The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Coventry

What and where is Coventry?

Coventry is located on the River Sherbourne and is the 9th biggest city in England. Coventry is in the West Midlands Country and it used to be in Warwickshire. There are two universities and will be the City of Culture in 2021.

 

What is the population of Coventry?

The current population of Coventry is estimated at 432,386, which is an increase of 6,820 since 2015 which is a 1.60% annual change.

https://worldpopulationreview.com/world-cities/coventry-population

 

What is the average house price in Coventry?

As of May 2021 the average cost for a property in Coventry is £216,304, which is a rise of 0.59% from February 2021 and a rise of 4.97% from May 2020.

  • Flats sell for an average of £161,061
  • Terrace houses are sold for an average of £211,373
  • The average price paid for a detached house is £397,296
  • For a semi-detached house you are looking to pay around £240,841

Living in Coventry

 

Is Coventry a nice place to live?

The employment rate in Coventry isn’t the best within the UK, as only 64% of the population being employed, 55% are in full time employment and only 19% work over 45 hours per week. This does indicate that people who live in Coventry have a good work/life balance. Coventry does do well on income rates with the average resident having a weekly income of around £535.50.

The life expectancy in Coventry is a little lower than average at 78 for men and 82 for women. The living costs in Coventry re pretty much average with a food shop for a normal household being £54 a week and bills being around £1,233 per month. Petrol prices are on the high side at 120p.

 

Is Coventry a safe place to live?

In Coventry the most common crime that’s reported is anti-social behaviour, with 6,534 incidents reported within 12 months, which makes up 24% of the total crime reported. The next most commonly reported crime was violent crime that made up 20% of all crime reported.

Out of the 16 different wards that make up Coventry, Whoberley is the safest, with only 62 crimes being reported in a given month. Wainbody is the second safest and Earlsdon is the third. According to the statistics the most dangerous place to live in Coventry is St Micheals, with 487 crimes being reported with a month.

Landmarks and History

Coventry Cathedral

It’s said that this was one of the UKs most celebrated building in the 20th century. This is truly a beautiful and one-of-a-kind venue to visit. After the bombing of the city in 1940 it was designed be Sir Basil Spence and opened in 1962. The Cathedral hosts some of the best selection of 1950s and 60s art and architecture in the country.

 

Medieval Spon Street

The buildings on Spon Street are timber-framed and Tudor style, which create a beautiful back drop to do some shopping. There are 31 listed building on this one street including St Johns church. Interestingly, some of the buildings are not native of the street, 10 were relocated here after they were damaged in WW2 bombings, according to Trip Advisor.

 

Travel

Coventry is one of the most accessible cities in the country, it sits right in the centre of the UK and you can enter by road, rail or air. It’s an hour from central London by train and twenty minutes from Birmingham.

Coventry is on the West Coast Main Line and there are regular services linking it to other major cities. You can catch a train to London every 20 minutes and it only takes an hour to get there.

There is easy access to the national motorway network; you have your choice of major routes in. The M6, M6 Toll, M40, M42, M5, M69 and the A45/A46 all link to Coventry depending on where you are coming from.

Eat/Drink

A Sushi

This is a contemporary Japanese and Korean restaurant; you’ll find an authentic oriental dining experience here. It’s known for its incredible sushi and serves the highest quality sashimi. They also like to show off their amazing Korean selection and offer over 100 dishes for you to choose from.

 

Afrilicken Junction

This is the best place for authentic African cuisine. The aim to offer every customer a memorable experience and the atmosphere is always cosy and relaxing. All the food is made with the freshest ingredients and the chefs have over 30 years’ experience between them. So, you know you’re going to eat some delicious food.

 

Playwrights

You’ll find this cute independently owned bar and bistro in the Cathedral Quarter and is housed in a listed building. They opened in 2001 and offer fresh, delicious food in a friendly and unique atmosphere. They use local suppliers and offer vegan and gluten free options.

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Shopping

Coventry Market

You might find some slightly run-down parts of the market, but it’s a great vintage place to go to buy fresh fruit, veg and meat. This simple market offers people the good value and quality products. Most of the vendors know their customers by name. You will also find clothing and handicrafts here.

West Orchards

You’ll find this shopping centre in the heart of Coventry. There are 40 shops including Primark, JD shorts and other high-street staples. It’s set across 5 floors and offers you lots of places to eat, or get refreshment. You’ll find KFC, subway and a noodle bar just to name a few.

Arena Park

This is a large retail park that’s about 3.5 miles away from the city centre, an 8-minute drive.  It’s got high-street favourites such as Next and New look, as well as a large Marks and Spencer’s with an extensive food hall and a Tesco express if you need groceries.

Where to Stay in Coventry

Hotel Royal Court Hotel & Spa Coventry

 

This hotel is set in 11 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and is just 3 miles away from Coventry city centre. The building itself is a 19th century manor with traditional rooms, all with en-suites. There is also an on-site health and leisure club which features an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and even a hair and beauty salon. You can enjoy a lovely roast dinner in the carvery restaurant attached, which serves both British and French specialities. There is also the Balmoral bar for you to enjoy stunning views of the garden over a nice drink.

 

Best Western Plus Windmill Village Hotel

 

The best Western is located on the outskirts of Coventry and offers easy access to the major roads surrounding the city. You will also find an 18-hole golf course and a large indoor pool. There are rooms in the main building that have lovely views of the golf course, but you will also find cosy lodge-style rooms and even the original coaching inn, which have wood-beamed rooms and period features. There is a restaurant with spectacular views of the golf course where you can enjoy locally sourced food.

 

 Britannia Hotel Coventry

This hotel is placed right next to the Coventry Cathedral, which is perfect for those looking to do some sightseeing. It’s also a 5-minute walk from the bustling city centre. All the rooms are modern with an en-suite that has both a bath and shower. There is an on-site restaurant that opens out on the beautiful cathedral square that serves both British and international cuisine. The bus and railway station are a 10-minute walk away and the airport is a 25-minute drive.

 

Top 10 Things to do in Coventry

  1. 2-Tone Village Coventry
  2. Holy Trinity Church
  3. Allesley Park Walled Garden
  4. Bagot’s Castle
  5. Ballroom Climbing Wall
  6. Belgrade Theatre
  7. Blue Badge Guided Tours
  8. Brandon Marsh Nature Centre
  9. Caludon Castle Park
  10. Cook Street Gate

Local Locksmith in Coventry

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