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Cost of Living Hub

Manage your money with helpful information on student finance, budgeting tools, and more.

Welcome to the Coventry University Cost of Living Hub. Thinking about how you'll manage at university when life feels increasingly expensive? We've got lots of information that can help you plan and feel confident about your finances.

Here you'll find the knowledge, tools and support you'll need to make the most of your time at university.

Cost of living as a student in Coventry

Whether you're coming to Coventry to study or supporting someone who is, it's helpful to know the actual cost of living here. These examples can show you how much money you may need and what to budget for.

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Support from the university

Health and Wellbeing

This team offer a friendly face to talk to online or face-to-face. They can also connect you to the right services and support for your needs.

Your Students' Union Advice Service

An independent and confidential service for all students. They can give advice and support on a wide range of problems including finance and money, financial support and more.


Connect with our Talent Team for career guidance. They can also help you with your CV, interviews and finding work.


Coventry University has a great range of facilities. Make use of them to help your budget go further.


Can I work as a student?

Depending on whether you’re a UK or international student, the amount of time you can work in the UK while studying, and whether you can work at all while in the UK, can be different. Most students can work up to 20 hours a week during term time, and full-time during university vacation periods. Check our page on study and work for more information.

How can I get more money as a student?

There are a few ways you can get additional money while studying. Firstly, if you’re able to, you could try and find a part-time job to help top up your bank balance. You could also find additional financial aid, or check out our list of scholarships and bursaries for UK students, or if you’re an international student, we have a separate list you can check out. 

Do I have to pay for a TV licence?

You need a TV licence if you watch any form of live TV on your own television or computer. This includes all UK TV channels, as well as live programmes on the likes of Amazon Prime, NOW and YouTube. You also need a TV licence if you watch BBC iPlayer, either live or recorded shows. You do not need a TV licence if you purely watch on-demand streaming from the likes of Disney Plus and Netflix. For more information on TV licences and whether you need one, check out the TV licence website.

How can I save money as a student?

There are plenty of great ways you can save money as a student. You should always create a budget for yourself, so you know exactly how much you can spend each month – a budget calculator is a quick and easy way to work this out. You can also have a look at our list of external resources, all of which provide great ideas on how to save money.

What can students get for free?

As a student, you have several great benefits you can receive to stretch your budget at university further. Our online and local discount page provides greater details on what you can apply for and what you can receive as a student.


If you need any help or advice with your finances, our advisers are here for you. You can contact them on or go to one of their drop-in sessions.

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