Unpretentious and surprisingly charming, this old industry city offers multiculturalism and great nightlife to its much-welcomed student population.

As City of Culture 2021, Coventry is a diverse and open city with lots of different opportunities. It's small enough to get around by foot or bike in no time at all. The city is forever modernising, however it does have some symbolic historical landmarks, such as the Cathedral. (Third year student, Coventry University)

What Coventry's famous for...

Lady Godiva

The famous naked tax protester trotted through the streets of Coventry on Market Day 900 years ago.

Coventry nightlife, according to students

Coventry is a predominantly student-orientated city, and nightlife is an important part of the university experience. There are five+ pubs and clubs less than ten mins from the university campus (by foot). Most of them have dedicated nights for games, karaoke etc. (Third year student, Coventry University)

Ricoh Arena 

From it's use as the home ground for the Wasps rugby union club, to large-scale concerts, and even the Arena Park shopping centre which is home to one of the UK's biggest branches of Tesco, there's something for everyone here.

Coventry nightlife, according to students

Coventry is a student city with loads of bars and clubs for different tastes, such as Kasbah, JJ's (for electronic, rap, RNB, and pop), or Catch Twenty Two for a Latin night out. Plenty of pub crawls and delicious restaurants around the city centre near student halls and the university. (Third year student, Coventry University)

Cathedral

Coventry lost its medieval centre in devastating WWII bombing. The cathedral ruins stand as a memorial.

Student life in Coventry

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Low on cash
Walking along the canal is lovely. The Cathedral and Herbert Art Gallery are both free to visit. (Second year student, Coventry University)
When family visit
Climb the Cathedral tower for a great view of the city. The historic part of Coventry has some lovely old pubs, such as the Golden Cross or Playwrights. (Third year student, Coventry University)
Catch up with mates
Cozy Club and Beagle Brunch in town are nice cafes to go to catch up with your friends. (Second year student, Coventry University)
Feeling cultural
Stratford-upon-Avon is a huge hub for theatre and all things Shakespeare. (Second year student, Warwick University)
Grab a bite
Fill up on lush pizza and pasta at street food stall, Millie's Kitchen.
Sunday chilling
War Memorial Park and Coombe Abbey are large, open green spaces to get back in touch with nature. (Second year student, Coventry University)
Treat yourself
Teezers is a brilliant, indoor mini-golf, with a range of cocktails on offer around the course, and student prices twice a week. (Third year student, Coventry University)
Friday night out
Kasbah, Coventry's main club, has two rooms: the 'main room' plays chart music, remixes, standard club stuff, and the 'side room' plays pop-punk, emo throwbacks etc. (Third year student, Coventry University)

Coventry in pictures

Saturday market

Living in Coventry, according to students

After first year, there are two main choices: Canley/Earsldon or Leamington Spa, with Earlsdon in between Canley and central Coventry. I chose Canley because it's within walking/cycling distance to uni. The Uber fare back [from SU nights out] is within the base rate fare. Houses in Canley tend to have larger rooms for a similar price. It has several takeaways, including the infamous Goody's Chicken.(Third year student, Warwick University)

Coventry city centre

(Dave, third year student at University of Coventry)

The Knife Angel

The Knife Angel, outside the Cathedral, was amazing to look at. (James, third year student at University of Coventry)

Green food vans

The iconic green food vans in Coventry, including my favourite pizza place. (Zusanna, third year student at University of Coventry)

Living in Coventry, according to students

I love living in Leamington. It’s expensive, but it’s a lovely town with everything you need in close proximity. There’s a great mix of buildings and nature. It does take 15 - 40 minutes to get to campus (highly dependent on rush hour and traffic), but if you leave an hour before, you’ll be fine. (Third year student, Warwick University)

Living in Coventry

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips.

Local transport*
  • £14.50
  • Mticket
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Earlsdon
  • Barras Heath
  • Coventry Central
*Average mean rents via Spareroom.co.uk (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

Student money tips

The Belgrade Plaza in town is just £2.20 parking all day for students, with a card you can get on Coventry University’s website.

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