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Established as a university in the 1990s, Coventry University has more than 27,000 students and is one of two universities in Coventry.

Four academic faculties make up the university, with each faculty divided into different schools. These are:

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing
  • Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

There are three campuses, including one in the city centre where the majority of university operations take place. There are also a further two campuses outside of Coventry, in Scarborough and London. The Coventry city centre campus has undergone a £160m regeneration and expansion project.

The university ranked 12th in the Guardian University Guide 2018, its highest ranking yet, and received the title of Top New University in the Complete University Guide 2018. It was also awarded gold status in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.

This performance in the league tables is reflected in the positive reviews from our student reviewers: from social life to lecturers, facilities to the city, our students seem to be very happy with Coventry.

Students say:

“It has surpassed my expectations. Superbly relevant, intellectually rigorous course content; very good facilities on uni; friendly staff, students and city mates; safe neighbourhood; and convenient location of stores. What more could one ask for?”

“It's been great so far. I've met some great people, and the university experience has given me the opportunity to branch out and get out of my comfort zone. I've grown a lot.”

“Very good. I'm a mature student and have enjoyed my time here a lot. I've got involved at many levels, in societies and as course rep. I get along with students and staff alike.”

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

95% of Coventry University graduates gained employment or continued further study after graduation. There is a Careers and Employability Service which helps you to secure work placements and internships, as well as offering advice for cover letters and CVs. There are also “Add+vantage” modules which can be studied alongside your course and are designed to enhance employability.

There is support available for students and recent graduates who would like to start a business or become self-employed through funding, practical advice and business space.

Students voted Coventry 18th in the Job Prospects category at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Students say:

“Coventry university focuses on improving transferable skills and your own ability to work under pressure, the university is in close contact to business like Jaguar Land Rover, and prioritises employability in their courses.”

“Many of the modules are directly involved in improving your technical skills and giving you a wide range of abilities. They provide job fairs with major companies so that you can interact with potential employers. There is a large amount of support for placements and postgraduate jobs for the students.”

“I know Coventry uni has different employability and career sections for students and they send us mail on jobs, internships etc.”

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

Coventry University offers a range of undergraduate courses across the following academic areas:

  • Art and Design
  • Energy, Construction and Environment
  • Life Sciences
  • Nursing, Midwifery and Health
  • Business
  • Humanities
  • Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering
  • Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Computing, Electronics and Mathematics
  • Law
  • Media and Performing Arts

Courses in Occupational Therapy and Hospitality and Tourism are particularly highly regarded, ranking 4th and 6th respectively in the Complete University Guide 2018. Food Science, Sports Science and Physiotherapy also rank in the top ten.

Our student reviewers were particularly impressed by the way lecturers made the courses relate to the real world, and also how personable and easy to approach they can be.

Students say:

“That the course pages on moodle are updated regularly by the lecturers to provide important and useful information on the course material to help with upcoming quizzes, exams and coursework. The lecturers are easily approachable and can be found using their theta sessions or email to ask them about any queries regarding the course or material that has been confusing.”

“The material is easily accessible. Furthermore, a number of lecturers brought numerous experts ( in my case Judges, solicitors and law academics ) whom gave us a greater insight in many areas related to our course.”

“The lecturers know what they are doing and relate classwork to real life industry experience.”

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

Coventry Uni Students’ Union (CUSU) is run by a Board of Trustees which includes five full time executive officers, two members of student council, two members of Coventry University Board of Governors and three external trustees who volunteer their time. There also around 100 staff employed by the university, which includes a large proportion of students. The Union is there to help with advice and help across a wide variety of issue areas, including employment, housing and financial worries. It also runs societies, clubs and social events.

There was high praise of the SU from our student reviewers – even from those who said they haven’t been involved!

Students say:

“The CUSU come up with exciting ways to make student living more enjoyable. I am involved by being a course representative.”

“I have not been involved in Students’ Union activities, but I believe it is a great body that caters for the needs of the student and voice our concerns to the relevant authorities in the most appropriate way.”

“Students’ Union is very active with societies for almost everything. Very big involvement in student concerns and meetings regularly to update on any concerns to ensure student satisfaction.”



There’s a large range of accommodation options for students at Coventry University. You can find full information about all halls of residences on the Coventry University website, but here are a few examples.

Singer Hall features 693 single study bedrooms and superior single rooms. Two types of flats are available - a single flat has 6 bedrooms with shared facilities which include a kitchen, shower room, toilet and a room with a bath and toilet. Recently refurbished superior flats have 6 bedrooms with 2 shower rooms and 2 rooms with a toilet and basin - there is more storage space in the bedrooms. The hall is well served by public transport, with a bus and train station reasonably nearby. The university campus is just over half a mile away from the hall. Rent for a standard room for a 40-week period costs £5,120 and includes internet access, possession insurance, utilities and communal cleaning.

Victoria Hall is a purpose-built student complex which is just a few minutes’ walk away from the main campus. It features single en-suite bedrooms, a common room, shared kitchens and laundry facilities (extra charge). Rent begins at £125.00 per week and includes Wi-Fi access, utilities, possessions insurance and communal cleaning.

Paradise Place has been refurbished. It offers a range of three and five en-suite bedroom flats. Each flat has a fully furnished kitchen and living area and it’s only a 10-minute walk away from Coventry train station. Rent begins at £149.00 per week and includes Wi-Fi, utilities and possessions insurance.

Our student reviewers liked the fact that the accommodation was well managed, safe and secure, as well as the community of students they lived with.

Students say:

“Nice sized rooms with lots of living space for 5 people, very close to the uni and protected by security.”

“I live in an ensuite studio accommodation. I love it as it very well managed.”

“It is very nice and great enjoy. I am enjoying my life as well as making new friends. Very good environment as well as good people living nearby.”

Cost of living
Living costs This is the average annual cost of living for a student studying in the town where this uni is based.
Source: IDP Connect 2019


per annum


Coventry University’s Lanchester Library has provisions for individual, silent and group working. There are 1,200 study spaces, 500 computer workstations and Wi-Fi provided throughout the building. There are more than 350,000 print books, 70,000 e-books, 30,000 electronic and print journals and a range of other multimedia resources. The library is open for 24 hours a day during exam period.

Each faculty also has subject specific facilities. For example, the Health and Life Sciences faculty boasts a mock operating theatre, crime scene laboratory and a real ambulance.

There is also an outdoor and sporting facilities which includes full-sized rugby, football and hockey pitches, as well as Astro Turf training facilities. The Sport and Recreation Centre is located centrally on campus and contains a fitness suite, two indoor sports halls and a therapy clinic.

Our student reviewers were impressed: facilities are up to date and mostly in abundance, but the library can get packed during busy periods.

Students say:

“The facilities are excellent. They have everything I require for my studies.”

“Very good, everything works as it should. Provides suitable resources and environment for learning and socialising.”

“Generally excellent, though library space is sometimes a challenge especially during intense periods- e.g. examination period.”

City life
City life

City life

The main shopping area in Coventry is just a few minutes’ walk away from the university campus. There’s also an array of music venues and nightclubs, restaurants, bars and cafes. Museums and galleries are found in the city centre, and there are also theatres and sporting venues. With a large number of students living in Coventry, there’s lots of student nights hosted at city centre clubs and venues. Coventry is the 10th largest city in the UK and is in close proximity to other major cities including Birmingham, and just 95 miles away from London.

Many of our reviewers comment that Coventry can be quiet – but they also point out there is still plenty of stuff going on if you seek it out.

Students say:

“Safe. Warm people. Generally quiet.”

“The nights out are mainly to clubs and are generally quite packed, there are nice restaurants in the centre and good places to shop, the city centre is modern and clean, the transport museum is excellent.”

“Very quiet, but a few good restaurants”

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£2.00 - £3.00

per pint
Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

There are approximately 50 sports clubs and over 100 societies you can join as a student at Coventry University. There are usual sports clubs, including football, hockey and rugby, but also some more unusual clubs, such as lacrosse and mountaineering. Every year there is a Varsity tournament against students from the University of Warwick. If you can’t find a society you want to join, support and encouragement is given to set up your own.

Our student reviewers found clubs and societies provided a good way to socialising, meeting new people and letting off steam after studying.

Students say:

“Clubs are plenty and societies often organise student events within the clubs to entertain and let loose from the study pressures that occasionally take hold.”

“Clubs and societies are very interesting. They always bring something new. I always enjoyed their club or societies fairs.”

“Really good choice. They put on lots of different events and opportunities to partake in activities.”

Student support
Student support

Student support

Coventry University has a range of different support services depending on your needs. This includes a Disability Support Team, Health and Wellbeing Service, Counsellors and Mental Health Advisors, a Spirituality and Faith Centre and a university Medical Centre. You can also seek support and assistance with financial and accommodation issues. There’s also an on-campus nursery for students with children.

Both academic and personal support was praised by our student reviewers, from the feedback tutors give to the counselling available for those who need it.

Students say:

“The support is good. The tutors are always there when we need to speak to them or need help with anything. The feedback we receive is also very detailed and it helps us to plan our essays for our next assignments in an attempt to do better.”

“They give good feedback, and their counselling team is incredible”

“It’s perfect for students as they are always available and if they can’t offer help, will direct you here help can be found”



UK Students per year: £9,250

International Students per year: Starts from £14,104

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

Coventry University Sports Scholarship

Awards of up to £3000 (£1,500 cash / £1,500 support) available for around 30 students each year who have the sporting ability to represent the university at a high level.

Coventry University Phoenix Scholarship

Worth £1,000 per year for applicants who achieve 260 points or above from their entry qualifications.

Coventry University Partner Scholarship

Worth £1,000 for high achieving students from Coventry’s partner schools and colleges.

Coventry University Academic Excellence Scholarship

Worth up to £2,000 per year for high academic achievement at A Level and for those who maintain a particular academic level throughout their studies.

Coventry University EU Academic Excellence Scholarship

Worth £1,000 per year for non-UK EU students for those who meet the eligibility criteria and have the required number of points from equivalent qualifications.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

Coventry University has been highly ranked across a number of subjects. It has been ranked no.1 in the UK for Film Production and Photography, 5th for Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism, 7th for Building and Town and Country Planning, 9th for Nursing and Midwifery, 10th for Social Work and is in the top 20 for lots of other subjects.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Media Production BA (Hons)

Essential entry-requirements include 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, with A Levels at BBC to include one from Media or Film Studies. A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (DMM) in Media is also accepted.

Photography BA (Hons)

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language with A Levels at BCC, preferably to include one from Art, Media or Photography. A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (DMM) in Art and Design or Media is also accepted. You will also be required to attend an interview and portfolio review.

Strategic Tourism and Hospitality Management BA (Hons)

You will need 260 UCAS Tariff points, plus 5 GCSEs at A*-C including Maths and English.

Building Services Engineering BEng (Hons)

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Maths. A Levels at BBC to include Mathematics (excluding General Studies). BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (DMM) to include Maths.

Midwifery BSc (Hons)

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Maths and Science. Typical offers come from A levels at BBB to include Biology or Human Biology. You can also apply with a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (DDM) in a Health Subject.


Key stats

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2020

53rd / 131

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2019 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)


TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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