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Local Area

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While you’ll enjoy the benefits of our great campus facilities, it’s definitely worth exploring the local area. Whether you’re a country-lover or you enjoy city life, our campus is perfectly positioned to offer you the best of both worlds.

We are located in Coventry, which is in the centre of the UK, close to the Warwickshire towns of Leamington Spa, Kenilworth and Warwick. With city lights and countryside both within easy reach, you won’t be short of choice for things to see and do nearby. This means you’ll have a great base for enriching your research experience by exploring the history, culture, and thriving industries of the local area. Equally, you can relax by making the most of the beautiful countryside, cultural and historical attractions, live music and theatre, and some great nights out.

A thriving city

We’re just three miles from Coventry city centre, where you’ll find everything you would expect from a thriving, modern city. Many of our students living off campus choose to make their home in Coventry, where the bustling city centre offers plenty to do, wherever your interests lie. The cathedral city was built up around motor manufacture and engineering, and we have developed strong links with local industry.

You’ll also find theatres, a major art gallery, a variety of shops, bars, clubs, and Coventry’s two cathedrals. The city is currently undergoing major regeneration to return it to its original medieval street layout by creating more open pedestrian spaces. Some of the city’s most historic streets have been restored, and these are now home to many new independent shops, cafés and unique businesses.

Coventry is currently bidding to become the UK’s City of Culture for 2021. The bid aims to demonstrate the diverse mix of cultural and artistic events and opportunities available within the city – from acoustic sessions by local musicians and family-friendly art exhibitions to large-scale public events such as the Godiva Festival.

Warwickshire towns

The elegant 18th century town of Royal Leamington Spa, home to many Warwick students, is within easy reach of campus by public transport. Leamington Spa is a lively student town, with cafés, restaurants, shops and nightlife to suit all tastes and budgets.

If you’re looking to explore more of Warwickshire, the historic towns of Kenilworth, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon provide more options for days and nights out, and are all easily accessible by public transport.

Stratford-upon-Avon

We also draw on the heritage of our local area to design innovative new courses. We’ve made the most of our proximity to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace and home to the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

Our MA in Global Shakespeare aims to shape the future research agenda in 21st-century Shakespeare studies across criticism, performance, history, and media — from television to digital reproduction.

Well connected

If you want to venture further, London is just an hour’s train ride from Coventry, and Birmingham is 20 minutes away by train. Birmingham International Airport is a 20-minute drive from campus, meaning that you can easily travel abroad for study, research or leisure

Things to see and do in the local area

Step back in time at Warwick Castle, which dates back almost 11 centuries. Its annual events programme includes jousting, dungeon trails, an outdoor cinema and medieval banquets.

Take in a top sports event. Coventry’s Ricoh Arena is home to top Premiership rugby team Wasps and is also a venue for Coventry City Football Club.

Enjoy a theatre performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, or at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre, which attracts some of the UK’s best musicals, plays and dance productions.

Explore the new and old Coventry Cathedrals. After the original cathedral was bombed during World War II, the remains were left in place and a new cathedral built alongside them.

Treat yourself on a shopping trip to Coventry, where you’ll find all the major high street stores, or Leamington Spa, where you can browse the town’s many independent boutiques.

Take a train to Birmingham city centre and enjoy some shopping in the Bullring or Grand Central, or visit one of its museums, theatres or art galleries.