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Coventry University is a diverse and exciting place to work and we share the enthusiasm of our staff and students to be the best at whatever they choose to do. As one of the City’s biggest employers, we offer some impressive benefits for our staff and are committed to delivering the very best opportunities. We have a comprehensive training, personal and professional development programme that provides our employees with the skills to enhance their performance in the workplace and grow in their careers. There are pension schemes, a generous holiday allowance and flexible working opportunities as well as lifestyle benefits including childcare vouchers, discounted membership to the £4 million sports and recreation centre and schemes such as Cycle to Work and the CU Car Share initiative.

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Preparing for University

Student packing

We understand students have worries and concerns about going to university, after all, many of you haven’t lived away from home before. But don’t worry, we’ve put together our top tips to make sure you’re fully prepped for uni. We’ve also listed frequently asked questions and answers.

Student house

Make sure you’ve secured a place to live

If you’ll be living away from home, start looking at uni accommodation as well as private accommodation and choose what best suits you. Do it before all the good places go!

Student cooking

Learn to cook if you don’t already know how

Takeaways are great now and again but not every day, nor will they agree with your health or student budget, plus you’ll miss home cooking so ask your family or friends to teach you some recipes during the summer.

Student bank account

Open up a student bank account

These offer much more than your standard accounts, the biggest one being an interest-free overdraft! Shop around and compare accounts, MoneySavingExpert is a great website where you can search for the best student bank accounts. Try to open your account before you start uni so any loans or bursaries you are due to receive will go straight into your student account. Be sure to check the small print, you don’t want to be stuck paying massive charges for going over your overdraft limit!

NUS Card pizza

Get yourself an NUS student card

An initial £12 fee is required, but this could save you loads in the long run. You’ll get discounts in restaurants such as Pizza Express, Frankie and Benny’s and you can even get a free burger or McFlurry when you buy a meal at McDonald’s! You’ll get discounts on parking such as at the SkyDome, 40% off at Warwick Castle, 10% off at ASOS, discounts at health and fitness places, supermarkets, and even places that offer uni essentials for example WHSmith… the list is endless!

Student cooking

Make sure you have everything ready

Make a uni checklist of everything you need, from blankets, pillow cases to kitchen appliances, clothes and a laptop for studying. Get everything packed and ready to go so aren't any hidden surprises later.

Student cooking

Start reading your course material

If your uni’s already emailed you a list of texts covered in your first semester, then get reading to reduce your workload. After all, your precious time at the beginning of uni can be better spent making friends and socialising!

Get a job

Start applying for part-time jobs

Earning a bit of extra cash every month could help you with living costs as well as give you disposable income to spend on nice things like clothes and eating out! Start looking for retail roles in Coventry as well as weekend office-based roles.

Is student accommodation in Coventry available?

Yes, Coventry University has a range of accommodation available. From shared kitchens and bathrooms to en suite studio flats. You can even look for private accommodation if you’d prefer to live in a house.

How will I know where the buildings are located?

If you’re unsure of where to go for lectures on your first week… don’t worry. You can get a map of the campus from any of our buildings or just ask any of the receptionists who will point you in the right direction. If all else fails, Google Maps will help!

What if I fall behind on my work?

If you do end up falling behind on work, speak to your tutor(s) to see if there is anything they can do help you. Many of our students set themselves a study timetable and make sure they stick to it. Our advice would be to try to keep on top of things from the offset and not leave everything to the last minute.

What if I don’t make any friends?

Living in halls is a good way to make new friends, as well as attending fresher’s week where everyone else is in the same boat as you and thinking the same thing. Remember you’ll be working closely with other students in your lectures when doing presentations, so you’ll have the opportunity to make friends there too. There is also a range of groups and societies you can join.

Does Coventry University provide financial help?

Yes, the university provides scholarships to students awarded based on academic merit or sporting excellence. Find out more.

What is included in my tuition fees?

Lots of students ask this question because obviously you want to know what you’re paying for. We are proud to offer a ‘No Hidden Extras’ policy. For those of you studying an eligible course your tuition fee includes all essential items such as core textbooks, printing and mandatory UK field trips. We also make it clear if there are any other activities that will need to be paid for to avoid giving you any horrible financial shockers!

What things can I do in Coventry?

There’s so much to do! From dining out at restaurants and going to bars and clubs, to attending exhibitions, sporting sessions and more. For further information check out the video on this page which reveals hidden gems in Coventry! Remember, everyone who is attending uni is going through the same journey as you, so you’re not alone.

No. 12
UK University

Guardian University Guide 2018

Why go anywhere else?

We know you have a lot of options during Clearing but there are a few good reasons to make us your choice:

  • Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework 2017
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - Complete University Guides 2018 (Guardian)
  • Top 4 for student experience - Good University Guide 2017 (The Times)