Coventry named 'best student city' for its vibrant cultural scene'

Coventry was ranked the best student city in the region and came within the top 4 for the UK.
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Coventry has been ranked the best student city in the Midlands. According to the QS Best Student Cities 2025 rankings, the city came out on top and was also listed as the fourth best in the UK.

The city finished above Birmingham and Nottingham in the rankings and was named among London, Manchester, and Newcastle as the top four in the country. Rankings are based on various factors from student mix, university rankings, employer activity, desirability, student view, and affordability.

The QS ranking states that the city's combined student population of students, international students, and inclusivity scores highly on the student mix, as well as a strong rating from graduate employers, with its 'long history of leadership in manufacturing and design'.

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In terms of why people should study in Coventry, the ranking states that it has 'good job prospects for graduates' as the city ranks top 80 in the world for employer activity' plus has 'affordable rent and living costs'. They also added that the city offers a 'vibrant cultural scene' with a range of restaurants, late-night bars, shopping centres, cafes, plus entertainment and music venues.

It added: "Coventry is also known for being a major sporting hub. From football to rugby, ice hockey to netball, even if you’re not a fan of playing sports, you’ll want to go and watch. There are also various theatres and art galleries, as well as several large venues in and around the city which are used for both music concerts and major sports events."

When asked to name the best thing about studying in Coventry, one respondent to the QS student survey described it as 'a very friendly and multicultural city” and that the city' feels safe with low crime rates and 'great affordability'.

Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University, Professor John Lathan CBE, said: "We’re proud to be at the heart of such a vibrant and inclusive city. There is so much to offer our students to enrich their lives while they’re studying with us, some of whom choose to stay after graduation and make Coventry their home.

"We’re especially delighted that the city has been recognised for its inclusivity, and we are proud Coventry is our home but also home to the 160 nationalities our student population represents."

To be considered in the rankings, each city must have a population of more than 250,000 and be home to at least two universities featured in the most recent QS World University Rankings. To find out more about QS Best Student Cities, visit the website.

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