Coventry Student Nightlife Guide

Coventry is a city of many surprises. From its industrial past, Coventry has developed into an exciting, multicultural city that offers students (and everyone else) great nightlife and lots of entertainment.

From the outside, Coventry often gets a bad reputation as being a relatively boring city with not much to offer. In fact, this couldn't be further from the truth - Coventry is a friendly and welcoming place with a busy nightlife scene and a lot going on throughout the year. Alongside the popular bars and clubs in town, Coventry's famous for its music scene, which regularly attracts many big names - local heroes The Specials were hugely influential in the development of ska, and now there's a rich musical heritage for students to get involved in.

Coventry is also great for shopping lovers - it's got an excellent array of shops that cater to all tastes. No matter what you're looking for - from second-hand CDs to designer brands - you'll find it in Coventry.

In terms of food, there are plenty of cheap eats dotted around town for those on a budget. There are also some excellent restaurants, especially if you're looking for Chinese or Indian cuisine.

What's more, Coventry's easily accessible from London by train or coach, making it really easy to get to from home. It's well worth checking out if you want a fantastic student experience close to home...

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Freshers week

Freshers week presents a great opportunity to meet your fellow students and get involved with all the different clubs and societies on campus. It also provides the chance to see what Coventry has to offer before you start your first term, especially in terms of local nightlife and live music.

Below, you'll find our comprehensive guide to Coventry and student nightlife in the city, consisting of student-friendly bars and places to eat, as well as places to catch your favourite bands and DJs, and an FAQ section to answer some of those niggling questions you might have about your new home and Freshers Week.

Students bars, clubs and live music venues

The student community in Coventry is diverse and ever-changing, with thousands of students attending universities across the city. Boasting a number of vibrant and exciting venues, nightclubs, bars and pubs such, there's no shortage of places to go out, drink, and dance in the city!

The Kasbah Nightclub

The Kasbah Coventry is one of the best-known and loved student nights out in the city. It’s a must if you want to party hard post-studies and have lots of fun with your fellow students. Renowned for its cheap and cheerful drinks menu, its cheesy club nights and its excellent listings of live events - including performances from upcoming DJs and bands - the venue has be coined the best in the city. We’ll let you be the judge on that one.

147 Nightclub

Formerly known and fondly remembered as Scholars Nightclub, the recently reopened and renamed 147 club continues the legacy of its popular predecessor, flaunting a friendly atmosphere and student-friendly prices on drinks and food. Just a few minutes walk from the Coventry University campus, the venue is comitted to offering students plenty of unrestrained fun and the best live entertainment. A great choice if you fancy letting your hair down staight after a long lecture or class.

The Assembly

Although not necessarily situated in Coventry, The Assembly, in neighboring Leamington Spa, is just a short fifteen-minute train journey away and well worth a visit. The stunning, art-deco, multi-function venue opened its doors back in 2008 after a multi-million pound redevelopment, and has since played host to a long list of renowned bands and musicians. Into your live music? This is the venue you!

Catch 22

For those searching for a more sophisticated night out, Catch 22 is the spot. The chic bar come nightclub is well known for its high-quality drinks offering and unparalleled atmosphere. One especially for the ladies, who can obtain tickets for free entry before midnight, the venue has a huge dancfloor where the very best in R&B and pop music can be heard.

The Empire

The Empire Coventry, with its rich history in live music, club events, and comedy shows, is well worth checking out if you're new in town and looking to experience the local scene. Just a stones throw from the Coventry University campus, the venue also regularly promotes student nights boasting some of the lowest drinks prices in the city.

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Fresher’s FAQ’s

When does Freshers Week Take place in Coventry?

Freshers Week 2021 in Coventry is set to run from Sunday 12th September to Sunday 31st October

Do I need to provide ID at events?

Yes, as a requirement of law all bars, pubs, clubs and venues will require some form of a valid ID that proves you are at least 18 years of age. Accepted forms of ID include a driver’s license or passport.

Will I need a facemask?

Yes. Although the law has now changed, within some premises, you may still need to wear a mask, with each individual hospitality venue able to apply its own rules. You may be asked to wear one when moving around a restaurant or bar for example but not when seated. You’ll also need to wear a mask if travelling on public transport.


More about Coventry

Irrespective of whether you're a first time visitor to the city, a frequently returning guest or a lifelong inhabitant, our guides are essential reading for anyone looking to make the most of their time in Coventry.



Coventry is a city of many surprises. From its industrial past, Coventry has developed into an exciting, multicultural city that offers students (and everyone else) great nightlife and lots of entertainment. From the outside, Coventry often gets a bad reputation as bein

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