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Cost of Living

Rated a top-five student city in England for affordability*, Coventry is a great place to live and study. But with rent, bills and other outgoings to consider, you’ll need to be clever when it comes to your cash.

Each section below includes simple advice and guidance on managing your money at uni.

*QS Best Student Cities Index Ranking Indicators 2023

  • We aim to make life at Coventry University as stress-free as possible.

    This year we’ve introduced some additional measures to help ease the burden of the current cost of living crisis.

    Free parking across all our Group-owned student car parks until 31 July 2023.

    Bargain breakfast: a hot drink and either toast, cereal or a pastry will cost you just £1 across selected Group catering outlets.

    The student support network provides advice, guidance and practical help throughout your time at Coventry University; from Success Coaches and academic support with your studies, to help with settling into your accommodation and accessing the right physical and mental wellbeing support.

    There are also many student discounts available on everything from days out to shopping and tech. YourSU is there to ensure you live your best student life.

  • Whether you’re joining us from down the road or moving here from further afield, finding somewhere to live is a vital part of settling in and making Coventry your new home.

    If you’re joining us in September 2023, simply make us your firm choice on UCAS Track and reserve your university-owned accommodation from 8 March for just £90 deposit.

    Our modern and secure halls of residence boast a heap of benefits such as super-fast wi-fi and your bills and contents insurance included. Plus, there’s the on-site ResLife team who are on hand with a calendar of social activities to help you make friends and expand your network.

    So whatever your needs and your budget are, our team is ready to help you find the best accommodation to suit you.

  • Drawing on their wealth of experience, the experts at UCAS have made it easy for you to get a good idea of what your outgoings might be while you study at Coventry University.

    They’ve even accounted for those lattes you love!

    UCAS cost of living calculator

  • There’s always something you forget, isn’t there? Here’s a short list of things you may also want to consider:

    Bulk buying: look out for savings to be made when you bulk buy some products. It might be on food you can cook and freeze, products with a long shelf life or products everyone is likely to use so you can split the cost.

    Childcare: will you need childcare while you study? It’s worth researching options beforehand so you know how much money you’ll need to put aside.

    Earn while you learn: thefutureworks is Coventry University’s own employment agency with temporary and permanent positions available.

    Financial fees: is your bank account right for your needs? Watch out for accounts that carry charges for services like an overdraft and consider if another account might offer you more perks, like a better rate of interest or discounts on your shopping.

    From astrology to zumba: whatever your hobbies and interests are, joining fees, clothing and equipment can quickly add up.

    TV licence and subscriptions: if you like nothing more than a good binge-watch of your favourite TV show, you’ll need a TV licence and could get fined if you don’t have one. Then there are subscription fees to premium services too, e.g. Netflix.

    Money matters: look out for promotions, discounts and other initiatives that help you save money each month. Check out YourSU for details on discounts from UNiDAYS, Totum and Student Beans.

    What’s cooking? Learning to cook is fun and even better when done with friends. Cooking and eating at home could help you eat healthier and crucially, save you money.


If you are struggling to manage your money, speak to one of our Student Engagement Centre advisers who will be happy to help. Get in touch by emailing or call +44 (0)24 7765 6565.

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