Its been a long time since I graduated from an undergraduate degree at the university of warwick. I graduated in 99. I know times have passed but this is my view of the place. I will try to make it as unbiased as possible, but thats a hard task for anyone.
The university is near coventry, I went there thinking it was near Warwick but this is not the case. It would take you further to go to Warwick castle then it would to go to down town Coventry. So if you want to pay a visit make sure you book a hostel near the coventry area.
The University is pretty isolated. I never tried going into town on foot as it seemed too far away. The closest town that you can walk to is probably Kenilworth and that seems a million miles away. You walk past fields to get to kenilworth. If you like peace and quiet it is a perfect sceneary, its pretty quiet. Not many cars (excluding rush hours).
Due to its isolation it can afford to keep a huge campus. It would take you 20-30 minutes to walk from one end of the campus to the other. Its huge, but most of the buildings are spaced out. So its a nice peaceful walk across campus.
Being a prestigious university for most degrees the university attracts many people. I don't know if it's as popular as the London Universities but it I am sure many people apply to this place. Due to the competition most of the people you encounter are highly capable, academically.
I saw a variety of people, internationals and local, young and old. Undergraduates and Post grads don't normally mix together, more to do with locality rather than choice.
All I can say is that you get a variety of people at warwick. People tend to stick together with their own color and background. I guess that’s universal. That doesn't mean people don’t mix, if I had to say however most people to tend to group themselves by easily identifiable traits
Now the teaching standard at the university is suppose to be the highest amongst all universities in the UK. I think you can check the Times good university guide.
The problem with university however is that most lectures are there to research, or thats what it seems like. So you cant expect much. I dont think teaching standards were that great at Warwick, but I dont think they are that much better elsewhere in the UK.
I had over 30 lectures during my time at warwick and there were only 2 that I felt were superb. The combination of teaching material and the time constraints mean that lectures on the most part of difficult to understand. The lectures will give you a guide as to what to study, but you have to study the material yourself on your own time.
The best way to do this is to find a really good book. The best way you can succeed at a course is to find a really good text book.
Very popular through out the week. I am pretty sure theres something going on at least 5 times a week. This must be a major cash earner for the uni. Students tend to come together and this is where they come together on most nights of the week.
If you live off campus I believe this is one of the many things you can choose to do. Though many 2nd year people seem to enjoy going into campus to get their drink.
There is a student cinema at the university. I dont know why but it never seems to run out of tickets. Shows are regualr, I believe there are at least 3 shows in the weekdays. The film is projected in one of the lecture halls. It might seem a bit weird watching a movie in a lecture theater but it wasnt too bad. Its tolerable.
I didnt know many students who would go into town on the weekdays. Unless you lived off campus I would find it hard communiting back and forth from campus. Maybe people did do this and I just wasn't aware of it.
he food from the meal plan was pretty horrible at Warwick. I have to say the food was a ripp off and it tasted pretty bad. I tried eating at one of the halls of residence, where gosford is. The price was deer and quality was poor. Some of the lads paid 40p for a big spoonful of baked beans.
I guess you cant expect much at Uni though. They know you cant cook so they give whatever they want. There is some half decent places to eat though, the sandwitch bars and pizza places within the Student union was half decent. The only problem, the menu doesnt change much. There was Tescos a bit off campus (walking distance) and there was a supermarket right next door to the student union, so you wont have too many worries with regards to purchasing snacks.
The problem with Warwick is its isolation. There arent many places to choose from. Take out will be the only option if you want something different. Otherwise you have to cook. I remember looking forward to the kebab van becomes they had different food. Unlike the other lads I would go straight from my room to the kebab van just to get food, thats how desperate you get for something different. If you have a car though its not much of a problem, but like I said its pretty isolated so you will have to drive to get different food.
The cafeteria below the main library was terrible, I hope it has changed.
Sports facility was excellent.
The vast size of the university means that it has ample space available. If you want to kick a football around theres not much problem. If you live on campus you can dump your bag and straight of to the nearest football pitch and kick a ball around if you want to.
Indoor sports hall
There is a main sports hall at the university that has a weight room and a basketball court. Its got some squash court and a 25 m swimming pool. Students have access to this facility but I believe some local people have access also. If you go there around 5pm past, it can kind of get busy. The weight room is very popular. The swimming pool can get very crowded at times.
You could book facility without charge but due to the fact that theres only 2 sports hall in the entire campus, it can be difficult.
The uni follows a classic educational calender which is a 3 term system with a christmas, easter and summer holiday in between.
Christmas is around 3 weeks Easter is around the same Summer is 2 months
9 months of the year.
The uni calender means that whatever you study in the first term you tend to forget by the time you get in the 3rd term. This is especially true for the sciences. When I was at uni (1999) they had all the exams crammed in the last term. I had serious problems with regards to retaining information that I learned 5 months ago.
This is just an opinion of the place from back in 1999.
If you come from outside Europe you might find warwick a very cold place. I don't believe that warwick is that much colder compared to the rest of England.
It might get a bit warm but it doesn't compare to any tropical weather you might have experienced on your vacation. Hot, at warwick means 17 Celsius plus with the sun shining. Its not boiling hot but that is the type of summer heat you'll experience at warwick. Suffice to say this weather is fairly limited, maybe a couple of months max.
Winter can get extremely cold. I can't remember snowing in the 3 years that I was there. That doesn't mean you won't see snow forming on the grass. I didn't walk in snow but I did saw snow forming on the edge of football pitches. Quite dangerous playing football on snowy Astro turf. It never got too cold as to see cars skidding on the road. The pavements never froze up either.
You probably need a decant jacket/coat, a waterproof one is a nice option but not necessary. You don't need to buy it at home but if you’re looking for a jacket in town it might be limited. Coventry isn't the biggest town in the UK. Better off shopping in Birmingham if you want.
But I suggest getting a decant jacket/coat in your hometown. The more time and selection you have the better off you'll be. I suggest a loose one that covers your entire upper body, if you have many pockets that might be useful. Don't get no fancy color unless you want to be remembered as the "person in orange". You stand out like a beacon in the lecture theater.
I have to warn you, that it does shower a bit at warwick. Almost everyone I knew had an umbrella, it's a useful thing to have. You don’t want to be stuck anywhere, stranded because you don’t have an umbrella.
It's just cold on average. People wear mittens, you can get a beanie as well. Long pants and long sleeve is the norm. Good thing most places have central heating. You get quite use to the weather, if your not use to the cold don’t worry. You will get use to things.