Coventry University
Coventry , West Midlands, United Kingdom

Coventry University is a public research university in Coventry, England. The origins of Coventry University can be traced back to the founding of the Coventry School of Design in 1843. It was known as Lanchester Polytechnic from 1970 until 1987, and then as Coventry Polytechnic until the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 afforded its university status that year and the name was changed to Coventry University.

With more than 29,000 undergraduate and almost 6,000 postgraduate students in 2019, Coventry is the larger of the two universities in the city, the other being the University of Warwick. It is the UK’s fastest-growing university and the country’s sixth-largest overall, being the fourth largest outside of London.

It has two principal campuses: 

  1. The Centre of Coventry where the majority of its operations are located,
  2. Central London which focuses on business and management courses..

Coventry also governs their other higher education institutions CU Coventry, CU Scarborough, and CU London, all of which market themselves as an "alternative to mainstream higher education". Its four faculties, which are made up of schools and departments, run around 300 undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Across the university, there are 11 research centres that specialize in different fields, from transport to peace studies. In 2017, the university gained a Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Coventry is a member of the University Alliance mission group.

 International Students: 37%

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Coventry University London is proud to hold its awards ceremony at the historic Guildhall in the City of London. Coventry has flourished into a student community with clubs, events and social spaces designed purely with students in mind. After a day of shopping, studying and sightseeing, our city-based campus is ideally located in the heart of Coventry so you can take full advantage of city living.

If you’re considering going to university, you’re probably someone who enjoys an adventure. It is estimated that 75 percent of England is within a two-hour drive from Coventry and the central location means most major transport routes pass through Coventry.

Coventry’s mainline station has trains that can take you to London in an hour, to Birmingham in 30 minutes and to Oxford in just under an hour approximately. Closer to home, students love to watch a sports game at the Ricoh Arena, which will host some of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Student Guide

Many of our International Student Support Team have studied abroad themselves and are also multi-lingual, so you can receive simple and prompt responses to your questions. With over 13,000 international students from 160 countries in Coventry, our network of dedicated experts and advisors know how to support you with everything to do with being an international student. Our team offers a pick-up service if you are arriving from a nearby airport along with hosting a range of orientation events so that you, and other new students, can discover Coventry and beyond together.