Alissa Lola Bouab, MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship
As Master’s students, we actually have the choice between living on-campus or off-campus. I never lived on-campus, but my friends tell me that it is great to be close to everything relating to the university (some wake up few minutes before class!), but they sometimes feel far away from everything as it requires to take a bus to reach Coventry and its train station.
Living off-campus allows you to find cheaper rent than on-campus, live in towns and cities which makes it easy to travel and socialise. However, it also means that transportation is required to reach the University of Warwick. Most students living in Coventry or Leamington Spa will simply take the bus to campus, some will use their bike (there are some great cycling routes around campus) and some will drive. Parking on-campus is extremely limited, so be prepared to wake up very early to secure a space if driving.
In my experience, living off-campus is great. I lived in both Coventry and Leamington Spa, and they each have their own pros and cons. Coventry has the advantage of being relatively cheap, with great transportation links (less than 1 hour to London on the train) and close to campus. However, the city itself isn’t very pretty.
On the other hand, Leamington Spa is a great town, with beautiful parks, delicious restaurants and everything you might need in the city centre. Rent is more expensive over here, and it is a bit further by bus to the campus. I would highly recommend Leamington Spa if you are planning to study at the University of Warwick, you will have a great experience here and there is a big student community.
If you are interested in living off-campus, just check out the Off-Campus Housing page, they will help you get your perfect place! https://warwick.ac.uk/services/accommodation/studentaccommodation/offcampus/