Postgraduate accommodation options: Finding a living space to suit your lifestyle and budget
03 July 2019
Our Masters students share their experience of deciding on their postgraduate accommodation and the process of applying.
Having to decide where to live is no easy choice, but having conducted enough research on accommodation prior to moving here, I decided to live in Earlsdon. My first consideration when choosing my accommodation was the issue of accessibility; with the University of Warwick only ten minutes away, and the centre of Coventry only five minutes away, Earlsdon was the perfect option. There are easily accessible bus routes in and out of Earlsdon, and Coventry train station is only a short journey away which is great when I decide to take a break or visit friends who live outside of Coventry.
Moreover, Earlsdon is mainly occupied by families, working professionals and students, giving the area a community vibe and making it a safe location to live. Finally, Earlsdon has a variety of shops available, and a huge selection of restaurants ranging from Indian to Italian. There is a brilliant Cooperative store where you shop for your favourite groceries and two brilliant butchers that are famous for their delicious marinated meat! After spending hours studying extensively, I like to take a walk around the War Memorial Park which is a short stroll from Earlsdon, and enables me to clear my mind and appreciate the beauty of nature.
Sharon Wandili, MSc Management of Information Systems & Digital Innovation
Warwick provides both on-campus and off-campus accommodation. During the application process, you can choose a maximum of five options for on-campus accommodation, two options for off-campus accommodation, and a minimum of one option for off-campus housing. You then make your preferences in order of where you would most like to live. Your accommodation options may be influenced by a few different factors such as your budget, your lifestyle or your proximity to WBS. I particularly chose Lakeside accommodation as my first option because it is located five minutes from WBS, and I thought this would make my life easier for attending 9am lectures. Lakeside is surrounded by lovely scenery and my room has a great view of the lake. It is also located very near to the new Sports and Wellness Hub which is a great bonus for students who are keen on joining sports clubs and societies, or enjoy gym workouts.
In terms of the application process for accommodation, I made sure I completed my application as soon as the portal opened. I hoped this would increase my chances of securing on-campus accommodation, as allocation is based on a first come first served basis. I then received an email in late August, early September informing me of my accommodation application. Luckily I managed to get my first choice of Lakeside which I was really happy about. I moved into my accommodation a week before the official term date which is when the let started. I found this really useful as you are able to fully move into your accommodation before the term starts, and make the most of experiencing Warwick welcome week whilst familiarising yourself with your surroundings before your studies start. I have really enjoyed staying at Lakeside, and have considered it to be my second home whilst studying at WBS. My flatmates are warm and friendly, and all come from different cultures and faculties, making my stay at Lakeside a truly unique experience.
Raghavi Iyengar, MSc Marketing & Strategy
Pursuing a Masters in a foreign country can be quite a daunting experience in itself. The shift requires a complete reset with respect to immediate friends, routines, habits, and, of course, living comforts. When faced with so many mind-boggling situations, it is quite natural for students to want to control as much as they can.
My story was not different. I had extensively researched the accommodation options available to Postgraduate students and decided that I wanted to stay on campus as close to the Business School as possible. Both Lakeside and Heronbank seemed like the perfect options. The allocations system at Warwick is based on a random ballot system and it’s no surprise that everyone may not get their first pick. I, however, did not fully take in this fact, and was absolutely flabbergasted when I was given an off-campus accommodation in Coventry, the nearest city to the University.
Despair, dismay, paranoia and shock were just some of the emotions I felt - I was concerned how my university experience might be affected by being cut-off from the heart of the action on-campus.
However, this story does have a happy ending! Fast forward 6 weeks and I was collecting my keys at Senate House on 22nd September. As I arrived at the front door, I realised the property was quite lovely. A beautiful white house, it stood out from the rows of old timey brick houses. My room on the ground floor was big, spacious and extremely well lit with beautiful large windows overlooking the street. Looking back today, I count myself lucky to have been given this accommodation which I share with 10 other Masters students. My friends are envious each time they come over about the ample space, the amazing and really helpful landlord and other perks like a TV room, enough space for yoga and a beautiful back yard.
It has reinforced my belief in the fact that things always work out, even if not in the way you expected them to.
Konstantinos Bivolaris, MSc Finance
Whilst completing my postgraduate studies at WBS I have lived at Heronbank. Heronbank is approximately a five minute walk to the centre of campus, and is located very close to the new Sports and Wellness Hub and WBS. The accommodation blocks overlook the nearby lake providing relaxing picturesque surroundings. Whilst staying at Heronbank I share a flat with nine other students, and we all share the kitchen and living area but have our own bathrooms. The facilities available are of a good standard, and all flats are fully furnished with all the amenities you may need.
When you are applying for your accommodation it is good to be aware that international students are given first priority when it comes to accommodation allocation on campus. Therefore if you decide to stay on campus your flatmates will most likely be international students, and although this has never been an issue for me there may be cultural differences that you have to overcome. At the beginning of term when you first meet your flatmates it can be difficult to establish relationships with students who are of a different nationality to you. It is important to be as open-minded as you can, and make the most of living independently.
I would advise all future students to explore their accommodation options carefully, and make sure you select places that suit your lifestyle requirements and budget.
Find out more about the options available for Postgraduate student accommodation