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Kitchens and communal areas

Kitchen facilities

All students (except for theose in Felden) have access to a kitchen which has the following as standard:

  • Sink
  • Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Fridges and Freezers

You will have to provide your own crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. Remember you can share with others and there are many local charity and reuse shops where you can find new and second hand items. It is not possible for you to purchase your own domestic equipment items - such as washing machines, dishwashers, fridges or freezers - for use in residential halls.

Students living in Felden have access to a pantry area. This is a facility with limited cooking capability and therefore limited space for storing food items, crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils, etc.

Sharing the kitchen space

There are not specifically designated cupboards, shelves, etc for each student bedroom. You and your fellow students will need to work out how you are going to share the kitchen space.

Here are some simple tips that will help the kitchen group to get along:

  • store items in the fridges in containers. This makes it easier to identify your own food and helps with keeping the fridge clean.
  • try to clear-up after you have cooked and eaten your meals. Keeping the kitchen tidy helps everyone.
  • set-up a kitchen rota so you all share looking after your kitchen space. This could include who will take out the rubbish and recycling.

If you are experiencing issues within the kitchen group then you can raise this with your local Residential Life Team.

Cooking and cleaning

You are responsible for your own cooking and for cleaning up after yourself. Please wash, dry and put away all cooking implements. If dirty implements are left lying around, they may be removed by the Campus Cleaning Services Team. Items left at the end of your letting period will be disposed of. Please look to donate, reuse and recycle items before this happens. As a group, please ensure that communal areas are left tidy every day. If kitchens are not deemed tidy enough to be cleaned, they may be left for students to tidy. If this continues to occur, you may be charged for extra cleaning or the kitchen will be locked at night to prevent damage being done.

A schedule relating to cleaning of communal areas is available in your kitchen. Please be prepared to vacate communal areas to enable domestic assistants to clean.

Please do not overfill fridges and freezers, they work most effectively if not overfilled.

Refuse and recycling

When kitchen bins become full, please tie the top of the bag to prevent spillages and take it to the refuse area. Remember to replace the bag in the bin. These are left by domestic assistants but you can ask a member of the Residential Life Team if there are none available. All broken, sharp objects should be placed into the correct sharps bin provided. For more information on how to recycle certain items please visit the Environmental Sustainability website.


Please do not place anything on the tops of kitchen cupboards, fridges and freezers to avoid accidents.

Residential network - ResNet

All bedrooms in University campus accommodation are connected to the ResNet Service and most areas have wireless coverage too. A network port and cable is provided in each bedroom. Please read the Acceptable Use Policy and minimum specification for computers to connect to ResNet.

Desktops and laptops can be used to connect in the residences and most tablets and mobile devices can connect to the wireless network. However, residents should note that servers and other equipment such as wireless routers or hubs are not allowed.

For enquiries relating to ResNet please contact the ResNet Help Desk on 024 7657 5000 or email helpdesk at warwick dot ac dot uk.

A systems support service is available at the Service Point on main campus. This is free of charge to all students who live on the campus. Other students may purchase this service from the Service Point. To book an appointment at the Service Point please phone the Help Desk on 024 7657 5000 or visit the ITS Drop in Centre, first floor in the Library.

Faults and repairs

The best way to report faults within your accommodation is through the Warwick Accommodation website.

Please do not report power failures online, either speak to your Campus Cleaning Services Manager (not the domestic assistant) or contact Student Reception (Senate House) on 024 7652 2280 (from 08.00 until 20.00 hours). In the case of an incident outside these times please contact Campus Security on 024 7652 2083.

In the event of an emergency, which is likely to endanger life or cause structural damage to property, you should immediately contact Campus Security (who are qualified first aiders) on 024 7652 2222.

Note: Dialling 999 on a mobile or external phone bypasses Campus Security and may lead to a delay in the emergency services attending the correct location and the immediate support of Campus Security.


Some campus residences have a designated barbecue area that can be used by small groups of students from that residence. The site must be booked online, via Campus Security Services. Details of the guidance around holding barbecues on campus can be found via this link.

Car parking

Students are strongly advised not to bring cars onto campus. There is extremely limited parking both on the campus and in the surrounding areas, and there is no dedicated parking for students. Only in exceptional circumstances will resident students be allowed to apply for permission to park on campus. Details of the application process can be found on the Car Parking website. For information on more sustainable travel, please visit the Environmental Sustainability website.

Warwick and the environment

The University of Warwick prides itself on the environment within which it is set - this is a great place to live, work and play. However, with ever increasing pressures relating to sustainability, it is paramount for each of us to “do our bit” to preserve our environment and resources for future students. We are determined to reduce the consumption of resources such as energy and water and to reduce waste. This will also serve to reduce our carbon emissions.

Energy and water

Simple individual measures can help to reduce our environmental impact. These include:

  • Do not leave electrical items (lights, stereo, computer, TV etc.) on when you are out
  • Avoid the use of the standby option - this is still an energy demand so turn it off at the wall
  • Unplug electrical chargers (for example mobile phones etc.) when they are not being used
  • Do not have the heating on with windows open. Use the valve on the radiator to turn it off
  • Please report any faulty lights, heaters or dripping taps via the Warwick Accommodation website
  • Turn off taps/showers when not in use
  • Remember water from taps at Warwick is drinkable (unless labelled otherwise) so you can refill rather than buying bottled water
  • Boil only what you need in a kettle
  • Put a lid on pans when cooking and turn off the hob when you have finished

You can report energy saving opportunities and comments to the Environmental Sustainability team.


Warwick is committed to implementing long term waste management strategies to reduce overall waste production and increase the recycled component of the waste stream. You can help by:

  • Buying products with less packaging or reusing items for other purposes before placing waste items in the correct bins (please read the labels) in your kitchen. Please clean items before recycling them to reduce contamination (the contamination results in waste not being recycled)
  • Keeping food waste to a minimum - plan your meals
  • Keeping the waste bins as tidy as possible and disposing of your own waste responsibly
  • Using the campus and off-site recycling points for specific items of waste - bulky cardboard, glass, batteries, CDs etc
  • Please refer to the useful information page for advice on what to do when you are moving out

More information on recycling is available on the Environmental Sustainability website.

Green travel and cycle scheme

The University is committed to encouraging modes of transport which minimise environmental impact. Warwick's Green Travel Plan requires the University to develop and implement long term strategies to reduce car use and offer students (and staff) alternative modes of transport to travel to and from its campus locations. There is also the UniCycle scheme for journeys around campus.

The University of Warwick has invested in many alternative modes of transport in recent years including cycling, walking, car sharing and bus services. For details of green travel including information on local bus services, the University's dedicated car share schemes, cycling, walking and special offers, please visit the Sustainable Transport pages.


We all have a responsibility to protect the environment at Warwick, so make sure you do not harm animals, birds, plants or trees. Do not drop litter around the campus and please consider the impact of your actions.

For further information or suggestions relating to Warwick and the Environment, please visit the Environmental Sustainability website.