Top 8 Things To Do in Coventry For Students

Are you heading to Coventry University, or the University of Warwick come September? Well, our guide will help you find out the top 8 things to do for students in the city. From exciting theatre shows to cocktail bars to cultural hotspots this city has it all – you’ll never be short of plans to make with your flatmates!

Keep reading to prepare for your big move to the West Midlands.


1. Watch A Show At The Belgrade Theatre

Whilst living in Coventry you have to experience a show at The Belgrade Theatre at least once. You’ll find it in the heart of the city close by to the West Orchards Shopping Centre so, if you want to go for food or drinks beforehand there’s loads of options within walking distance.

This major arts and cultural venue has a varied programme throughout the year with shows like Bugsy Malone, The Rocky Horror Show and Grease on the calendar – you’ll sure be entertained! It’s a great place to go with friends or when your family come to visit.

Not only are the productions they put on great, but it’s also an important historical building. Being the first civic theatre to be built in Britain after WW2 and is now a Grade II listed building. Although, Belgrade manages to capture old and new very well in this stunning theatre.

Explore their events calendar or buy tickets to a show on the official website here.



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Address: Belgrade Square, Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GS

 2. Explore The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

It’s no surprise that Coventry was named the UK City of Culture for 2021 with tons of cultural attractions to be seen. One of our must-see’s is Herbert Art Gallery & Museum on Jordan Well. It’s also located next to the Cathedral if you want to kill one bird with two stones.

Learn about the history, art and culture of the city with their museum, art gallery, records archive, learning centre and media studio. Enjoy the beautiful artwork or see an inspiring exhibition such as Grown Up In Britain – 100 Years Of Teenage Kicks and Brought To Light.

If you’re wanting to save some money Its free admission so you can walk round without spending a penny, although there is a café if you want to grab something to eat or drink.

Find out more about current exhibitions and events on their website.


Address: Jordan Well, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 5QP England

 3. Experience The Coventry Nightlife

Coventry has a great nightlife whether you’re after a chilled night with a few drinks and a chat with friends or you want to dance the night away in a club, you’ll find lots of places to choose from.


One of our favourite places in the city is The Telegraph Hotel’s rooftop bar, Generators. Enjoy some delicious cocktails with friends whilst enjoying the view of Coventry’s Belgrade Plaza.

This modern bar opened its doors in 2021 so everything is super modern and fresh, it’s for sure the place to go for a bevvie in the city centre. Although, they are open weather dependant so make sure to check the forecast before planning a trip here.



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Address: 157 Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GU

JJ’s Nightclub

JJ’s is one of the biggest nightclubs in Coventry and has had students and locals partying on their dancefloor for over ten years. They host student events on Tuesdays and Saturdays with £1 entry before 11pm and cheap drinks deals – it can’t get better than that!

Their soundtrack is a mix of music genres, so they’ll be songs for everyone to dance to, if you’re looking for an after dark spot as a fresher in Coventry this place is it.



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Address: The Skydome, 2 Croft Rd, Coventry CV1 3AZ

4. Try Some Yummy Food

Las Igunas

Las Igunas is a great place to taste some delicious Latin American food whilst in Coventry. The restaurant is centrally located on Cathedral Lanes, so you won’t have to mooch too far. Its super student friendly too, with Uni-days or your student ID card you can enjoy a whopping 30% off your food bill Sunday-Thursday!

Go with friends and make the most of their all-day Happy Hour, Bottomless Brunch as well as their vegan and vegetarian options. You can choose plates inspired by Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Cuba.


Address: 4 Cathedral Lanes Shopping Centre, Broadgate, Coventry CV1 1LL

Sovrano Caffe

Sovrano Caffe is a quirky Italian café and restaurant located on the outside of West Orchards Shopping Centre. If you’re looking to try something new and authentic, then this is a must! Their menu features amazing Italian dishes and drinks from stone baked pizza to lasagne to hamburgers to mocha coffees.

They’re open every day from 9am-8pm so no matter if you want breakfast lunch or dinner, they’ll blow you away with their flavour and service. There’s seating indoors and outdoors so you and your pals can whichever you fancy. Try it for yourself!


Address: 8 Smithford Way, Coventry CV1 1FX

5. Watch A Game At Coventry Building Society Arena

If you’re a sports lover, then Coventry Building Society Arena is an ideal place to go, experience a Wasps Rugby Club game or see a Coventry City FC match whilst living in Coventry. Even if you’re not that into sports, go to a match with your flatmates and experience the lively atmosphere!

The stadium and arena also host exciting events with this year being home to Judo, Wrestling and Rugby Sevens during the Commonwealth Games. Along with music legends such as Spice Girls, Take That, Bon Jovi and Red-Hot Chili Peppers performing at the arena across the years.

Despite not having any music events currently lined up for the next year, keep your eyes peeled on their website for upcoming events.


Address: Judds Ln, Coventry CV6 6GE

6. Go To A Concert At The HMV Empire

Keen to experience the live music scene in Coventry? Well, The Empire should be your first port of call. The award-winning music venue opened its doors in 2015 and has since had numerous national and international artists perform on its stages.

Not only is it spacious, has multiple bars, a balcony with good views but also, the most important part, they have an amazing events calendar. The likes of Yungblud, Jamie Webster and The Chameleons are set to perform at The Empire later this year.

The venue is also hosts DJs and nightclub events such as the Abba Disco Wonderland and Club Tropicana 80s Night which are taking place during the next academic term. Find out more here.



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Address: 22 Hertford St, Coventry CV1 1LF

 7. Chill At Coombe Country Park

Coombe Country Park is a beautiful park where you can escape the busy streets of the city centre and roam around the 500 acres of gardens, woodland, lakeside walks, and wildlife. Go with your newfound friends and make a day of it with a picnic or get an iced coffee and have a walk around.

This green space is especially nice during the summer months but it’s a scenic place to visit no matter the weather. Although, it’s about a 15-minute car or 30-minute bus ride away so you’ll need to plan how you’re going to get there. You can even have a nice cycle there if you’re bringing your bike with you to uni!

Why not swing the ropes at Go Ape and take part in a treetop challenge at the park if you’re feeling up for it? We live for an adrenaline rush!


Address: Brinklow Rd, Coventry CV3 2AB

 8. Go For A Swim At The Wave

The Wave is an indoor waterpark located in Coventry city centre which features six waterslides, the largest wave pool in the UK, a relaxing lazy river and a splash zone. A day out here will be full of laughs splashing around with your mates. Don’t worry, it’s not just for kid’s adults are more than welcome.

Its £12.50 for an off-peak ticket or £16.50 for a peak time ticket, it’s not breaking the bank really, is it?! We for sure think it’s worth it for a fun-filled day out in Coventry, especially if you want to do something different.



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Address: New Union St, Coventry CV1 2PS

Well, that’s it everyone, the end of our blog on the top 10 things to do in Coventry for students. What activities will you be getting upto? Let us know! You’re going to have an amazing student experience in this city. Even just sitting back and relaxing in your modern student flat can be great.

You should read our blog on Top 10 Restaurants Offering Takeaway In Coventry next, after all, who doesn’t love to treat themself?!

Looking for student accommodation in Coventry or other cities across the UK? Here at Essential Student Living we have tons of properties to suit every student’s needs. Take a look today and a member of our team will be happy to help!

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