20,000 students make city their home
MORE than 20,000 students from more than 140 countries are making Coventry and Warwickshire their home this year.
Around 12,000 students have enrolled at Warwick University while just under 10,000 have started at Coventry University.
And they are coming from as far afield as China, Nigeria, Japan, Jordan, Brazil and Colombia.
A Coventry University spokesman said: “The number of new students this year is 9,614.
“This includes 7,266 undergraduate students and 2,348 postgraduate students.
“The total number breaks down into 6,804 UK students, 1,188 from the EU and 1,622 international students from non-EU countries.
“New students come from 114 countries (excluding England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man)
“These countries include China, Romania, Portugal and India, which contribute among the largest numbers of international students, as well as other nations including Nigeria, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Canada, Japan, Jordan, Turkey, Netherlands, Singapore, Brazil and Colombia.”
At Warwick, a spokesman said: “More than 12,000 students from the UK, EU and the rest of the world are starting at Warwick University this academic year.
“That breaks down to 6,500 under-grads and 5,500 post-grads.
“And they are coming from over 140 countries.”
In the Guardian University Guide 2018, Coventry University is now in 12th spot – its highest ever placing, up from 15th, while Warwick is ranked eighth.
Warwick has also been ranked seventh in the UK in the Times Good University Guide, and eighth in the Complete University Guide.
On-going student accommodation developments in Coventry have divided opinion, with some saying thje city centre is turning into a campus, while others believe it will help bring further investment in shops and leisure.
Telegraph editor Keith Perry said: “You may not like the thought of students taking over large chunks of Coventry city centre but their presence will help make it better for us all
“Having lots more people living in and around the city centre increases its vitality and viability.
“More people in the city centre at night make it a much more welcoming, safe and secure place.
“Let’s be honest, our city centre is far from what it could or should be.
“It is not a retail destination of any note, too much of it is ugly and beyond its prime and we haven’t got enough decent shops.
“It needs a facelift and Coventry City Council are working on it.
“But what do developers and investors want when they look for where to spend their cash?
“Footfall. People who will spend cash.
“Enter the students. Hundreds and thousands of students living on the edge of the shopping areas making it vibrant and viable.
“Money follows money and the student pound can entice the investors and developers, which brings more of us back to our city centre rather than heading out to Solihull.
“Before you know it, we might even be able to persuade John Lewis, the store you tell us you want, to pitch up in Coventry.
“Of course, these students will finish their courses and become well-educated graduates looking for well-paid jobs, quite possibly here in our booming automotive sector.
“They may well choose, as a lot of students do, to settle here, eventually having families.
“Which means they will need the decent housing we are not building here in Coventry.
“Could those much-maligned students pull off a second trick and spark the desperately needed revitalisation of housing in this city? Now that really would be something.”
Money follows money and the student pound can entice the investors and developers... Editor Keith Perry
The new Bishop Gate student building under construction and right, Coventry University student Kevin Zhou now lives in the city