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What university of Warwick accommodation is the best?

I am quiet certain of joining Warrick university in 2022, and have started looking at accommodation. Asking this to anyone who has or is currently in the accommodation to see what the students think the best one is.

Hopefully this can also help anyone else looking at the acom.

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Original post by jjxton
I am quiet certain of joining Warrick university in 2022, and have started looking at accommodation. Asking this to anyone who has or is currently in the accommodation to see what the students think the best one is.

Hopefully this can also help anyone else looking at the acom.

Hi,

I'm in my 4th year now at Warwick and work as a student ambassador so I've worked quite a few open days in accommodations.

Ensuites:
** General note about ensuites, really think about how useful your own bathroom will be, I had one in first year because I couldn't imagine sharing a bathroom and then realised I could have saved a lot of money by not having one, and have had a shared bathroom for my 2nd/3rd/4th year accom and it's really fine. **

1. Bluebell - most expensive accommodation. You pay a lot extra to get a double bed. Very nice inside, hotel feel to it, personally don't think it's worth the money.

2. Cryfield Townhouses/ Appartments - newest of all the accommodations, has a different style than most, no lift in the Townhouses unlike most other ensuites, probably the nicest kitchen you'll find on campus. Was built after my first year so don't know much more about it.

3. Arthur Vick/ Jack Martin - I stayed in Arthur Vick in my first year, absolutely loved it. Has lovely big kitchens, lots of space to cook and to eat/ socialise. Both 35 week let, you move your stuff out over the Easter holidays and save on about 5 weeks of rent, not that much of a hassle and you save loads of money. Jack Martin is very similar to Arthur Vick, same area (most central campus accom with respect to academic buildings, but still fairly quiet area), but Jack Martin has slightly smaller kitchens, and the laundry services aren't inside your building, they're the building next to it (less than 30 seconds walk). Personally I think Arthur Vick is worth the extra couple pounds a week.

4. Lakeside/ Sherbourne/ Heronbank - Slightly bigger rooms, in a really nice part of campus called Lakeside where there's, unsurprisingly, a pretty lake. Much more of a green/ nature feel to this area. Can feel like a long walk away from central campus in comparison to other accomodations, some people like the 15/20 mins walk in before your lectures, personally, I preferred the 4 mins fast paced walk when I was running late to my 9ams lol. These are the closest accommodations to the sports centre which is really handy.


Shared Bathroom:
** Shared bathrooms are cleaned by cleaners every day, ensuites are cleaned once a week **

1. Claycroft - share a bathroom between 2 people, so kind of half way between shared and ensuite, behind the maths department, closest accomodation to tesco and aldi, haven't been inside this one before.

2. Cryfield Standard - know quite little about this one despite having a fair few friends who lived there, they all seemed to enjoy and never heard any complaints. It's in the Cryfield area but much older than townhouses/ apartments, reasonable price.

3. Rootes - solid choice, looks old from the outside but has been redone internally so now quite modern. BIG kitchens, like 16-22, has the rep for being the party accommodation because of the big kitchens, you can specify on you accommodation survey you don't want to be in a party flat if that's not for you. Quite big rooms for a v reasonable price.

4. Tocil - central campus (close to Arthur Vick/ Jack Martin). Really nice kitchens, probably would have been my choice of non-ensuite accomodation, longer let length than most.

5. Westwood - FAR from central campus, veryyy far. If you don't want to feel like you're living in the same area as where you're studying, you'll definitely get that in Westwood. It's like a mini campus, generally a 30 mins walk to. Has it's own common room. My guess is that you'll make a lot of other Westwood friends, but I don't really know, I never went over to that part of campus.

6. Whitefields - cheapest accommodation on campus. Haven't been inside but I've heard you like in a mini building with 14 other people, not very spacious, you probably won't be holding any flat parties in these buildings, but if you're concerned about cost, still a reasonable place to stay.

If you have any other specific questions or want me to expand on comments I've made/ a particular accommodation, please let me know.

As a general comment, regardless of whether you get your 1st choice accommodation or your 5th choice, on average 97% of students say they would choose the accommodation they were put in if they had to choose again. It's really about the people you're with and the friends you make etc.

Hope this helps!
Davina
Students on campus at the University of Warwick
University of Warwick
Coventry
Hi! I am a prospective student (PGD).
I would like to ask further about the Cryfield Apartment. On the website, it will be 12 rooms per kitchen. Is it possible that less people will share the kitchen than what written in the website like the flats are not fully booked. Has it ever happened? And do they separate the UDG and PGD in the flat?

Thank you in advance for your help.
Original post by Warwick PG Rep
Hi,

I'm in my 4th year now at Warwick and work as a student ambassador so I've worked quite a few open days in accommodations.

Ensuites:
** General note about ensuites, really think about how useful your own bathroom will be, I had one in first year because I couldn't imagine sharing a bathroom and then realised I could have saved a lot of money by not having one, and have had a shared bathroom for my 2nd/3rd/4th year accom and it's really fine. **

1. Bluebell - most expensive accommodation. You pay a lot extra to get a double bed. Very nice inside, hotel feel to it, personally don't think it's worth the money.

2. Cryfield Townhouses/ Appartments - newest of all the accommodations, has a different style than most, no lift in the Townhouses unlike most other ensuites, probably the nicest kitchen you'll find on campus. Was built after my first year so don't know much more about it.

3. Arthur Vick/ Jack Martin - I stayed in Arthur Vick in my first year, absolutely loved it. Has lovely big kitchens, lots of space to cook and to eat/ socialise. Both 35 week let, you move your stuff out over the Easter holidays and save on about 5 weeks of rent, not that much of a hassle and you save loads of money. Jack Martin is very similar to Arthur Vick, same area (most central campus accom with respect to academic buildings, but still fairly quiet area), but Jack Martin has slightly smaller kitchens, and the laundry services aren't inside your building, they're the building next to it (less than 30 seconds walk). Personally I think Arthur Vick is worth the extra couple pounds a week.

4. Lakeside/ Sherbourne/ Heronbank - Slightly bigger rooms, in a really nice part of campus called Lakeside where there's, unsurprisingly, a pretty lake. Much more of a green/ nature feel to this area. Can feel like a long walk away from central campus in comparison to other accomodations, some people like the 15/20 mins walk in before your lectures, personally, I preferred the 4 mins fast paced walk when I was running late to my 9ams lol. These are the closest accommodations to the sports centre which is really handy.


Shared Bathroom:
** Shared bathrooms are cleaned by cleaners every day, ensuites are cleaned once a week **

1. Claycroft - share a bathroom between 2 people, so kind of half way between shared and ensuite, behind the maths department, closest accomodation to tesco and aldi, haven't been inside this one before.

2. Cryfield Standard - know quite little about this one despite having a fair few friends who lived there, they all seemed to enjoy and never heard any complaints. It's in the Cryfield area but much older than townhouses/ apartments, reasonable price.

3. Rootes - solid choice, looks old from the outside but has been redone internally so now quite modern. BIG kitchens, like 16-22, has the rep for being the party accommodation because of the big kitchens, you can specify on you accommodation survey you don't want to be in a party flat if that's not for you. Quite big rooms for a v reasonable price.

4. Tocil - central campus (close to Arthur Vick/ Jack Martin). Really nice kitchens, probably would have been my choice of non-ensuite accomodation, longer let length than most.

5. Westwood - FAR from central campus, veryyy far. If you don't want to feel like you're living in the same area as where you're studying, you'll definitely get that in Westwood. It's like a mini campus, generally a 30 mins walk to. Has it's own common room. My guess is that you'll make a lot of other Westwood friends, but I don't really know, I never went over to that part of campus.

6. Whitefields - cheapest accommodation on campus. Haven't been inside but I've heard you like in a mini building with 14 other people, not very spacious, you probably won't be holding any flat parties in these buildings, but if you're concerned about cost, still a reasonable place to stay.

If you have any other specific questions or want me to expand on comments I've made/ a particular accommodation, please let me know.

As a general comment, regardless of whether you get your 1st choice accommodation or your 5th choice, on average 97% of students say they would choose the accommodation they were put in if they had to choose again. It's really about the people you're with and the friends you make etc.

Hope this helps!
Davina


This is a brilliant post and thank you for your time writing it. I am an international student and visited Warwick 2 weeks ago. Met a member of the recruitment team and a 2nd year student ambassador showed us around on a campus tour before we spent the next few hours by ourselves checking out the locality of the various on-campus student accommodations. We even met the campus cat and lunched at Benugo. Warwick is really impressive and so very self-contained.

I did get the impression that 2nd and 3rd year students get a pretty good chance to stay back on-campus if they want to. I was also told that students who chose to move out and live with friends prefer Lemington Spa to Coventry but do not know the reasons why. The commute to and fro from Lemington Spa is 45 min thereabouts?
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I have accepted an unconditional offer - am I best getting my choices in asap - how do they use the about me description as want sociable accommodation
Original post by Warsie
I have accepted an unconditional offer - am I best getting my choices in asap - how do they use the about me description as want sociable accommodation

It doesn't matter when you get your choices in, since provided it's before the deadline you have equal chance, so don't feel like you need to rush your decision :smile:

I'm not sure how they use the about me information so I can't help there (judging by my flat this year I'd guess they try and get a good mix of people), but just be honest with it. There will always be sociable people around anyway: we had a quieter flat near us, but the more sociable people in the flat just befriended the more sociable nearby flats and it was no issue.
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To be honest if you say you like to go out you'll probably get put on central campus where al the more sociable people are lol. Being in Rootes/whitefields you're right in the heart of it. I said on my application I';d be happy to live with international students. that's exactly what happened and I stayed in sherbourne, which is right on the corner of campus and not near the student union or central campus. my flat wasn't massively sociable but still friendly, which is jsut what i wanted. So they definitely do take into consideration whatever you request and tell them about yourself. If rootes is one of your top choices for example, theres probably a good chance you get it if you say you want a sociable flat

Original post by Warsie
I have accepted an unconditional offer - am I best getting my choices in asap - how do they use the about me description as want sociable accommodation
Original post by grud
To be honest if you say you like to go out you'll probably get put on central campus where al the more sociable people are lol. Being in Rootes/whitefields you're right in the heart of it. I said on my application I';d be happy to live with international students. that's exactly what happened and I stayed in sherbourne, which is right on the corner of campus and not near the student union or central campus. my flat wasn't massively sociable but still friendly, which is jsut what i wanted. So they definitely do take into consideration whatever you request and tell them about yourself. If rootes is one of your top choices for example, theres probably a good chance you get it if you say you want a sociable flat

I've been told before that the "about me" stuff is only used after accommodation is allocated to divide up everyone allocated to a particular accommodation into good flat groups. It would make sense, since it would be unfair to give someone a lower preference accommodation purely because of their personality, but I don't remember who told me that so I may be wrong!
Great thanks
Original post by Interea
I've been told before that the "about me" stuff is only used after accommodation is allocated to divide up everyone allocated to a particular accommodation into good flat groups. It would make sense, since it would be unfair to give someone a lower preference accommodation purely because of their personality, but I don't remember who told me that so I may be wrong!
Reply 9
My UDG flat was fully booked, and pretty much everyone I knew was the same. But flats definitely are sometimes not full. One of my friends had two foreign girls who came to Warwick just for one term as part of their exchange, they stayed in her flat temporarily and othertimes it was vacant. And when I stayed on campus in my first year everyone else in my flat was also first year. It's definitely the same for postgraduate, they don't mix UDG and PGD @Angel1998
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Reply 10
Most 2nd or 3rd years will definitely live off campus but there is the possibility to stay on campus like you said, it's just rarer. Warwick isn't really the most happening place, so in terms of things to do Leamington Spa and Coventry are nice steps up. Leamington Spa is definitely the furthest away but the trade off isthat it's more of a social hub; all the clubs are there and it's much more lively. It's also quite a nice place too and definitely one of the best areas in the West Midlands. Coventry is close to campus (but both have direct bus routes) but not as nice as Leamington. Has a bit more of a city feel but isn't as easy on the eye lol. There's a couple other places where you can live such as Canley, Kenilworth and Earlsdon. The last two are a bit irrelevant and not that common but Canley is pretty common. It's a decent area and right on the edge of campus. There's a shopping centre (Cannon Park) which is right next to campus and Canley is just up the road from there, so it's a reasonable walk to campus from Canley. Definitely the closest off-campus area whereas Coventry and Leamington you have to take the bus unless you want to be walking for a few hours lol

Original post by BubblesBB
This is a brilliant post and thank you for your time writing it. I am an international student and visited Warwick 2 weeks ago. Met a member of the recruitment team and a 2nd year student ambassador showed us around on a campus tour before we spent the next few hours by ourselves checking out the locality of the various on-campus student accommodations. We even met the campus cat and lunched at Benugo. Warwick is really impressive and so very self-contained.

I did get the impression that 2nd and 3rd year students get a pretty good chance to stay back on-campus if they want to. I was also told that students who chose to move out and live with friends prefer Lemington Spa to Coventry but do not know the reasons why. The commute to and fro from Lemington Spa is 45 min thereabouts?
Hi there,

Coventry has a large number of student residences, including university-owned and private residences. Prices can vary depending on location, size, and how new the item is. If you ask me, I am currently residing in a private-owned ensuite flat in the city centre. I have my own bathroom as well as a shared kitchen. It's very convenient, and I like it. The campus and supermarket are both within walking distance. I used to live in a small studio apartment that included my own bathroom and kitchen. It's ideal if you like having your own space. When I first moved in, I was a lot like it. But after a year of living there, I didn't like it. I didn't have enough social space, and when I cooked, the smell lingered. So it really depends on your personality; if you are not a social person, you may prefer to have your own space. I would strongly advise you to live in a studio apartment. However, if you are a social person who enjoys meeting new friends and neighbours, and don't mind sharing your kitchen and fridge with your roommates, I would recommend living in a shared house or ensuite flat.

Best wishes,
Kylie
Hi, is it possible to swap accomodations? I got an offer for Claycroft but I was hoping to get an offer for Heronbank/Lakeside!
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How have you got your accommodation allocation already?
I submitted mine last week but no news.
I would certainly be interested in a swap if I get Heronbank or Lakeside - just waiting to hear.
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Original post by Anonymous
How have you got your accommodation allocation already?
I submitted mine last week but no news.


Hey, It probably depends on when you submitted your accommodation application. Last year I submitted mine on July 21 and didn't get the confirmation email until the end of August, so it took about 4/5 weeks for me. Just keep checking your inbox regularly because I only had a couple days to confim it after I received the final email from Warwick. It may also be done on the basis of which accommodation you have received - so maybe this person who got Claycroft received an email earlier because they send out that batch sooner etc
Reply 16
Original post by anirm35
Hi, is it possible to swap accomodations? I got an offer for Claycroft but I was hoping to get an offer for Heronbank/Lakeside!

If you ring them up it might be possible. But it might also depend on whether there actually are vacancies in the halls you want to swap to. If they're full obviously it'shard to change unless someone in one of those halls is willing to swap and move into your accommodation
Original post by Anonymous
I would certainly be interested in a swap if I get Heronbank or Lakeside - just waiting to hear.

Please do let me know once you hear.


Original post by Anonymous
How have you got your accommodation allocation already?
I submitted mine last week but no news.

I also submitted last week and heard yesterday
I submitted my application on July 1st, with Lakeside, Heronbank and Sherbourne as my top 3. I've not had my allocation yet, anyone else with those places heard back?
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Original post by Josh6019
I submitted my application on July 1st, with Lakeside, Heronbank and Sherbourne as my top 3. I've not had my allocation yet, anyone else with those places heard back?


I was under the impression they don't allocate much or any before they know who has been accepted / the deadline has passed.

A level results in the UK are this thursday so most won't come out till at least after then and I have heard most come out in early september - but don't quote me on that

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