Flying Start

Flying Start – course essentials at no extra cost

(Formerly known as No Hidden Extras)

University is a great investment but we understand that many students and their parents may be concerned about the cost of fees.

Which is why we promise to make it clear what is included in the fees you pay so there’s no surprises along the way. 

We also believe the lifelong value of higher education far outweighs any short-term costs – you will develop personally, intellectually and professionally, gaining a distinct advantage in the job market.


Graduates earn over £360,000 more over 40 years working, than someone without a degree

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 2015

 What's included?

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following*:


UK field trips

Any mandatory UK site visits and trips.


Key materials

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.


Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.


Placement/Study Abroad fees

No tuition fee if you take a year out on an optional supervised work placement or study abroad opportunity.*

*Flying Start (formerly known as No Hidden Extras) applies to most undergraduate courses at Coventry University (both Coventry and London locations) and this is outlined on individual course pages if applicable. Students on postgraduate courses are not eligible for the Flying Start programme. It is not available at CU Coventry, CU London or CU Scarborough.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Courses in the Faculty are provided packages including key study texts, materials and technology relevant to the specialist area.

This may also include course specific items such as music, language or media software, specialist tuition and subject masterclasses.

Faculty of Business and Law

Courses usually include a package of key textbooks or other reading materials. Some of these are exclusive to Coventry University to make sure they fully match the course needs!

Some courses also offer membership to an internationally recognised professional body for up to a year.

Memberships can include access to additional online materials and resources beneficial for your course.

Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing

Most courses include some key reading materials such as textbooks.A lot of our courses are very technology based, so you may  receive software, electronic devices or drawing equipment, as well as key safety equipment needed for workshops.

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Most courses include some key reading materials such as textbooks.

Some courses have additional interactive electronic resources to enhance learning. Some of these are exclusive to Coventry University to make sure they fully match the course needs!

Depending on your subject area you may also receive items such as sports clothing, lab coats, fingerprint kits or specialist software.


Please note that not all courses will receive all the items mentioned here, as your package will be carefully tailored to the most important items for your individual course. Please see individual course pages for more details.

Flying Start grant

The Flying Start grant (prev. NHE grant) is an additional grant available for application to help you undertake an international travel or UK placement opportunity during your course of study.

What our students say

The amount that was included in the Flying Start offering really did make a massive difference during my studies. The available equipment, resources and trip allowances are tailored depending on the type of course you study. To be honest, these extras became an important factor for myself and other course mates when deciding upon their University and choice of course.

Joe Lloyd, Media and Communications graduate

*Please note that on Automotive and Transport Design, Product Design and Interior Design certain placement years are a mandatory part of the course, and the tuition fee waiver does not apply.