We've pulled together some handy tips on getting around the city, saving money, navigating the world of bins(!) and some other things you don't want to miss out on.
As a city, Coventry is pretty compact and accessible, meaning that walking or cycling from place to place doesn’t take long; it also has excellent bus links within the city, and is well-connected with rail links to surrounding areas.
If you live in halls or close to the city centre, you’re within walking distance of almost everything you could need. The University, the Lower Precinct, West Orchards Shopping Centre, the Skydome, the train station, Pool Meadow Bus Station, and more! The Campus Wayfinder is a great tool to find your way around: https://wayfinder.coventry.ac.uk/?location=coventry-university
Walking Distances (approx):
Singer Hall: 5 minutes to university and city centre
Victoria Hall: 5 minutes to university and city centre
Priory Hall: 5 minutes to university and city centre
Callice Court: 5 minutes to university, 10 minutes to city centre
Paradise Place: 5 minutes to university, 10 minutes to city centre
Quadrant Hall: 10 minutes to university, 5 minutes to city centre
St Margaret Road: 10 minutes to university, 15 minutes to city centre
Far Gosford Street: 10 minutes to university, 15 minutes to city centre
Raglan House: 10 minutes to university, 15 minutes to city centre
Liberty Point: 10 minutes to university, 15 minutes to city centre
Lynden House: 15 minutes to university and city centre
In the UK cyclists must use the road or cycle path, not the pavement/sidewalk. We strongly advise you wear a helmet and high-visibility gear, and if riding in the dark make sure you have lights. We also recommend you take a bicycle lock so you can secure your bicycle when you reach your destination and make sure your bike is insured.
For more leisurely cycling check out the City Council’s Where to Cycle guide with 10 different British Cycling self-guided routes to download free and traffic-free destinations nearby. We also have a Cycling Club you can join!
Coventry has bus routes to key destinations within the city, including the university, the city centre, Earlsdon, the Ricoh Arena, University Hospital and the train station. Several bus routes within the city offer day saver rates, perfect if you’re a commuter, and you can get student bus passes too, helping keep those travel costs down.
National Express offers connections between Coventry and other major cities around the UK. If you travel from Birmingham Airport you can take line number 900 bus to Pool Meadow station.
Coventry is just one hour from London by train, 45 – 55 minutes from Wolverhampton and a mere 20 minutes from Birmingham. A good option if commuting. Trains regularly run to both throughout the hour.
Bicester Village, Cadbury World, Birmingham International Airport, Leamington Spa, Warwick Castle, Kenilworth, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds are all within easy reach from the station, even if it does mean a few changes here and there!
If you're aged 16-25, make sure to pick up a 16-25 railcard, it will more than pay for itself in just your first few journeys!
Ok, so... I know bins aren't the most exciting thing! But new city: new rules about rubbish, and you don't to get fined or annoy your new neighbours. If you live in halls there should be clear rules from your accommodation provider about which rubbish goes where, but if you live in private accommodation you'll need to follow the counci's rules.
Blue Bin, Green Bin, Brown Bin...
You have three bins each with a different coloured lid. Blue is for recycling, Green is for household waste, Brown is for food and garden waste. If you put the wrong things in the wrong bins they won't be collected and you'll soon have a smelly situation on your doorstep.
Bins are collected every two weeks: one week it'll be your green bin, the following week your blue and brown bins. You can find out your collection schedule by looking up your Bin Day.
You can find out what to do if your bin isn't collected or you need a new bin on our Waste campaigns page.
Starting University can be expensive and it can be easy to get carried away in those first few weeks. Some things you can do to save yourself a few pounds:
- If you're planning to go out over semester or block one pick up your Freshers Social Pass for discounts on more than a dozen local restaurants, bars, and activities - all COVID-secure.
- Book a slot for Freshers Fair to pick up your freebies from our local business partners.
- Don't buy any software! Yet. As a student you'll have access to a lot of software for free through the University including Microsoft Office, Adobe CreativeSuite, and specialist software for your course. Ask in your Course Aula to find out what you can get your hands on.
- Sign up for a Go CV Card, they're free to all Coventry residents and give you discounts and entry to lots of City Centre venues including The Wave waterpark and the Transport Museum.
- Buy TOTUM for national student discounts on fashion, tech, food and more.
- Sign up to StudentBeans and UniDays for more discounts on Amazon Prime, Apple Music, EE, beauty, fitness and more.
- Plan your budget! I know this one isn't as fun-sounding as the others but sticking to a budget is the best way to have the money to take advantage of all these offers and discounts you're going to have! This will give you a start when it comes to managing your budget.
- If you're worried about your finances you can contact the Students' Union Advice Centre.
There are some other things it's important to do: