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    Important Notices
    • This thread is currently being updated for 2013 entry. As info gets released over the coming months, I'll try update the guide.
    • Last year, accommodation applications for first year undergraduates opened on the 31st May 2012, and are set to open this year in May 2013. You will have until 31st July 2013 to submit your application, although it doesn't matter when you submit as long as you do it before 31st July. Allocation is done on a ballot held after results day in September. Make sure you apply for accommodation before 31st July 2013, regardless of whether you firm or insure Warwick. Follow this link to apply here!
    • The way allocation works is detailed in the Principles of Allocation. In short, those with medical requirements get priority to those who firm Warwick, who in turn get priority over those who insure Warwick. If you apply after the deadline you are last in line.

    Got an offer from Warwick? Going to put it as your firm or insurance? Well now you need to start thinking about accommodation. Updated for the 2013 entry, this thread is here to answer all your questions about accommodation at the University of Warwick. The application process, which halls to choose, what stuff you need to bring, what is already provided and any other stuff that comes up. If there are still any other questions, feel free to ask them in this thread!


    The Warwick Accommodation FAQ - 2013 entry
    ContentsThere are currently ~6,200 bedrooms situated on campus, arranged in 12 halls of residence. Depending on the stage of education you are at, you can apply to different halls. This FAQ will take you through the process of application, along with information about the campus and the halls of residence themselves in order to aid you with your decision.
    1. Contents
    2. Useful Links
    3. Summary
    4. When and how to apply
      1. How allocation works
    5. Where can I apply
    6. Where I should apply
      1. Location
        1. Map of Campus
      2. What everyone gets
      3. Prices, Sharing and Number of Rooms Available in Each Hall
      4. The difference between the length of lets
      5. Flats and corridors
      6. Lounges
      7. Quiet Area or Not?
      8. Halls
        1. Arthur Vick (built around 1990)
        2. Benefactors (no longer available)
        3. Bluebell (built for 2011/12)
        4. Claycroft (built around 1995)
        5. Cryfield (built in the 80s. I think)
        6. Heronbank (built around 2000)
        7. Jack Martin (built around 1991)
        8. Lakeside (built around 1999)
        9. Rootes (built in the late 60s/early 70s)
        10. Sherbourne (new for 2012/13)
        11. Tocil (built in the 80s. I think)
        12. Westwood (???)
        13. Whitefields (built in the 70s)
    7. After I've applied
      1. Arrivals Weekend
      2. Freshers Fortnight
    8. FAQ Changes

    Useful Links
    • Warwick accommodation - Information about the halls of residence and its facilities can be found on this site. This is also the place where you apply for accommodation.
    • Residence Summary - Basic summaries of accommodation are given here, by Warwick Accommodation.
    • Facilities summary 2012-13 and Rents summary 2012-13 given by Warwick Accommodation. 2013-14 not yet available.
    • TSR Warwick Wiki - Contains further opinions and photographs of campus residences since 2007 (including reviews of the accommodation before the thread revamp in 2010).
    Summary
    Ok, this has turned into a very long and pretty comprehensive FAQ. This is a summary to emphasise the key points that people may miss.
    • Applications for first year undergraduates open in Spring, typically in April or May (in 2009 is was second week of May, in 2010 it opened in the last week of May, in 2011 it was April 20th, in 2012 it was May 31st). Deadline is on 31st July 2013: if you apply before this date, you get priority for a room on campus, provided you firm Warwick and meet the conditions of your offer. If you apply late/come here via insurance or do not meet your offer, you are given a lower priority and have a lower chance of getting on campus. Note that in any case, a place campus is not guaranteed. In 2010-11, the University seriously overshot their admittance target and even people who firmed Warwick, applied on time and met the criteria were forced into Westwood sharing and those who were lower priority had to live off campus. In 2011-12 and 2012-13, this was less of a problem - there was a slight overshoot that affected postgraduates.
    • Applications are done online through the Warwick Accommodation website (see the 'Useful Links' section).
    • All applications completed by the deadline will be treated equally. There is no 'first come, first served' policy, so you can wait until after your exams have finish before you apply and still be at no disadvantage.
    • The application form, which looks something like this (credit: miml) in 2012-13 and asked for a minimum of five choices and a maximum of six. In 2012-13, you could apply to at most one 30 week let (30 week: Arthur Vick/Benefactors/Jack Martin). The form will ask you for personal information and for the course you hold an offer for. There are also check boxes to select, asking if you prefer a mixed or single sex area, if you like to live in a quiet area and if you would like to share should you be placed in Benefactors. Finally if you have a medical condition or have a disability you should also mention it here. It is based on this information alone on where you will be allocated. Allocation is done by a random computer ballot, further details are in the 'Where and how to apply; How allocation works' section of this FAQ.
    • The application will also require a personal statement, minimum 30 characters, asking you to describe yourself. The information put here will be used only after you have been allocated your halls of residence. What you write here will NOT affect which halls you are allocated. The information will be used by hall wardens to allocate your room and try and group you with other students in the same flat/corridor.
    • Some halls are 30 week lets, some 39 and some 50 weeks (50 weeks not available for first year undergraduates). This is outlined in the 'Where should I apply; Price and Sharing' section. 30 week lets mean you have to move out during the Winter and Easter breaks, and 39 week lets mean you have the room from the first week to the last week of the year. More information can be found in the 'Difference between the let lengths' section.
    • Moving in date is from 09.30am on the Saturday before the start of term. You need to do certain things before this date, including submitting a photo, enrolling, signing the accommodation contract and sorting out payment methods. Check out the 'After I've Applied' section.
    • Changes to the FAQ are listed in the final section, FAQ Changes, so that any updates which may have occurred after you first read this thread can be checked without having to read the whole thread.


    Those are the main things to take from the application process, but the FAQ goes into much further detail below, including reviews of accommodations written by members of TSR who have lived there, what comes with the accommodation and the difference between certain features.
    When and how to apply
    First year undergraduates can apply for accommodation from Spring, with the application deadline on the 31st July 2013.

    In 2013, applications should open in May (in 2012 they opened on the 31st May!)

    Application is done with an online form, which looks like this. In past years you must select at least 5 different choices, up to a maximum of 6 and at most one can be a 30 week en-suite. You are then asked some general questions:
    1) If you would like to live in a single sex area (Bluebell, Claycroft, Heronbank, Lakeside, Redfern and Tocil are the only ones where this is possible, yet all halls have mixed areas.)
    2) If you want to live in a quiet area,
    3) If you would like to share should you end up in Benefactors (although for 2013-14, Benefactors isn't currently on the price list. Benefactors R.I.P.??)
    4) If you have any medical conditions or disabilities.
    You then have a section where you can write a Personal Statement about yourself, describing your interests and personality. You then submit the form off, where no deposit is required for first year undergraduates. A confirmation email is then sent off to the registered email address (normally immediately).

    The personal statement does not affect allocation of halls of residence, and is only taken into account when the warden allocates you to your specific room. All applications submitted by 31st July 2013 will be considered equally, so there is no advantage in being the first one to apply.

    How allocation works
    Accommodation is then allocated via a random ballot, using the following principles of allocation (more information can be found here):

    1. Students who require campus accommodation for supported medical / disability reasons
    2. Applicants who firm Warwick, apply for accommodation and receive a course offer before 31st July 2013 as well as meet their offer by 31st August 2013.
    3. Applicants who place Warwick as insurance, apply for accommodation and receive a course offer before 31st July 2013 as well as meet their offer by 31st August 2013.
    4. Applicants who enter through clearing, do not apply by the 31st July 2013 deadline or do not meet their offer by 31st August 2013.


    This means if you have a medical condition/disability, you are practically guaranteed your first choice accommodation, and if you come to Warwick as your firm, you are more likely to get first choice/one of your choices rather than someone who places Warwick as their insurance. If you apply after the deadline, allocation is done on a first come, first served basis, so the earlier you apply the more likely that you will get a place on campus (rather than living off-campus).

    In general, if you end up at Warwick through your insurance then you will be allocated to Westwood at best. In the first few weeks of term you can find yourself sharing with another person (again in Westwood), before people move out to other rooms on campus due to drop outs, or are allocated the places off campus. However, in 2010-11, the University overshot with intake numbers and those who were 'Priority 2' and firmed Warwick had to enter Westwood sharing and some had to live off campus. In recent years, there have been more rooms on campus available, so this situation is perhaps less likely.


    EDIT: Forget this stuff below, I don't think it is relevant.

    For 2011-12 you must choose at least 5 options, so it is very likely that you will get one of the ones you put down, regardless, if you want en suite, I suggest you put it as options one or two (explained below). Warwick Accommodation use a software called KxStudent (click here for the website) in order to maximise the accommodation allocation. How the software 'maximises allocation' is a mystery at present.

    The following section applied more to 2009-10 when you were only allowed one en suite choice. For 2010-11 you are allowed two, at most one 30 week and at most one 39 week. Still, to maximise your chances of en suite I'd suggest that you put one as first choice.

    If you want an en-suite, you will have to put it as first choice in order of having any chance of getting it. This is because the en-suites are oversubscribed (particularly JM and AV) for first choices. The process can be described as follows:

    The several hundred applicants who puts JM as first choice are randomly allocated to the 400 (or so) rooms, and everyone else who didn't get a place now move to their second choice. The same happens in all the other halls - if you put Westwood as first choice you will get it as it is under-subscribed. Anyone who wasn't allocated after round 1 now consider their second option and people are randomly allocated again. After the third round, people who still have 4th, 5th and 6th choices are then given priority over those who only entered 3. Once round 6 has passed, there will be people who were not allocated after their choices (particularly if you only gave 3) and these people are randomly allocated to fill up any empty spaces, meaning you can be placed anywhere. By putting ensuite accommodation in 2nd-6th place, you essentially waste a choice as it will mean that if you don't get your first choice accommodation, you won't get the ensuite one either as it is already full.

    Postgraduate and other students can find more information on the POI 2012 site and elsewhere on the Warwick Accommodation site.
    Where can I apply
    In your first year, you are guaranteed accommodation on campus, whereas in your second year (and third, if on a 4 year course) you will (in most cases) have to find accommodation off-campus in Coventry, Kenilworth or Leamington Spa. In your final year, you can apply for on-campus accommodation, however this is not guaranteed and you may still need to live off campus.

    The different residences you can apply to are as follows:
    First Year UndergraduateNumber of places available for first year undergraduates in brackets. (Tentative for 2013-14)
    • Arthur Vick (396)
    • Benefactors (22 single, 48 twin [in 24 twin rooms]) (not sure if available this year!!!)
    • Bluebell (505)
    • Cryfield (258)
    • Heronbank(~100)
    • Jack Martin (425)
    • Lakeside (0)
    • Redfern (0)
    • Rootes (924)
    • Sherbourne (527)
    • Tocil (0)
    • Westwood (460)


    You must select 5 or 6 preferences.

    In 2011/12, you can only apply to at most two en-suite accommodation. At most one can be 30 week let. (30 week: Arthur Vick, Benefactors, Jack Martin).

    Where should I apply
    There will be several factors that will influence where you apply. These include location, price, length of let, number of people to a bathroom, number of people to a kitchen, flats/corridors and the social environment you will be living in.

    Location
    map of campus is available here, on warwick.ac.uk but there is also one provided below. Click on it to view it in full size (because it's massive)
    Map of Campus

    Accommodation are labelled with blue text, places of interest with red text and white (white) text is used to label cash point locations (£), bus stops and taxi ranks.

    The accommodation (in blue) are situated to the north of main campus (Westwood), to the west (Heronbank, Lakeside, Sherbourne), to the south (Bluebell, Redfern, Cryfield, Benefactors, Rootes, Whitefields), to the south east (Jack Martin, Arthur Vick and Tocil) and to the east (Claycroft).

    Non residential facilities have also been highlighted, in red. Starting north east, going anti-clockwise around the outside:
    • Cannon Park Shopping Centre, contains a large Tesco, Iceland, Wilkinson, Boots and two Asian food stores. There is also an opticians, a hairdressers, a few clothing stores. To eat and drink there is a Costa Coffee and Jin's Cafe Express (serves 99p baguettes, the Bread Oven can't even compete). There are two cash points on the outside as well as one inside the Wilkinsons.
    • Milburn House is where where Film Studies students often head to for lectures and seminars
    • University House contains the 24/7 Learning Grid, a place to do work and the general admin department for the university. If you need to pay fees, get a certificate of student status, get a new library card, etc (after the first week of term) then head here.
    • Westwood Games Hall, where some exams take place but more importantly has an indoor sports hall and the Athletics Track, tennis courts, two astro pitches and the football tarkett nearby.
    • In Westwood Campus, there are a couple of teaching rooms where some exams take place here in the summer. There is the Dance Studio and probably most importantly the Postroom is situated here. All mail is directed here and any letters are then forwarded to your halls. However packages are kept in the postroom. If you receive a card saying a package has arrived, you have to trek to Westwood to collect it. Bring your student ID.
    • To the east, near Sherbourne, are three more tennis courts, which also double as Netball courts.
    • Cryfield Pavilion has a changing room as well as an indoor bit for stuff like Yoga and Judo.
    • To the south (right at the bottom) of main campus is Gibbet Hill campus, containing the Postgrad Medical School and the Biological Sciences department, where labs take place.


    Now for the central bit:
    • The Maths and Stats and Computer Science buildings are located to the east - the Maths building contains two large lecture theatres (MS.01 and MS.02 - used by basically everyone) while CS has a medium sized one.
    • To the north of Library Road there is Ramphal, which houses the Sociology department and the largest lecture room on campus. There's also the Chemistry, Physics, Engineering and Physical Sciences departments. There's also L3 which is another big lecture room and it's also home to the Student Cinema 6 days a week. (Films are £2 for members, new films typically shown as early as 2 months after first release.)
    • South of Library Road there's the Business School (teaching side), Social Sciences (a few lecture and seminar rooms), Humanities (a ton of seminar rooms) with a Psychology annex. There's also the Library, which is typically open from 8 to midnight, but open 24 hours in the third term.
    • Below all of that there's the Chaplaincy (free food and a general space to do stuff), the Arts Centre (see performances here) which contains another large lecture room - ACCR (Arts Centre Conference Room). There's also the Sports Centre, containing two sports halls, a swimming pool, weights room, fitness suite, squash courts, a climbing wall, etc.)
    • The SU area contains a Costcutter, the SUHQ (in the same building), and the Students' Union (Union South). The SU is where The Copper Rooms is situated, where union nights take place, bolstered with The Dirty Duck and the Terrace Bar, along with Curiousitea (coffee shop) and The Bread Oven (baguettes). There is also a hair salon, a Pharmacy and two (Natwest closed in Apr 2012) banks: Barclays and Santander. All of the cash machines on campus are found in the SU building (5 [now 3 after Natwest left] in total). Note the cash machines in Cannon Park, if you live in say Claycroft/Westwood/study in Maths.
    • There's Rootes Launderette, mainly for the students nearby who do not have laundry in their accommodation (Rootes, Benefactors, Whitefields and Jack Martin). Finally, there's the Rootes Social Building containing Rootes Restaurant, a bar, a restaurant and the Panorama Room, where many exams in January and in the summer take place.


    There are bus services that run though campus, the main ones being the 11 (Coventry-Campus-Leamington) and 12 (Coventry-Campus) and U1 (Campus-Leamington, Coventry-Campus-Leamington on weekends). The three bus stops on central campus serve buses going in both directions - essentially it's a loop - all buses first stop at the one to the north (near Physical Sciences), then head to the east (near Humanities) then stop at the Arts Centre Bus Stop, where they can wait there for a while.

    Buses to/from Leamington and Kenilworth come up through Gibbet Hill campus and goes around the loop before heading past Westwood and Cannon Park to Coventry or past Gibbet Hill to return to Leamington.

    Similarly buses from Coventry take the reverse route: past Westwood, around the loop, before heading south past Gibbet Hill towards Leamington Spa/Kenilworth or back past Westwood to head to Coventry.
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    The Warwick Accommodation FAQ - 2013 entry...continued from the previous post
    Where should I apply (continued)
    What everyone gets
    The information in this section will be taken from this page and the Residential Handbooks. Anything listed here will be available to all students living in halls.

    Insurance: All accommodation comes with free core insurance with Cover 4 Students. This insurance will cover up to £4000 of your personal possessions as well as £2500 cover for your laptop (in your room). You are also covered over the holidays, for credit cards (up to £500), loss of food in the fridge or freezer (up to £75) and more. The excess for most things is £25. Click to see a sample Cover Limits, the Policy Summary and the Full Policy Wording. The policy can be extended to include £6000 of contents, desktop equipment inside your room, your mobile phone, bicycles, watches, and tuition fee and rent protection, and your laptop outside of your room but you will have to pay extra for that. Warwick sends out information about insurance after you have met your offer: insurance is included on all Warwick Accommodation rooms both on and off campus. If you do not need any extra cover on top of the core then you will not need to do anything else. UCAS will also send out letters offering insurance but you will be buying the same thing that is provided for free by the university. If you want any extra cover, visit Cover4Students. Please note that the policy document may change so please read the updated version when you receive details in September.

    Catering: All campus accommodation is self catered, meaning that you will have to buy and cook your own food. If you can't cook, you can go out, get a takeaway or do some ready meals, etc. Or you could learn how to cook. Obviously, in order to cook you need a kitchen. Kitchens are shared between 8 and 26 people (for first years) and slightly less (under 12) for final years/postgraduates. More information about kitchen numbers will be found later.

    Kitchens: Each kitchen should have at least one cooker, a microwave, a toaster, a fridge and a freezer, a toaster, a kettle and an ironing board, along with cupboards, and at least one sink. Therefore you do not need to bring your own toaster, and you are not permitted a mini fridge in your room in most circumstances. You can also sweet talk staff into turning a blind eye, but to be honest it means you stay in your room more and meet others less. The kitchen will only be a few metres away. You don't get an iron either, it's up to you if you want to bring one - the ironing board in my kitchen is pretty redundant this year.

    You will need to bring cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils. Over gloves are also useful. See What to Take to University on the TSR Wiki for other ideas for things to bring. You need to wash up after cooking, after several warnings, the kitchen can be locked off to the corridor if you leave it too messy. If you have the large fridges with separate baskets, the top shelf has about an inch more room vertically - tall enough to store milk bottles (just).

    Bedroom: Each bedroom contains a single bed (Bluebell has doubles) with one or two pillows, linen, a duvet or a blanket, along with a desk, chair, bookshelf, wardrobe, wastepaper bin, mirror and a bedside lamp. You can choose to bring your own pillows/duvet/bedsheets and many people do. Rooms are heated to 21 degrees C and water heated to a high temperature (60C+). There is a pinboard in the room as well, and you are allowed to use blu-tack to stick posters etc to walls. There is a poster fair over the Freshers Week where you can buy posters to decorate your room with.

    Bathrooms: All halls have showers. All but Benefactors, Bluebell and Sherbourne will have a bathtub (either combined with the shower or a separate bath -check the facilities page linked at the top of this section for more information)

    If you pick an ensuite, obviously you get a toilet in your room. You also get a washbasin, shower with bathtub (apart from Benefactors and Bluebell which is just a shower), toilet brush, toilet roll (you can bring your own), storage space, and an additional small bin.

    Halls with shared facilities have the bathrooms and toilets accessible from the corridor. Communal washbasins are provided with soap and toilet roll. All accommodation will have a washbasin in the room, other than Tocil, Westwood and Claycroft (but with Claycroft you are sharing with one other person so it isn't that bad).

    In any case, you need to bring soap and other toiletries, apart from toilet roll which is provided (but you can bring nicer rolls). You will need to launder your towels and make your bed.

    Further details on bathroom sharing is given in Prices and Sharing.

    Other things: If you live in 30 week let rooms you will almost certainly get a lockable cupboard (size perhaps 130x65x75cm) to store some stuff in during the holidays where you have to move everything out of your room and kitchen apart from the lockable cupboard. More information will be given in The difference between let lengths section.

    All rooms get a network port with access to the campus ResNet service. This is done via Ethernet cable which you will need to purchase (although IT Services were coming around with free 1m cables at the beginning of term). If you want flexibility in your room, consider getting a 3-5m cable as wireless routers are not permitted in your room. See the Ask Absolutely Anything (+FAQ) thread for more details on this. There is Wifi coverage also available within halls, although whether they are kitchen only is another question.

    In order to run all your electronic equipment you will need power. In my room there are 4 plug sockets, but one is taken up by a bedside lamp and only two are in a useful location. You could consider getting a splitter so that you won't have to end up juggling power supplies when you have your laptop, speakers and phone all wanting juice at the same time. All your bills (water/electric/gas) are included in your rent so you don't need to worry about them during the first year.

    If you want to watch live TV as it is broadcast, you will need to obtain a TV license for your room. The only time you are not required to have a TV license is if you watch live TV with a device that is not plugged into a mains socket or aerial. Catch up services like iPlayer do not require TV licenses but if you are watching TV as it is broadcast you need one. You can also opt to get a TV license for the kitchen/lounge - you can share the cost with other residences and put a TV there, but a kitchen license does not give right for a room license and vice-versa. TV reception is not guaranteed: perhaps it is better signal if you have an actual aerial - some kitchens may have a socket rather than in your room where most rooms don't have aerial sockets.

    Pets are not allowed, unless in aid for a disabled person. Drugs are not allowed on campus, being caught requires you to vacate accommodation within 4 weeks and you will not be allowed on-campus accommodation again. The University signs up all on campus students to the Electoral Roll, meaning you will automatically be registered to vote in elections.
    Prices, Sharing and Number of Rooms Available in Each Hall
    Accommodation will make up a large chunk of your expenditure each year. On campus, 30, 39, 40 and 51 week lets are available, although usually only 30, 39 week lets are available to first year undergraduates. Differences between the length of lets will be covered later on. Prices for 2013-14 range from £2370 to £6375 and a easy to look at summary will be provided below. You can also look at this file from Warwick Accommodation which gives a payment breakdown.

    Below is a list of accommodation, ordered by price from lowest to highest. 30 week lets are in RED, 39 week lets are in BLACK and 51 week lets are in BLUE. ITALICS indicate that the let isn't available to first year undergraduates and BOLD indicates ensuite accommodation. (6, 10-16) indicates on average 6 people share a bathroom and 10-16 share a kitchen. The numbers in square brackets, [396] indicate the number of rooms available to first year undergraduates in the hall.

    £2370 - Cryfield (6, 10-16)-[258]
    £2910 - Benefactors (shared) (2, 24)-[24, 48 places]
    - 'Died, summer 13.'
    £2923 - Whitefields (6, 12)-[195] - 'Died, summer 13.'
    £3549 - Westwood (6, 18-26)-[460]
    £3549 - Rootes (6, 12-19)-[924]
    £3510 - Benefactors (single) (1, 22)-[22] - 'Died, summer 13.'
    £4080 - Jack Martin (1, 11-13)-[425]
    £4200 - Arthur Vick (1, 9-14)-[396]

    £4758 - Heronbank (1, 8)
    £5148 - Sherbourne (1, 10-13)-[573]
    £5967 - Bluebell (1, 8)-[505]

    Note that Benefactors is an en-suite accommodation, even if you end up in a shared room (you share a toilet that is located within the room).

    Accommodation available for final year students or postgraduates:
    £2964 - Hurst (6, 6) - 'Died, summer 12.'
    £3393 - Redfern (5, 5)
    £3920 - Tocil (4, 6-12)
    £4251 - Claycroft (2, 8)
    £4758 - Heronbank (1, 8)
    £4875 - Lakeside (1, 8)
    £5559 - Claycroft (2, 8)
    £6222 - Heronbank (1, 8)
    £6375 - Lakeside (1, 8)

    The difference between let lengths
    If you have a 30, 39, 40 or 51 week let, the room becomes available to you on the Saturday before the start of term (typically late September or early October). This weekend is called arrivals weekend - surnames from A to L are meant to arrive on the Saturday whereas surnames from M to Z are meant to arrive on the Sunday. You can arrive on either day if you want, they aren't strict about it (although if you arrive on the Sunday you do miss out on the first night of Freshers Fortnight ). Also, getting there early means you get first choice over cupboard space, and if you have baskets in the fridge then the top shelf has an inch more room than anyone else.

    Let dates for 2013-14 are detailed at the top of this page.

    People with 39 week lets then have the accommodation from arrivals weekend until the end of the year (in July). This means they can leave stuff in their rooms/kitchens for this period and can enter their room whenever they want to in this period. This means you can return a week before the start of the term, if you wish to do so, or even spend the holidays on campus.

    People with 30 week lets have the accommodation from arrivals weekend until 10am on the Saturday after the end of term. You have to remove all your stuff from your rooms and kitchens and you may only leave stuff in a lockable cupboard (about 1.3m x 0.75m x 0.65m), for which you will need a padlock. You then regain access to your room from 10am the Saturday before the start of term and the same happens over the spring break. Then a similar process will occur on the last week of the year in July. This means that you cannot return earlier than the set times given to you and if it snows (like it did this January) you may have trouble getting back in time for the start of term/you can only take a train with a smaller suitcase and you won't have everything (remember you need to take everything home/to uni each term).

    People with 51 week lets These lets are typically only available to Postgraduates. The only two empty weeks are in the last two weeks of September. You could probably contact Warwick Accommodation and arrange an additional two weeks to your let if you plan on staying an additional year. Alternatives are the holiday lets in Cryfield, available from this page, currently £13 per night.

    You will stay in the same room all year. If you move out due to a 30 week let, when you return you should still be in the same room.

    Vacation accommodation - if you have a 30 week let and you need vacation accommodation, there are rooms available in Cryfield during this period. You will have to pay per night for them, and it works out to be slightly more expensive than the weekly Cryfield term time let. Applications can be made on the Warwick Accommodation website, linked at the top.
    Flats and corridors
    Each hall is classed into a corridor or flat layout. Arthur Vick, Benefactors, Cryfield, Jack Martin, Rootes and Westwood are classed as corridor accommodation, while Bluebell, Claycroft, Heronbank, Lakeside, Redfern, Sherbourne, Tocil and Whitefields are classed as flats.

    Corridors: Essentially you live in a building holding between 50 and 200 or so people. The rooms are spread across 2-4 floors and each floor contains corridors - generally people on one corridor share the same kitchen, communal areas (if there are any lounges) and bathrooms if you are not ensuite. It is possible to access any corridor in the building once inside - so if you live on the top floor kitchen 9 of Jack Martin, you are free you go to any of the other kitchens on any floor without the need for a key. This makes it easy to meet others as there is free movement around the building, however disadvantages is that if there are drunk people and manage to get in the building, they can go anywhere and disturb absolutely everyone (and even go into the kitchens - they can be locked at night if you wish, but you need to sort that out between people on your corridor). Even in Rootes, if you live in E block, you can still visit anyone is D, F, G and H block as you are in the same building, it is just that there are 5 entrances to the building compared to one entrance in JM/Cryfield/etc. This is useful as if all the bathrooms are full on your floor, you can look on other floors for free facilities.

    Flats: Here you live with 5-12 people in an area which has a lockable front door. There are flats which are contained in large buildings (Bluebell, Claycroft, Heronbank, Lakeside) and also flats in smaller buildings (Tocil) as well as individual buildings for each flat (Whitefields). Advantages of flats are that you and lock your door from anyone else, meaning that no one from outside your flat can get in unless they have a key. This makes friendship groups more defined and perhaps you will become closer friends to one another compared to a corridor. Movement is somewhat more restricted than in corridors - if you are in halls where you share the same stairwell, you can leave your front door open and say hi to each other, but it doesn't mean you can simply walk into a different kitchen/use their bathrooms unless there is a really strong bond. So in summary there are fewer people who are easy to reach. You are a bit more isolated (more so with Whitefields and Bluebell) but people from outside can't wake you/enter your kitchen at 3am in the morning.

    The most extreme case of isoloation is Bluebell and Sherbourne with its keycard operated doors - to get to the kitchen you need to scan through:
    1) the front door
    2) the door to get out of the entrance lobby,
    3) the door to your flat
    4) the door to your kitchen/room.
    This makes it bloody hard to do any sort of publicity for societies/sports clubs (so check out Mixed Netball here).

    Regardless of what accommodation you choose, you will not be stuck with the people you are living with. Your friends will not be restricted to your halls of residence! Making friends with people outside your accommodation is easy - you meet people during lectures, through societies and sports clubs, and some will also be in the year above and will be living off campus (house parties :yy:). Sure, you will see the people you live with on a daily basis and perhaps during the freshers fortnight you should socialise with them a couple of times to ensure some kind of link later in the term when you're both in the kitchen but inevitably there will be people who stay in their rooms or go to a different building all the time.
    Lounges
    Some halls have shared communal lounges where you can relax and socialise on more comfy seats than the ones in the kitchen. Lounges are available at the following halls: Arthur Vick, Benefactors, Bluebell, Claycroft, Heronbank, Lakeside and Whitefields. Cryfield and Westwood have common rooms on the ground floor of each block. Hurst, Jack Martin, Redfern, Rootes and Tocil only have kitchens.

    Advantages of a lounge is that you have a place to chat to people on your corridor/in your flat without being in the kitchen. When in halls without lounges, you end up using the kitchen to socialise - but this can get busy and noisy as the kitchens will be used by other to cook when you want a chat over a hot beverage. The overall communal space will be larger in accommodations with both a kitchen and lounge, but the kitchen can end up being smaller as a result. Lounges are great when large groups are gathering - you don't hog the kitchen and prevent someone from cooking when there are 10 or more of you in the kitchen, playing music on a stereo system that lacks some bass.
    Quiet area or not?
    It's a tough one this, as it depends on Warwick Accommodation's definition of a 'quiet area'. Does it mean loud roommates or a loud environment (eg next to the SU). If it means the latter then clicking 'yes' will probably make the chance of getting Rootes and Whitefields less likely. However there are so many people who end up in Rootes (more than 25%) that this preference is not kept to at all.

    I could probably separate the accommodation into groups.
    Rootes is a definite lively area.
    Arthur Vick, Heronbank, Lakeside are a definite quiet areas.
    Cryfield, Jack Martin are in quiet surroundings, but 'noise at night' is high (not as high as Rootes) so I don't think it matters - perhaps quiet will increase your chances of getting there.
    Benefactors - :iiam: it's all very intimate there: again I don't think it doesn't really matter, surroundings are perhaps a bit louder than Cryfield/JM at night.
    Tocil - flats mean they can group how they want, it doesn't matter what you click here.
    Westwood - it's quite sociable, I'd say higher than JM, less than Rootes, but most people who miss their firm offers and come here via insurance end up here so it really doesn't matter.
    Whitefields - although it's flats, you're right next to the SU so I'd class this as a definite loud area.
    Bluebell and Sherbourne - Avoid like the plague. Double beds, wifi in halls and new halls sound cool but having 4 doors separating your room from the outside world makes it so isolated from the rest of campus. Good news: your laptop won't get stolen. Bottom line is, don't put these down as a preference unless you can afford the high price tag.

    Now, will the wardens then group quiet people with quiet people? No. They will want to mix people together so that kitchens get along with each other. There are quieter areas and corridors, perhaps, depending on the personal statement but you will always get quieter people in your flat/corridor whatever happens. This option is there to get the proportions of quiet people to lively people right - perhaps a higher proportion of quiet people in Arthur Vick and a lower proportion of quiet people in Rootes.
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    Halls
    This section is about what's good and what's bad about each halls of residence. The information here will be a collaboration by members of the TSR community.
    Arthur Vick
    Contributions: Milch (Arthur Vick 2)
    Summary: Really nice, I'm glad I chose here in the end! Lovely rooms/kitchens/living rooms. It's quite expensive though. If you're stuck choosing between JM and AV then I would say that on average JM is more social. (But you could always be lucky in AV or unlucky in JM so nothing's guaranteed). AV is nicer though if thats what you're looking for.

    Pros:
    Fairly close to the SU
    Rooms are big and really nice!
    Ensuite
    Kitchen is big and we have living rooms attached to our kitchens (where we hang out the most!)
    Launderette on bottom floor
    Not too noisy (our kitchen is an exception )

    Cons:
    Quite expensive
    Annoying having to move your stuff out at the end of term
    Social life can be bad (Although some are social)
    Cleaners dont like the kitchens being messy
    (Very) strict warden


    Contributions: secretmessages (Arthur Vick 1 [2008-9])
    Summary: 30-week ensuite accommodation in a good location, the most expensive on campus but worth the money if you can afford it. Can be quiet at times and has a stereotype for being relatively unsociable but it really depends on who you end up with - there will be loud corridors and quiet corridors in each accommodation block. The corridor layout means you can easily wander to meet people from other kitchens if you wish. Large kitchens, plus a large common room/dining room attached to each kitchen. There are usually between 9 and 14 people per corridor/kitchen.

    Pros:
    - Some of the biggest rooms on-campus
    - Ensuite - toilet, washbasin, and bath with shower in every bathroom
    - Large(ish) kitchens
    - Common rooms
    - Spacious corridors
    - Integrated launderette in each block means you don't have to go outside
    - Situated in a nice area generally - flower beds (though not too girly), fountains, grassy areas, trees etc.
    - It's in a nice quiet corner of campus, but at the same time is not a great distance from any teaching buildings
    - Maximum 10 minutes walk from Tesco in one direction and Costcutter in the other
    - Fire alarms are very rare (but the weekly/fortnightly morning test they do is loud enough to make you jump out of your skin)
    - Kitchen is cleaned by the cleaners domestic assistants on a regular basis, but they get a bit annoyed if you leave it in a mess
    - The rooms are relatively sound-proof (compared to some blocks anyway), but you can hear a lot of noise coming from the corridor

    Cons:
    - The stereotype that says Arthur Vick is the most unsociable block on campus
    - The most expensive block on campus
    - 30-week let, so you have to move out during the Christmas and Easter breaks
    - Wardens are known for being strict, but in reality they're not usually unfair
    - "Official" rules say that no noise should be heard coming from your room after midnight
    - You can get fined quite easily but I suppose this is the same for any block and you'll be fine if you don't break any rules

    Pros/cons (depends on the person):
    - Rooms get cleaned on a regular basis (though the frequency seems to be getting less and less each year), which can be thought of as an invasion of privacy as it can be difficult to get them to go away but usually you'll get a nice cleaner who will come back when you're out, if you ask (unfortunately you'll have a struggle to get them to leave you alone permanently)


    Contributions: Focus08 (AV1, 2010-11)

    Pros:
    *Good Location: Very close to the gym, SU (Piazza), and to the whole campus really. Tesco isn't too far away either.
    *En-suite: Bathtubs :bath:
    *Multiple kitchens on each floor: Makes for a lower ratio in each kitchen while still having large amounts of people to socialise with
    *Common rooms: Amazing for kitchen parties, and just to generally hang out in.
    *Launderette: In the actual building. Convenient.

    Cons:
    *Have to move your stuff during X-mas and Easter... Annoying
    *Price: Fairly expensive, but great if you can afford it
    *Internet speeds during peak hours
    *Kitchens are not as nice as the ones in JM. Everything else is world-class when it comes to student accomm, but the kitchens could be more up-to-date
    *Feels like a hotel
    Photos
    Thanks to Focus08 in AV1:
    AV1 Room:



    AV1 Ensuite:

    Benefactors
    NB: Benefactors may be no more as of October 2013

    Contributions: Sam~ (there is only one Benefactors block!)

    Summary: Can apply for sharing rooms or single rooms, all en-suite. Good location, mainly for nights out, Costcutters and the SU, but not too bad for getting to lectures etc.

    Pros:
    - En-suite rooms or shared between just two people
    - Large common room = frequent drinking games/pre-drinking sessions
    - Good sized rooms
    - Good location, 2 minutes to the SU but not as easy to hear music from the SU as some other halls, very close to the pick-up location of coaches going to clubs in various places, as well as the taxi rank being almost right outside (there's also a kebab van on late evenings)
    - Easy to get to know everyone since there are only 70 people, this means you can meet a variety of people and it tends to lead to less seperation/disjointness among people (the common room helps too)
    - Like all halls, I think, we have the kitchen cleaned 3 times a week, and our rooms/bathrooms cleaned once a week. (This year at least the cleaners have been really friendly ) We also have the common room cleaned, not sure how often though. Note: you still have to take out your own rubbish like everywhere else though

    Cons:
    - Large amount of people (22) sharing each kitchen, this hasn't been a problem as there is loads of cupboard space and people tend to naturally eat at different times
    - Kitchen can get a bit hot, again not hard to deal with
    - 30 week let means having to move most of your stuff out each holiday (there is a storage space above the wardrobe to leave stuff in and they may let you leave a few things in the storage space for International students)
    - Common room is often described as a fish-bowl but it's just something you end up getting used to and can lead to easier communication if you can lip-read
    - There are offices on the ground floor which is more odd rather than a con as it makes no difference to life in Benefactors.

    Photos
    Benefactors, Single Room by TheTallOne
    Shower in single room. Pretty uninteresting thing.

    Photos of single Benefactors room.

    Bluebell
    First opened in Sept 2011, 505 student bedrooms split over four blocks, in typically 8 bedroom flats, with some 6/7 flats as well. The bedrooms are ensuite with showers (no baths), there are kitchens and lounges (I think they are combined). The blocks are X shaped A floor plan of one flat is available below:
    Artists Photos


    NB: (Dec 2012) Just an update on Bluebell..

    They have now changed the keys to provide access to all flats in your block. So that gives access to 16-18 flats depending on the block. You can still lock the kitchen from the outside if you want to, but it enables you to go into other flats and is much more sociable now! Most of my friends are in other flats and I know most of the people on my floor and the next floor.

    Contributions: Nirgilis (April 2012, although lived in AV - an outside opinion of Bluebell by a fresher)
    Pros:
    - Ensuite
    - 39 Week let
    - WIFI in the kitchens
    - Secure
    - Semi-detached social area. It saves having to socialise in your kitchen (though you still are in the kitchen, you're just not surrounded by cooking utensils. AV has a separate common area however).
    Cons:
    - It's a fortress. Seriously, you need to get through 4 key card access points to get into your room. It's slightly antisocial in that sense. As has been pointed out before, if you do not like your flatmates, it's difficult to mingle in another kitchen like it is in JM/AV/Rootes.
    - There are fewer people per flat than other places. This, again, is a con for a social person.
    - The kitchens are lacking in space. They only have 1 oven (electric hob as well - good luck cooking anything on that) to cater for all of you. However, this is the same in AV, but I think JM has 2 ovens per kitchen, but they do cater for a few more people. Plenty of fridge/freezer space however.
    - Privacy. While the building is secure, the floor-ceiling windows offer a nice peek into your room and kitchen. Can be quite unnerving considering a lot of them face the main walkway onto campus. While you have curtains in your room, you don't particularly want to keep them shut all day.
    - Too secure. If you're planning a party, then you're going to be up and down the stairs all the time, letting people in through the door and generally finding it difficult to organise. Other halls people can just wonder in and find your kitchen without much effort on your part.
    - No wifi in your room. A pain, but it's the same elsewhere (but I'm not sure about Sherbourne).

    As you can see, this is all without the price being a factor. If money is not a problem, then Bluebell is a good hall if you're not too bothered about having a large social group. It's a nice, cosy feeling place and you don't see people around from other flats so much. However, if you don't get along with your flat mates, you have to make all the efforts to make friends off your course and society. Coming from AV, if I decided I didn't want to hang out in my kitchen, I could happily wonder along to any of the other kitchens in the block.

    Now, bringing price in as a factor, it's not worth the money. The rooms are the same size as AV, though AV has more privacy when it comes to windows. Bluebell may have slightly nicer styling in the ensuite, but it's not enough to offset the price. AV also has a shed load of shelf space, something I found severely lacking in Bluebell. If you need the 39 week, then I would look into Lakeside too, but I haven't seen the rooms over there to compare. If you don't need a 39 week, then please reconsider - for your bank's sake. Seriously, if you're a home student, lugging your stuff forward and backward is a nuisance for those 6 days of the year when you need to do it, but saving £2000 is worth it :yep:


    Contributions: helenamm92 (Bluebell 4, Flat 57, 2011-12)
    Summary: Bluebell is really well located, close to the SU and Central Campus. It's about a 15 minute walk from tesco, and is close to a few of the other residences as well. Being almost new, the kitchens and rooms tend to be in good condition. The rooms are ensuite with 4ft beds (about 1 1/2 width) and there's usually 8 people to a flat, though some flats have less. I think 8 was a pretty good number, I never had a problem with fridge space or getting to the oven. I do know people who did, but that was due to a rather uncooperative flatmate rather than lack of space... There's a bookable common area in block 1 which can fit about 100 people in. It's open to all bluebell students (and you can bring people in from other residences too) from 9-5, and it can be booked until midnight for parties if you want to have a lot of people over. The hall society also hold events in there. It's right in front of a lake and woodlands, and it's a really nice place to sit out and have a picnic, or even drink some pimms by the water (which happened on more than one occasion last year It is true that the keycards can be a bit of a pain sometimes - we got locked out for a couple of hours last year due to a technical error - but it does mean that your rooms and the block are really secure. We never had much problem with parties - people tend to arrive in groups, so it was usually only one or two trips downstairs, and there are lifts. The residential team do a really good job of getting people from different flats and blocks to mix together, so even though it's not as easy to move between flats, you will definitely get a good chance to meet other people. Since the windows are so big, it can get quite hot in the rooms as there's a vent rather than a proper opening window. It does improve security, especially on the ground floor, but I will admit that it was pretty hot in the summer. I faced out the back, so the large windows never really bothered me, but none of the bedrooms face directly onto the walkway. All the ground floor bedrooms have privacy curtains as well. There is wifi in the kitchens (I'm not sure if other residences have this) and I was two doors down from the kitchen and was still able to get it that's luck of the draw though. Every room has an ethernet point anyway. It is very expensive - personally, I thought it was worth it. I have an equal mix of friends from Bluebell who think it was worth it, and who would rather have spent the money on beer. If you want the extra privacy, the 39 week let, the double bed, and can put up with people thinking you're rich as soon as they meet you, then bluebell is definitely for you

    Pros:
    Ensuite
    4ft bed
    39 week let
    Very Secure
    Great location
    Good residential team
    Fairly new
    Faces onto the lake
    Wifi in the kitchens
    Bookable common area
    Lifts

    Cons:
    Expensive
    Can get hot
    Keycards can make it difficult to move between flats
    No flat common area except the kitchen

    Bluebell Photos by TheTallOne, September 2011
    The kitchen, sadly taken from outside
    The kitchens have one cooker, have wifi, typical kettle, microwave, toaster, etc. Nice colourful chair design as well.




    Ensuite Bathroom



    Ground floor standard bedroom

    Well, this is actually the ventilation door - no open windows so you can't get stuff stolen through a window left open. To the right is the big 'window' which lets in lots of light.




    Big G to tell you that this is the ground floor


    Claycroft
    Note: Claycroft is not available to first year undergraduates for 2011-12.

    Contributions: georgia (Claycroft 2, 2009-10)
    NB: Since this review was written, Claycroft has only been made available to postgrads/final year UGs only
    Summary: Claycroft 2 is for first years (plus a few exchange students who are not first years but not yet finalists either) whereas the postgrads and finalists are in Claycroft 1 and 3 respectively. There's a really cute duckpond and lots of trees and grassy courtyards and stuff outside, and there's really easy access to the footpaths that loop around the south end of campus and through Tocil Wood. The block is arranged into flats of eight sharing one kitchen and dining room, but since the doors between flats don't lock you can walk around the entire block so you're not limited to just those eight people and instead have around 200 students in easy reach! You share one full bathroom (toilet, sink, bath with a shower over it) between two bedrooms - you have a mini front door off the main corridor that links to a vestibule with three doors - two bedrooms and one bathroom. This year all but one flat are mixed, but bathrooms are shared between the same sex. It's 39 week rent so you don't need to move your things out in the holidays, and there's also an integral laundrette (four washing machines (£2), four dryers (£1), but there's usually at least one free) which makes life even easier - no trekking over to Rootes with laundry!

    Pros: The bathroom is a lot bigger than the ensuite bathrooms in JM, AV, Benefactors and Heronbank/Lakeside and as you only share with one other person you will never have a clash unless you've got the same timetable. The hot water NEVER runs out. It counts as a 'shared' option and not 'ensuite' on your accomodation form too - bonus. It's about five minutes walk to the library and Humanities building, ten absolute maximum to the SU (aka drunk stagger pace), three to Maths/Stats, and in the opposite direction about five minutes walk to Tesco. The location is perfect - enough out of the way so you're never disturbed, but close enough to lectures that you can roll out of bed with ten minutes to spare and still be on time, and you'll be thankful that Tesco is so close because it's much better value than Costcutters so everyone uses it (it's probably about half an hour for the Lakeside/Heronbank lot to get back from Tesco with heavy bags). As you're not right by lots of other accommodations you tend to develop a good bond with your flat and the surrounding flats and will socialise with them before a night out (or even for a night in!). There's a good social mix, and the flats I know are usually well balanced as far as personality types go. There's not many fire alarms either.

    Cons: The kitchen is quite small and there's only one fridge and one freezer between eight, and they're just normal domestic ones, not big ones. This means there will be arguments about space at varying points in the year, but everyone will get over it pretty quickly and you learn to live with what you've got. I'd say that's about it to be honest.
    Photos
    Claycroft 2, 2010 by georgia




    All photos above are from Claycroft 2.
    Typical Claycroft Floor Plan
    Click to see image in full size.
    Cryfield
    Contributions: goodtogallop (Cryfield 1, 2009-10)
    Summary: cheap and cheerful! some kitchens are new, some old, but they are slowly being re-done. I have never had a problem sharing bathrooms, we have 5 loos, 2 showers and 3 shower/bath combos for 23 people which is plenty. Also never had problems with food being stolen.

    Pros: Cheap!! being the only non-ensuite, 30 week let means it works out about 500£ a year cheaper than the next cheapest option. As a result of this there are far fewer snobby people than some (though not all) I have met who live in JM. We arent all cheapskates, we go out plenty but not ridiculous amounts and dont tend to spend money willy-nilly. I have never had to wait for the loo or shower and theyre cleaned every day. Although it looks far out, its actually really close to the SU, costcutters etc, and its no further to gibbet hill than any of the others really (other than rootes), just in a diff direction. Its separated from central campus not by distance but by a road, which tends to mean its a quieter area at night. Also the burger van is en route to cryfield after a night out, rather than a trek in the opposite direction if you live in the JM/AV area! There is a separate launderette in the very near vicinity as well. I have never had any food stolen, despite the lack of locks in the kitchen. There are common rooms on the ground floor of each building, which only tend to be used by the people on that floor, but then their kitchens are a bit smaller i think (altho less people to a kitchen, as there are 3 rather than 2 for slightly more people, so i guess it balances).

    Cons: Its not ensuite, although personally i dont find this a problem at all. The rooms are small, about two thirds the size of westwood rooms, although theyre huge! I can fit all my stuff in fine, the people surrounding me have a lott more stuff than i do and they manage too. if you plan to bring a leopard or anything similar then id opt for somewhere slightly larger but otherwise its not a problem, extra space is just a bonus! The corridors are narrow, slightly prison-like i guess, but i like it as theyre very straight and long so you can be nosy and see all the way down! The kitchens and bathrooms are in the middle so not too far away. Your rooms dont get cleaned, which i guess is a con, but i dont mind this at all as it means the cleaners dont wake me up!! Theres a vacuum available for use.

    Contributions: turgon (Cryfield 3, 2009-10)
    Summary:
    Cheapest place on campus, rooms are relatively small, corridoors are narrow, but you soon get used to that. Location wise it depends on what you're doing. Its a couple of mins away from the Union/Costcutters but around 10 mins away from the maths block.

    Pros:
    -Its cheap.
    -You have a common room (although I admit they only seem to be regularly used by ground floor people)
    -Kitchens are fine (if you're lucky you'll be in one of the bigger ones with decent views outside)
    -They mostly seem to be filled with maths/life sciences people (maybe because we're keen on saving money).
    -Location is pretty good in general, plus there's a car park thats never really full about a minute away, so moving in and out is made SLIGHTLY easier.
    -You have a sink in your room!
    - You have some space where you can keep your belongings during the holidays.
    - A number of international students live here. Mostly Chinese, but also a fair few Europeans.

    Cons:
    - Upstairs people seem to be an extremely quiet bunch, I mean we have a common room capable of seating around 20-25, but they NEVER seem to use it.
    -Halls mostly seem to be filled with maths/life sciences people. If you're an English/Languages student and you want to go out but no-one else wants to because they've got a lab report or an analysis deadline, I guess it can get pretty frustrating at times.
    -Walls/ceilings are pretty thin. So if you're living/partying near the resident tutors late in the evening, they can get pretty pissed off after a while (although if you ask me, what did they expect living amongst a bunch of first years?)
    -You have to move out at the end of term.
    -You have no control over the heating in your room. Most of the time its fine, but depending on where you are in the block some rooms can get pretty cold.
    -Cleaners sometimes use the common room to play bingo/bitch about the state of the kitchens.
    -Quite far from Tescos, but the exercise is probably good for you!

    All in all if I have to pick a halls of residence again, I'd choose this place.

    Contributions: charlesazoba (Cryfield 3, Room 122 [2012-13])
    Pros:
    1. Cheap as hell, you'll literally save so much money in comparison to all the other halls.
    2. The stigma of Cryfield being the worst place to live is a lie, its really nice and the people are really friendly, it's got a real family feel to it.
    3. It's quieter than other halls (Namely Rootes), so you can get work done in your rooms with ease and you wont be kept up through the night.
    4. It's likely that you'll have someone doing the same course as you in your block, in Cryfield 3 at the moment, the majority of boys are studying maths or a maths related course, which is really good for me.
    5. There's a common room with comfy chairs and sofa's and a tv aerial port.
    6. Sharing a bathroom really isnt an issue, everyone has lectures at different times and so everyone uses the bathrooms at different times, you never have to queue to use it.
    7. Kitchen's are a good size and shared between 12, fridge, freezer and cupboard space is adequate.

    Cons:
    1. It's detached from main campus a bit, so you have to walk a little further to get anywhere, can be a pain after a massive Tesco shop.
    2. They have the smallest rooms on campus, but i still found it was able to accommodate all of the things i brought with me, and seeing as it's bigger than my room at home i'm quite happy with it.
    3. The walla are so thin, you can literally hear everything your neighbours are saying.
    4. The corridors are mega narrow, like really narrow, 2 people cant walk side by side in it, you have to either walk sideways or one behind the other.
    5. Phone signal in places can be poor, but it's fine in the rooms.
    6. It's a 30 week let, trust me moving the amount of stuff i have out at the end of term is such a pain, but it's worth it considering how cheap it is in the first place.

    Summary:
    I won't lie i wasnt too pleased when i got Cryfield initially, but now that i'm here i wouldnt want to be anywhere else. If you're really looking to save money or just want a good friendly atmosphere, Cryfield is the place to be.
    Photos
    Cryfield 1 Kitchen:
    And from the opposite side:
    Heronbank
    Contributions: onefour (Heronbank, North Court)
    Summary: Heronbank is 39 week let en-suite accommodation about 7 minutes walk from main campus and about 17 minutes walk from Tesco. The undergraduate block is one building split into North Court and East Court. There are 8 people to a flat but the term flat is really just for administrative purposes (much like the North/East division) as once you are in the building you can get to any other 'flat' you like.

    Pros:
    -It is 39 week let so you can either stay over the holidays or go home and leave everything there
    -There's an integral launderette on the ground floor of East Court which, if you dislike the outdoors, it's possible to get to without ever leaving the building
    -The rooms are a very good size with more than enough storage space. There's also a comfortable chair next to the desk which if you are me you can keep your lab coat on but it is probably quite good for sitting on when the excitement from spinning round on the desk chair wears off
    -It is next to a lake (more of a glorified pond) so there are a lot of ducks, geese, swans and other assorted birds that make bizarre noises around if you like that kind of thing
    -Bathrooms are cleaned every week, rooms every other week and kitchens Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It depends where in the building you are as to what time the rooms are cleaned. For me, the bathroom only weeks are about 9:30 am and the room weeks are 9 am which I guess some people might consider a con but the cleaners are very amenable and you can either put a note on your door requesting no cleaning or ask them to come back later
    -For sociable people the corridor set up will be a pro as you are free to roam through flats and meet people from all over the building if you so wish
    -There is an absurd amount of cupboard space in the kitchen
    -No escaping the fact it is one of the quietest halls on campus. This is a definite pro for me so that is why it is here but for people who like to make a lot of noise and enjoy frequent fire alarms this will be a con. Being quieter does not equate to being less sociable as the majority of flats are quite outgoing and friendly, it just means there is a higher frequency of borderline recluses, like me.

    Cons:
    -Not the most expensive halls per week but the 39 week let means it is the most expensive undergraduate accommodation overall
    -I have heard numerous complains it is too far from main campus but personally I do not think it is a problem (it takes me 15 minutes to get to Gibbet Hill, 7 minutes to the library or Arts Centre). The same goes for the distance to Tesco which many people (unnecessarily) overcome by getting their shopping delivered or by getting a taxi
    -The cookers are fairly unreliable - they seem to be semi-autonomous and decide themselves what temperature to be set at once they have been switched on
    -For 8 people the fridge is not really big enough, with not even 8 shelves
    -Not enough herons about to warrant it being called Heronbank though I am sure most people can overlook this one.
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    Links thanks to Poland:
    Link #1 and Link #2
    Links thanks to Bhups: Link #3 and Link #4.

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    Where should I apply (continued)
    Halls
    Jack Martin
    Contributions: TheTallOne (Jack Martin 1, 2009-10)
    Summary: Best location on campus, en-suite with new kitchens in some blocks. A few quiet people who I don't see much and about 25% international: some more friendly than others. 30 week let means moving everything out during the holidays.

    Pros: JM is possibly the most ideally located halls if you have lectures at Central or Gibbet Hill campus. Within 2 minutes from the SU, Costcutter, ATMs, launderette, health centre, taxi rank and 2 bus stops. 5 minutes from lecture theatres on Library Road and Sports Centre and 7 minutes from Computer Sciences and Maths (where most my lectures are). Tesco is about 12 minutes away. Everyone has ensuite bathrooms and JM1 (along with JM2 and JM3 for 2010/11) has new kitchens for 2009/10 (JM4 still has old kitchens - hopefully they will do it up for 2011/12), containing massive storage space. Kitchens cleaned 3 times a week, bathroom once a week and bedroom once a fortnight. JM1 even contains a lift which is useful when moving in and out. Being close the the SU means that inviting people over to your block is a viable option for pre drinking and stuff so you can turn the kitchen into a social hub if you so wish.

    Cons: 30 week lets mean you have to move everything out during the holidays, even stuff in the kitchen (utensils, food). You get a small lockable cupboard (and a trunk room shared with everyone else in the block) and that's it. It snowed on the weekend I had to return in January meaning I had to take the train and live from a small suitcase for 1 week before the rest of my stuff was brought up. 3 of the 4 blocks this term had a lot of fire alarms. My block had had more than one per week on average, most of them happening between 10pm and 6am in the second term. High number of international students who form social groups with people who speak their native language so I don't see them as much. My corridor seems disjoint at times but there is always two other corridors on my floor so there are enough of us for great nights out. (JM is considered to be more social than AV, but it actually depends on what you do and how much effort you and others are willing to give.) Some blocks have better facilities than others (namely new kitchens and a lift in JM1 and old kitchens and no lift in JM3 [JM1-3 have new kitchens in 2010/11 and JM4 old. JM1, 3 and 4 have lifts. I don't think JM2 has a lift at present], also JM3 is 1 minute further away from everything else than JM1), but you still pay the same amount wherever you live - so it's a bit of luck where you get placed. 12 people to one fridge and one freezer - there are 12 spaces but some kitchens have two fridges between 10 or so. No common rooms like AV, but our kitchen is larger than theirs. Also no launderette in the building, but it is a 2 minute walk from JM1.


    Contributions: Quexx (Jack Martin 1, Kitchen 2, 2012-13)
    Summary:
    Four blocks in total, of flats varying from 11-13 people. Perfect location, with en-suite. Everyone you meet in the flat here will be nice people. Overall first impression is good.

    Pros:
    - En-Suite rooms, which means you have your own bathroom and shower, which is very convenient.
    - Large room size - some of the room sizes may vary depending on which block you are in, but even the smallest rooms are large enough. Plus there is plenty of space for clothes and other things as there is a wardrobe, chest of drawers, shelves, bedside drawers and space under the bed.
    - Bedrooms and bathrooms are cleaned - can be a con for some people, but it means you will have a clean bathroom/bedroom.
    - WI-FI for all students! (Newly installed 2012/2013 year)
    - Kitchen - pretty soundproof and very large - amazing place to host kitchen parties. Also cupboard space is far from minimal, we each get 1 floor cupboard, 1 drawer and 1 wall cupboard.
    - Location - very close to sports hall, some/most teaching blocks, Costcutter, Students Union, Arts Centre, etc. Closer to everything in comparison to other halls, all in all, a very good location.
    - Very friendly because it is layed out in 3 corridors per floor, per block. (The blocks are 'Z' shaped, so each corridor [each kitchen] is 90 degrees to each other.)
    - Key entry, plus only 1 lockable door between the front door and kitchen (therefore more sociable), but the kitchen door is lockable. Some people might say this is a con, however the front door is automatically closing and locking.

    Cons:
    - Not masses of fridge/freezer space, we only get half a shelf in the fridge and half a shelf in the freezer. We have found this a pain in the fridge, but not really an issue in the freezer.
    - Expensive - at £131 per week (2012-13) its pretty expensive for en-suite, however it is only 30 week lets, so £3930 per year.
    - 30 week let can be annoying if you are an international student or really hate packing at the end of each term. However they do give you a moderately sized lockable cupboard in your room to keep items over the holidays, and international students get dibs on putting their belongings in a communal lockable cupboard.
    - Quite a long walk to Westwood and the Post Room (near Westwood). But, it does take less than 10 minutes to get to Tesco and Cannon Park Shopping Centre.
    Photos
    Jack Martin 1, Room 231 and Kitchen 9, 2009 by TheTallOne
    New JM1 Kitchen, taken 2009:

    Note the two cookers instead of one :yy:
    Bathroom:



    Panorama!!!


    Rooms:
    Photos already on TSR, source unknown


    Lakeside
    Lakeside is not available for first year UGs in 2013-14.
    Contributions: onefour (Lakeside, 2010-11)
    Summary: Lakeside is 39 week let en-suite accommodation about 7 minutes walk from main campus, 15 to Gibbet Hill and about 17 to Tesco. It is split into four blocks (LS1 to LS4), two of which are post-graduate, one finalist and one first year (in 2010/2011, this will change in 2011/2012). There are 8 people to a flat but as with Heronbank you are free to wander around into any other flat within the block. Kitchens are cleaned Monday, Wednesday and Friday, bathrooms cleaned every week and rooms every other week.

    Pros:
    -39 week let so no moving out over the holidays
    -two of the blocks have integral laundrettes that never seem to be busy (a pro if you are in one of these blocks, not so much if you have to traipse across the courtyard)
    -the rooms are a good size with loads of storage space, all the same as in Heronbank although I am sure the bathrooms are slightly smaller, making the room feel bigger
    -nice environment what with the lake and geese and all that
    -phone in room. Quite useful for internal calls but it costs for external calls
    -it is one of the quietest halls on campus. For me this is an enormous pro but most people seem to think this is a problem. It's definitely not silent or full of recluses but due to its perceived distance from main campus and 39 week let it does tend to attract naturally quieter people and international students. Plus if someone complains, the residential staff will clamp down on noise harder than in other halls

    Cons:
    -I believe it is currently the most expensive undergraduate accommodation
    -not enough cupboard space in the kitchens facing out the end of the building. This may be different in other kitchens as the layout of the kitchen depends on where in the building it is
    -it is starting to show its age with things like cracked fittings, carpet coming up, cupboard doors falling off and that kind of thing
    -the cookers (electric in case anybody wants to know) are fairly rubbish
    -if you're lazy the distance from main campus is a con
    -the windows offer no protection from freezing cold winds in winter. I have partially solved this problem by shoving the blanket up on the windowsill but it's still pretty draughty
    Photos (Thanks to onefour)



    Rootes
    Contributions: IntrinsicLouis [Edited review] (Old Rootes D, Ground Floor, 2010-11)

    Summary: So far, excellent. For the first couple of weeks we were the biggest party corridor, but now that we're all into our courses we're just very close. That's not to say we don' go out still! Unusually for this kind of set up, we share food and cook for eachother on a regular basis. This isn't isolated either - the kitchen upstairs is very intimate and they have their own TV (with licence). People in Rootes seem to get on really well because we most of us got placed here as a 3rd or 4th choice, we're all out to have fun and make the best of it. The facilities aren't great, but for the price they are great value. I was seriously upset when I got my accomodation offer, but now I'm here I can't imagine being anywhere else.

    Pros:
    - Big rooms
    They may not be the biggest, but they're plenty big enough. Especially if you keep them tidy
    - Communal Atmosphere
    In 2 weeks, my corridor has become my surrogate family. Remember that you don't have to like everyone in your family, but they are there for you.
    - Location
    Perfect. Everything I need is close by, particularly the SU and Arts Centre.
    - Price
    Helluva better deal than many of the halls. Am paying £83 a week for basically the same as JM, but with better rooms.
    - Bathrooms
    We have one of the bigger floors, with 16 sharing 3 toilets, 2 showers, and 2 baths with showers over them. It's actually plenty! I haven't had to wait for anything so far.
    - Narrow Corridors
    They may seem prison-like during the day, but believe me, when you're pissed later on they make it much easier to get back to your room.
    - Surrounding Area
    Amazing if you're a skater of some kind.

    Cons:
    - Kitchen.
    I can't say much more on this. As someone who loved to cook before coming here, I really do hate the kitchen. (Tiny, poorly designed, really hard to keep clean.)
    - Noise.
    Yes it's there. I can generally hear the bass coming out of the SU until about 3am. It's just a question of dealing with it. I'm actually finding my nights here quieter than they were at home. Sure there are sometimes people partying, shouting, having fun - but I propose three easy solutions to this. One: earplugs. Two: join in. Three - ask nicely for quiet.
    - Fire Alarms
    So far this has proved to be something of a myth... we only had 3 in 6 weeks! And they were over the course of 2 days. However, the potential is worryingly there... ¬_¬
    - Mobile Reception
    This is without a doubt THE MOST ANNOYING thing. According to a physics student friend, the building is a Faraday Cage, making it very difficult to find spots with reception. They are there though. Eg, the kitchen has none at all, but my bedroom does.
    - Building Works
    Now that they've moved around the front of the building too, I am finding them rather annoying, especially while trying to sleep during the day. Earplugs.
    Photos
    Contributions by IntrinsicLouis, Old Rootes D block, ground floor:
    Rootes (Old) D, Ground Floor by IntrinsicLouis






    Contributions by TheTallOne, Old Rootes C block, top floor:
    Rootes (Old) C61, Top Floor and surrounding area by TheTallOne, Sept 2010
    Room C61, you can see the cupboard just to the right of the door, the sink is to the left of the door.

    Facing the other way, plugs/ethernet port/lamp on left, view of Benefactors from the window:


    The sink and cupboard opposite it:



    The shower and bathtub beneath it:


    The toilet:

    The kitchen:



    The dining area attached to kitchen:



    Rootes (New) M02, Ground Floor and surrounding area by TheTallOne, Sept 2011
    Let's start with Room M02, ground floor. Note washbasin on right of first image.






    Then the surrounding showers and bathrooms and toilets of M block:





    Then the corridor:


    Finally the Ground Floor M Block kitchen:







    This is the view of Bluebell outside of this window:

    Sherbourne (new for 2012/13)
    Looking at the planning forms, it's a set of 6 4-storey blocks, with 8 flats in each block. 573 beds in total. The layout is flats again - each floor has two flats with a front door that you need a key (keycard? Bluebell has them) to get through. Looks like it's about 10-13 people in each flat, and the majority of flats seem to have a double room (two single beds on opposite sides of the room) which are for two people, which I guess can be used as a disabled room.

    There's laundry in at least one of the buildings, probably one laundry in each block. Looks as though it's single beds only, en suite with shower. One kitchen per flat, so again it's 10-13 per kitchen. Looks (on the planning forms) that they have two cookers and two sinks.

    Contributions: allie198 (Sherbourne 6, Flat 47 [2012-13])
    Summary: Overall, I love Sherbourne. Buildings are so nice and modern looking - feels like a hotel. Ensuite is always good, so is 39 week let.*Downside is the walk into main campus though.

    Pros:
    Ensuite - So convenient. You never have to wait to use the bathroom, and can spend as long in the shower as you want. Like the fact I can personalise it, it's YOUR bathroom Plus I hate the idea of stalls, and being in the shower when you know someone is using the toilet next to you!*
    39 week - Don't have to move your stuff out at the end of each term*
    Modern - Nicest buildings on campus in my opinion. Like I said before, it's basically a hotel! Lifts and everything! No stained carpets or damp on the ceiling like in some of the older ones. Although not everything works properly just yet, but should be fine by next year.
    Flats - These are great cause you get to know the people you live with, we're like a family . Each flat to me is like a little house - great for moving away from home for the first time. Plus I don't think I could get away with wandering around in my pjs all day in other accomadations.*
    Cupboard/fridge space - You must get the most space out of all the accomadations! I get 2 shelves in the fridge, 2 large cupboards and a drawer. Compare that to Westwood where you only have half a shelf in the fridge and one small cupboard. Kitchens are big, yet shared by few people so thre's always a surface you can use and no one gets in anyone's way.
    Price - Very reasonable I think, £117 a week. Considering it's basically the same as Bluebell you'll save yourself so much money by picking here instead.
    Soundproofed rooms - Very handy, you can make as much noise as you want!

    Cons:
    Location - It is pretty far away. Takes me 15 minutes to get to lectures (in the maths bulding) and to the SU. Convinient for business though.
    Quietness - I suppose it could be considered to be a little unsociable, compared to Rootes and that. We don't really know that many other people in Sherbourne outside our flat. The fact that flat doors are locked probably doesn't help. So I guess if you're a bit of a party animal and want to meet lots and lots of people in your accomodation then that might be annoying.
    Room size - Slightly smaller than the average room, but not cramped or anything.*
    Kitchen - Don't get me wrong, the kitchen is great, everything is state of the art, but the hobs and ovens are very annoying! The oven seems to cook things too quickly, and all the settings are strange and not the same as on normal ovens. Hobs are electric, which I hate as they take so long to heat up and adjusting temperature quickly (e.g. when boiling pasta) is pretty much impossible.
    Lots of international students - This sounds very racist lol, I mean some of them are lovely, but some won't really want to socialise with the rest of the flat, making friends from their own country instead. Which is a bit of a shame.

    Sherbourne Photos
    Sherbourne, brand new, before students moved in by Nick Swain (SU President, 2012-13)







    Sherbourne room photo by allie198
    Sherbourne location and floor plans

    Artist's Impression

    Site layout


    Typical floor plan. Note that each of the flats have a double (shared) room.



    Location of Sherbourne
    Tocil
    Tocil is not available for first year UGs in 2013-14

    Contributions: Cosmo_aus_Muenchen (Block 8, Flat 44, 2009-10)
    Summary: Centrally located accommodation, just behind sports centre. There are 1-10 blocks (although I think the first 4 are for postgraduates / third years). Each block has 6 flats. There are 3 types of flats, 1 x 6-man (this is always located on the top floor), 1 x 9 man (this is always located on the ground floor and shared with resident tutor - which isn't a problem as long as they're chilled out) and 4 x 12 man. There are always 3 bathrooms (all have toilets + shower (and 1 bathroom will have a bath)) per flat (except 6-man flat I think has only 2 showers ... or maybe even 1? can't remember). There were always at least 2 bathrooms to choose from for me - you'll never have a problem with in-use bathrooms in tocil. Decent kitchen facilities work well - some flats have new ovens/stoves as they're going through the process of replacing them.

    Pros:
    • Location: Definitely Tocil's strongest point. Arguably the BEST located accommodation on campus. Tocil is pretty much the closest thing to everything - if that makes sense. It's bang in the middle. Tocil is not far at all from the SU (only Rootes and Whitefields are closer I think). I think it's probably the closest residence to the library and lecture halls as well. It's also closer to Tesco than almost every other accommodation (apart from Claycroft and Westwood) and this will be really, really handy, trust me. Even though it's close to stuff it's still really quiet and out of the way. The scenic area is home to many ducks which is always nice because they're totally harmless and really nice to people. Tocil = BEST location.
    • Bathrooms: There were always at least 2 bathrooms to choose from for me - you'll never have a problem with in-use bathrooms in tocil since it's 3 bathrooms between either 9 or 12.
    • Room size: Rooms are bigger than most en-suite accommodations (if you discount their bathrooms). In fact the rooms are bigger than all accommodations I have visited besides Westwood - but they live miles away so only fair. Also, there are always 1 or 2 rooms per flat that are slightly bigger than the rest because they're in the corner.
    • Kitchen: You share a kitchen between either 6, 9 or 12 unlike Rootes for example which I think is 14-16ish. Hopefully this will mean your fridges/freezers will never be full. I never had a problem except one or twice throughout the year with just the freezer being full. Kitchen is a sociable size and you can talk to people who're eating unlike Rootes where the cooking area and dinner table is open-plan but separated by a wall.


    Cons:
    • Flatmates Gamble: Tocil is a bit of a gamble with flatmates. Unlike Rootes or some of the other corridor-style accommodations, you're in an enclosed flat. It could be that you get along with nobody in your flat or the flat next door and then you won't enjoy yourself as much. However, you could be like me though and love all your flat mates and all the people in the flat next door as well and then you'll be fine. So this is a con but it's only a potential con - Tocil is a bit of a gamble as I said.
    • No Sink: No sink in Tocil. I think this is one of the only accommodations to not have a sink. It is great to have a sink in your room but I survived without one just fine - it's not a necessity. Without a sink you avoid the problem of the hilarious joke of one of your 'friends' locking themselves in your room and peeing in your sink - so that's a plus side.


    Contributions: goodtogallop (Tocil, Flat 1, 2012-13)

    Summary:
    Ten blocks of flats varying from 6-12 people. Great location, non ensuite. Can't comment on the flatmate mix really as I applied with a group of friends (final year student) but all the strangers in the flat seem pretty nice so far. Overall impression is good

    Pros:
    Loads of bathrooms - Flat of 12 people has 3 bathrooms with showers, and one bathroom with a bath. This works out at one toilet between 3, which is a pretty good ratio for non-ensuite accom!
    Recently refurbished (cant comment on other flats as theres sometimes variance, but everything in mine is pretty new and shiny, carpets are nice and fluffy still, etc)
    Average room size - a few rooms on the end of corridors (mine ) are a bit larger as the rooms extend beyond the corridor length.
    Decent amount of fridge space - we had 2 large fridges and a freezer between twelve, which worked out to 1 fridge shelf and half a freezer shelf each
    39 week let so no faffing with belongings at xmas and easter. also means you have more flexibility when to move or stay. this does mean its more expensive though (see cons)
    Bedrooms arent cleaned - con for some people but means no annoying cleaners in the mornings
    WIFI for all students!
    Kitchen is pretty soundproof - good for parties! Bedrooms are not so much
    Location - close to sports hall, most teaching blocks, costcutter, SU, arts centre, etc. No further than most other halls (espec 3rd year/postgrad halls) from Gibbet Hill.

    Cons:
    Not much cupboard space in the kitchen - one cupboard each, which isnt much for all your pots and pans, and all your food. I'm having to keep quite a bit of stuff in my room
    No sinks in bedrooms. Not a massive pain, as you dont have them in houses and theres plenty of bathrooms, but it would have been nice to have one
    Windows only open a little way - useful for ground floor flats as deters burglars, less ideal for fire escapes or if you are further up and your room is really warm
    expensive - at 95 a week (2012-13) its pretty expensive for non-ensuite, especially as its 39 weeks
    Kitchen possibly a little small for 12 people, but most are I think!

    Photos
    Tocil (Block 8, Flat 44) by Cosmo_aus_Muenchen
    Editor's Note: You may recognise that the guy in these photos (Cosmo) is also the guy in Nick Swain's photos of Sherbourne. Well that's because Cosmo has gone on to be Democracy and Development Officer for the SU in 2012-13!

    Room: Standard Room with people in it to get an idea of scale.


    Another Room: This is my room, it was slightly bigger than all the other rooms in my flat because it was on the corner (this happens once or twice in every flat). There is a security barrier in the room so that you can get an idea of scale, but it's mainly there for the comedy factor


    Tocil Kitchen: Photo was taken with camera perched on kitchen sink on other side of room. Hopefully this should give you an idea of size of the room.
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    The Warwick Accommodation FAQ - 2013 entry...continued from the previous post
    Many thanks to aza484 who started this thread back in January 2007. The original post is as follows:
    Hi all, as the new accomodation application season begins and the inevitable flood of mini-threads asking little questions about different Halls, I thought it might be useful to have a main guide to each of them in one place.

    The idea behind this is current students from different Halls can write a short paragraph outlining the main pro's/cons and facilities of their own Hall, which I will then post onto here. If you would like to contribute to the Guide, please PM your paragraph to me rather than post it, so I can edit this first post and credit you.

    I will also include a list/summary from the credits at the end of the Guide as a quick reference so applicants can find a person willing to answer questions about a particular Hall and PM them.

    The Student Guide: on-campus accomodation

    Westwood

    Jack Martin


    Rootes

    Whitefields

    Cryfield

    Tocil
    Unsorted Stuff
    (Original post by ttoby)
    Looking over the last months worth of posts in this thread, it seems, as a rough estimate that the most frequent questions are:
    • Tell me about (some particular) halls (6)
      See the guides at the front of the thread.
    • Closest halls/distance to (some particular) academic building (5)
      All of the halls are within about 15 minutes walk of central campus, but the closest ones are Tocil and Whitefields.
    • Accommodation/storage over holidays (5)
      The letting periods are fixed and cannot be extended. In some halls, you have to move out in the holidays but a small amount of storage space will be available. You can also rent a room elsewhere in campus. In the summer holidays, storage space is available to international students only.
    • Where do international students go? (3)
      There are some international students in halls all over campus. However there may be a higher proportion of international students in halls where you are not required to move out in the holidays.
    • Should I go for ensuite? (3)
      Ensuite rooms are generally more expensive and more likely to be oversubscribed. With non-ensuite rooms, bathrooms are cleaned frequently.
    • What is the difference between Arthur Vick and Jack Martin? (3)
    • Filling in description of yourself on the form (2)
      This description is not used to determine which halls you are allocated to. After you have been assigned a hall, the description will be used to determine which room in that hall you will be given. It is important that you are honest about your personality so that you are with the best group of people.


    Perhaps we should have something like this (maybe with some changes, I don't mind) towards the top of the thread for people who don't want to read through all of the information?
    Good shout

    Will incorporate at some point, but got my second year essay to do, which TSR is kindly distracting me from :p:

    Add lockable cupboards, storage, flats and corridors, switching courses, laundry.

    What you might spend
    (Original post by Fat-Love)
    Can any current warwick students tell me how much they spend in a year? Student finance tells me I will be getting £6403 a year and the warwick busary is apparently £1500 So I'll have just under £8000. Is this enough? Will I most likely need to find part time work?
    Let's see:
    Accommodation: The prices vary between £2280 and £5655 for the year for first year undergraduates. A fair average is about £3500. And that covers gas/electricity/water and also gives you insurance for stuff in your room. Check out The Warwick Accommodation Thread for more info, including the guide on the front page.

    Let's say that leaves you with £4500 for the rest of the year. If you set aside £1500 for books/cooking stuff/laptops at the start of the year, you are left with £3000 for the rest of the year, which is more than enough. Food should definitely cost less than £25/week, but you can get by with £10-15 if you really want. The average is about £15-20/week. Going out will probably cost you the most, if you want it to, but it is up to you how you approach it. The more you go out (particularly to Leam) the more expensive it can become - I've spend £30+ in Leam in one night (including a meal beforehand) but if it goes horrifically wrong and you lose everyone, a taxi back to campus burns a nice £20 hole in your wallet (obviously if you share in a group it will be £4-5 each).

    One off expenses at the start of term: around £55 for the Freshers Fortnight pass (access to the first two weeks of SU events), £45 for Warwick sport, another £93 for the Gym, or £36 for the weights room for £57 for the climbing wall. Prices may (and probably will) go up slightly for next year though. Additionally, you can join societies for about £5 each, after you pay £10/year to join the societies federation, which allows you to join all societies.

    Other expenses that may occur during the year: Trips: sports clubs to tours around the UK/abroad - these might cost a few hundred pounds each, depending for how long and where you are heading off to. Clothes: yeah, you could budget for that if you like as well. But you don't need to go on tours if you don't want to.

    In summary, I didn't spend £1000 a term on things outside of accommodation or tuition fees, probably more like £750 in the first 2 terms, and I went out quite a lot. Additionally, around term 3 people revise more and go out less, at least until after exams, so you spend less over that period. I know people who get by spending £500 a term, so living on a tighter (but not restricted) budget is possible.

    But remember, what you get it isn't all free money - you have about £3500 of loans that you have to pay back sometime (albeit once you earn over £15k), and remember things may happen down the line that may cost more, so always be wary of that. You also can get a good overdraft though, for example with Natwest you get £1000 overdraft + their free 16-25 railcard. So that could be a good backup.

    Finally, living off campus in second year is more expensive, I believe. You have to add a £250 bus pass (if you are in Leam/Cov), pay for gas and electricity and pay deposits and administration fees (no admin fees/deposits with Warwick Accommodation though). Next year I'm going private but have already spent £1050 on the house in deposits, rent and admin fees, so keep that in mind. But this year I'm paying £2800 for the house - which isn't bad. Don't forget with off campus you are getting 10-11 month lets so that adds to the cost. If you get a cheaper accommodation (less than £3500) you won't need to be looking to save that much money to cover the fees (I'm an extreme case since the place I'm living in next year is £300/month - quite expensive and I've had to pay 2 months rent as my deposit instead of 1). These fees won't need to be paid until April/May, but keep them in mind if you decide to go with a private agent instead of Warwick accommodation. I'd say keep your overdraft as clear as possible for when the time comes

    If you do need a job, the SU and unitemps will be a good site to keep an eye on

    Bare minimum you could perhaps spend:
    £2300 on accommodation
    £500/term on general stuff
    £200 to join Warwick Sport (£45), the Gym (£93), Societies and Sports Clubs (£10 to join societies + ~£5 for each club/soc)
    £100 (at least) for Freshers Week
    =£4100.

    I'd then set aside about £600-750 if you plan on going privately for accommodation in year 2, and if you plan on going on a sports club/soc trip add another few hundred on top of that (although you could say holidays are additional expenses). Remember one off costs at the start of uni which may include books, laptops, kitchen stuff, a clothes horse and things in this wiki article: What to Take to University.

    Pros and Cons of Warwick
    The best things:
    • The campus environment: I personally love it, you see people you know everywhere - since everything is so compact and members of the 'general public' don't usually go about here, unless there's a show at the Warwick Arts Centre or something. Compare this to the environment in a city based university and it is different. But this is all about preference. If the OP is deciding which uni to firm, I'd suggest you visit them both. The campus at Warwick is very safe, the university keeps everything clean and in order. But maybe you don't like being in the bubble and seeing the same people everyday.
    • Circle at Pop (formerly known as Score): Basically this is a social event for sports clubs that takes place before Pop at the union on Wednesdays. Try it out and bring your entire corridor to some sort of sports society circle during the first few weeks, rather than a simple pre drink in the kitchen during freshers. It's a certainly more unique aspect of Warwick that some but not all universities have. I personally circle with Mixed Netball (unashamed plug here).
    • Probably the only university on here with a thorough Accommodation Guide - get to see the aspects of each halls of residence and reviews by students who have lived there.
    • The last weeks after exams. No lectures. No exams. You're free. Stay on campus. Get free BBQs, spend the entire day and night on the Piazza, create a hot tub in an inflatable pool on the last day. It's totally better than freshers cos you spend it with people who you already know. Forget about the unis who have exams and term ends
    • Sports clubs and societies - there's plenty to do on campus - join some clubs and socs and meet a whole load of people outside of your halls and course. The fact that you are on campus means that most events take place there, meaning that it isn't too far away from anything.

    Worst things:
    • Lack of a Freshers Week (a week at uni without lectures). Instead there is a Freshers Fortnight that coincides with the opening weeks of lectures, however some people do have some tests and exams in the first few weeks which, although might not be that challenging, will be annoying to get up for.
    • Being in a bubble. No, Warwick isn't in the middle of some fields, but neither is it in the middle of the city. Bus is about 20 minutes to Coventry, 30 minutes to Leamington. Those are the two main areas of student activity and are in fact the two places where students go as an alternative to the Student Union on campus. Even then, Leamington is the main place for student nightlife, with Coventry only having a real say on Fridays or special events like Carnage. Leam and Cov for shopping as well, but Birmingham is relatively easy to get to - bus to Cov station then 20 minute train to Brum, or 40 minute trains between Leam and Brum.
    • Living off campus in second year. This is kind of because of Warwick being far from a major town. Three main choices: near campus in Cannon Park/Canley, Leamington or Tile Hill/Earlsdon. There is Kenilworth as well, but there really is nothing interesting there. It's the fact that the nightlife is in Leam, but Leam is a long way either to get to in the mornings for lectures or get home from at 3am.


    Those are the things I find best and worst about Warwick. But there may be other things and concerns for others that don't worry me, etc. For example: all halls are self catering and an OK internet in halls (3 months ago I would have said a **** internet).
    Off campus Accommodation Options
    (Original post by Nightvision)
    TheTallOne where do you live off campus?
    The people I plan to share with seem very keen on leamington, I've been there a couple times before clubbing but thats about it. Does anyone know much about the bus services to and from uni - how long they take, cost of a bus pass (termly, weekly whatever) etc?
    Check out this Google Map of locations near campus and the route of the 12
    I currently live in Earlsdon, paying £2800 for 42 weeks in a 3 bed house. I'm currently with Warwick Accommodation, so the same insurance you get in halls is available off campus - and you don't need to make deposits/be liable for rent other than yours.

    Leamington certainly makes life easier - most of my friends go out to Leamington much more frequently than to Kasbah/Union. If you happen to be out at the union, buses run later to Leamington than they do to Coventry, so I actually think living in Earlsdon is one of the worst places to live in when it comes to getting back from a night out (compared to Leam or places within walking distance to campus). Literally, I've slept in the Maths dept on campus because I missed the last bus, and the number of friend's sofas I have crashed on is very high.

    Leamington buses: U1 can take 20 minutes to north Leam from campus (if you go via the A46), another 5 or so to Kelsey's bus stop, and another 5 to south Leam. The U1 (if route variants) can go via Kenilworth, which does add 10 minutes to the journey). In terms of getting on the bus in the morning - you are going to get on it if you live in south Leam, but the further north you head, the more likely the buses are full and will drive past. Though the 12s which run from Leam to Cov don't seem full in the mornings (I'm there because it's such an effort to get back to Earlsdon), however they take the longer Kenilworth route. Bus pass this year was £252 or so for the U1/Stagecoach. #U1s per hour leaving the parade during peak time is 10. #12s per hour from Leam is 2 or 3. Shops: you have Asda in south Leam, Tesco on the parade. Leamington also has late buses from campus to Leam, and the uni express can do good deals to get you to Birmingham, Kasbah, even the union for Top B.

    Tile Hill/Earlsdon/Chapelfields buses: You will be reliant on the 12, bus pass cost £215 this year, covers Travel Coventry and will allow you to get to Leam and all around Coventry with it. 12s run every 6-8 minutes to campus during peak hours, but again, the further down the bus route you are, the more chances the buses are full. South Earlsdon by the library and I'm quite certain that you will always be able to get on the bus. Hearsall Common (the nearest stop to Chapelfields/North Earlsdon) occasionally has the bus drives past. Perhaps an average on 1 every time you wait at 8.20 or so. Plus side of this bus stop is that the 19W route stops here as well, which follows the same route as the 12 from Hearsall Lane to Kirby Corner Road (Westwood), but doesn't go through campus (although sometimes they do, if told to by the Travel Coventry people). 81E also is an option, but takes twice as long as it goes to Westwood Heath before getting onto Kirby Corner Road. I've heard you're more likely to get a bus if you arrive at 8.05-8.15, simply because not as many people are lazy enough to get there. Or if you need to walk to Gibbet Hill you arrive earlier, etc. Working further down, you have Tile Hill - Sainsbury's bus stop - you will wait for ages here sometimes. Bus to campus takes about 15 minutes from south Earlsdon, 12 minutes from Hearsall Common, 8 minutes from Tile Hill, 5 minutes from Cannon Park. I sometimes get off at Cannon Park to buy lunch - it costs much less than on campus. When it comes to shops, Sainsburys and Tesco are quite near the bus route, so it shouldn't be a problem. A Morrisons will also be an option to walk to if you are in Chapelfields. 12's stop running not long after midnight, making getting home difficult. Getting from Leam to Campus is also quite OK at 1 or 2 am, but from campus to Coventry is difficult.

    Close to campus (Cannon Park, Canley, Westwood Heath, Gibbet Hill): Some people live here because they want to be close to uni to save time or want to avoid buses. In truth, you do avoid buses, but your location will really determine what 'distance benefit' there actually is. Ok, so south of campus there are some really posh houses lying about. They cost more, and you can be quite far from uni as well, unless you live in Gibbet Hill. A 30 minute walk could be on your hands, but if you have the money to spend the facilities you will get will by much better than any other student house. That said, there aren't really any student houses there. I know a couple of big groups of students who have let out large houses on Kenilworth Road - 10+ people. It's typically halls who want to live together after first year. The same could be said for Westwood Heath: most of the houses here are not student houses, but some are quite cheap, and the area is very nice. You are closer to main campus as well. Plus side of Westwood Heath and Gibbet Hill is that the area is good, houses are good. You can take the X17 or U1 or 12 to Leam from Gibbet Hill, but you are far away from campus. Westwood Heath: you probably need to walk to campus to catch any meaningful buses, but there will be a few buses to Coventry. But for both of these areas, you are far from a supermarket, something you should consider.

    Cannon Park and Canley: Lots of students live here. But there are only a few regions that are 'close to campus'. The rest you have to face a 15-20 minute walk in, and similarly the further West you go along Charter Avenue, the longer the walk to Tesco and the longer it is to campus. Most ideal locations in Canley is Sir Henry Parkes Road and the surrounding roads (ie anywhere near Tesco). The area is quite rough as well, I know people who won't walk back alone after sunset. Buses - you are served well enough if you want to go to Coventry, however you may need to go to campus if you want to catch the U1/go to Kirby Corner for the 12. You are (obviously) within walking distance of the uni, and (Night) U1 buses run quite late back to campus so even then you can catch that bus to campus and walk back from there. You can be 3 minutes from Tesco, you can be 15 minutes from Tesco. Depends where you choose to live.

    Kenilworth:
    (Original post by ttoby)
    I'm currently living in Kenilworth and it certainly has its advantages and disadvantages.

    Advantages:

    The bus journey is about 15 minutes, although this varies depending on the traffic and where you live in Kenilworth.

    You are guaranteed to get a seat on the number 12 bus, and in fact you can usually get two seats together. If you live in North Leamington or in Canley in Coventry then I've heard that it's quite common for buses to be too full to take you on. I haven't lived in either of those areas so I can't say how bad the problem is.

    There are several supermarkets in Kenilworth: Sainsbury's, Waitrose (depending on budget!!) and a few smaller supermarkets. However if you live away from the centre of Kenilworth then you may find that it's easier to just go to the Tesco by the university.

    Generally pretty safe in terms of crime.

    Disadvantages:

    The area is quite hilly, so if you're planning on cycling then bear this in mind.

    Not many people live in Kenilworth so don't be surprised if your house is the only student property in the area.

    The number 12 only runs every half hour, and every hour on Sundays. For comparison, the buses from Coventry and Leamington run every 15 minutes usually, but this varies at peak times and evenings.

    There are other buses: X17 (mon-sat), U2 (sat), U17 (sun) but if you have a Travel Coventry bus card then you would need to pay extra to use these so in practise you would only be using the 12. I'll also point out that the X17 will drop you off at the cross roads south of Gibbet Hill so you would have a short walk to campus.

    Personally, I'd say Kenilworth is not the best place to live overall, due mainly to the feeling that it's a bit isolated from everyone else. If you are particularly interested in living on campus then in terms of atmosphere, Kenilworth is very different to that.
    Off vs On Campus
    Living on campus in Cryfield (£2280), Whitefields (£2820) or Shared Benefactors (£2849) will cost less than most off campus alternatives - if you live off campus you will need to pay for at least 42 weeks. You can find out more about prices in post 2 of this thread in the Prices and Sharing section.

    If you do decide to go off campus, you can perhaps find accommodation for as cheap as £60/week - that will cost £2500 over 42 weeks, however expect rent to be more like £65-75 for most properties. That might seem cheap, but don't forget about the additional costs:

    Disadvantages: Off campus you might, unless you live close to campus, need to buy a bus pass at around £250 and you may need to pay gas, electricity, broadband and water bills (perhaps £200 over the year) - making the actual cost something approaching £3000. You also get contents insurance on campus or in Warwick Accommodation off campus housing, whereas private agents may not offer insurance. You also have to spend longer traveling in and going to and from campus is very much dictated by the bus timetables, which generally run until 00:20 for Coventry for nearer 1am for Leamington, Mon-Sat. Sundays they end at 23.25 for Coventry or 22.30 for Leam). Obviously there is the additional issue of meeting freshers when most of them are on campus - that can easily be resolved as you meet people on your course and through sports clubs/societies.

    Advantages when off campus - you don't need to move out during the holidays compared to the cheaper on campus lets, although for a 39 week on campus let you pat £3354 for Rootes or Westwood. Moving out takes time and money and can be a bit annoying to spend time packing stuff up and moving it away for a few weeks. Small lockable cupboards are in each 30/37 week let, however it won't store everything. If you're in Leamington then you don't need to worry about getting back home with a £20-25 taxi fare at 3am. But there is an issue of coming back the other way. However if you have friends on campus then you can always crash there at the end of the night, saving you a bit of cash.

    Ultimately, I think that first year on campus social life differs a bit from when you live off campus in second and later years. Freshers still base the majority of their nights out in the union, although later in the year they will venture out to Kasbah (and bars) in Coventry or Evolve/Smack (and bars) in Leamington. Conversely, those in Leam will mainly go out in Leam.
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    Whitefields
    Whitefields is no more as of October 2013

    Contributions: danmart1n (Flat 12, Room F, 2010-11)
    Summary: The cheapest accommodation on Campus as far as I'm aware, and it shows at times, but it's right in the middle of Campus which is nice.
    Pros: As I said, the cheapest housing available at £75 p/w this year, think it might be going up to £78 or something next year but they all go up every year.
    It's properly right in the centre of Campus, 12 is I think one of the closest to the Union so it isn't exactly difficult to get back from a night on Campus, and the bus stops are 2 minutes away if you've been off Campus. I have to say despite the proximity I've never been bothered by Union noise (although I can hear the bass from my bed sometimes) but I always sleep with headphones in so others might notice. As well as the Union, Costcutter is within a minute's walk as is the launderette and post room, sou you've got everything you need right at hand. Tesco is probably a 15-20 minute walk away (although I find journeys can take forever if you go in a group with lots of distractions).
    Obviously apart from socially it isn't far from lecture theatres. The furthest away department I have lectures in (Maths) feels like miles away but realistically never takes more than a 6 or 7 minute walk once you've worked out the shortcuts (takes no time).
    The place has been a revelation for me socially. Most houses are 12 persons although I believe if you have a resident tutor this will be 9; we have a common room so everyone got to know each other straight away and now we're all really close. I live directly off the common room (as does one other) which is good and bad; I can be in my room doing work without shutting myself off from everyone, but if everyone's about (which seems to be less and less often) I'm pretty much guaranteed to be the last one in bed because of the conversation etc., although I did mention in my accommodation statement that I go to bed late so this could easily have contributed.
    As far as the Uni is concerned we're part of Rootes as socials go, so don't be worried about being left out in that regard. In term 1 we had a Rootes alphabet costume party and there was the Rootes Ball this term.
    As an extra point, if you're in WF 9-16ish, listen out for fire alarms in the SU. On more than one occasion we've managed to get in the back door for free with all the evacuees on their way back in. But you didn't hear it from me . Being where we are, even if we don't take advantage we have a regular stream of partygoers (usually girls) using our toilet while they were stuck outside.
    Cons: Well, it is the cheapest accommodation available and, to be frank, you get what you pay for. Although I love it, the place is a bit of a dump and Warwick seem to disregard us somewhat. Our roof leaks, the boiler breaks regularly, the oven only works on one side and for the whole of last term only 2 of 4 hobs worked. In term one we had a tiny fridge and freezer, which were both replaced with massive ones over Christmas only for the freezer to decide it didn't want to work very well (not helped by someone leaving it open overnight twice) and having to be repaired.
    Additionally, as a 37 week let we had to move all our stuff out for 2 weeks over Christmas, which was a bit of a bitch. You get the top part of your cupboard to keep what you have, which isn't massive but helps. Nevertheless, it was quite annoying and I was happy when it got to Easter and we could leave our rooms however we liked.
    Unfortunately I don't have any pictures at the moment (I'll take some when I get back if I remember) but the rooms are a good size; I've been told that they're above avarage compared to the rest of the University.
    Overall I would reccommend Whitefields to anyone, and the Pros far outweigh the Cons for me. It must be remembered, nevertheless, that you do get what you pay for, and the place is kind of falling apart, leading to rumours (fact?) that the place is being knocked down in a couple of years so you could be the guys who finally see it off.
    After I've Applied
    Once you've sent off your application, there really isn't much that happens over the next few months (assuming you've sent it off before the deadline). You will find out your accommodation offer in September, after Results Day and after Warwick have accepted you into the university. At this point you will most likely only know the halls you have been assigned to and not the room number or even the block. Some halls may give your room number, however this depends on hall to hall.

    Warwick will send you a bunch of leaflets in September, explaining Arrivals Week and other topics/marketing, and as part of this preparation you will need to accept your accommodation agreement. This is done online. There may be a couple of things to print out and a couple of things that you are given may hint as to what block you are in. In the case of Rootes, the car direction sign will say something like Rootes A-H or Rootes I-P, telling you Old and New Rootes respectively. Remember that basic halls insurance is provided for you (details in What everyone gets) and if you are interested in extending this over use the Warwick leaflet and not the UCAS one.

    Over the weeks after you get into the university, you should think of What to Take to University and that list there is quite useful. There are a couple of errands to do. A full list will be included in the 'Your First Weeks' brochure sent to you after your offer is accepted, arriving in mid September or so. Main things you will need to do are: submit a photograph for your uni card and for Student Records, enrolment where you enrol for your course - this is quite important - make sure you print/note your enrolment code as you only have 14 days to take note of this, register for your ITS account - this is so you can access your Warwick email address and also log into the Warwick and SU website amongst other places. You will also need to accept your accommodation offer - here you will need to accept and sign your contract electronically, along with print out a couple of things, including directions on where to park on Arrivals Weekend. Finally you need to sort out the payment of tuition and accommodation fees, this is done is 4 installments.

    Those are the formal things that you need to do, and there are a couple of optional things to do. These generally require you to have activated your ITS account, so make sure you do that first. Work out your timetable, this is done via my.Warwick and you can have fun on OMR adding/removing modules. Nothing is finalised until a few weeks into term, but choose some modules and see a provisional timetable generated the following day to see the possible workload. Join Warwick Sport - costing £50, this is something you can do later if you wish - membership allows access to the Sports centres around campus (but the Gym/Weight Rooms costs extra - see the website for more details). Fill in the Health Centre form - have this ready so that on Arrivals Weekend you can just hand in the form at the Health Centre Registration area and have a GP ready for you if you become ill/need medication. Open a bank account - make sure you research bank accounts before you arrive, so that you have a place for student finance to go into. Check out TSR's Money and Finance forum for more information in late August or September as well as Money Saving Expert's guide - a useful area is midway down the page - there should be a button that will reveal the full list of student accounts so you can compare them. The latter page will update some time in the summer, so keep an eye out so you can register in time and get the offers (eg Santander's laptop/mobile/gadget insurance). There's also the optional TV License, which you will need if you watch live TV with a device running off mains power or connected to an aerial. I've discussed it earlier in What Everyone Gets. Finally, check out the Warwick SU website - consider getting the Fresher's Passport or Platinum Card - they make life easier, but you have to weigh up the pros and cons of getting them. The gigs in Freshers Fortnight do sell out though so having the Passport at least will guarantee entrance to any event, as long as you buy the separate 'free' gig ticket. Also, think about getting an NUS Extra card. You will automatically become a member of the NUS (unless you choose to opt out, but then you won't get £1 discounts for SU events), but for £11 you can get the NUS Extra card which can get some discounts at retailers. Up to you again if you get it as you are already a member of the NUS through the SU - this is just an additional discount card.

    All of this preparation shall hopefully lead up to one weekend, that is to say Arrivals Weekend.*

    *If you are an international student, you may be interested in the Orientation Programme offered by the university which takes place in the week before term starts. You can find out more about this and more by heading to the International Office.

    If you no longer require accommodation for various reasons, you can cancel your application and get a refund on your deposit, if you have had to pay one. First years do not need to pay a deposit. Preferably Warwick Accommodation would like to receive this request before or on the August 31. Your £250 will be refunded to you. If you cancel your accommodation on or after September 1, the deposit is not guaranteed to be returned. To find out more about canceling your accommodation application/offer, please follow this link.
    Arrivals Weekend
    Arrivals weekend begins on the Saturday before the advertised start of term (available here). For 2012-13, term starts on Monday October 1, 2012, so you will be able to move in from Saturday September 29, 2012, from 09.30am. Once you arrive, you will probably find yourself in a hectic place - it is the busiest day on campus as there are over 6,000 students arriving on campus over Saturday and Sunday. The university policy is generally that students with surnames beginning with A-L should arrive on the Saturday and students with surnames beginning with M-Z should arrive on the Sunday. This is not a strict rule and often more people arrive on the Saturday than on the Sunday for certain reasons. Key collection should not be an issue as all keys should be available from 09.30am on the Saturday.

    If you are arriving by car (which I assume most students do due to the sheer amount of stuff everyone brings) then follow the directions and signs laid out on the side of the road - your accommodation offer should give directions on how to get to your designated drop off point for your halls of residence. Now, there is very limited parking right next to some buildings - perhaps only 4 or 5 parking places for 100 rooms (or even worse). The first thing you should go for is the key to your room so you can move your stuff in. I didn't even know the exact block I was I until I collected my key. Arrivals weekend helpers will be around to direct you to the correct area to park (if there is enough room near the block) and a place to collect your keys. You will need a form of ID and perhaps other things (these details are laid out in the accommodation booklet that you will receive with your accommodation offer). Once you have your keys, you will also find your block and room number for the first time (probably, some halls might give your number beforehand). Move your stuff in, move the car to a proper parking place and relax!

    Ok, now for the additional preparation that you will need to do over the first weekend. You can choose to do this at any time - you don't need to do it straight when you arrive, but some things are worth getting before the evening. Complete enrolment and collect your uni card - this isn't extremely important but the uni card will be vital from Monday, the start of term. So you can leave this until Sunday, unless you arrive quite early and have nothing to do for a few hours on Saturday. Get your student fees sorted out before this point and you will save a lot of time. The location where you will collect your uni card will probably be the Panorama Room in Rootes Social Building. Also, make sure you complete Health Centre Registration over this weekend, just hand in the form included in the booklet they send you. You will need to do this after you find out your address, however . Make a note of the colour of the practice (pink/blue this year), you will be asked this when you contact the Health Centre. Probably claiming a cupboard and fridge space in the kitchen is also a good idea. The earlier you arrive, the more choice you have.

    That's about all the administration you need to do. Now for the fun stuff. Buy your Freshers T-Shirt for entry to the Freshers Party both on Saturday and Sunday (you can go to both), collect your NUS Extra card if you bought one, you will need to have submit your photo well before arrivals weekend if it is to be ready for when you arrive. Collect your Fresher's Passport/Platinum Card from SUHQ. Last year is wasn't ready on time, but the SU uses the uni card for most events anyway. Get free pizza, probably from Dominos from the Freshers Fair in the Student's Union (don't forget vouchers - useful to save cash when calling 02476 717111 ), along with posters, and other free stuff. Get your freshers goodie bag, sweets, condoms, pens, pencils, calling cards, frisbees, the SU events poster and a whole load of other promotional stuff by the numerous companies at the fair. Sign up for what you want, most want your phone number or email address. It's up to you to give your main email address/phone number.

    Most importantly, meet people in your halls and even outside of it. These are the people who you will be living with for the next 39 weeks. Everyone will be friendly, especially in the first few weeks as everyone makes friends. Form a group and go to the freshers fair together/Costcutter/Tesco to buy drinks. Wander around the block and gather everyone in the kitchen (perhaps also leaving a message in other kitchens to tell everyone else which kitchen most people are at is good idea). Visit other blocks, say hi to everyone.

    Sunday: do a group shop at Tesco or something, and do everything again. At some point, do some unpacking, get your laptop running and decorate your room.
    Freshers Fortnight
    Anything below here - just suggestions. Read if you want. Ignore if you want to have the fun of finding things out yourself

    JOIN SOCIETIES AND SPORTS CLUBS - As a third year writing this in the summer holidays with exams just 20 days away, something I probably regret the most is that I didn't get properly involved in clubs and societies in my first year. It might be because living in the bubble your hall and coursemates are enough to keep you going. But by joining a club/soc and making an effort to turn up every week (or every training and social) you get to meet a hell of a lot of people, go on trips around the UK, perform in front of a massive audience, play for your university, have the most amazing week on tour and have the best time ever. Join and GET INVOLVED in your first year. Many people (including myself) only really do stuff in their second year and miss out on such a wonderful opportunity. Besides, getting on the exec can do wonders to your CV.

    Try out every event: Top B, Pop!, Crash, Hustle, Pressure and Skool Dayz (whatever's on these days) along with the gigs and special club nights that the SU has to offer. Find a sports club and try out circling before Pop, perhaps with the rest of your kitchen. If you buy the Freshers Passport then the first two weeks are all included with it, so you can see what you think of each regular SU event, rather than spending £10+ on Pressure later in the year and then realising that Drum and Bass is ****. Remember, there's also Coventry (Kasbah on Fridays) and Leamington (Evolve on Mondays, Fridays, Smack on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Saints on various days - Thursdays if you are an international) and Birmingham (Gatecrasher via the Uni Express on Mondays). Keep an eye out for the Warwickshire Carnage Bar Crawl as well. Lectures are very introductory at this stage, especially in the first week.

    Another important thing to note is the fire alarm test in the first week. This probably will happen sometime between 6am and 8am in a morning in the first week. They usually test areas/blocks on the same day - if you hear in lectures that some halls had a fire alarm that day, and you haven't yet, expect one soon. In some cases you would have experienced a fire alarm before the first drill. [That happened to me and we had an average of one a week over the first two terms.] It is very important that you evacuate your room during a fire alarm, especially during the first planned fire drill, you will get fined if caught staying in your room (somewhere between £50 and £100, I think).

    Changing rooms - if you absolutely hate the accommodation you are in, you can choose to swap from the third week of term with someone in another accommodation. Check the Warwick Accommodation website and wait for the list to open. You will need to pay a small administration fee to switch halls.

    Other Freshers Fortnight events - Check out the Sports fair, Societies fair and the Book Fair over the first few weeks. Go to a Pop! circle and participate in the society events/socials over the first few weeks and try them out - many of them will be free.

    Hopefully, you will settle in quickly and thoroughly enjoy the first weeks of uni. And if you can't cook, enjoy the challenge and hopefully don't set off any fire alarms. The fire alarms in the kitchen are usually heat sensors rather than smoke: if you happen to be burning something like toast or something under the grill, open the window rather than the door to the corridor.

    Finally, once you have settled into uni, perhaps a month in, I'd be grateful if you can do some accommodation reviews like the ones above in this FAQ. Just follow this link and fill in the template: +rep for anyone who does a decent review of their halls after a couple of weeks at uni.
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    Westwood
    Note: Check out Westwood Sharing below for more reviews of Westwood! More info about this is given in there but in short it's a temporary measure put in place if there is an excess in incoming students and not enough accommodation.

    Contributions: Blocker (Westwood, Hampton, 2009-10)
    Summary: Excellent communal atmosphere. Largest rooms on campus by a long shot, due to be refurbished this summer. Fair proportion of internationals who keep to themselves. Most people per kitchen of any halls. Other side of main campus to the rest of halls.
    From a social point of view, westwood is different to most halls. It is intermediate in terms of quietness, depending who exactly you live with. You're unlikely to have 2am fire alarms every week, but because you share a floor with so many others there's normally someone around in the kitchen/common room even in the wee hours of the morning. Aside from some international students, who often isolate themselves from the main group of people and stay in their rooms, the large hall means you tend to get large social groups, especially if you mix the three floors together. The area around each hall is very quiet, so leaving the window open at night is not a problem and rooms are fairly soundproof to boot.

    Pros: Firstly the rooms. It is no exaggeration to say they are the best sized rooms on campus, its easily 1.5 larger than the average and you have room to move your bed around, sleep 4+ people on the floor and even fit such luxuries in as beanbags, drying racks or even an electronic drum set with room to spare (all things people have done in my hall). Massive window as well so lots of light/ventilation if wanted, currently let down by being single glazed but this will be fixed by next year. Rooms have their own washbasin and you get a massive desk (approx 2m long!), chest of drawers, bedside table and big wardrobe, so theres a ton of storage space.
    Westwood is close to tesco and cannon park shops, has its own post room as well. Each hall has its own washing machine (£2 a go, not cheap) and drying room (dead useful) on the 1st floor, and a common room on the ground floor. Also closest halls to the learning grid, which is essentially a mini computer heavy library open 24/7. Preferred haunt of students pulling allnighters for essays/exam cram sessions. Westwood society has been fairly active in my year, and we've had at least two free meals! Theres plenty of green space around each hall, and although the sports centre is on main campus, westwood is right next to the athletics tracks and tennis courts if that floats your boat.

    Cons: The walk. This is the first thing you will hear about westwood, but its far exaggerated from the truth. Westwood is between 10-25 mins away from campus depending on where you need to go and how fast you walk. Slow walkers heading to the far side of campus (SU, arts centre) will need 20-25mins, but for lectures in maths & stats/science concourse, a moderate pace can get you there in 10-15. Admittedly its not rootes or whitefields close to the union, and most girls on my floor have given up heels due to the walk there, but on the plus side the walk back can help sober you up before you hit the sack!
    The other main problem with westwood is the kitchen/bathroom facilities. Generally ~25 people are sharing the kitchen, less on the ground floor but they also get a much smaller kitchen. This means it can get pretty messy pretty quick, depending on who exactly you live with. Toilets and showers there are 3 of each for the same number. Although I have never had to wait for a toilet or shower, it can mean that they get slightly dirty between cleaning (2* per week). If you're an absolute clean freak your better of looking for somewhere ensuite first, and a different halls second. Cleaners sort the kitchen 3 times a week, and the bathroom twice, rooms and corridors are not touched. A couple of times this year have had someone unlocking my room without warning to check its occupied, don't panic if this happens at an inappropriate moment, just make a noise and they'll leave!

    Contributions: screenager2004 (Westwood, Hampton, 2009-10)
    Summary: 'Westwood' Consists of 8 blocks (Bericote, Compton, Dunsmere, Emscote, Gosford, Hampton, Knightcote and Loxley), each block containing 60-70 rooms. So it's small enough for you to foster some real loyalty to your hall, and actually get to know everyone in your hall. But large enough to ensure you'll definitely find someone you'll get along with. The mix of students you get is partially down to luck, and partially down to what you wrote about yourself on your accommodation application. Personally I found it quite a good mix. Some nights we'd go out til 4am, and my halls went into Leamington Spa and Coventry for nights out regularly, they'd usually go out at least 3 times a week, so if you're into that, you'll have loads of fun. But there are quite a lot of more 'down to earth' people who just like a pint now and then and don't go nuts. That's the beauty of it really, when you're in rootes you're surrounded by self-professed 'partay animals' and when you're in Arthur Vick you're surrounded by people taking their education seriously. Westwood has a really comfortable mixture.

    Pros:
    * Mega huge rooms: The rooms are 5 metres long and 3 metres wide, so easily the biggest rooms on campus (apart from those delicious double-storey rooms in benefactors, but those are few). One of my favourite features about the rooms last year was the windows, they were three meters wide (the width of the entire room) and 2 meters tall, so you got LOADS of lovely natural light and usually a pretty nice view outside as well. They're all double glazed as of 2010.
    * More Furniture and storage than other halls: You get a whole load of furniture. Including a massive 2-metre long desk (I miss that desk so much, it was absolutely huge!), a wall-mounted bookshelf, a large chest of drawers AND a full-sized wardrobe AND a bedside table with drawers, so plenty of storage. And two noticeboards (Plus your standard sink and mirror) - (My friends in rootes got a tiny 120cm wide desk, only one noticeboard and no chest of drawers)
    * Another thing you will get that many halls don't is a large common room, (I think some had vending machines and pianos in them?!, just hearsay, ours didn't) which is a great area to socialise.
    * You also have your own barbeque (one per hall) that you can use in the summer term for big barbeques on the green. Also you won't have to walk to the laundry rooms outside Rootes to do your Laundry, as each hall has its own washing machine, tumble dryer and airing cupboard.
    * Being slightly isolated from main campus has its benefits: you don't feel so 'trapped in the bubble', and Westwood students are usually the first who dare venture off campus for shopping and nights out.
    * Also, the 'Westwood campus' has it's own costcutter, cafe, and music rooms (complete with it's own drum kit).
    * You're the closest to tesco, literally a five minute walk away, great for those midnight-runs for nibbles and drinks.

    Cons:
    * I suppose the famous 'downside' to Westwood is the distance, although ex-westwooders will all furiously defend the distance. One thing that really annoyed me was the 'lololo you're in westwood, gutted you is soooo far away' comment you will inevitably get from some lucky git from Rootes: the reality is, you're a 10-15 minute walk away, the same distance as Lakeside and Heronbank. Compared to Rootes and Tocil, which are practically built on top of the SU, it's far, but compared to student halls all over the country, you're still pretty close. The way I always saw it: when I was in sixth form, taking my A levels, it was a 40 minute walk to school, and I thought that was pretty close! 10 minutes is nothing.

    It's a fairly pleasant walk too, past the sports fields and the Learning Grid, there's a short video of the walk:
    Video


    Contributions: Cania (Westwood, [2012-13])
    Summary: I'm not going to lie, I was gutted when I first found out I was in Westwood - I was hoping for AV for Sherbourne. I was worried about the distance, sharing a kitchen with so many, sharing a bathroom... but honestly, I love it here. I've been to all the other accommodation buildings and they just don't suit me at all!

    Pros:
    - Probably the best "community" spirit of any of the halls. A lot of my friends elsewhere don't even know all the people they live with. We do seem to have three "main" groups, plus a small group of internationals that keep to themselves. But even the shyest internationals here smile and say hello, ask how your Christmas break was. You'll definitely find people you fit in with, and everyone is friendly to everyone. Nobody is left out, though we have had two people drop out despite our best efforts to get them involved. Most of us leave our doors unlocked pretty much all of the time, nothing has been stolen. And everyone is always happy to help other people out.
    - Massive rooms! Seriously, our rooms are huge, it's no exaggeration. I have a clothes horse in my room, a hard bass case and guitar, games piled up under the desk... I actually have more room than I need, which made it much easier to feel at home. Some of my friends have beanbags in their rooms, too. I'll regularly hang out with 5+ people in one room and it's perfectly comfortable. Sometimes you get a lot more when we get together to play CoD, still really comfortable. There are two "smaller" rooms, which are cheaper. One of my friends actually transferred to a room downstairs because it annoyed him - but they're knocking the dividing wall between them down next year apparently, and may be making it into an extra kitchen! So don't worry about that. There is also one giant room on each floor.
    - The desk. My desk is easily 2m long - I currently have most of my law books (16 atm), my laptop, a monitor, my xbox and a huge printer/scanner combo with room to spare living on it. We also have a million power sockets along the back, so don't worry about how much you can use. I currently have 2 spare. You also get 2 ethernet ports.
    - Wireless. Need I say more?
    - Sink in bedroom. Don't underestimate the importance of this. Sharing a bathroom isn't actually a problem at all, I promise, but having to share a sink would be such a pain.
    - Bedrooms aren't cleaned. This is so annoying for some of my friends in different buildings. They avoid going back between classes when they know their room is being cleaned, and they have to pick everything up off their floor all the time.
    - The community staff. The "head" of Loxley is just the nicest guy. Always really friendly and helpful - very concerned that we're all happy and have what we need, and really understanding. He lets us use the back firedoor in the morning even though we're not supposed to ;P
    - The walk. I'm putting this as a pro because it really isn't a problem. You've heard it takes 15-30 minutes to get to campus? No, that's just a lie, sorry. I do this walk every day. It takes 5 minutes to get to the Maths and Stats buildings. Social science takes about 10... obviously longer today though because of the ice! I never leave before 8:45 for a 9am. You learn the shortcuts VERY quickly. (Hint: Walk through Milburn house!) Going out really isn't a problem. We also have few pubs that are closer to us than central campus, including one with amazing food that I don't remember the name of :P Though, if you're doing medicine, I suppose it would be a long walk. I can't really comment.
    - Close to Tesco. Much more convenient when you have a craving for pretzels at 2am, or need to get a birthday card for someone in the first term.
    - Walls are practically soundproof. I have the noisiest room in the building. Next to the stairs, the washing machine, and above the common room. I still manage to get all my reading done, sleep fine. My neighbour and I actually tested what noises we can and cannot hear - he can only JUST hear my music if I put it on full blast. You can't hear people talking/moving around at all, ever. The doors are thin, though, so if someone is outside your door you can hear them... that's pretty unusual though.
    - Squirrels everywhere! Just for the "aww" factor.
    - Cafe and postroom on your doorstep. Only having to walk 30 seconds to get to the postroom is brilliant.

    Cons:
    - The kitchen is cramped. Apparently they're doing something about this next year, so that's good. We manage fine, but in the first few days it was difficult. We have 1 fridge drawer or shelf each (plenty), 2 shelves in the cupboards (also plenty), but the freezer is a free-for-all. It gets messy quickly if you don't keep on top of it. You cannot have anyone leaving dishes out or it just gets too messy to use. We just put stuff in the trunk room if it gets in the way.
    - Common room is tiny. We have less than 10 seats between 70ish people. Not much you can do about it, not a huge problem but not ideal.
    - Deliveries from Domino's are confusing. Doesn't seem to matter how often we tell them, we always end up on the phone for five minutes trying to explain that it's carpark 14, not 1... taxis have no problem with it.

    If you do end up in Westwood, do bring an extension lead. You get a socket at the foot of your bed, but nothing near your bedside cabinet. Helpful...

    Contributions: flyco (Westwood - Loxley - 2012-13)

    (Referred to by 'Loxlians' as 'Loxley Castle' - Robin Hood anyone?)
    Summary
    Like many others, I was quite apprehensive at first when I got allocated Westwood - it was my 4th choice! - (1. AV 2. Sherbourne 3. Bluebell 4. Westwood 5. Whitefields. As a sidenote Arthur Vick and Sherbourne were probably the halls in highest demand this year due to the perceived niceness, price, age and ensuite) First impressions, well - after I eventually found the 'arrivals reception' hidden in the poorly signposted Westwood Cafe - was that Loxley had a bit of a resemblance to a block of council flats (sorry if it sounds like I'm being classist - I lived in a private house in a seaside town!). However, the rooms (except for a few corner ones) are very big at 5x3 metres and in a practical rectangular shape. More to the point, I've really enjoyed my time at Westwood and I consider it the halls with best value for money in Warwick. Ensuite is nice but as the bathrooms and toilets are cleaned regularly, there little to worry about and if compared to the equivalent ensuite halls (Sherbourne), the £1000 saving is certainly worth it.
    -There are eight blocks with over 400 rooms in Westwood. 'Z' shaped blocks, Loxley, Hampton, Knightcote and Gosford are the biggest with 70 rooms across three floors. 'House' style blocks Compton, Bericote, Emscote and Dunsmere are slightly smaller (not sure how much as I haven't been in them) but still have three floors and some of them have vending machines and pool tables in the common rooms.


    Pros
    - As far I'm aware of, Westwood has the biggest rooms in campus accommodation. It's not easy to come by a 5x3 (metres!) room costing around £3500 a year including Christmas and Easter vacation. They are also rectangular-shaped making it very practical. Most rooms have a large 3m (wall to wall) window that lets in plenty of light.
    -Good storage. Three level bookshelf, 2 metre long rectangular desk with 4 metre-wide drawers, wardrobe just over a metre wide and up to ceiling height, bedside table with 2 drawers and a 'hole' in between. Don't forget there's space under the bed also. All rooms have at least 6 power sockets plus a shaver outlet on sink light. (I have 10 in my room)
    -From reading the main thread earlier, it seemed to say that Westwood doesn't have sinks in bedrooms. I can certainly say that (at least in Loxley, Hampton, Knightcote and Gosford) that they DO have sinks in bedrooms.
    -Corridor arrangement makes it easy to make friends. If the ones on your floor aren't for you then you can always go to another floor.
    -Surroundings (and the block itself) is a lot quieter than Rootes, which is the same price. Quiet in a good way though - very few disturbances at nights during weekends! Don't have to worry much about fire alarms either - I've encountered about two or three (excluding the fire drill) which is considered next to nothing in comparison to other halls, especially Rootes!
    -Close to Cannon Park Shopping Centre (5 min walk), which has the likes of Tesco (24hrs), Iceland and Wilkinson so much more choice, convenience and cheaper than the Costcutter (more like Costadder) in central campus.
    -Westwood Games Hall, the sports centre on the Westwood Campus site has a running track, rugby and astro pitches, an indoor hall with 3 marked badminton courts (also where the archery club takes place) and both indoor and outdoor tennis courts.
    -For those who love their cooking, Westwood kitchens have gas cookers.
    -Bathrooms and toilets are quite clean. (Kitchens cleaned Mon Wed Fri, Bathroom/Toilet usually Tue Thurs) As Westwood is 'quieter' (or maybe the students are more mature and sensible!), I've only come across puke-ridden toilet once or twice throughout my entire stay.
    -Westwood's warden, Matthew Scott is also the Accommodation Manager for the university. He's very helpful and understanding about student life. Also as manager, if you have any problems he can sometimes sort them out quicker!
    -Literally a minute away from the post room. Feel free to order as big a package you want without having to worry about how to carry it back.
    -Integral launderette. £2 a pop for the washer and £1 for dryer. However I don't think the washer does a great job removing stains - make sure you add plenty of powder and stain remover!
    -Some blocks have locking bike sheds. (Loxley doesn't but there is a shelter at the back and unsheltered racks at the front, but I strongly recommend not using the latter as there is no CCTV coverage at that part and the view of those racks are obscured by the boiler hut. (Make sure you get a solid D lock).) Note - Cities are full of thieves.

    Cons
    -Many will respond by saying "Oh, you live in Westwood? So far!", in reality it's not. (Okay, unless you do biomed where you will be in Gibbet Hill sometimes :P) It's slightly further away from the SU, Arts Centre, Ramphal, WBS and Social Sciences but it's actually one of closest to the Millburn House for Film Studies (3mins), Maths/Stats and Compsci building (5 mins), not to mention the 24 hour Learning Grid. (Library is only 24/7 during Term 3). Engineering (my subject) is 10 minutes away. A bike cuts journey times by at least a half.
    -Up to 26 to a kitchen (Loxley, Hampton, Knightcote, Gosford 1st and 2nd floors), but I've been told the two smaller bedrooms in the corner of the blocks will become a second kitchen. You'd think the kitchen would be crazy as it's only about 6x5m but most people tend to cook at different times anyways. Even during 'busy' times it's still manageable. Due to the number of people to the kitchen it can be considered quite small and it takes only a few people to leave their stuff on the table to cause a problem.
    -If you happen to get a room adjacent to the toilet, I feel sorry for you. I endured a whole term in one of these rooms and it wasn't nice getting woken up by sound from water pipes. However I can almost guarantee (harsh, but realistic) that someone will move out during the first term, and when this is the case, try and contact the warden or resident tutor who will tell you to arrange a transfer.
    -Possible traffic noise if you live in Gosford or Knightcote as they are next to Kirby Corner Road, the main entrance road to the uni campus.


    Photos
    Photos thanks to screenager2004:
    Westwood (Hampton) by screenager2004

    Westwood Sharing
    Note: Westwood Sharing is basically an overflow mechanism if there are too many students and not enough rooms! It means that those who are sharing fill any no shows/drop outs on campus by the start of the second term. 2^Oscar posted a fantastic overview of the process - it's in a slightly different style to the other reviews since more needs explaining. Beyond the sharing aspect it's the same as regular Westwood (and once people move out it will return to regular Westwood), so don't forget to check the Westwood section as well for more opinion!
    Contributions: 2^Oscar (Emscote, Sharing, 2010-11)
    Summary: Every year at Warwick there are more first years than there are rooms on-campus. The vast majority get a room, although many have to live off-campus. A select few will be chosen, completely at random, to share a room in one of the Westwood halls of residence. This was a position I found myself in last year.

    Understandably, you're going to be quite annoyed. Warwick was my firm choice, and as such I simply assumed I would get a room and everything would be fine. When I found out I would be sharing there were lots of questions running through my head and, to be honest, none of them were really answered until I turned up on arrivals weekend. The purpose of this thread is to describe the sharing process. I'll begin with the weeks before term begins, moving on to arrivals weekend and so on. I'll also tell you a bit about the Westwood accommodation and what it is like sharing.

    By now, many of you will be jumping onto the phone, if you haven't already, to Warwick accommodation demanding that you get a room to yourself or asking why you have been put in this situation. In the case of the former, you will simply be given an ultimatum; either except the sharing offer or live off-campus. Trust me, if you're worried that sharing will influence how you settle in to university it will not be anywhere near as detrimental as living off-campus. You're just going to have to accept it and make the best of a bad situation. In the case of the latter, they will give you a vague description of the process and leave you with quite a few unanswered questions still.

    On arrival, you follow the arrival instructions given to you. During the course of this you will find out which room you will be staying in (for my year we had to go to Café Westwood to discover this). You may already know this from checking your rent statement in the my.data part of my.warwick, under the finances section. You will be assigned a room in one of the eight Westwood halls; Bericote, Compton, Dunsmere, Emscote, Gosford, Hampton, Knightscote or Loxley. Your room number will be a letter followed by a three digit number; the letter corresponding to the hall, the first digit to the floor you are on, and the remaining two digits to your room number. I was in E010, in other words room 10 on the ground floor of Emscote.

    Upon arrival you will meet your resident tutor. You will be given your key and shown to your new room. Note that there will be two sets of keys to your room, one for each of you. One set has the door key, a cupboard key, and a postbox key. The other set just has the door key on it. It does not matter which set you receive; they are given randomly.

    Your room will have two beds (with bedding), a bedside table, a wardrobe, a desk, a swivel chair, a chest of drawers, a lamp, and a sink. All of the rooms allocated for sharing have additional network ports for connecting to the internet (no wireless in Warwick accommodation, I'm afraid, so you need to bring a CAT 5 patch lead) and additional sockets for electrical appliances. The only annoying thing will be the lack of storage and desk space. There is additional storage space in several trunk rooms in each of the halls.

    Your room mate may or may not be there on your arrival. If you want to ascertain this fact you'd be best off asking the resident tutor if your room mate has picked up their keys yet when you collect yours. Prior to this point, there is no (official) way of finding out who your room mate is going to be. You may be able to find them on TSR or Facebook but I don't know of anyone who was successful in this endeavour. The resident tutors (the people responsible for looking after your halls and your general well-being) will try their hardest to match you with someone with similar interests to yourself. In other words, you will be sharing with someone either on your course or a course very similar to your own. For instance, I study mathematics and was matched with someone studying MORSE. They may not arrive on the same day as you, either; arrival is staggered depending upon your last name. They may not even arrive at all, as happened to one of my friends. They may have chosen not to come to university after all. The only other thing you can assume about your room mate is that you will be the same gender.

    I would advise that you spend time with your room mate. Go out to the freshers events with them. Do your first Tesco run with them. Get to know them; you could well be spending quite a bit of time with them. Make sure, of course, that you make friends with the others in your hall, as well. The first night could well be quite strange but you will get used to it. There are many universities abroad which have this kind of set up for accommodation as standard. Who knows, you may end up quite liking sharing, as I did.

    When a room becomes available, one of you will be moved out and the other will remain in the room that you were sharing. You both get a say in who moves out. If one of you expresses a preference either way they will usually honour it. If neither of you expresses a preference, and a room becomes available, they will select one of you at random to move out. A problem arises if both of you express the same preference. In this case they are usually fairly compromising and will find the best solution for all concerned.

    If you're really struggling in the situation then, after about a week of being at Warwick, you should get on to Warwick accommodation and start to make a fuss. They will have a number of rooms empty as students will simply have not turned up or will have dropped out and, as a sharer, you guys will get priority to fill them. Now, it is literally a waiting game. You will have to wait until rooms become available. When they do, Warwick Accommodation will contact one of you and tell you that you are going to be moving out. Be warned. Typically, the person who makes a fuss saying they don't want to share will be the one who gets moved. If you want to stay in Westwood, making a fuss may not be quite so good an idea. Of course, some years there are a lot of sharers. There was for my year certainly (it may be different for you guys with a brand new hall of residence having just been opened). If this is the case, you could end up sharing for a lot longer. The situation I found myself in was spending the entirety of the first term, and the first couple of weeks of the second term, sharing. If you haven't been contacted by the time the first term is over, you almost certainly will be contacted over the winter break making an offer to either your room mate or yourself for accommodation. Warwick Accommodation do not like you to stay sharing for a long period of time, stating that each student needs a study space (chair and desk etc) of their own. I think sharing for the first term is pretty much the longest amount of time you will ever have to share for. Rooms are always free after the winter break because many of the erasmus students, who only stay for a term, return home (they usually outnumber the sharers).

    You may be concerned that, with the extra people sharing in Westwood, the facilities available will be put under strain. This is not the case at all. I can only recall a couple of occasions where I had to wait for the shower, and there are plenty of toilets on each floor. I'll take the opportunity now to explain the facilities available on the Westwood campus. It is unlikely that you visited it on an open day because it is about a 10/15 minute walk away from the main campus. There are two different types of hall all named in alphabetical order after villages in Warwickshire (Arden and Felden are missing from this list because they are used exclusively as conference accommodation).

    BERICOTE, COMPTON, DUNSMERE AND EMSCOTE
    These four are rectangular buildings. The ground floor has 11 rooms, a common room, a laundry room, and a kitchen. The first and second floors have 17 rooms and a kitchen each. All the floors have trunk rooms designed to offer additional storage (particularly useful for over-laden sharers). There is also a bike shed. They have had their kitchens completely refurbished over the summer of 2011.

    GOSFORD, HAMPTON, KNIGHTSCOTE AND LOXLEY
    These buildings are L-shaped. Honestly, I don't know as much about them. They have common rooms on the ground floor. I know that they don't have bike sheds but, instead, have bike racks outside (they are exposed to the elements). The kitchens, one on each floor, are shared by a few more people than in the other blocks (I believe it goes up to 24 to a kitchen).

    Also on the Westwood campus, there is a post room, the Café Westwood (where Matthew Scott, who is high up in Warwick Accommodation and the resident tutor for Loxley, often organises a termly event for those living on the Westwood campus), music practice rooms, and state of the art sports facilities. You'll also be right next to the state of the art learning grid. This facility is open 24/7 and is excellent for last minute completion of assignments.

    As I have mentioned, it is about a 10/15 minute walk to main campus. Many on TSR are put off by the distance but it really isn't that much of an issue. If you get a bike, you can cut the journey down to about 5 minutes. It is particularly quick to get to the mathematics institute and the other buildings in that area (statistics, computer science etc.) by cutting through Millburn House. If you are in the Life Sciences department, I would strongly advise having a bike because the journey from Westwood to Gibbet Hill is a long one without it.

    Pros:
    • You only pay half rent for the duration of the share.
    • You get to know someone immediately which can help with settling in.
    • There will be more people in your halls which makes everything more lively during the freshers events.
    • The rooms in the Westwood halls are the largest on campus.
    • Laundry rooms in your block (seriously, this is so good).
    • Loads of facilities on your doorstep used pretty much exclusively by other people in Westwood.

    Cons:
    • Lack of storage space.
    • Lack of work space.
    • A general lack of space; personal and physical.
    • Living in such close quarters with a stranger.


    I hope that gives you an idea of what to expect. Please don't hesitate to message me (2^Oscar) or post on this thread if you've got any further questions.
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    Westwood ( - Aza484 & El Matematico)

    The furthest hall from the union (but only marginally further than Lakeside - just in the opposite direction), Westwood Campus is right opposite University House, which is a benefit if you intend to be making use of the Learning Grid for all your 24/7 working needs...

    Pro's:
    -> Largest rooms on campus, easily twice the size of Rootes' rooms.

    -> The distance from central campus actually gives the Hall a more of a community feeling, which is nice. People tend to know each other much more than say, Rootes, where I know people who don't even know the names of some people on their corridor.

    -> We do have our own bar, but it is only open for special ents/parties. It can be booked for functions.

    -> Large meeting hall / common building in the centre with TV, cafe, pool table etc.

    -> Literally 5 mins from Tesco - which believe me is a huge relief when carrying lots of bags.

    -> Parking space (if you get a permit).

    -> Green open spaces! Great for playing games on (for me its ultimate frisbee, but whatever's your thing), or chilling out on in nice weather.

    -> Also have our own mini Costcutters within the Halls.

    -> Usual post room (which is actually huge), laundry, etc.

    -> There is a sort of 'arts' building, with a theatre and loads of music practice rooms in, right on campus.

    -> The rooms are also cheap. Rooms are well furnished with lots of room to work and to store books.

    -> Close to Varsity.

    -> Close to the astroturf and sports centre - also good for those who have exams on Westwood games hall, but that wont really worry A level students just yet.

    -> Generally quiet, especially compared to rootes.

    -> Theres a bus stop right near the entrance to Westwood, which is good if youre going to Coventry on the evening. If youre going to the train station and carrying heavy bags, you dont have far to walk with them.

    Cons:

    Lots of people share the same Kitchen, so there is not too much room for storing food. Cooking I never found a problem since everyone seems to cook at different times. Same applies for showering. Not having an en-suite really isnt a problem.



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    Great idea for a thread , should be very useful for everyone. Got to ask though... whats the learning grid? sounds like a computer room basically?
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    Ok so I will start writing one for New Rootes, I live in P block but they are all pretty similar (just kitchen sizes vary)

    Pros

    Large room with lovely modern light furniture. Desk is massive, wardrobe has plenty of space (I even have empty drawers). Enough space on the floor for atleast one person to sleep on it. You could fit two if you really wanted to. Bigger than rooms in JM because there is no en-suite taking up space.

    A VERY short walk to the union, costcutters and arts centre. Probably about a minute or two. Laundry and post room are even closer!

    Bathroom sharing is not a problem. We have 2 showers and 2 toilets between 12 people and there have been no problems.

    Big green open space behind building (the tennis courts are there too!) for whatever you want.

    Close to lots of other accomodation. Whitefields is seconds away and Jack Martin is a couple of minutes away. Handy for going to see people.

    Large sociable corridor, always a good chance that people will be around.

    Despite what you hear it is not as noisy as the reputation makes out. Seriously, I have had issues with noise on very few occasions.

    Your room gets cleaned.

    Cons
    13 people to one kitchen when everyone is trying to cook can be a nightmare, especially with only one oven.

    Fire alarms. We had two in the first week of term two. Both at unsociable hours of the morning.

    Can be noisy. Although that really depends on who you live with as I only ever get disturbed by the noise in my little bit really, rather than upstairs or another block. The sound of birds can get very annoying especially if you room is at the back with a view over the field because the birds like to hang out there.
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    ROOTES H BLOCK (Old)

    PROS:

    -- Close to Union, Costcutters & Humanities/Library
    -- Rooms are nice light yellow with light wood furnature
    -- Never have a problem with sharing facilities (there's only 10 or 11 on my floor cuz I'm up the top tho... there's more downstairs)
    -- Biiiig green field/woods behind - if you're on the back you look out on it (plus ur room gets really sunny)
    -- If you're at the front you look out over the red square place and can spy on every going to lectures :P
    -- Our cleaner is ace!
    -- Contrary to popular belief - QUIET if you ask for it!

    CONS:
    -- Hmmm.... can't think of any! Loud I suppose in some parts of Rootes
    -- Rooms aren't what you'd call absolutely massive!
    -- No en-suite (but like seriously not a problem. My room's like 3 steps from the toilet and shower)!
    Far from Varsity :P
    -- FIRE ALARMS. But then there haven;t been any since we got back touch wood!
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    Would be nice if someone could provide some info on Arthur Vick?
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    (Original post by Cessie)
    -- FIRE ALARMS. But then there haven;t been any since we got back touch wood!
    OH MY GOD. We had THREE last night.:confused: :p:
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    Jack Martin

    Pros

    *Ensuite. Although all the people in non ensuite halls are finding it fine, it is very nice having your own bathroom! (with bath as well as shower over). Also good if you've had a bit too much to drink

    *Rooms have a nice feel to them - light yellow walls with light brown furniture (large desk!). Not as big as rooms in Westwood but definitely big enough.

    *Lots of storage space

    *In general it's considered as being more sociable than Arthur Vick (although I'm sure lots of AV people would disagree! :P)

    *Great location - close to the union, but not noisy

    *Generally a bit quieter than Rootes... no 2am fire alarms so far! That's not to say that JM isn't sociable.. it all depends what you put about yourself on the accommodation form. I'm in a quiet corridor, but the downstairs kitchens are just as wild as in Rootes!

    *The kitchens are a good size

    *There are 12 people in each corridor. This makes sharing a kitchen easier than in other halls (Westwood, and in some cases Rootes and Cryfield) where they have more people sharing

    *It looks nice :P

    *JM4 has ducks outside! I have a view of the river from my room

    Cons

    *Expensive. I think it's going up to £104 per week next year!! (It was £94 pw this year). All halls are going up in cost though. Also seeing as it's a 30 week let, it actually works out about the same as Tocil (no ensuite) which has a 39 week let. Obviously it is a pain moving everything out at Christmas and Easter, but I'd much rather do that than pay an extra £900 or so!

    *No common room. Arthur Vick, Cryfield (maybe others?) have common rooms with comfy chairs whereas we have to hang out in the kitchen. It's not exactly a big problem though :P

    *No laundry. AV has its own laundry (but I don't think there are many washing machines in it sometimes you have to wait) The main campus laundry is only a couple of minutes walk away though

    *Sometimes people assume that because you're in ensuite accommodation you're really stuck up (which is definitely not the case!) Once at the beginning of term when we were in the union some people asked us where we were living, and when we said JM they kinda made a face and walked off!


    Don't let the negative points put you off though. I'm loving Jack Martin so much, it's a really great place to live. If you're choosing between AV and JM (as I was this time last year) I'd definitely say JM. Although you get slightly bigger rooms and a common room for the extra £3 per week in AV, I'd say JM is definitely better as in general it's more sociable and has a better location.
    I'd say JM is kind of 'in between' Rootes and AV. If you are sociable and like going out but also want to have a quieter environment to come back to at night, come to JM!
    If you have any questions, feel free to PM me!
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    Arthur Vick's alright, get your own shower and ****. The people can be ****ty though sometimes and the cleaners are cun+s. Feel free to edit that into a pros and cons type presentation.
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    Jack Martin (- Apisith)

    THE hall to live-in if you're a moderate. I'm currently living in JM4 btw.

    Pros -
    - Ensuite rooms (it's worth it)
    - Amazingly large kitchen, which basically serves as a 'hanging out' place and forces everyone to come chill there (unless you want to miss out on stuff)
    - Extremely relaxed rules re: music, loud noises, tv etc.. I play the guitar and haven't had one complaint. The Sub-Warden barely checks up on the people in my corridor. My hallmate blasts his music so loud that people living at the other end of the corridor can hear it. Obviously when it's too loud we ask him to lower it, but the option to blast it loud does exist, which is cool.
    - 5 mins walk from costcutters and most lecture halls (ie. the ones in the Social Studies and Humanities building)
    - 5 mins walk from Sports Center
    - People living here are mostly of the 'moderate' kind ie. love to party but know when to work/stay in and have a chilled out night.

    Cons -
    - Rent's a bit steep at 94/week but it IS worth it.
    - Quite a walk from Tescos (but so is every other hall except Westwood).
    - A bit laxed on the security side (compared to AV), but that's just my general feeling, nothing significant has been stolen (except a laptop in week 3).

    That's about it really JM's the best I tell ya.
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    Rootes

    New Rootes ( - happydinosaur)

    I live in P block but they are all pretty similar (just kitchen sizes vary)

    Pros

    Large room with lovely modern light furniture. Desk is massive, wardrobe has plenty of space (I even have empty drawers). Enough space on the floor for atleast one person to sleep on it. You could fit two if you really wanted to. Bigger than rooms in JM because there is no en-suite taking up space.

    A VERY short walk to the union, costcutters and arts centre. Probably about a minute or two. Laundry and post room are even closer!

    Bathroom sharing is not a problem. We have 2 showers and 2 toilets between 12 people and there have been no problems.

    Big green open space behind building (the tennis courts are there too!) for whatever you want.

    Close to lots of other accomodation. Whitefields is seconds away and Jack Martin is a couple of minutes away. Handy for going to see people.

    Large sociable corridor, always a good chance that people will be around.

    Despite what you hear it is not as noisy as the reputation makes out. Seriously, I have had issues with noise on very few occasions.

    Your room gets cleaned.

    Cons
    13 people to one kitchen when everyone is trying to cook can be a nightmare, especially with only one oven.

    Fire alarms. We had two in the first week of term two. Both at unsociable hours of the morning.

    Can be noisy. Although that really depends on who you live with as I only ever get disturbed by the noise in my little bit really, rather than upstairs or another block. The sound of birds can get very annoying especially if you room is at the back with a view over the field because the birds like to hang out there.

    Old ( - Cessie)
    H BLOCK

    PROS:

    -- Close to Union, Costcutters & Humanities/Library
    -- Rooms are nice light yellow with light wood furnature
    -- Never have a problem with sharing facilities (there's only 10 or 11 on my floor cuz I'm up the top tho... there's more downstairs)
    -- Biiiig green field/woods behind - if you're on the back you look out on it (plus ur room gets really sunny)
    -- If you're at the front you look out over the red square place and can spy on every going to lectures :P
    -- Our cleaner is ace!
    -- Contrary to popular belief - QUIET if you ask for it!

    CONS:
    -- Hmmm.... can't think of any! Loud I suppose in some parts of Rootes
    -- Rooms aren't what you'd call absolutely massive!
    -- No en-suite (but like seriously not a problem. My room's like 3 steps from the toilet and shower)!
    Far from Varsity :P
    -- FIRE ALARMS. But then there haven;t been any since we got back touch wood!

    Photos (courtesy of happydinosaur)

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    what's the most sociable hall? if that makes sense!
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    thats an unfair question, as it depends entirely on the people you are living with, not the location. Most people will say Rootes though, as it is the largest, most cramped hall, right outside the union. Its the "party hall"... although ive got friends all over the place and you can party everywhere to be honest. Even here in westwood we party hard - we have to make up for the lack of motivation to walk to the union somehow!! (we get much cheaper booze from tesco 5 mins away).
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    I live in Whitefields.
    Pros
    - Very close to costcutter, union, rootes social, arts centre
    - Pritty Sociable on the whole
    - 'family' type sprit between housemates you are unlikely to find in other halls
    - Its cheap at 60 a week
    - Rooms are a decent size
    - the pressure on the shower is immense, atleast downstairs
    - 39 week let so your not thrown out straight away after the end of term party

    Cons
    -12 people to 1 fridge gets packed
    - decor could be better
    - If you dont get on with your housemates it would be hell unlike any other hall
    - Noise from the cooler until 2 am
    - Constant humm of the extractor fan from battered

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