
I can however honestly say, that the best times of uni do not come from the nights out, but the nights in. All those times we gathered in the kitchen with bottle of alcohol and packs of cards and somehow managed to invent new drinking games every time. You will never be bored, I promise.
In terms of societies, there are millions. No matter what you are into it's probably here in some form, and if it's not you just have to find 30 people who would be in your society and you get money to set it up! Some of the most noteworthy ones are RAG, who do silly things like throw flour on lecturers and dress up in silly clothes for charity, all the subjects have a society too, and there are millions of cultural ones to cater for Warwick's strong international presence. There are loads of sports ones too, from the typical football to ultimate frisbee and my personal favourite, dodgeball. Even if you've never done it before don't worry, probably noone else has either. Or just join the chocolate and cheese society...
So would I recommend my uni? The answer is YES YES YES YES YES YES. I honestly cannot wait for the next three years of my life and whilst it is true that the social life and people will be amazing no matter which uni you go to, I promise there is nothing better than having all that fun in such beautiful, safe surroundings with everything within stumbling distance. The atmosphere is amazing and you also come out at the end with a degree that demands respect. The truth is that employers value warwick students. They know that our courses are demanding, and they are, but don't worry, there is still plenty of time for play as well as work...
GO THERE. That is all I can say. Even if you're from London and can't imagine living on a campus, some of my best friends are from London and they love it here just like everyone else!
My three years at the University Of Warwick were great - there was the obvious pyscho-partner issues, and the tension created by pulling numerous housemates, but on the whole it was a really wonderful time. I've got quite a lot to say about the place, so I've broken it into a few different ops and put them in the relevant sections - i.e. the clubs & societies and accommodation sections. Feel free to read those as well, if you are interested in an in depth review of each bit (please!!!), but this op will just be a very general one about the lovely place, with a brief bit about each section - make sense - Sorted!! Well, it's located near Stoneleigh, which is near Coventry, and therefore in the West Midlands. It was built in the 60s, and is therefore a mix of a modern Uni, and a red-brick one. The place is getting bigger each year, with constant building programmes, and millions of pounds of investment, so it certainly isn't resting on its reputation - in the time I was there, a new Union was built, a new pavilion, and numerous lecture theatres, which were all very posh!! The first thing you will notice when you drive into Warwick Uni, is the sheer scale of the place - it has a very large campus, with lakes, and woods and acres of well-maintained grounds, all beautifully planted up. There is certainly a 'wow-factor' when you see it for the first time - compared with a lot of other Unis, it is a great sight. Warwick is very campus-based, which whilst appealing to most, may not be up everyone's street. There is virtually everything you could need - bars, restaurants, launderette, chemist, pub, employment agency, travel agents, library, sports centre, supermarket, post office and the biggest Arts Centre outside London!! It is very possible to spend an entire term, without needing to venture out of campus - rather sad, but certainly possible!!! Accommodation Accommodation is varied, and quali
ty varies on price - the cheapest first year undergrad accommodation is Whitefields, where I stayed in my early days. Pretty basic, but perfectly located for the Union-focused student. The most expensive was Jack Martin's, which looked more like a hotel, with posh carpets, and classy décor (but more about that in the other review!!). The Union The Union is fantastic - with a capacity of 2500, it was the 2nd biggest in Europe when I was there. There is the old Union, Union South, housing the entertainments venues, food outlets, 2nd Hand Bookshop, Markets etc, and then Union North, which was built in my first year. This contains the Union offices, and facilities for clubs & societies, along with a posh restaurant, Xanana's. If you are a bit of a 'Union Hack', like myself, you will spend a lot of time in these buildings - rather more than in the lecture theatres!!! There are three main venues within, The Cooler, Marketplace, and Cholo. The Cooler houses the majority of dance events, and 'minority' events, holding up to 800 people. The Marketplace is a multi-purpose venue, and holds everything from Market Stalls, to bands, to pool competitions, whilst Cholo is more of a sit down, drinking area, with quiz machines etc. All venues were refurbished in my third year, and therefore should all still look quite nice. Food & Beverages There are numerous food and drink outlets around campus, in different lectures complexes, in the Union, and in the Airport (University-run mini-Union-type-thing). The Union contains a very nice baguette bar, fast-food outlet, soup stall, along with the more classy Xanana's - ideal for parent visits!! The Airport has the lovely Airfare, with very nice pizzas, and some fast food, along with a fairly large bar, with rows of fixed seating - very popular with Sports Club socials and initiations!! There are a further 5 bars in the Union, including one bottle bar - prices are fairly expensiv
e for a Union, in a bid to cut down on irresponsible drinking practices. Allegedly!! There is also a bar in Westwood accommodation block, due to its location away from the main site, and a pub The New Varsity, just outside campus, serving good food. Entertainment Entertainment was generally very good when I was there - all in the Union, which attracted some big name DJs and a few half-decent bands once in a while. There were many weekly events, including Top Banana (lots of drink, and people dancing like muppets to cheesy music); Decadance (lots of drink, and people dancing like muppets to 80s music - popular with Sports Clubs); Function (commercial dance), Quench (trance and house ? my fave) and various others to suit each musical taste - each event costs around £4, with major events around £10 - so it's certainly not cheap, but many are open until 1am or 2am. There's always a pretty friendly atmosphere at most events, and most people are just out for a good time. (more in the other review!!) Then there's the Arts Centre, with shows, comedians etc on a regular basis. And of course, you have the entertainment that living with people you've never met before brings!!! Involvement There are enough Clubs & Societies at Warwick to appeal to anyone, whatever your interests. From memory there were over 200 socs, and over 100 clubs when I was there!! If there is still nothing out of that that takes your fancy, the Union will even pay you £50 to set up a new society!! During my time, I produced two musicals, one in the 530 capacity theatre, and was Deputy President of RAG (charity soc), so it really is possible to do anything if you want to - I had no experience of this at all before Uni!!! Sports teams are very competitive, and compete in various BUSA Leagues, along with inter-student leagues, and various competitions in different sports. It is a great way to meet new people, and enriches University life beyond recognitio
n. Courses For those of you interested in the study side of Warwick (there must be some out there!!) the Uni is excellent for both quality of teaching, and research. Most courses are catered for - obviously not to the level of the old Polys, but pretty good for most mainstream courses. The lecture facilities are improving all the time, although the Humanities building is showing its age, along with the Library, which leaves a bit to be desired - it was due for a refurb though!! PC facilities are fine, with a big lab of them, with the all-important internet access for those e-mails to family and friends. Warwick will look very good on your CV, and is a hotbed for potential employers trying to poach the best candidates, at the Milkround sessions. Local Life The nearest town to Warwick, is Coventry - As you may well know, it is not the most attractive place in the world, or indeed the safest - most students opt for the rather prettier Leamington Spa for 2nd and 3rd year accommodation, even with the 30 minutes bus ride to campus. Ikon in Cov is a decent club for students, as is Mirage in Leam - Mirage is a bizarre place, and far from great, but perfect for students - I used to go there weekly!!! Both towns have a decent mix of pubs, which are mainly quite student-friendly, although a lot of townies in Cov will beat you up for having a brain!!! Then there is Warwick Castle nearby, and a few other places to go if you like that kind of thing. But in the first year, trips off campus tend to be few and far between. Student Mix There is a good blend of people from all walks of life. A strong international presence exists, making it a very good place to meet people, and to experience different cultures. Overall, the place is wonderful! I was always proud to be a part of it, and gained so much from my time there - and a lot of friends. Unless you have a great hatred of campus-based Universities, you will love it to
o - maybe not all the time, but looking back, like I am now, it really will be the best time of your life, full of opportunities that just don't exist in the real world. There is a bit of competition between the Union and University, so support your Union!!! Make the most of your time, wherever you decide to go - my advice would be to try everything you can, when you can - I tried a lot of new things, and had a great time, but I still look back with some regrets. For students due to start in September, I would advise : Make as many friends as possible as soon as possible Join lots of clubs / societies Be yourself Keep in touch with friends and family - you will have to go home from time to time!!! Resist the temptation to eat take-aways each day - very expensive!! Buy a very loud alarm clock - you won?t go to any lectures otherwise!! Don?t buy everything on the Reading Lists - many are not needed, or will be available in the 2nd Hand Bookshop in the Union Go food-shopping with your parents on arrival - they will feel useful, and you will get a month's worth of groceries for free!!! Keep an open mind - you will experience a lot of strange things!!! Enjoy yourself!!! If you are deciding where to go, I can thoroughly recommend Warwick - just make sure you invite me up, if you enjoy it!!! James 97480312 (1997 - 2000) Warwick Grad and proud of it!!
I am not a student at Warwick but I regularly visit it. It is absolutely fantastic, the Arts Centre is great entertainment. With a bar, cafe, art gallery, theatre, and cinema it's perfect. The prices aren't too expensive either, especially for the cinema. There is also a really different shop called Sozo. Sozo sells all sorts of things, bath things, cushions, frames and also toys and joke things. It's a lovely shop. The atmosphere in the Arts Centre is really good, they welcome families and the staff are always happy to help. It is also really clean as well, there is no litter and the toilets are very hygienic. I have seen many good productions in the Arts Centre and also made good use of the cinema. The beauty of it is, you are right next to the bar and cafe, so you can get good food and drink in a nice place unlike most other cinemas. Also, the Students Union is very good for entertainment. There are numerous pool tables and arcade games as well as a bar and lots of food and drink machines. You can also order food. You'll find cashpoints and banks just beneath you too so there is easy access to money. The University Of Warwick is just fantastic for entertainment and I love it, the atmosphere is great and it's clean and modern. You can eat and drink there which is good if you are going into the cinema or theatre and are waiting. I would tell anyone to go and visit it, to look round the art gallery, get a bite to eat and a drink and then go into the theatre or cinema. All that under one roof is amazing! It's brilliant, if you're ever near it, go and visit.
I'm a new mature student studying law at Warwick,so my experience may be somewhat different from the norm.I live off campus,so travelling in every day,especially for 9'o'clock lectures,can be time consuming because obviously many other people,are doing the same.But this doesn't bother me really. The university is a friendly place,and the teaching staff in the law department are very helpful in making the task of settling in easier,and as the law school is huge,this is even more important.The work and teaching on my course has been excellent so far,but a word of warning is that it begins immediately on arrival.The other students on the course are obviously very bright,so seminars are very lively! In terms of being off-campus,it was hard at first,meeting new people,but this has become easier as the term progresses,and there are many societies,and clubs to join. There is always something to do at Warwick,with many different forms of entertainment,including an excellent Arts Centre,where there is always different things on. Warwick is also renowned for its links with employers and industry,with endless opportunities to meet and discuss future career plans with prospective employers. So,ultimately,Warwick has totally lived up to my expectations,and i think my years there will be happy ones!
Once again, it seems, it is me against the rest of the world (sigh). I visisted Warwick University last year some time, thoroughly enamoured with the prospectus and the raving reviews given by my friends. I expected to love it. Now, before I start, please let me say that I would be the first to admit that I know next to nothing about the University itself - and by all rights it is a very good university - I just did not like it. I have always thought of university as a place where you open your mind to new experiences - you move away from home, meet different people, live and work in new ways, and become open to new ideas. Now I live in Surrey, which is all very nice and good, but it, and in particular my old school, are set very firmly on the side of the (upper) middle class. Imagine my horror when I visited this shrine of learning to find myself right back where I had started. The buildings were pristine - modern, well equipped - perfect. The landscape was cleanly organised in new roads, strategically placed trees, and lovely green grass. The people were well dressed, well groomed, and above all thoroughly middle class. I hated it. I hated the thought that I could go there and spend the rest of my life living with the same sort of people, in the same type of place - artificial comfort, artificial beauty, artificial people. I am sure the people are not artificial at all, but so many of the people I know are. The campus correlated so exactly to my mental image of polite, middle class Surrey. I want something different in a University - a change from my previous life. This means either a city - London, Manchester, somewhere big - or somewhere more historical, with more charm and charisma - like Oxford. I know that there are thousands of people who would disagree most vehemenently with my view of Warwick. But I cannot stomach it. Where is the mystique? Where is the history? Where is the soul of such a place? I know I didn
39;t find it.
The first myth to dispel about Warwick University is that it's actually in Warwick - actually it's far nearer Coventry. However, it has none of the attributes usually associated with Coventry - i.e., bad architecture, concrete all over the place. In actual fact, it's a thoroughly nice place to be, one of the nicest campuses in the country. What else? Most of the people are well-informed individuals. There is a thriving social scene in the Union, and hundreds of clubs and societies catering for nearly everything. Quality of accomodation does vary, but then so does the price - you get what you pay for. If you do maths or biology, there is a ten minute walk to get to a separate campus, but don't get put off by that, you adapt easily. Most other facilities - Arts Centre, supermarket, Union building, sports centre, faculty buildings - are within three minutes of the centre of campus. Basically this is an intelligent, friendly, sociable university, and I enjoyed my first year a lot. Just be yourself, and you'll do well.
Warwick is an excellent university in many ways. First (and most importantly), the courses are excellent and it has a good reputation (very important when it comes to those job applications). The library facilities, computers and all that are also good (though try getting a seat in the library at exam time and you'll be lucky!!!). Secondly, it is one of the few universities which some form of entertainment on every night in the union. Also, you've got the Arts Centre to which loads of famous acts come. The only problem some people may have with it is its location. If you want somewhere with a city centre location, you probably won't like Warwick. Coventry city centre is not far away, but it might be more effort to get there than some people are willing to make. Warwick is particularly good for subjects such as business, sociology and law and has just teamed up with another uni (I think De Montford in Leicester but don't quote me on that!!) to provide a medicine course. It also has a good range of clubs and societies-something for everyone. Even better, if it doesn't already exist and you can get enough people together, you can set up your own. You can't really fault Warwick for its academic or social life. The only thing some people don't like is the campus lifestyle. With virtually everything you need within easy walking distance, it can feel a bit like being trapped in one long educational nightmare, though the other view is its more convenient and easier.