Coventry lies at the heart of a motorway network. Once you get to the city centre there are signposts to the University from all the relevant ring road junctions.
From London: follow the M1, leaving it at Junction 17 onto the M45. At the end of the M45, continue along the A45 and follow the signs for the city centre.
From East Anglia and eastern England: Take the A14 until it meets the M1/M6 interchange. Then take the M6 to Junction 2 and follow signs for the city centre.
From southern England: take the A34 to the M40. Leave the M40 at Junction 15, then take the A46 and follow signs for the city centre.
From the southwest: take the M5, then the M42, leaving the M42 at Junction 6. Follow the A45 to Coventry. From South Wales: follow the M4 to the M5, then as above.
From western Scotland and the Northwest: leave the M6 at Junction 3 and follow the signs for Coventry city centre.
From the North: take the M1 to Junction 21, then to the end of the M69, following signs for Coventry city centre.
Coventry is on the main intercity route. Trains from London (Euston) leave every 30 minutes throughout most of the day with journey times of 1 hour to 80 minutes. It takes approximately 20 minutes to reach Coventry from Birmingham International Station.
There are also daily services from Scotland and the Northwest, from Bristol, the Southwest and South Wales. In addition there are frequent services from Oxford, Southampton and Bournemouth, as well as Nuneaton, Rugby, Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International (for Birmingham International Airport and the National Exhibition Centre). Check the National Rail Enquiries website for more information.
From Coventry station
If you take a taxi, the fare will be approximately £3.00 and you should ask for Coventry University in the city centre.
Alternatively, bus numbers 8/8A/9/9A/85/585/X30 leave the station for the city centre every ten minutes (every 30 minutes after 6pm). Ask the driver for 'Pool Meadow', which is the bus terminus. This is opposite Priory Street. Make sure you have the exact cash ready as no change is given on the buses.
If you choose to walk, it will take you 15–20 minutes. There are extensive building works between the train station and the city. There are pedestrian diversion signs to the city centre, then pedestrian signposts to Coventry Cathedral.
On Undergraduate Open Days only you can take advantage of our free shuttle bus service from Coventry railway station to take you to and from the University. When you arrive at Coventry railway station go through to the main concourse and look for our Student Ambassadors, dressed in green jackets, who will direct you to the shuttle minibus. The journey takes about ten minutes, depending on traffic.
TheHub is located next to the Herbert Art Gallery moving away from the cathedral. It is the large glass fronted building with yellow pillars.
Coventry is well served by cycle paths and if coming from outside the ring road, there are cycle and pedestrian shared-use subways which allow you to circumvent the ring road junctions. For more details see the council's Coventry cycle map.
If you are travelling to or from the station by bicycle, the trip will take you approximately 5 minutes. There is a designated cycle path from the Toucan crossing over the ring road and an off-road cycle path that takes you to Friar’s Road. Please be aware there are major building works at Coventry train station and you may be asked to follow a diversion route. There is covered cycle parking at many locations around the University.
For regular commuters, there is secure cycle parking available at the multi-storey car park near the Lanchester Library. This is in a caged and covered enclosure with lockers for belongings and is covered by CCTV. Contact the Estates Department for more information.
By Bus or Coach
Pool Meadow bus and coach station is located five minutes' walk from the University's main reception in the Alan Berry building.
For details of local bus/coach/train times and destinations please contact the bus station enquiry line on: +44 (0) 24 7655 9559.
National Express offers connections between Coventry and other major cities around the UK. If you travel from Birmingham Airport you can take line number 900 bus to Pool Meadow station.
You can fly to Birmingham International airport, which is a 20 minute journey from Coventry by road or rail.
There are direct daily flights to and from Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and many other major European cities. Note: there are also direct coaches (National Express) from these airports to Coventry, terminating at Pool Meadow.
Birmingham Airport Website
If you fly into London Heathrow, Stansted, Luton or Gatwick, you can catch a train to London and travel to Coventry by rail.
Where to Stay
A list of accommodation in and around Coventry is available on the Coventry and Warwickshire website. You can also find information on restaurants, shopping, theatres, nightlife and places to visit, while you are here.