15 Reasons Why I’ll Never Regret Studying at the University of Warwick
Choosing which uni to spend at least three years of your life at is a difficult decision. Recent graduate, Lucy, talks about the incredible time she had at Warwick and why she’s glad she studied there.
1. There’s a massive choice of societies and sports clubs.
Having access to so many societies honestly did make a real difference to my uni experience. There’s something to suit all tastes (like Harry Potter, surfing, and Hip Hop societies), and if you’re into something very niche, there’s always the option to set up your own club. By paying just a small annual fee, you can try out as many societies as you like. What’s more, societies are a fantastic way to make friends, especially if you don’t really gel with your flatmates or coursemates.
2. The food on campus makes it worth dragging yourself there to study.
Although it wasn’t so great for the bank balance, the food options at uni definitely provided me with some motivation to go to the library. There are countless cafes, a pub, a deli sandwich bar, various restaurants and a supermarket. It’s perfect for when you have long days on campus, and especially during third term when all-nighters are a looming possibility. There were definitely times when I was incredibly grateful for the library cafe serving coffee until 11pm 🙌
3. The way the halls are organised makes it easy to make friends.
If you’re worried about making friends at Warwick, your fears will vanish when you enter residential halls. You can decide whether you want to be in a party block like Rootes, or go for slightly quieter accommodation. Either way, all the halls are laid out to encourage socialising by basing rooms around one shared kitchen. They’re all on campus, so you’re never far from lectures, and they even have good spaces for parties (if you aren’t so loud that you wake the warden up).
4. And living in Leam after first year is ideal.
Leam was absolutely perfect in my eyes: its grand houses, colourful parks and cute shops and restaurants make it pretty and homely by day. And it’s fun by night, with a couple of clubs, far more bars, and regular house parties to choose from.
5. Warwick’s location in general is perfect.
While Warwick’s campus itself is not really within walking distance of anything, unless you’re up for a hike, the area is fantastic in terms of its geographical position within the UK. You can always hop on a train and get to Birmingham or Stratford in half an hour, and London in an hour. This meant I often organised day trips with friends, and was able to explore areas of the country that I didn’t know much about.
6. There’s the opportunity to make your course really personal to what interests and works for you.
One of the big reasons I chose Warwick was for the variety and originality of the English modules on offer. Even in my first year, I had the chance to study Italian. For the next two years, I got to choose all my subjects, and even my assessment methods, which enabled me to discover where my passions lie and ultimately get the most out of uni.
7. And despite it being a place that’ll always be associated with stress, the uni library is pretty great.
It may seem strange to be so positive about a place where I spent time panicking about exams and deadlines, but I loved the library for the motivation it instilled in me. It was cosy, held everything I needed for my course, and was full of familiar faces. It’s got five floors, plus extension areas, so you usually can actually get a seat (except maybe in term 3), and there’s a coffee shop and cafe to keep your hunger at bay. The best thing? Doggy De-Stress Day, when puppies are brought in for you to cuddle. What more could you want?
8. You leave having experienced real Warwick traditions, like drinking purple and going circling.
These words don’t really mean much on their own, but say them to a Warwick student and their face will light up. Purple is constantly flowing in the Students’ Union bar and club and Circling was always messy and always so fun.
9. And nights out at Smack were some of the best I’ve had.
Leamington Spa is home to the seventh best night club in the world. Apparently. OK, so it’s probably not really, but Smack will always have a place in my heart. With student nights, neon lights, plenty of Drake, and drinks deals that your purse will love (even if your head doesn’t), ending up at Smack is a regular occurrence for most Warwick students.
My first time in #smack – although I lost my phone for a good hour and a half but managed to get it back (luckily!) but I also got to dance like no one was looking (the best way) (always) and basically it was such a good night 🍷🍸🍹 and I'm so looking forward to the next couple of weeks, legit I'm so excited to go back home for the weekend and then party up in York with @livviwilkinson 💖💖💖
10. The Careers services go above and beyond to help you.
One unique aspect of Warwick is its dedication to helping students with their future. We were shown the importance of attending careers fairs and thinking about our careers from early on. I found the facilities offered very useful; I honestly don’t think I would be in my current graduate job without the help from Warwick. Even now I’ve graduated, I receive regular careers advice and offers of help from the uni, which really makes me feel like I’m still part of the community.
11. And Warwick tours are unmissable.
If you’ve always wanted to travel with your friends but haven’t had the chance, Warwick will not let you down. With most clubs running cheap domestic and foreign tours, you have the chance to have a fun holiday with your mates for an affordable price. I went on a ski trip to Val Thorens and a Netball tour to Prague, which both involved meeting new people and exploring new places in an exciting environment.
12. The volunteering opportunities endless.
Along with societies and careers fairs, Warwick holds an annual volunteering fair. Though students are constantly encouraged, all year round, to get involved in volunteering and charity in some way. Whether you complete a voluntary project, join a charitable society, climb a mountain to raise money, or attend a charity social with your society, you will easily be able to do your bit to help during your time at Warwick.
13. And there are loads of ways to get involved in politics and student media.
If there is one thing Warwick is not short of, it’s students with opinions! Student media has a large presence at the Uni, and students enjoy interacting with political events going on across the country and the world. SU Officer elections are a huge event on campus each year, showing that Warwick students really are engaged with the issues that affect them.
14. Being part of the Warwick bubble makes you feel at home.
Because it’s a completely campus-based university, Warwick has a very strong sense of community. In theory, your whole experience of studying, working, taking part in societies and socialising could all be contained on that one campus. This provided the easiest atmosphere to make friends, and a feeling of familiarity that helped me view the university as home. You can’t walk across campus without seeing someone you know, which is bad when you’re hungover, but otherwise very nice.
15. And most importantly, you’ll leave with friends for life.
Warwick gives you the chance to make life-long friends. Whether you meet in your halls, on your course, or in the pub; whether you make them in first year or final year, Warwick’s close social community makes it difficult to feel lonely and difficult to leave after graduation.