Living in Coventry as a student
The ninth largest city in England, Coventry is located in the West Midlands region, 31km away from Birmingham and about an hour away from London by train. It is home to over 345,000 residents who live, study, and work within its 98 square metre area. The city has two universities, and there are over 31,000 students going to Coventry University, and 25,000 going to the University of Warwick.
Coventry is known for many things that have spanned centuries, leading it to be awarded the title of the 2021 UK City of Culture. Coventry’s city centre is the site of Lady Godiva’s famed protest on horseback, as well as the beginnings of the original Peeping Tom who originated from that event. There are statues and busts of both of them across the city. In the Second World War, St. Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry was destroyed by German bombing, with only the outer walls and spire left standing. Coventry has since become a city known for peace and reconciliation, with an annual Peace Month. At the same time, the city has multiple art and music venues, including the Albany Theatre, the Belgrade Theatre, and popular nightclub Kasbah in Hillfields. Coventry is also home to many museums, including the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, as well as the Coventry Transport Museum. The city is the base of the four-time Ice Hockey Elite League champions, the Coventry Blaze.
Coventry University’s campus is located in the heart of Coventry city centre, while the University of Warwick is on the outskirts of Coventry, southwest of the city centre, and in between Coventry and Warwick. For Coventry University students, popular areas to stay include Earlsdon, just west of city centre, as well as Stoke and Barras Heath. Students at the University of Warwick tend to live in areas such as Lemington Spa, Canley, and Stivichall, even though they are slightly further from the city.