Warwick - anyone with DCs there?(13 Posts)
What's it like, especially beyond the academic aspects, ie accommodation, social life etc?
I have one at at Warwick just completed first year.
Accommodation is varied as it is everywhere. The more expensive halls tend to attract the wealthier overseas students and are all en-suite. The cheapest option are basic with facilities shared. All of the accommodation can be seen on a virtual tour on the web site. It's very green and leafy and suited DS who grew up in a very rural area and is not very streetwise.
It's all self catered and DS found the cost to be much less than expected.
It's a campus and all first years are on site so social life is centred on campus. What's on offer depends on what your DC wants. There is a club or society for everything as I expect there is at every university.
The sports clubs and facilities are excellent but expensive and DS found that while they advertise as beginners welcome, in practise they wanted top sports people for their teams so he was disappointed in that.
In the second year they all have to live off campus.
OP I see that you posted this before and there were some replies but you didn't go back to the thread?
That was because it was asking Warwick or Durham - wanted more specific info on Warwick
Went to Warwick and lectured at Warwick. Warwick has fantastic on campus accommodation. Off campus accommodation is good too especially in Kenilworth and Leamington Spa.
I was an overseas student living in the ensuite facilities. I wouldn't have considered myself wealthy.
Thanks both for your individual insights. When we looked round there did seem to be a huge difference between the 'best' accommodation and the most inexpensive. We also got the impression that there were more overseas students than UK, and that they did not appear to mix as much as much as we had expected; there seemed to be a lot of nationality/language(?)-based grouping.
I don't think overseas students outnumber UK students. DS had a mix in his flat and the overseas students were from all different countries. They were certainly not grouped by language or nationality and all socialised together.
Any groupings tended to be with specific interests ie music / drama /nightclubbing / chess club etc.
DS had middle budget accommodation which was perfectly fine. Having looked around a few unis with DC1 and DC2 uni rooms are all similar. The more expensive tend to be catered and en-suite. The cheapest share a kitchen between 12.
Is your DC applying for next year?
My DS is going in to his 3rd year at Warwick. It has been absolutely the right choice for him
DS lived on campus in the first year, and moved out to Leamington in the 2nd year. He had mainly uk students in his kitchen along with a couple of European and (I think) 2 international students.
He started a new sport and found everyone really friendly.
There's lots of building work going on, but that will end and the campus will be better.
The course has lots of links with industry, and the staff are incredibly helpful - obvs I don't know if that applies to all courses, but the university is very highly ranked so they must be going something right!
Bizarre question but is it in Coventry?
Yes- on the outskirts
Coventry University is in the centre
The students seem to socialise on campus and in Leamington, rather than Coventry
I think when you go to any university, students from abroad like to find students from their own country because, after all, they share culture and have something in common . It is a natural thing to do. There are plenty of home students though and these include ones originally from abroad but have grown up here so are more 'British' in their outlook. My friend's DS has been very happy at Warwick. He is quiet though and I think people who would find it very constrained living on a campus and doing everything on a campus should think twice. If you want a music scene, varied theatre or an array of restaurants then it is limiting. Leamington Spa and Kenilworth are hardly full of life either. Nothing wrong with that but it really is horses for courses. My DDs would have gone stir crazy! However the university is brilliant. In many universities it is the students from abroad who like the best accommodation. It is not just money it is that they prefer the best accimmodation. Definitely happens in London.
Warwick is hardly a cultural backwater! Warwick Arts Centre (on campus) is the largest arts venue in the UK apart from London's Barbican Centre, and gets excellent touring productions (e.g. by Cheek by Jowl, Headlong, etc) . It has a theatre, studio theatre, cinemas, concert hall and major contemporary art gallery. And the RSC is just down the road. Plenty to keep you happy if you like culture.
We went to an open day there recently and thought Warwick Uni was lovely!
I know secretsquirrel DS is doing maths there and a closefriend of DS1 has just finished 2nd yr maths too.He turned down Oxford dor Warwick. It is rated second in the UK for maths behind only Cambridge.DS2 is hoping to do maths there too if he can only get the hang of these darned STEP papers!
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