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Campus Life

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Our campus is home to students and staff from many different backgrounds and from countries all over the world. It’s this inclusive and cosmopolitan atmosphere that gives Warwick its vibrancy and characteristic buzz.

You may want to get involved in some of our many clubs and societies, but there are plenty of other ways to relax and socialise on campus. The campus is within easy reach of Coventry City Centre and surrounding villages, towns and cities in Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

You’ll find shops, a pharmacy, banks, cafés, a travel agency, a grocery store, hairdressers, a health centre and a launderette on campus, as well as a shopping centre and two supermarkets just a short walk away. Our bookshop stocks over 30,000 titles which include all the recommended texts for our courses.

Explore and unwind

While there’s plenty on campus to keep you busy, there are also more peaceful spots where you can escape the crowds and take a break from study. Just a few minutes’ walk from central campus, you’ll find some lovely walks around our lakes, woodlands and green spaces. And for a faster way to get around campus, why not hire one of Warwick’s own bikes. The hire scheme is available to all staff and students, either on a subscription or pay-as-you-go basis.

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Food and drink

There are plenty of places on campus to grab a bite to eat, including coffee shops, cafés, sandwich bars and a bistro-style restaurant. Many of our cafés and restaurants cater for different dietary and religious needs, including vegan and halal options. There are also regular food markets in the Piazza during term time, where you can sample cosmopolitan treats such as Thai street food, local jams and cheeses, freshly-cooked samosas and speciality breads.

The Eating at Warwick scheme enables you to preload your student card with money, and gives you up to 10% discount on food and drink at various outlets across campus.

Childcare

If you have children, our award-winning campus nursery provides reliable childcare and runs morning and afternoon sessions from Monday to Friday.

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Students' Union

Our Students’ Union (SU) is here to represent, entertain and support you. Democratically run by students for students, you automatically become a member on enrolment. Warwick’s SU has a dedicated full-time Postgraduate Officer, whose role is to represent your views locally, nationally and to the University. They will make sure your voice is heard, look into any issues affecting postgraduates, and generate plans to improve university life at Warwick for you.


Faith provision

Our Chaplaincy provides pastoral and spiritual care to all members of the University community of all faiths and none. It provides a space for prayer, quiet reflection and the leadership of religious worship. The Chaplaincy also has a dedicated Islamic Prayer Hall, with separate prayer spaces for men and women, a halal kitchen, ablution facilities and a library. If you’re Jewish you may want to meet for the Shabbat meal, prepared in our kosher kitchen.

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Societies

We have nearly 300 student-run societies, many of which — Warwick Salsa, Warwick Allotment, Real Ale, PhotoSoc and World@Warwick for example — attract a large number of postgraduate members.

Our Film Soc holds screenings six nights a week during term-time, so you can enjoy classics, blockbusters and cult films from all over the world, including China, Bollywood, Hollywood and Nollywood.


Arts and culture on campus

Our campus houses the biggest arts centre of its kind in the UK outside London. It has two theatres, a 1,850-seat concert hall, a cinema and an art gallery, giving you access to some of the best national and international theatre, comedy, dance and music.

If you’d rather be performing or creating than spectating, you can also get involved in one of the many student productions held at the Arts Centre each year. Our Music Centre provides subsidised music tuition for Warwick students from professional instrumental and vocal teachers. Or you may like to join one of our many music performance groups.

Once a year, societies such as Warwick World Music Group, Warwick Chinese Orchestra Society, DrumSoc, Steel Pans, Warwick Indian Music Ensemble, and Warwick Symphony Orchestra and Chorus join forces to create ‘Warwick Fused’, a dazzling musical collaboration event bringing together music from all over the world. There’s also the annual Warwick Student Arts Fest, one of the biggest student arts festivals in the UK, which incorporates film, literature, theatre, visual arts and dance.

Equally, your own study and research may itself enrich local learning and culture. Our Institute of Advanced Study funds many academic-led public engagement initiatives, alongside others developed by academic departments. Recent examples include our Christmas Lectures that explosively illuminate Physics for young audiences and The Story of Children's Television from 1946 to Today exhibition at The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery. This exhibition was created by the museum, with support from Warwick’s Department of Film and TV Studies, the BBC, ITV, Kaleidoscope, Ragdoll Productions and the Children’s Media Foundation.

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Activity for everyone

When it’s time to close your laptop, there are many ways for you to get active and stay healthy. If competitive sport isn’t for you, why not try one of our free activities such as our Walking, Running or Cycling Routes? Or you can get involved in some of our student societies or sports clubs that allow you to socialise and get moving at the same time. Options currently include Bhangra, break dancing, tricking and freerunning, fencing, and archery. Our gym, with a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment, is perfect for an all-round workout. We also offer a variety of classes – from Pilates and Yoga to Body Combat and VIBE Power – to suit your own personal goals and lifestyles, whether you’re looking to relax and unwind or really get your heart pumping.

We also offer ‘rock up and play’ sessions just for postgraduates and staff. These enable you to get involved in sport without committing to regular training sessions and matches, with current options including touch rugby, volleyball, football, badminton and cricket. For something more competitive, many of our sports clubs compete in the BUCS inter-university leagues, so you can test out your skills against opponents from other universities. Or if you’re keen to compete at national or even international level, you might be interested in our Warwick Sport Scholarship Scheme, which offers financial support for top-level athletes.

Our main University Sports Centre houses a gym, a 25-metre six-lane swimming pool, squash courts, a functional training studio and an aerobics studio. We also have an indoor and outdoor tennis centre, climbing centre, outdoor all-weather floodlit pitches, a 400-metre all-weather running track and three indoor sports halls. On top of that, we’re putting £40m and a lot of thought into making sport and activity at Warwick even more rewarding and accessible. We’ll be starting work on a brand new Sports and Wellness Centre in 2016, focusing on making your sport experience at university one you’ll never forget.