Living in Warwick as a student
18 km south of Coventry in England is the county town of Warwick. Warwick lies near the River Avon and is home to over 31,000 residents who live and work in the town. The town is about one-and-a-half hours away from London and just half an hour away from Birmingham by train. Contrary to popular belief, the University of Warwick isn’t located within Warwick; the town doesn’t have a university within its limits. Instead, more than 25,000 students go to the University of Warwick that is located just outside Warwick, on the outskirts of Coventry.
With a long history dating back to Roman times, the town of Warwick is known for landmarks such as Warwick Castle, which was founded by William the Conqueror in 1068. Other historical spots include the 14th century Lord Leycester Hospital, St. John’s House museum, Guy’s Cliffe, Charlecote Mill, and the Mill Garden. Castle Hill Baptist Church in Warwick is one of the oldest Baptist Churches in the world, and the Collegiate Church of St. Mary, boasting city views and a Norman crypt, holds a series of Early Music Concerts every year. Warwick itself has many festivals, including the Warwick Folk Festival, the Shakespeare Film Festival, the August Bank Holiday Beer Festival, and the Althorp Literary Festival. Warwick is also known for the Warwick Racecourse, located near the west gate, as it hosts televised horse racing meetings several times a year. In terms of nightlife for students, Warwick is so near to Leamington Spa and Coventry that there is a wide range of pubs, clubs, and nightlife readily available to students across all three areas.
Ranked number 57 in the QS World Rankings 2017, The University of Warwick’s main campus is in the southwest side of Coventry’s outskirts, leading many University of Warwick students to stay in Leamington Spa or Warwick. Popular accommodation options for students include Leamington Spa, Canley, and Stivichall.