The bookshop stocks over 30,000 titles across a wide range of academic and non-academic subjects, including fiction and children's books. They also sell a wide range of greeting cards, gifts and official University of Warwick merchandise. At the end of the academic year students can sell their books back to the bookshop.
The bookshop is located within the Arts Centre but also has anOnline Sales Page.
You do not have to own a computer to be able to study at Warwick, as there are a number of Open Access Work Areas on the campus, many of which are open on a 24 hour basis. However, many students do bring or buy a computer to use in the halls of residences and through wireless hotspots throughout the University.
Should you wish to purchase a computer, you should do so from a reputable PC supplier and never from anyone who may approach you on the street. You can find information on special offers for University of Warwick students by visiting IT services at the start of the academic year.
Alternatively, you can bring your own computer with you to Warwick. Older machines can be difficult to configure for connection so we recommend that you
On campus facilities
The University provides an extensive network of PCs in public access work areas across the campus that can be used by all students. There are also areas with wireless connectivity where students can connect their own laptop computers to the network if they are suitably configured.
All students have access to the internet and will be provided with their own personal email address. Software applications available on campus range from word processing to advanced statistical and mathematical packages as well as programming languages. In addition many departments have some computing facilities of their own, providing specialist software for students in those departments. Training and help in basic computer use is available in the form of self-study courses, taught courses, and on-line documentation. There is an IT Services Helpdesk available to assist all students.
All campus study rooms (except Staff and Family housing) are connected to a residential network (ResNet) that supports internet access in each room. All students staying on campus in the halls of residence must be aware of the
ResNet Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). The use of Peer to Peer filesharing applications on the ResNet is strictly prohibited and a breach of the AUP may result in disconnection from the ResNet.
IT services website for more information about using computers at Warwick.
All campus accommodation have cooking facilities. All kitchens have food storage and preparation space, a dining area, washing-up facilities and are equipped with a refrigerator, freezer, cooker, kettle, toaster and microwave oven.
Smaller cooking utensils and crockery (plates, saucepans, cutlery, etc) are not provided. It is best to buy these after you have arrived, from the Costcutter Supermarket on campus, Coventry Indoor Market, or Cannon Park shopping centre nearby.
There are opportunities to purchase home essentials in the local area and within the city centre of Coventry. A large Ikea is located in the city centre, as well as other shopping outlets, where you can purchase any other items you may need. In the Autumn Term, there is usually a ‘Pots and Pans’ sale on campus at the start of each academic year.
All residences on campus have square 3-pin plug sockets. Please note that kettles are provided in the kitchens and no electrical kitchen equipment is to be used in bedrooms. Similarly, as all rooms are centrally heated, the use of electric blankets is not permitted.
The British electricity supply works on 240 volts/50 hertz (Hz), so if you bring any electrical goods from home you must be able to use them safely on this voltage, or else use an adapter. If you do not use an adapter you risk damaging your electrical goods. Adapter plugs are very inexpensive and can be purchased from shops, supermarkets and electrical retailers.
Most buildings in the UK have sockets for 13 amp square 3 pin fused plugs. Do not attempt to use 2 pin plugs without an adapter plug as this is not safe at all: it can cause fires or electrocution and can disrupt the power supply and damage your electronic equipment.
If you wish to buy any electrical goods whilst you are in the UK, there are plenty of stores to visit locally including larger supermarkets, or products can be bought on-line.
The Hair Salon at the Students' Union is for men and women and operates both on an appointment and on a drop-in system. Trained stylists provide professional, first rate cutting at very reasonable prices. They also offer beauty treatments.
There are hairdressers at the nearby Cannon Park Shopping Centre, and many others in Coventry, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa. Not all hairdressers in the UK have trained stylists for hair weaving, braiding and synthetic hair treatments. Therefore, it is always worthwhile to check with a salon before going.
There are laundrettes both on central and Westwood campus. On central campus the main laundrette is situated at the rear of the Student's Union, and contains coin operated washing and drying machines. Arthur Vick, Bluebell, Claycroft, Heronbank, Jack Martin, Lakeside, Sherbourne and Tocil also have laundrettes and there is one located between Cryfield and Redfern. On Westwood campus there are laundrettes in the Institute of Education building and in the Avon building.
It can be confusing to choose the right deal to suit you, so do take your time and think about what you want. There are a few websites you can use to help you compare prices such as Cable , Money Supermarket and Money Saving Expert. "Which" also offers good consumer advice, but some of their information is only available if you subscribe. Shop around, ask other students, and don't be pushed into signing up for a deal too quickly. Many contracts will tie you in for one or two years, so it's worth taking your time and making sure you get the right one. The closest shop to campus where you can by and set up a mobile phone is at Cannon Park, but there are others in town centres. .
Once you have a mobile, keep it safe. Try to avoid using it when you are walking along a street, and never leave your phone unattended. You can also register your phone with Immobilise.com . Immobilise is the worlds largest FREE register of possession ownership and searchable register of stolen goods and blocked mobile phones. Registering your phone here, will mean that you have a greater chance of retrieving your property, should you ever be unfortunate enough to lose it, or have it stolen.
Cannon Park Shopping Centre is within walking distance of the campus, beyond the Claycroft residences. Outlets include a Tesco supermarket (open 24 hours Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday).
For more details see
Sport is an important part of Warwick life. Whether you enjoy competitive sport, just want to keep fit, or simply have fun trying, there is something for everyone on offer. It's a great way to get to know other students too.
The University Sport Centre, based in the heart of campus, includes a 25 metre, 6 lane swimming pool, indoor climbing and bouldering walls and a large health and fitness centre stocked with the latest fitness equipment and much more. Womens only swimming sessions are offered on a weekly basis.
For all the information you need on sport, see
Around 1,300 campus rooms have their own phones and there are around 170 phones in residential corridors, which can be used with selected international telephone cards, available from the Rootes Grocery Store and Post Office on campus.
Public telephones are either coin or card operated. They are widely available and easy to use. Coin operated telephones take 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 coins.
Some useful telephone numbers to remember are:
999 or 112 Emergency Services (fire, police, or ambulance) or from a campus phone dial 22222 for Emergency Services
118 500 UK Directory Enquiries
118 505 International Directory Enquiries
The international dialling code for the UK is 00 44. The area code for Coventry, which covers the University, is 24 when dialling from outside the UK and 024 when dialling from within the UK. For example when dialling from outside the UK you would dial 00 44 24 7652 3523 for the University of Warwick Main Switchboard. When dialling from the UK, you would drop the 44, and add an ‘0’: 024 7652 3523.
Each separate residence, such as a flat or bed-sit in one building including each separate room in a hall of residence, needs an individual licence. It is your responsibility to ensure the TV you are using is licensed. You could be heavily fined if you are caught watching a TV without a licence.
For costs and information on how to buy a TV licence refer to the TV Licensing Website
During your study abroad placement you will receive support from your home university, as well as academic and administrators here at Warwick.
• The Study Abroad Team
• Your Department: the designated Study Abroad co-ordinator, the UG Office and your Personal Tutor.
• Student Services Support: The Student Support Team is able to offer a wide range of services some of which are available online.
Please remember that all email communications will be to your Warwick email address you will need to make sure that you check this regularly.
All Advisers in Warwick's Immigration Service are trained to provide immigration advice to OISC Level 2 and the International Student Support Coordinator to OISC Level 1. If you wish to contact a member of the team you can telephone 024 7657 5229 or contact them via their Online Contact Form here.