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Coventry has been named one of the 50 best student cities (in the world) by higher education data specialists QS, we read in an article from last week’s Guardian.  The list included just four UK entries this year: London, Edinburgh, Manchester – and Coventry.

While you could have guessed the first three, the latter may seem surprising to some.  We’ve always known that Coventry is great – we love it here and we’re really pleased it’s getting some of its well-deserved recognition as a place full of life.

Below are a few clips of the full article (available to read in full here).

“Coming from London, Coventry feels smaller and less touristy. I didn’t make a conscious decision to study in Coventry, a city famous for car manufacturing, Lady Godiva and being bombed in the Blitz.” She chose to study at campus-based Warwick University for the merits of the University itself. “Having such a large student population makes Coventry very accessible to students. It isn’t glamorous, but it has a unique charm. Give Coventry a chance and you’ll quickly find yourself falling for it too.”

Hayley Simon, fourth-year Chemistry student at the University of Warwick

“Coventry, the medieval town famous for its Cathedrals, green spaces, young population, nightlife and multiculturalism. What more can a student ask for? The pubs and restaurants of the Cathedral Quarter, the clubs and bars along Spon Street and there are masses of parks.

For sports fans, Coventry has an ice rink supporting youth, wreck and semi-professional ice hockey teams. It also has a basketball court, numerous sports centres, and an Olympic sized swimming pool and more.  The city centre Odeon complex, the Warwick Arts Centre, and the Belgrade Theatre offers all that comedy fans, music lovers and theatre geeks could wish for.
Art lovers can spend their days inside the Herbert Art Gallery.  If you are looking for artistic sole traders, Victorian buildings and castles, then look no further than nearby Kenilworth, Leamington and Warwick.  Or to get up close and personal to Shakespeare, then Coventry lays only 20 minutes from his birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon.

It is nice to be in a city that has a rich history. The Coventry Transport Museum holds the largest collection of British transport in the world, and exhibitions about Coventry’s links and involvement to WWII are also commonplace.
The beauty of Coventry is that there is so much to explore and discover. It won’t take you long to find the spots that become the setting for some of the best years of your life.”

Henry Crosby, PhD student at Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities

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