Hey :) Just a quick introduction, I'm Antonia and I’m about to start my second year studying Philosophy and Literature at Warwick. Whilst some of my posts might touch upon Philosophy and Literature as a course, I’ll try to talk about my experiences of Warwick University as a whole, and give you as much insight as I can into the ins and outs of life at Warwick.
(Oh and just a little disclaimer: although I can try not to ramble, I can’t promise that these posts will always be short and sweet!)
What can I say about my experience of moving in and the first night living on campus? Well after about 10pm it’s all a little bit hazy, (warning: don’t drink on a empty stomach, although you might be filled with butterflies, feeling too nervous to eat, it is not advised!) but I can remember my first thoughts on moving into Rootes.
Rootes was my first choice accommodation which has shared kitchens and bathrooms, and yes I must admit I was a little apprehensive about the sharing a bathroom bit, but to tell you the truth I honestly didn’t find it a problem.
Rootes has everything you need in campus accomodation, good sized bedrooms, great location, lovely people, and in my opinion good shared facilities - although I know this might differ slightly between new Rootes and old Rootes. Unfortunately it’s pot luck where you get put, but after seeing both, there isn't too much difference; you can probably judge by the names that new Rootes is well, simply just a bit newer than old Rootes.
When choosing your accommodation just go with what you can afford, as well as what you want, and don’t stress too much if you don’t get your first choice, because as long as you are positive about it you’ll be able to make yourself comfortable anywhere. I visited lots of the accommodations on campus and they all have pros which weigh out the individual cons for each place... whilst from Westwood the lecture theatres feel like they are miles away, the rooms are spacious and there is a common room living space, which most of the other accommodations are missing. The en-suite accommodations are great if you are worried about sharing a bathroom, but they are pricier and your bedrooms are slightly smaller than non en-suite rooms. It really depends what you are looking for in your accommodation, so think about what your priorities are when choosing and what your budget is.
(excuse the blurriness of the photos!) I loved picking out homely bits and pieces to decorate my room with, photos are a must have and posters are so quick and easy to jazz up a boring white wall!
Whilst the first night of freshers is a bit of blur, I did enjoy the rest of the two weeks. I bought the freshers pass, which I think is definitely worth the money. It made my life easier as I knew I could go to everything if I wanted to, without having to worry about buying individual tickets for certain events. Annoyingly at Warwick term does start at the same time as freshers, but I think it differs between courses how much work is set in the first two weeks of term. With Philosophy and Literature we started almost straight away, although they did ease us in slowly, with the first lectures being introductory, explaining everything you could possibly want to know about your course (get your filing skills ready, because the leaflets and handbooks will be heading your way).
I feel like I've managed to witter on for a while now so if you are still actually reading, I hope it has enlightened you on some aspects to university life during freshers. My last bit of advice is to go to university with a positive outlook and try not to turn up with too many expectations. Be open minded about the new people and experiences you'll be exposed to, enjoy every aspect and try to get involved in as much as you can, because your first year will be over just as soon as it has begun! Excuse the clichebut time really does fly when you're having fun!