This one’s for the commuters! As someone who travelled to the University as a student (and now as a staff member) I can truly relate to the struggles of student parking!
It’s almost a right of passage that every student will at some point have a nightmare finding a parking space, especially for those mid-morning lectures, never mind the 9am’s! However, there are more Coventry car park options than you may realise across the city for students to make the most of…
4 Hours: £1
All Day: £2
The main student car park is located right next to the Library and the EC building, and is of course, the primary location for students commuting into campus. Yes, it does have the most amount of spaces, and yes it does fill up fast! If you have a class at 9am, I would recommend trying to arrive by 8.30am LATEST, simply due to the volume of students that arrive so close to their lecture start time! As the day progresses, spaces do obviously become readily available, so it’s always worth taking a look.
TOP TIP: Gives yourself enough time and ignore the idiots – there’s always a couple of cars ‘parked’ which defy the laws of common sense!
4 Hours: £1
All Day: £2
It’s a fairly common perception that there’s only 1 parking option specifically for students around campus – but this is not the case! Just off Cox Street, opposite the current leisure centre, there is a smaller (and often quieter) student car park. Although it may look compact and the surface a bit bumpy, there’s more spaces than meets the eye. Again, I’d recommend arriving there as early as you can to avoid disappointment, but it is certainly less ‘well known’ to students, and again, more spaces pop up throughout the day.
Mon-Fri Student Pass: £8.50
Slightly further afield than the 2 University options, Skydome’s parking offer is great for those of you that have a pretty packed weekly timetable. There are at least 15 floors available (I’ve never had to discover what level it stops at!), so clearly a great chance of securing a place. You’ll have to pay a visit to the Attendants on floor 2 to purchase your ticket, and then that pass is yours until Friday night. A very secure parking option that’s 5/10mins walk away from University square.
7 Day Parking Pass: £12.50
Although situated right in the middle of campus, Whitefriars is a city council owned car park, and is the most expensive option on our list. The hourly rate is greater than our student car parks, but as you can see, it does offer a good price for a 7 day pass. Again, this is a nice option for those of you traveling to campus all week, and it’s right on the doorstep of the Sports & Rec centre and our new SHB.
5 Hours: £1
24 Hours: £2
Full Week: £7.50
Our last recommendation is so new that there’s not even a Google Maps pinpoint for it yet! If you don’t mind a bit more of a walk to campus, then the new Abbots Lane car park is the cheapest of the lot! It only opened at the beginning of October, and is a genuine money-saving alternative to the other city centre options.
Hopefully I’ve managed to show that you don’t have to struggle like you might have initially thought when it comes to student-friendly parking options around Coventry! Want to know more about living in Coventry? Then check out our tips and advice here!