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Affordable & Fun Activities for Students

By ResidenceLifeAssistant 24 Feb 2024

Being a student often means balancing a tight budget, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun exploring new places! Coventry University is nestled in the heart of England (known as the Midlands), and offers easy access to a variety of destinations that won't break the bank. Let's embark on budget-friendly adventures to nearby towns and cities, where you can make the most of your student life without spending a fortune.

1. Leamington Spa

Distance from Coventry: Approximately 20 minutes by train.

Leamington Spa, with its elegant Regency architecture and lush green spaces, is a perfect escape for a day out. Here are some affordable activities to enjoy:

  • Jephson Gardens: Immerse yourself in nature's beauty with a leisurely stroll through these picturesque gardens.
  • Royal Pump Rooms: Learn about the town's spa heritage at this free museum and art gallery.
  • Riverside Walk: Follow the serene River Leam and discover hidden gems along the way.

2. Warwick 

Distance from Coventry: Around 30 minutes by bus.

Step back in time and explore the historic town of Warwick, home to one of England's most iconic castles. Here's how to make the most of your visit without spending a fortune:

  • Warwick Castle: While entry to the castle can be pricey, you can still marvel at its grandeur from the outside and explore the surrounding grounds for free.
  • St. Nicholas Park: Pack a picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the river in this charming park.
  • Lord Leycester Hospital: Delve into Warwick's medieval past with a visit to this historic timber-framed building (small entrance fee may apply).q

3. Birmingham 

Distance from Coventry: Approximately 30 minutes by train.

As England's second-largest city, Birmingham offers a plethora of student-friendly attractions and activities. Here are some budget-friendly options to consider:

  • Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: Dive into art, history and culture with free admission to this renowned museum.
  • Bullring & Grand Central: Window shop or hunt for bargains in one of the UK's largest shopping centers.
  • Canal Walks: Explore Birmingham's extensive canal network, lined with cafes, street art and vibrant atmosphere.

4. Coventry City Centre

  • Last but not least:
    • Coventry Cathedral: Explore the ruins and the modern cathedral.
    • Herbert Art Gallery & Museum: Discover local history and art exhibitions.
    • Coventry Transport Museum: Dive into the world of transport history for free.
    • Coombe Abbey Park - 10 mins from University campus via car or taxi, this lovely park is just outside the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Tips for Budget-Friendly Outings:

  • Student Discounts: Always carry your student ID to take advantage of discounts on attractions, transportation and dining. Research discount apps such as Uni Days. 
  • Pack Your Own: Save money by bringing snacks, drinks and a packed lunch for your day trips instead of buying food.
  • Public Transport: Look out for discounted rail or bus tickets for students via National Rail and consider group travel to further reduce costs.