Virtual Wristbands and individual tickets for Freshers events go on sale at Noon on 10th September via https://events.warwicksu.com//. This year, we are partnering with a virtual events platform, Native, to bring you a range of online events!
See below for answers to your FAQs - if you have any other questions, post them as a comment on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible!
WHAT IS THE STUDENTS’ UNION?
All Warwick students automatically become a member of the Students’ Union upon enrolling at the University. We are an independent, not-for-profit charitable organisation which provides representation, support, activities, opportunities and value for students - all the money you spend in any of our commercial outlets goes directly back into the pot to help fund services for you! Our commercial outlets are:
- The Copper Rooms
- The Bread Oven
- The Terrace Bar
- The Dirty Duck
WHAT IS ‘WELCOME WEEK’, AND WHEN IS IT?
This takes place in the week prior to Term 1 (26th September - 4th October inclusive), and is an opportunity for all new students to settle in to university life.
WHEN IS ARRIVALS WEEKEND?
Arrivals will be staggered this year to maintain social distancing and prevent overcrowding on campus - you should receive personalised information relating to this during the coming weeks.
WHEN DOES TERM START?
Monday 5th October. However, most departments will be running introductory sessions during Welcome Week, so make sure you check your departmental timetable for full details!
WHEN DO TICKETS & PASSES FOR WELCOME WEEK GO ON SALE?
WHAT TICKETS & PASSES ARE AVAILABLE?
Virtual Wristbands grant you access to 4 of the best paid-entry Native-run events taking place online during Welcome Week (26th September - 4th October inclusive).
Individual tickets to Native events will also be available!
DO I NEED TO BUY TICKETS BEFORE I ARRIVE?
It is highly advisable to do this, as capacity is limited. All events are incredibly popular during the Welcome period and will likely sell out in advance, so unfortunately we cannot guarantee that tickets will still be available nearer the event date.
WHERE DO I COLLECT MY FRESHERS TICKETS FOR EVENTS AT THE SU?
There's no need to collect anything - you will be emailed details of how to access events that you've bought tickets for once you have completed your purchase.
I’M UNDER 18. CAN I STILL ATTEND THE VIRTUAL EVENTS?
Usually, students under the age of 18 are not able to attend night-time club events in The Copper Rooms. However, as the majority of our events are taking place online this year, there are no age restrictions on any of these EXCEPT the Virtual Beer Festival, which is age 18+.
As it is looking unlikely that we will be able to open The Copper Rooms during Term 1 due to social distancing restrictions, you will be able to attend most scheduled virtual or online events. In addition, there are still plenty of opportunities for socialising over the Freshers period, including with your hallmates, coursemates and Clubs & Societies. You are also able to attend events in The Dirty Duck and Terrace Bar, though obviously you will be required to produce ID at the bar and can be asked to leave if you consume alcohol.
WHAT SAFETY AND SOCIAL DISTANCING RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IN PLACE THIS YEAR?
We are still awaiting full guidance from the University regarding this, so please keep checking back for further updates!
WHAT’S MY ‘STUDENT NUMBER’ OR UNIVERSITY ID NUMBER?
This is the 7-digit number which will be on all correspondence you receive from the University (it may be featured as an 8-digit number with the letter ‘u’ at the start). If you’re a new student starting this year, the number will begin ‘19’.
WHEN DO I FIND OUT ABOUT MY ACCOMMODATION?
HOW DO I GET HERE?
Despite the name, the University is NOT located in the town of Warwick or even the county of Warwickshire - in fact, both are quite a way from campus)! The University is actually based in Coventry in the West Midlands, with the postcode CV4 7AL. If in doubt, see www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/directions for help.
If you’re arriving on the train, Coventry station is a 20 minute bus ride away on the 12X, and approximately 30 minutes on the 11 or 11U. There’s a bus stop directly outside the main station concourse which will bring you right to the centre of campus, and it’ll cost you £2.10 for a single ticket or £4 for a Daysaver/return (exact change needed). Don't forget that you'll need to wear a face-covering on all public transport journeys!
CAN I PARK MY CAR ON CAMPUS?
Temporary parking is available for drop-offs and unloading during Arrivals Weekend.
However, there AREN’T any free parking facilities on-campus (unless you’re granted a permit due to special circumstances – see www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/campus-support/carparks/studentparking for more info), so you’re strongly advised NOT to bring a car for the whole term. There are regular buses to and from campus to nearby locations like Coventry, Leamington Spa and Kenilworth, together with coach and national rail services from Coventry and Leamington.
DO I NEED A BUS PASS?
Regular bus services run to various parts of Coventry, Leamington and Kenilworth throughout the day. Daysaver tickets usually cost around £4, and will be valid for the entire day on that specific bus network (National Express Coventry, Stagecoach or Travel de Courcey). Unless you are living or working off-campus, it is unlikely that you’ll need a bus pass for the duration of your first year, as it will be cheaper to just buy individual day-tickets! Please note also that National Express Coventry do not give change, so you’ll need to have the exact fare when boarding or use contactless payment.
ARE TAXIS AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS?
There is a taxi rank situated next to the main Bus Interchange on central campus, with regular cabs available throughout the day and evening.
WHERE ARE THE NEAREST RAILWAY STATIONS?
Canley train station is about 20-25 minutes’ walk from the centre of campus and connects to Coventry and Birmingham approximately every half-hour. Alternatively, Coventry train station is accessible on the Number 11 /11U (25-30 minutes) or 12X bus (15-20 minutes), both of which stop inside the station grounds. Leamington train station runs on a different line to the Coventry/Birmingham network, and also links to the town of Warwick.
ARE CYCLE FACILITIES AVAILABLE?
There are storage racks dotted around campus in key locations, but don’t assume that we are immune from crime as unfortunately bikes have been known to get stolen on campus when not adequately secured! If you plan on bringing a bike with you, make sure you have it properly tagged and have a solid metal D-lock to keep it secure. Similar to the scheme operating in London, bikes are also available to hire on a short-term basis.
HOW DO I USE THE SPORT & WELLNESS HUB?
Membership to Warwick Sport is competitive for the year and grants you access to the brand new Sport & Wellness Hub on campus. For more information on rates and how to join, see https://warwick.ac.uk/services/sport/join/.
Individual services are also accessible on a ‘pay-to-play’ basis.
HOW DO I JOIN SPORTS CLUBS?
HOW DO I JOIN SOCIETIES?
Online via the SU website - a one-year membership to the SU’s Societies Federation costs £19 (£12 for Postgraduates), and this money helps to provide the infrastructure, funding, staffing, training and support services which our clubs require to function. Once you’ve become a member of Socs Fed, you can then feel free to join as many of our societies as you like – make sure you come along to the Societies Fair in Freshers Fortnight or visit www.warwicksu.com/societies-sports/societies/ to find out more!
You can also join at any time throughout the year either online or at SU Reception.
WHERE’S THE BEST PLACE TO BUY FOOD?
There are supermarkets on campus and close-by in Cannon Park. Make sure you check them all out, as prices do vary, and find what’s right for you. Tesco is the biggest and closest but, for cheaper options, look at Aldi or Iceland. You can also do online shopping which delivers to your door, but these often have minimum order amounts and delivery costs, so try doing it with your flatmates. Be sure to check how much fridge space you have before you buy your food, as fridge, freezer and cupboard space can be very limited!
WHERE ARE THE BEST PLACES TO EAT ON CAMPUS?
The Students' Union has four food and drink outlets: Canopy is a leafy, fresh and bright space specialising in all things brunch, as well as delicious pizzas and pasta at lunch times. The Dirty Duck serves classic pub grub from noon til late, The Bread Oven offers freshly prepared-to-order baguettes, wraps and salads made just how you like them, whilst Curiositea is the place to go for freshly ground coffee, loose leaf tea, ice cream shakes, amazing cakes, smoothies and paninis.
We offer an exceptional range of vegan and vegetarian options in all our outlets, under the Ethical Eats Ethos, and our ‘free from’ menus cater for all other dietary requirements.
WHERE DO I DO MY LAUNDRY?
Most accommodation blocks have a Laundry Room in the building, whereas others have a room close by. These operate on cards, which are available to purchase from the main SU Building (outside The Bread Oven on Floor 1) and in the laundry rooms themselves. Don’t forget to buy detergent! It’s also worth downloading the Circuit Laundry app online if you're planning on using the Rootes Laundrette.
WHICH BANKING SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS?
Student bank accounts have a lot more than your average current account, including various perks and the safety net of an interest-free overdraft. There are currently only two banks with branches on campus (Santander and Barclays), though many of the major chains have branches in nearby Coventry, Earlsdon, Kenilworth and Leamington.
If you're able to, get your student bank account sorted BEFORE you come to Uni. There are always huge queues for the banks on campus in the first few weeks, so you'll save yourself a lot of hassle by getting in there early!
WHAT JOBS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SU?
WHAT’S THE UNIVERSITY’S POLICY ON DRUGS?
The University has a zero-tolerance policy regarding drugs on campus. Please be aware that if you’re caught smoking cannabis or taking any other illegal drugs in halls, you are liable to be kicked out!
In line with UK law, all buildings on campus are also non-smoking. Please note that campus hall rooms also have built-in smoke alarms, and you will NOT be popular with your fellow hall-mates if you set them off!