Welcome to Coventry University
Established in the 1990s, Coventry University has more than 27,000 students and is one of two universities in Coventry.
There are three campuses, including one in the city centre, where the majority of university activities take place. There are a further two campuses outside of Coventry, in Scarborough and London. The Coventry city centre campus has undergone a £160 million regeneration and expansion project.
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Courses and fees
Our reviewers consistently praise how helpful Coventry University lecturers are, with a vast amount of subject knowledge and practical experience. The university has been recognised for its teaching excellence by the Sunday Times Good University Guide, while 88% of students are happy with advice and support of tutors according to the National Student Survey.
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
UK Students per year: £9,000
International Students per year: starts from £12,418
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, who meet the eligibility criteria and have the required number of points from equivalent qualifications.
Coventry University strives to offer cutting edge facilities, constantly updating equipment and learning spaces.
There’s a £16 million award-winning library, a £5 million student centre and a £4 million sports facility on offer. Plus, there’s some pretty fascinating stuff to see too: the performing arts centre based in a redeveloped cinema, the Harrier jet in the aerospace lab and the exclusive roof garden.
The main campus’ location in the heart of Coventry means you won’t ever be short of things to see and do. Just inside the city’s ring road, the university is placed right next to Coventry Cathedral and the main shopping centre. With a lively student population, there are pubs and nightclubs to visit, plus Birmingham is only a half hour train journey away.
Library and study facilities
The Lanchester Library building was added to the campus back in 2000 and has won various awards for its unique design, both inside and out. There’s a lot on offer, 2,000 periodicals and 350,000 articles on specialist subjects, spread over three floors. The building is laid out into silent, quiet and group zones to cater for different types of study, and there are approximately 350 computers available to use within the library.
The campus has full Wi-Fi coverage, and there are around 2,400 computers on site for use by university students. Laptop lovers can recharge at over 500 laptop zones too. Students will also receive their own email account with 25GB of inbox space and 200MB of space on the university server to save files and documents. If you have special educational needs there’s also assistive technology and induction loops installed at various points throughout the university.
Coventry University focuses on preparing students for the world of work and as such in 2014/2015, 95% of its graduates either gained employment or continued on to further study. A devoted careers team are based at the university’s Hub building, they will help build your CV, prepare you for interviews and give advice on the best places to search for a job, as well as invite employers to the university to introduce you to their graduate schemes.
The Hub forms the centre of activity at Coventry University, and is where the main buzz of student life takes place. There’s a Costa Coffee shop, a Costcutter supermarket and a food court, so you won’t have to survive off just beans on toast! There’s a medical centre, Spirituality and Faith Centre, plus a recently opened state-of-the-art specialist TV studio. There’s also a bar and a cinema over at Square One, where most of the Student Union organised events take place.
Coventry University Student Union is the focus of social and democratic life on campus. Throughout the year, various must-do activities take place including: volunteering; trips; society events and of course the famed Fresher’s Week. The Student Union also organises sports and society clubs, as well as running an independent advice service.
Go Team Phoenix! That’s the team you’ll be supporting if you come to Coventry University, representing the university in five different sports, sometimes competing against neighbouring rival Warwick University. The Place is the university’s main sporting facility, with seven football pitches, an AstroTurf hockey pitch, and a cricket pitch. Various other sports such as rugby, American football and rounders take place here too.
Medical and Welfare Services
A devoted welfare team are based on-campus to help you through your studies. Should you need to speak about any issues that are bothering you, the welfare team will be your first port of call, offering advice and support on a range of issues. There’s also a medical centre on-site where you can register as a patient and see a GP or nurse should you require medical advice.
As with most universities, you can get a Government grant to study via the Student Loans Company if you meet certain criteria. Coventry also promises No Hidden Extras, where the price it quotes includes all fees and extras for the course. Various scholarships are also available to students who excel in certain subjects.
There’s a range of accommodation on offer to suit all budgets, styles and needs. The university owns four facilities, and another four are managed by the university but owned by private companies, with students from the Warwick University also sharing. There are spaces for approximately 3,500 students, so you can choose which accommodation you apply for, based on your own budget and requirements.
Accommodation fees can be found here.
A lively student hall with shared bathrooms and kitchens, conveniently located only half a mile away from campus. A 40-week contract cost £5,000 for the 2016/17 year.
Slightly more upmarket than Singer Hall, Liberty Point dorms come with their own en-suite bathrooms, however kitchens are still shared. For the 2016/17 year, a 44-week contract is from £5,984.
Right next door to campus buildings, this is the perfect location if you’re not an early riser. Again, each room has an en-suite with shared kitchen. For a 43-week contract in 2016/17 it’s from £5,974.
Perhaps a more civilised affair, there are a range of homes located in residential Coventry for students who don’t fancy the more lively halls. Dotted all around town, in 2016/17 the price for a 50-week contract averaged £5,500.
St Margaret Road
A purpose-built home, there are only 16 spaces at this cosy accommodation, which encourages you to get to know your neighbours. For a 44-week contract, it costs £5,984 in 2016/17.
If you want a guaranteed meal every day, there are two catered facilities on offer. Priory Hall is the oldest accommodation on offer, and is located on the university’s doorstep. Quadrant Hall is also located in the city centre, meaning you can experience life off-campus too!
Coventry University usually opens its doors to potential students towards the end of the year. Some days must be booked for, as they usually get booked up pretty quickly, so make sure you check the website regularly for updates and availability.
For 2017 entry, open days at Coventry University take place on Saturday 17 October and Saturday 7 November.
A Postgraduate open day is taking place on Saturday 12th November 2016 - 10am to 2.30pm.
All term dates can be found at our Term Dates webpage.
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 can be found in the city centre, and there are also theatres and sporting venues. With a large number of students living in Coventry, there are lots of student nights hosted at city centre 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.
What do you look for in your students?Anyone who is honest, hardworking and wants to get a great education and build an amazing career. We think it is really amazing how people travel from far and wide, as well as locally too, to learn with us at Coventry University.
Do you have any famous or notable alumni?
Gerry McGovern – Design Director for Land Rover leading the company’s design studio at Gaydon. Christopher Townsend – Visual Effects Supervisor, working on Iron Man 3, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
What grants/scholarships do you offer?
You can see our list of scholarship opportunities in the Courses and Fees section of this profile.
How much of an emphasis do you place on building workplace skills like presenting, project management and people skills?
Each of our courses are built with the aim of making our students as employable as possible once they graduate. This can be achieved through trips, networking opportunities, work placements, and more, which give our students skills beyond the classroom.
What's university welfare and disability support like?
Our Health and Wellbeing centre is based in The Hub and comprises all of the support we offer, whether you are disabled or not. From our Spirituality and Faith Centre to our Mental Health team, you’ll find friendly, caring and supportive staff to help you with any difficulties you may experience throughout your time at university. For more information please visit our Health and Wellbeing webpage.
What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason?
The Students Union hosts a postgraduate and mature student welcome event. Details can be found on the Students Union website. Other support can be found on the student support page on the university website.
What social events do you offer when people first join to help people make friends and settle in?
Of course, there will be a full two weeks of Fresher’s and Returners events and activities for everyone to enjoy and get to know people. You can find out all about it at our Students’ Union’s website, cusu.org.
What will my first few weeks at your uni be like?
The first few weeks are a chance for you to get to know the city and your course so you can be fully satisfied with your decision. Fresher’s week usually starts with a tour of campus giving you the chance to meet your peers and then the first week of study is more often an induction week giving students an idea of the modules they will study and how their course is weighted in terms of coursework and exams.
Is it a campus or city based university? What advantages do you think this offers?
Both! Our city centre campus offers the convenience of one campus with the excitement of being right in the heart of the city. Plus, with Coventry’s excellent transport links, nowhere is far away!
What sort of societies are there?
With over 100 sports clubs and societies we’re sure there is something for everyone. However, you also have the option to set up your own society if you want to. To see our complete list of societies please visit CUSU’s societies page.
How far is the campus from the town centre and what is the public transport like?
The university campus is situated next to the city centre and therefore isn’t far at all. Busses arrive approximately every 10 – 20 minutes, with the majority passing through the city centre. A map of the campus can be found here. Coventry is on the main intercity route. Trains from London (Euston) leave every 30 minutes throughout most of the day, with journey times of approximately 1 hour.
There are also daily services from Scotland and the Northwest, from Bristol, the Southwest and South Wales. In addition there are frequent services to Oxford, Southampton, and Bournemouth, as well as Nuneaton, Rugby, Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International.
How far apart are different university buildings, and how far away is the accommodation?
University buildings are close together; see our campus map for more information. Accommodation is around a 10-minute walk from lecture theatres.
How much one-to-one contact time do students receive from their lecturers?
Students can email their lecturers and arrange meetings during their office times and arrange drop in sessions anytime they need, they also offer appointments to assist with coursework and exam preparation closer to the time.
What percentage of your students get a full time job after 6 months of graduating?
95% of our graduates are employed or in further study (DLHE Survey 2014/15)
Roughly how many students start each year?
For 2015/16 roughly 9,166 students
What’s the ratio of male/female students?
53% male 47% female
How much is a pint at the student union?
Our student friendly bar ‘Quids inn’ where you can get a pint for as little as £1
What fields of study is the university best known for?
Automotive Engineering and Design, Civil Engineering, Business and Finance
What is the ratio of applications to places at your uni?
Most recent data shows 5.8 applications per place: excludes Clearing activity.
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