Coventry City is a student city with two universities, Coventry and Warwick. Pictured is beautiful Coventry Cathedral.

Coventry Cathedral

Coventry, England (West Midlands)

Population: 318,600

University students: 58,485 (18.4%)


Coventry, Warwick

A student city with big universities

Students of Coventry University has access to a state-of-the-art library facility on campus.Coventry University's libraryAlmost one in five people living in Coventry are studying at university. The medium-sized city is home to two universities with large student populations.

Coventry University in the city centre has more than 31,000 students.

The University of Warwick, which is a few miles south near the Warwickshire border, has more than 27,000.

1. Geography

Coventry is in the heart of England, just 19 miles south-east of Birmingham on on the main London to Birmingham rail route. It is further from the coast than any other British city.

Coventry is an urban area that is able to remain distinct from bordering urban areas through green belts. The West Midlands Green Belt, which surrounds the city on all sides, has stopped the city expanding into nearby towns.

2. Accommodation

Housing options for students depend on which university they attend. Students of Coventry University who want to be live near to the university must compete in the market for inner-city accommodation. The university also offers 2,500 rooms in halls or houses, at an average rate of about £4,500 for 40 weeks.

The University of Warwick, which is away from the city centre and has a higher proportion of international students, offers 6,200 rooms in purpose-built residences. These are all within walking distance of the university's academic and social facilities. They include traditional university halls as well as flats, for between five and twelve students, with shared kitchens and bathrooms. A basic package costs around £3,600 for the academic year.

Most second and third year students live off campus – usually in Coventry, Kenilworth or Leamington Spa, all connected to campus by local bus services.

3. Transport

Students from Coventry University studying automative engineering have designed one of the world's smallest cars.Coventry University students with a small car they manufacturedThe city has excellent public transport options due to its positioning. It is only an hour to London by train and 20 minutes to Birmingham, with services typically no more than 20 to 30 minutes apart.

Coventry is conveniently situated at the centre of the UK Motorway network and is close to several major motorways.

Birmingham International Airport is actually closer to the centre of Coventry than it is to central Birmingham and is a short trip by both car and rail.

4. Attractions

Coventry City's seasonal attractions include the Godiva festival.Coventry celebrates the Godiva FestivalOne of the city's seasonal attractions is the Godiva Festival, a free festival that features local bands. Coventry has several monuments to the 11th century exploits of Lady Godiva. According to legend, she rode through the city naked on horseback in protest at high taxes. City folk were commanded to look away, but one man did not and was struck blind. He became known as Peeping Tom.

St. Michael's Cathedral is Coventry's best-known landmark and visitor attraction (pictured at top of page). The 14th-century church was largely destroyed by German bombing during World War II, leaving only the outer walls and spire. The British Transport Museum, in the city centre, is also a favourite among visitors.

For Coventry University students, there is a concentration of shops, pubs and bars towards the eastern side of the city centre close to campus buildings. A prominent building on campus is The Hub, which is the home of the Coventry University Students’ Union, other student support services, a bar and nightclub, and a food hall and food outlets.

Warwick University students socialise more on their large outer-city campus or at nearby places such as Kenilworth and Leamington Spa.

5. Recreation and sport

Sports and major events in the city often happen at the Ricoh Arena, a huge complex that has a concert facility, conference space and banqueting hall. It is the home venue for Coventry City Football Club matches. The city has a range of other sports teams, including for basketball, rugby and ice-hockey. Also part of the city's sports scene is a speedway track.

6. Universities

Students from Warwick University in Coventry City have built a rescue robot using their engineering and IT skills. Not to be outdone (see image above), Warwick University students built a rescue robotCoventry University has a history stretching back to the 19th Century through a number of institutions. It  was known as Coventry Polytechnic just before gaining university status in 1992.

Course satisfaction among students is high, with the university rated 4.1 / 5.0. International students normally pay around £10,080 per year for tuition.

The University of Warwick is a public research university that was founded in 1965. Its 32 departments are organised into four faculties: Arts, Medicine, Science and Social Sciences.

Warwick consistently ranks in the top ten of all major rankings of British universities and is the only multi-faculty institution aside from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge to have never been ranked outside the top ten.

The university has a course satisfaction rating of 3.0 / 5.0 and charges international students around £14,400 for tuition.