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Local Life

Fast-paced city life; calm, peaceful countryside; buildings and landmarks steeped in history. Our campus is perfectly positioned to give you all of this on your doorstep. And if you don’t fancy venturing further, you’ve still got access to all of our fantastic facilities on campus.

A thriving city

We’re located in Coventry, the base for many of our students living off campus. Modern and cosmopolitan but with a rich history, Coventry is a city of contradictions. Much of the city had to be rebuilt after the Blitz in World War II but areas of the old city remain, so old and new now sit side-byside. This means that you’ll find major highstreet shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars within a five minute walk of medieval monuments such as St Mary’s Guildhall, which once served as a prison to Mary Queen of Scots, a theatre for Shakespeare and an inspiration to George Eliot.

The cathedral city was built up around motor manufacture and engineering, and still has strong links with the motor industry. But there’s more to Coventry than cars. You only have to set foot in areas such as the revamped Fargo Village, with its vintage clothes and gift shops, American diner, chocolate and macaroon maker, and handmade jewellery boutiques to see that the city is buzzing with new experiences to explore.

In the 2017 QS Best Student Cities ranking, Coventry was ranked joint 39th in the world, and 5th in the UK.

Coventry has a lot to offer that many of us do not exploit. The city boasts great student nightlife; it is a labyrinth of pubs, clubs, fantastic restaurants, shops and societies. Aesthetically, Coventry has a lot of interesting design, with its postwar concrete structures, Medieval and Victorian streets, all steeped in historical culture.”

Sharon Kenwrick, Centre for Lifelong Learning student

Warwickshire towns

The elegant 18th century town of Royal Leamington Spa is also home to many Warwick students and is within easy reach of campus by public transport. It’s smaller than Coventry but still lively with plenty of bars, cafés and shops to explore. If you’re looking for somewhere to really drink in history and heritage, nearby Kenilworth, Warwick and Stratford-upon- Avon certainly fit the bill. From the beautiful thatched cottage where Shakespeare courted his wife-to-be, to Warwick and Kenilworth castles, there’s plenty to appeal to your cultural side. Or you could just make the most of the beautiful Warwickshire countryside to get some fresh air and escape the crowds.

Well connected

London is just an hour by direct train from Coventry and Birmingham is a 20-min train journey, so exploring beyond Coventry and Warwickshire is easy.

Some must dos in Coventry

See your favourite band live at the Ricoh Arena, a 40,500-capacity stadium, which hosts world famous artists.

Step back in time at national tourist attraction Warwick Castle, which dates back almost 11 centuries.

Experience breaking the sound barrier at over 760mph in Coventry Transport Museum’s Thrust SSC Simulator.

Indulge your inner culture vulture at one of the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum's many award-winning exhibitions adn workshops.

Explore both the new and old bombed out Coventry Cathedral and check out the Blitz Experience Museum.

Enjoy retail therapy at Coventry's major high street stores and Leamington Spa's independent boutiques.

See a show at the Belgrade Theatre which hosts and produces some of the UK’s best drama, comedy and musicals.

Watch top sports with Premiership rugby and Coventry City Football Club at the Ricoh Arena and ice-hockey and speedway.










Whittle Arches Coventry


Godiva Festival

Herbert Art Gallery