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Local Information Summer School 2010

Location

The summer school will take place on the campus of the University of Warwick (online campus map / campus map in pdf).

The summer school will be held at the Centre for Discrete Mathematics and its Applications (DIMAP), in the building of the Warwick Mathematics Institute (number 37 on the campus map). The summer school will begin Monday morning and end before lunchtime on Friday.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not provided but a list of various options for accommodation can be found on a dedicated web page with hotel and B&B information. There are options to stay on the campus, or in one of three neighbouring towns Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, or Coventry.

Travel

The following two links contain generic information about travel to/from the University of Warwick:

When travelling to the University of Warwick, make sure that you're not traveling to Warwick; Warwick is a town a few miles away from the campus (with a beautiful castle, one of the most impressive and frequently visited castles in the UK).

By Plane

For those flying to the UK, we strongly recommend, if possible, flying to Birmingham International Airport (BHX), which is less than half an hour's drive from Kenilworth and the University. Typical time for travel from Heathrow Airport is about 2-2.5 hours, and typical travel time from Gatwick Airport is about 3-3.5 hours.

By Train

Generic university information about traveling to the University by train is available at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/directions/train/.

The nearest train stations are Coventry and Leamington Spa; for travel to the University, we suggest Coventry Station. There are frequent train services between Coventry and Leamington Spa and major cities in the UK (but be aware that Sunday train services are typically very limited).

Coventry Station is about 10 minutes from the campus by taxi. There are local bus services between Coventry Station (bus stop is 1 minute walk from the station) and the University (buses 16/12/X17). The train station in Leamington Spa is about 15 minutes from the university by taxi. The local bus services between the train station in Leamington Spa and Kenilworth / the University are buses (16/12/Unibus (U1/U2).

The UK rail schedule is available at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/, from which one can find details of train connections between Coventry / Leamington Spa and major airports (including Birmingham airport, and all London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, etc)).

By Coach

National Express coaches (http://www.nationalexpress.com/) are more convenient if someone wants to go directly from/to the London airports and avoid traffic in London. They minimize the number of changes needed and go to/from Coventry Pool Meadow coach station 24/7. Coventry Pool Meadow coach station is about 10 minutes from the campus by taxi; public transportation (buses 16/12/X17) to Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, and the University is also available.

Coaches depart frequently and tickets can be bought from the National Express desk in airports' arrivals halls. If you plan to use this service, it is advisable to book your ticket in advance through the National Express web page, as the coaches can get very full. From central London or Heathrow to Coventry will take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, or 3 hours and 30 minutes from Gatwick.

Coaches vs. Trains

Compared to coaches, trains from/to London airports require more changes and don't go throughout the night, but may be preferable if someone wants to visit London before/after the summer school.

Travel to/from Birmingham International Airport

Birmingham International Airport (BHX) is the closest major airport to the University.

For those willing to use public transportation to travel from Birmingham Airport: take a train to Coventry and then take a bus (16/12/X17) to Kenilworth, a bus (12/X17) to Leamington Spa, or a bus (16/12) to the University of Warwick. The bus stop is next to the station (1 minute walk). The total price should be less than £6.

Taxis from Birmingham International Airport will take 20-30 minutes and should cost about £30-40. Taxis are available outside the terminal building.