A Student’s Guide to Coventry
Formerly known as Coventry Polytechnic, Coventry University has been voted Modern University of the Year for three successive years in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and is certainly recognised for the employability of its graduates – so if you want to get a good job with your degree, Coventry is a good place to start!
Coventry’s position in the heart of the Midlands makes it an option for students living in all four corners of the UK thanks to its excellent road and rail links. If Coventry University is one of your UCAS options, let us help provide you with the lowdown on what life as a student in Coventry could be like for you:
Main attractions in Coventry
- Coventry Cathedral is one of the city’s most revered landmarks, with many inspired by its medieval history and the way in which it was reconstructed as a display of faith and hope following the Luftwaffe’s bombings of the entire city centre. Today, the ruins of the old Cathedral are preserved as a memorial and a sacred space for the city, while the iconic new Cathedral is symbol of the city’s regeneration.
- Regarded as one of the best museums in the Midlands, if you’re into your music past and present, Coventry Music Museum is a must-see. Here, you will see the city’s musical heritage documented fully; right the way back to Roman occupation through to the 50’s rock’n’roll scene, the 90’s Bhangra scene and today’s indie rock vibe thanks to The Enemy. A really fascinating way to wile away an afternoon with your musical uni pals.
- Belgrade Theatre is the best place in Coventry for those seeking some cultural stimulation. With a vibrant programme of community productions as well as professional shows, it’s very popular with the university’s arts students and the Belgrade is part of Coventry’s bid to become the 2021 UK City of Culture.
Restaurants in Coventry
- Phoenix is undoubtedly the number-one student hideaway day and night. Not only does it offer great-value drinks it’s a great spot for a bar meal to line the stomach before a night on the tiles. Their spicy chicken wings and jam-packed burritos pack a punch and are the perfect complement to a cold pint of the good stuff.
- For those occasions when only quantity rather than quality will do, Cosmo’s all-you-can-eat world buffet should be at the top of your list. It’s a very popular place for students to come and graze after a heavy night out or on a lazy Sunday afternoon. With cuisines from America to India and China to Mexico, where else can you get all the flavours of the world on one plate?!
- Feeling adventurous? If you enjoy seeking new and exotic tastes then Habibi tucked away on Far Gosford Street is the place for you and your friends. It’s a fantastic dining experience, with Middle Eastern halal food served in their authentic Bedouin tent. Another plus point here is their lack of an alcohol licence – they encourage you to bring your own beer, or whatever else you prefer to drink, of course.
Nightlife in Coventry
- Kasbah Nightclub is an absolute relic and has been on the Coventry nightlife map for many, many years. Known in various different guises, including the Colosseum, this art deco inspired building still bangs out the latest tunes each weekend and has also played host to some great live bands, most notably the Arctic Monkeys, who sold out the Kasbah main room in just 11 minutes in 2005.
- Speaking of live music, The Empire rivals Kasbah as the number-one venue in Coventry. Part-owned by The Enemy’s lead singer, Tom Clarke, this is the newest music venue on the block and has already staged the likes of The Libertines, Pete Doherty and Sleaford Mods. If you’re a rock or indie fan, this place will be a mecca for you during your time at Coventry University.
- Scholars is another popular nightclub venue among the university population and the city’s locals alike. The best thing going for Scholars is its central location, just around the corner from The Empire, and is a stone’s throw from a raft of takeaway joints that are perfect for soaking up the alcohol or curbing your appetite.