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Living at Warwick

Life on campus

The University of Warwick is a modern campus with a rich history and has previously been voted the best in the UK. The campus occupies 290 hectares on three adjacent sites: Central campus, Gibbet Hill campus and Westwood campus. Visitors may enjoy a stroll round the lakes and through woodlands and meadows; whilst the campus has many green open spaces, inside its buildings ground-breaking research is taking place, as staff and students work together to further their knowledge and work towards new academic objectives and goals.


Bluebells in Tocil Wood

There is a great sense of community at Warwick – the campus is home to students and staff from over 120 different countries representing a diversity of backgrounds. Warwick Accommodation offers a wide range of accommodation, both on and off campus, to meet everyone’s needs. The majority of first year students choose to live on campus, in residences such as Lakeside (below).


Lakeside residence

The Campus also provides a great resource for the local community, with excellent facilities open to the public such as Warwick Arts Centre, the largest venue of its kind outside London. The University Sports Centre boasts a gym, squash courts, swimming pool, sauna, and the Bear Rock Climbing Centre, considered to be the best indoor climbing facility in the Midlands. There is also an athletics track as well as various sports pitches and courts located on campus.


Warwick Arts Centre

The University of Warwick has a lively, cosmopolitan campus with its own shops, banks, bars and restaurants, making it an exciting and convenient place to live and work. The Students Union provides excellent entertainment and the UK's largest collection of university sports and social clubs on their £11 million upgraded premises. The campus is continuously being improved with new accommodation and venues.


The Terrace Bar at the Student Union

For when you wish to venture off-campus, there is plenty to see and do in the local area and beyond. The University is situated just 3 miles south-east from the centre of Coventry, to which there are regular bus services. Birmingham, the UK's second largest city, is a mere 20 minutes from Coventry by rail and London is just an hour away. Birmingham International Airport is a 20-minute drive from campus, and also has its own train station.

The University provides guidance on the cost of living at Warwick.


Warwick Chemistry’s student society, ChemSoc, hosts social events, meals, guest lectures, casual sports teams and parties throughout the year. There is also the opportunity to get involved with ChemSoc's Outreach programme, which involves performing scientific demonstrations to local primary schools



"Life at Warwick is varied and exciting and there is a wealth of opportunities and activities to get involved in outside one’s study. I acted in and produced theatrical performances, went skiing all over Europe, organised trips to Stratford for hundreds of people, I presented my own radio show every week and I saw many impressive performers whilst stewarding at the Arts Centre on campus."

Alexander Bruce Dean - Warwick Chemistry Graduate (MChem) and Trainee Patent Lawyer



Vicky Hunter

"Chemistry is a very sociable course; from core lectures to weekly labs, you are always in close contact with your course mates, so making friends is very easy. Additionally, embracing ChemSoc allowed me to make friends with people spanning all years, which made the course feel like a close knit community. Chemistry at Warwick gave me all of the skills and confidence I needed to obtain a graduate job - presentations, report writing and problem solving are highly integrated into the course and are very sought after by employers. University was the best four years of my life and I would do it all over again if I could. Embrace the campus community, be open and sociable and you will have a fantastic time!"

Vicky Hunter, Pharmaceutical market research analyst. Graduated July 2014