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    Hi all,

    I'm starting as a PhD student at Warwick this September, and starting to think about where I'm going to live. I would be super grateful of some advice from experienced Warwick students!

    As a post-grad I would rather live in a house or flat off-campus than in halls, so I'm looking for info and advice on:

    - student-y residential areas, preferably in Leamington
    - average cost of rent and cost of living (i.e. bills, if not included in rent)
    - recommended letting agents - are there any which specifically let to students?

    Any other general advice about looking for off-campus accommodation around Warwick would be really appreciated. I'm a total Warwick novice and have only visited the campus a grand total of 1 time. Thanks a bunch!
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    (Original post by catoutofthebag)
    Hi all,

    I'm starting as a PhD student at Warwick this September, and starting to think about where I'm going to live. I would be super grateful of some advice from experienced Warwick students!

    As a post-grad I would rather live in a house or flat off-campus than in halls, so I'm looking for info and advice on:

    - student-y residential areas, preferably in Leamington
    - average cost of rent and cost of living (i.e. bills, if not included in rent)
    - recommended letting agents - are there any which specifically let to students?

    Any other general advice about looking for off-campus accommodation around Warwick would be really appreciated. I'm a total Warwick novice and have only visited the campus a grand total of 1 time. Thanks a bunch!

    Hi there.

    I've been lurking on here for ages and then I noticed your post, so decided I'd sign up as no one has replied yet.

    I've lived in Leamington for the past 3 or 4 years (yikes) and can say it's a really lovely place to live, and the buses to the University (if you're planning on taking the bus) are very frequent and easy to reach.

    Many of the student houses are in south Leamington, which where the majority of the housing is in Leamington and it's okay, but it's a general rule here that the further north you go the nicer it is. Both times I've lived down south I paid around £70-80 per week which is cheap/average for south. Bills are generally not included, but Warwick accommodation and some of the local estate agents include water bills in their overall pricing.

    If you choose to live further north you will most likely be in or very close to the town centre, which can be great if you like having shops and cafés on your doorstep. A lot of the accommodation is above shops. When I lived here in second year I was paying £90+ per week, around £390 per month which is very expensive for around here and not typical, but it's definitely more expensive than south.

    To be honest I can't really remember how much I spent on bills.

    There are lots of student estate agents, including:

    Tara and Co. http://www.studenthomes.net/index.html I've had accommodation through them twice.

    Heritage http://www.heritageproperty.co.uk/search/student

    Warwick Accommodation (they tend to be quite reliable and helpful if you have any queries) http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/a...all/offcampus/


    Dhesi http://www.dhesiestates.com/

    There are also sites where people advertise spare rooms and things, like:

    http://student.spareroom.co.uk/

    And there is a forum on Warwick SU for Warwick students looking for more people to share with...

    http://www.warwicksu.com/forums/topiclist/630/

    Generally the estate agents will all give you a list of appropriate places depending on your requirements, and you can just go and knock on the door of a house/flat whenever you like and the current students will show you around.

    Happy house hunting.
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    Thank you!!! This is incredibly helpful
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    (Original post by catoutofthebag)
    Hi all,

    I'm starting as a PhD student at Warwick this September, and starting to think about where I'm going to live. I would be super grateful of some advice from experienced Warwick students!

    As a post-grad I would rather live in a house or flat off-campus than in halls, so I'm looking for info and advice on:

    - student-y residential areas, preferably in Leamington
    - average cost of rent and cost of living (i.e. bills, if not included in rent)
    - recommended letting agents - are there any which specifically let to students?

    Any other general advice about looking for off-campus accommodation around Warwick would be really appreciated. I'm a total Warwick novice and have only visited the campus a grand total of 1 time. Thanks a bunch!
    I study at Warwick and currently live in central Leamington, and next year I'll be in a similar sort of area. With regards to Leamington, many, many Warwick students live there so it's all pretty studenty. The North is a much nicer area and so more expensive to go with it, but it's not always that easy to get on a bus at peak times (although this is getting better now). The South is a worse area and a bit of a walk to the bus stops, but much cheaper.

    This year I pay £320/month each for a 7 person house without bills. Offhand I can't really tell you about bills but water's just gone up... Next year it's £280/month I believe for a 4 person house this time.

    There are lots of letting agents in and around Leamington, so you shouldn't have trouble there. I'm with central housing this year, but we don't deal with them we deal directly with the landlord (not always the case) and they tend to have a pretty bad reputation. They specialise in students (so no guarantor, for instance). Next year's estate agents are more traditional, but also have a better reputation. And word is avoid Station house - overpriced and a really difficult to deal with landlord.
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    I know of a really good landlord/agency too:
    His name is Paul and you can contact him on the following:
    langleystudentaccommodation.com
    very fair in their dealings with people and good quality accommodation.
    They also offer rooms for postgrads.
    Good luck!
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    What do people generally do for second year? I have applied for undergrad and would obviously be in halls for the first year, but I think maybe it would be a pain to live off campus and always have to be commuting.
    (I'll be studying mainly at Gibbet Hill)
    Thanks
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    (Original post by Ursin)
    What do people generally do for second year? I have applied for undergrad and would obviously be in halls for the first year, but I think maybe it would be a pain to live off campus and always have to be commuting.
    (I'll be studying mainly at Gibbet Hill)
    Thanks
    Unfortunately you would have to live off campus in the second year, apart from in certain unusual circumstances. You can avoid buses by living in walking distance of the university although if you're mainly in gibbet hill then there aren't loads of student properties around that side of campus so you may have a lot if walking to do.
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    (Original post by ttoby)
    Unfortunately you would have to live off campus in the second year, apart from in certain unusual circumstances. You can avoid buses by living in walking distance of the university although if you're mainly in gibbet hill then there aren't loads of student properties around that side of campus so you may have a lot if walking to do.
    I suppose I could get around that by taking a bike? What are the off campus areas like, to live in?
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    (Original post by Ursin)
    I suppose I could get around that by taking a bike? What are the off campus areas like, to live in?
    You can take a bike, although some nearby areas are a bit hilly. There's various stuff scattered around this forum about the off-campus areas. One post with some information is post 7 in http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=338591
 
 
 
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