Support and Advice for Students Living Off-Campus
We know many of you choose to live off-campus, either in private accommodation in the local area, or staying at home with family and commuting to campus for your studies. Whether campus is your first home or your second, you're a valued member of our Warwick community. We've pulled together some information that might be useful to you. Remember if you're living off campus, you'll need to collect your Student ID card when you begin your studies.
Welcome to Warwick!
We encourage you to attend the activities taking place during Welcome Week, as it's a great way to settle into university life. You can also view a digital version of our Welcome to Warwick magazine and download and print a copy of our Welcome Door Hangers. We'll also have some physical copies available from the Welcome Hub on the piazza (look for the purple tent), so get yours whilst stocks last!
Transport to and from campus
Students are not typically allowed parking permits, unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you do want to bring your car to campus, you'll need to pay and park in the general carparks.The University is served by a variety of bus networks, which is how most students get to campus. You can find out more about what bus to take, what times they run and how to pay here. If you're going to be getting the bus often, it's worth having a look at the prices for weekly or termly bus passes.If you'll be living a little further away and prefer to get the train, Canley station is a 20-30 minute walk to campus, or you can get the train to Coventry Train Station and then a bus or taxi from there. Full instructions on getting to the University can be found here.
Off-campus housing support
If you're still looking for a place to live off-campus, the University offers an exclusive property search platform, Warwick Studentpad, to help you search for properties in the local area.
The Students' Union are here to help you throughout your time at Warwick, including support in finding somewhere to live. The Student Advice Centre can help with various aspects of housing including house-hunting, checking tenancy agreements, repairs, landlord disputes, recovering deposits and security.
Warm Hubs on campus
If you have some time in between lectures and need somewhere to go, particularly in those cold winter months, there are a variety of spaces you can use. Many also have microwaves, so you can heat up your own food from home.
Campus is also full of study spaces, so if you need somewhere quiet to finish up your latest essay, we've got you covered.
We know that making friends at University can feel daunting, especially so when you're not living with your classmates, but don't worry, Warwick is a very friendly place! We'd encourage all students to take part in the activities we've planned during Welcome Week, another great way to make friends is to join one of our sports and societies, taking part in the Rock Up & Play programme with Warwick Sport, or attending an event with Warwick Presents.
Activity in the local area
Coventry and Leamington Spa are both thriving student hotspots, with plenty to do. We're offering local area tours of both during Welcome Week, check out the Welcome Week Timetable for more information.
Support for you and your wellbeing
Remember, if you're ever struggling with your mental health, the University's Wellbeing & Student Support Team are here to help.
If you're a widening participation student, we recommend joining the WP Student Network, which aims to provide current students from widening participation (WP) backgrounds, (whether you are an undergraduate or postgraduate) the chance to meet peers, to share experiences, find out about opportunities that are available to you and gain insight into a wide variety of topics.
If you're an international student, you might want to check out our page of guidance on coping with homesickness.