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Living in Coventry

The birthplace of Britain's motor industry

Costs Summary

  • Cost of living £301.22
  • Housing £1,045.09
  • Transportation £50.90
  • Sport and leisure £44.50
Total £1,441.71

About Coventry

You'll find Coventry right in the centre of the UK, sitting on the edge of the West Midlands.

The city is famous for being the birthplace of the motor industry, and you’ll still find many prestigious British car manufacturers there. But, that’s not the only draw. Named UK City of Culture for 2021, and host of the Commonwealth Games 2022, Coventry has recently benefited from a large injection of investment. Regeneration projects include a £30 million restoration project run by Historic England.

Coventry is also the home of two highly-rated universities: The University of Warwick and The University of Coventry, and attracts students from all over the world. Many young families and professionals also love the city for it’s affordable cost of living and proximity to beautiful green spaces, like: the 500-acre Coombe Abbey Park, 220-acre Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, and Allesley Park.

  • Avg. monthly salary £3,068
  • Avg. rent £690
  • Pollution Low
  • Avg. house price £174,460
  • Avg. council tax £2,059
  • Internet speed 100 mbps

Demographics

Age

  • Age 19 and under 22.9%
  • Age 20 to 29 39.3%
  • Age 30 to 39 10.7%
  • Age 40 to 49 9.9%
  • Age 50 to 59 7.1%
  • Age 60+ 10.1%

Social grades

  • Upper / Middle class 10.5%
  • Lower middle class 44.6%
  • Skilled working class 13.1%
  • Working class / Pensioners 31.8%

Politics

  • Labour 44%
  • Conservative 43%
  • Liberal Democrat 6%
  • Brexit Party 4%
  • Green 3%
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Crime rate in Coventry

Every city has its share of crime, and Coventry is no different. Most crime in Coventry takes place in the city centre area of St Michael’s, whereas Foleshill has the lowest crime rate in the city.
  • Crime rating High crime
  • Crimes last 12m 2209
  • Crimes per thousand 292

The local area

There’s a lot of history to explore in Coventry, despite facing extensive bombing during World War Two. The old and new Cathedrals at St Michael’s are probably two of the most important buildings in the city, but it’s also worth checking out the nearby ruins of Bagot’s castle, and Caludon castle.

No trip to Coventry is complete without a trip to the Coventry Transport Museum. This free museum houses the largest collection of British made cars, motorcycles, and bikes, including the Thrust SSC which is capable of breaking the sound barrier.

Local Cafes and Restaurants

18 restaurants in Coventry
  1. Ikea Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  2. The Spon Gate Pub/bar/nightclub
  3. JJ's Pub/bar/nightclub
  4. Harvester Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  5. Laser Quest Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  6. Toros Steakhouse Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  7. Atrium Health Ltd Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  8. Taste Vietnam Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  9. Turmeric Gold Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  10. Coventry Caribbean Association Pub/bar/nightclub
  11. FAIRFAX SOCIAL CLUB Pub/bar/nightclub
  12. Blue Orchid Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  13. Ramada Hotel and Suites Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
  14. Aqua Food and Mood Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  15. Blue Orchid Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  16. The Aardvark Pub/bar/nightclub
  17. Shimla Spice Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  18. Flannellys Pub/bar/nightclub

Cost of living in Coventry

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Milk£0.73£0.50 - £0.90
Bread£0.87£0.61 - £1.25
Eggs£1.77£1.20 - £2.16
Wine£7.50£6.00 - £12.00
Beer£1.38£0.76 - £1.99
Utilities£201.52£187.08 - £560.75
Preschool cost£977£800 - £1,130

Housing costs

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Buy: 2 Bed house£141K£95K - £280K
Rent: 2 Bed house£672 PCM£264 - £2308
Rent HMO£440 PCM£324 - £552

Public Transport costs

Much of Coventry and the surrounding area is served by a network of bus routes, run by Transport for West Midlands. If you're looking to travel further afield there are four train stations: the main Coventry train station and three local train stations at Canley, Coventry Arena, and Tile Hill. You can reach London in just 1 hour from Coventry station. There are also regular, direct trains to Birmingham International - the closest airport.
Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
One-way ticket£2£2.20 - £2.80
Monthly pass£51£30.00 - £76.09
Taxi starting tariff£3£2.50 - £3.40

Leisure

Weekends in Coventry are well spent exploring the independent stores at FarGo Village, catching a show at the Belgrade Theatre, or simply taking a stroll along Coventry Canal’s picturesque tow paths.

Sports lovers can head to the Ricoh Arena, which is the home of Wasps Rugby & Wasps Netball. The arena also doubles as a huge music venue, and has one of the UK’s largest casinos on site.

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Fitness Club£25 pm£16.00 - £40.00
Cinema£10 pp£7.00 - £10.75
Inexpensive restaurant£10 pp£7.00 - £18.00

Moving to Coventry

Many long term residents of Coventry tend to avoid the city centre in favour of areas like Earlsdon, Allesley, and Kenilworth. These areas have the benefit of a village-feel, and leafy green spaces, whilst still being within commutable distance of Coventry, and nearby Birmingham and Warwick.

The rental market in Coventry is dominated by accommodation for the students at the two nearby universities: the University of Coventry, and the University of Warwick. Many students choose to rent near the university, in areas like Canley.

Moving costs

The cost of moving to Coventry will vary depending on the day of the week, demand, and where you’re booking from, but on average you should expect to pay around £1 per mile on top of a loading and unloading fee of £800, and around £125 for dismantling and reassembling.

The following moving costs are based on a 3 bedroom family house and include loading and packing.

  • From Coventry to Leeds - £1044
  • From Coventry to London - £1035
  • From Coventry to Liverpool - £1043
  • From Coventry to Manchester - £1031
  • From Coventry to Birmingham - £945
  • From Coventry to Sheffield - £1016
  • From Coventry to Edinburgh - £1238
  • From Coventry to Glasgow - £1233
  • From Coventry to Cardiff - £1047
  • From Coventry to Swansea - £1082
  • From Coventry to Bath - £1039
  • From Coventry to Bristol - £1026
  • From Coventry to Telford - £975

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