Driving, Transportation & Pedestrians
Travelling around Coventry and further afield is usually very easy and safe. Most of the UK is accessible by public transport, with train, bus and cars being the most commonly used methods of transport. Make sure that you make the most of your time in the UK and see as much of the country as possible. You could spend some of the breaks in your study or the weekend to visit other places and attractions in the country.
As always there are rules that you will have to adhere to when travelling. You must hold a valid driving licence to drive in the UK. For further information on the validity of driving licences issued outside the UK, please refer to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency or the UKCISA guidance on driving in the UK.
So that you are safe when walking around the city you should also make sure that you understand your responsibility as a pedestrian, please refer to The Highway Code: Rules for Pedestrians (1 to 35).
Coventry University is located in the heart of the city, which makes it an ideal place to live. For that reason, you may not need to use public transport very often while studying with us. However, if you do, information about all of Coventry’s bus routes, timetables and fares is available online. Further information on public transport within Coventry, or if you wish to travel outside of the city, is available on the Visit Coventry and Warwickshire Tourist Information website.
A one way journey on a Network West Midlands bus is approx. £2.20. A day saver costs approx. £4 and gives you access to any bus journey for that particular day.
Student bus passes can be purchased directly from Network West Midlands.
To make your travel around Coventry and the rest of the UK as affordable as possible, you should take full advantage of the range of discounts available to you.
You can obtain rail and coach cards from the local ticket offices.
- Young Person's Railcards cost £30 per year
- National Express Student Coach Cards cost £12.50 for one year or £30 for three years
These cards enable you to save 1/3 on many normal adult fares, but check conditions before purchasing.
TOTUM Card (previously known as NUS (National Union of Students) Card)
This card can be purchased from the University’s Students’ Union (CUSU) in the Hub for £12 and provides hundreds of discounts in the UK. Find out more information about the benefits of the TOTUM card.
International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
This can be purchased locally for £12 and provides thousands of travel, online and lifestyle discounts. Further information about the International Student Identity Card.
Alternatively, you can purchase a combined TOTUM NUS card to include ISIC.