Study in Warwick

The University of Warwick is located three miles outside… Coventry. Not Warwick. And it should not be confused with its nearby rival, Coventry University.


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University of Warwick

University of Warwick is one of the UK's leading universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation, and for links with business and industry. It is a campus university with a huge amount of green space as well as state-of-the-art buildings and facilities.

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Warwick Student Life

The central campus is the hub of student life in Warwick, with its large Students’ Union, Sports and Wellness Hub and Warwick Arts Centre, as well as the academic buildings and various halls of residence. Most 2nd and 3rd year students live in nearby Coventry or Royal Leamington Spa, a 20-minute drive from campus.

Cost of Living


Student accommodation costs for Warwick students in Coventry range from £77 - £371 and the average is £151/week. This includes accommodation in Royal Leamington Spa.

Compare that average with student accommodation in other cities: Leicester: £142; Nottingham: £166; Manchester: £171.

(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)

The average price for the following in Coventry:

A cheap meal at a restaurant: £10
A pint of beer: £3.50
A regular takeout coffee: £2.64
1L of milk: £0.73
A loaf of white bread: £1

Royal Leamington Spa living costs could be up to 6% higher!

Living costs in Coventry work out a bit cheaper than Reading (3.4%), about the same as Nottingham but more expensive than Exeter (about 6.5%).

(Source: Numbeo)

Nights Out

Warwick campus is a hub of activity in the daytime or the night time. The SU puts on regular club nights at The Copper Rooms and the Terrace Bar. The campus bar The Dirty Duck is an option for a more toned-down night out with regular quiz nights on offer. Kasbah nightclub in Coventry is popular with Warwick students, there are some good bars and clubs in Leamington too and with Birmingham only a 20 minute train ride away, there are plenty of options for everyone.


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Public Transport

Coventry, the nearest town to Warwick campus, is very centrally located within the UK and you can easily connect to Birmingham or further afield by coach or train.

When living off-campus, Coventry suburbs are pretty well connected by bus, and Canley has its own train station. For students opting to live in Leamington, the U1/ U2 Stagecoach buses run frequently throughout the day and it can takes a good 30 minutes to get to campus (on a good run). The buses can get pretty busy, especially at peak times, so leave extra time to get to lectures and expect to queue. 

Eating Out


If you need something beyond the range afforded by Rootes on campus, Cannon Park Shopping Centre is just a 10-minute walk from campus where you’ll find a 24-hour Tesco, Boots and Iceland. Coventry and Leamington both have high-street staples and independent shops which will be more than sufficient for your regular student needs. Or you could hop on the train to Birmingham from Coventry and pop into the Bullring for some serious shopping; it’s right next door from New Street station.

Days Out


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Warwick Castle

Explore the medieval fortress and over 1000 years of British history with tours, exhibitions, walk-throughs and mazes; it promises to be a full day out! It’s an easy distance if you live in Leamington Spa; the X18 bus stops right outside the main entrance. And it’s only a 20 minute drive from campus if you have a car or a friend with one. Remember to buy tickets online to receive a discount .


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Famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon is well worth a visit on a day off from studying. Look round Shakespeare’s Birthplace, walk to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & Gardens and explore Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare was buried. There are also walking tours around Stratford or open tour buses when the weather permits. Stratford is a good half an hour drive from campus.


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Explore the Bullring’s stores, venture around Canalside and watch the boats drift by over a pint, window shop round the Jewellery Quarter or sample a curry from the famous Balti Triangle; Birmingham has got lots to offer. Get to Birmingham by train in just over half an hour from Coventry or Leamington Spa.

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