Turn on thread page Beta
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    As per title really; what is the housing situation like after first year? I've heard that the area surrounding the uni isn't too nice but wanted to hear it from the horses mouth so to speak i.e. what are the different areas such as lemington like?

    So, is it as bad as some say?
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by iLurch)
    As per title really; what is the housing situation like after first year? I've heard that the area surrounding the uni isn't too nice but wanted to hear it from the horses mouth so to speak i.e. what are the different areas such as lemington like?

    So, is it as bad as some say?
    Some stuff about buses I wrote a while back. Might not make as much sense if you aren't a student but it will give you an idea of the options and you can always look it up on Google maps or something:

    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. Next year I've gone private, and by the end of term 2 I've paid £150 in admin/reservation fees, one month's rent (£300) and £600 deposit (normally £300 but my guarantor had something come up on the credit check). So that's £1050 that I've spent 5 months before I can even move in, for an 11 month let.

    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 (or 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. [On the other hand, North Leam (ie north of the station) is a nice area to live in but the further south you it gets a bit rougher, more estates and the like.] 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 have lectures 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 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 iffy as well (south Leam is probably worse), I know people who aren't keen on walking 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.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    wow thats a really long reply! to keep it simple i would just say live in leamington! i dont know where you have heard that its not that great cz leam is lovely and has loads and loads of students there so your never far from someone you know
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    im going to say go to liberty park in cov you just have to show up there and fill out an application along with your flat mates, you get a kitchen and living room between you as well as your own en suite rooms! plus you get all bills included! its essentially a private run halls of residence so plenty of fun to be had, it might be away from some of the more popular leamington clubs but you can still get to and from leam especially as its located right next to the centre of town your also a 5 minute walk from the train station so if you have visitors or go off visiting its easy access, and there is a stop for the 12 near the station and as its early in the route chances are you will get a seat easy. theres also handy take aways and a corner shop by it for odds an ends. If you want to take a car you have to arrange it with them and might charge you but you get secure parking if you do, oh and there is secure parking for your bikes as well! Im not sure of the exact prices there now as I graduated last July but if you google liberty living then you will find them and I highly recommend it as me and my friends lived there for 2 years Additionally unlike some private lets you dont rent it for a full year just an academic year, which even if the week price looks more than some actually ends up being cheaper especially as no bills to pay either! If you are wanting to stay there the following year as well you still dont have to pay for the summer but they let you leave things in your room over the holiday free of charge, so saves moving everything around
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Ahh cheers for the replies, my queries have certainly been allayed. Thanks to you all
 
 
 
The home of Results and Clearing

2,942

people online now

1,567,000

students helped last year

University open days

  1. University of Warwick
    Undergraduate Open Days Undergraduate
    Sat, 6 Oct '18
  2. University of Warwick
    Undergraduate Open Days Undergraduate
    Sat, 20 Oct '18
Poll
How are you feeling about GCSE results day?

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.