Living in Earlsdon
I have lived in Earlsdon for two years, one of those in full-time employment after my undergraduate degree and nearly a full year as an MA student. Although a lot of this time has been with lockdown restrictions, I have still been able to see what this area has to offer for a student.
Having spoken to a few other students, Earlsdon doesn’t always get the same attention as Canley, Kenilworth or Leamington when people are searching for accommodation. Below I have listed some of my favourite parts about this area and why it is a great place to be based as a student.
Earlsdon High-street: Although on the edge of Coventry city centre, Earlsdon has a warm, close community feel about it not only among students but also the locals. There is a great high-street stocked with everything you could need with even a greengrocer that does student discounts. The independent shops along in Earlsdon are a great choice if you are working on a tight budget and convenient if you are trying to reduce your food waste/plastic use. A handful of independent coffee shops are dotted along the high street, which provided a great change of scenery if you are after a coffee study session.
Social Life: Night Outs may not be what you currently associate with this area, but its proximity via bus to campus and Leamington means you are not far from attending your regular club night. If you are looking for something different, Earlsdon does have a couple of bars which open late and has a Weatherspoon’s at the centre. In addition to this, there are three more Weatherspoon’s within the city centre and several clubs that offer a range of nightouts to suit a range of music tastes all within a ten-minute walk.
Spencer Park is often the lesser-known green space in Earlsdon but if you want to avoid the crowds of War Memorial it is a nice area for a walk or even a picnic in the warmer months. Divided by Spencer Avenue, the park has on one side a large open green space that links to the city centre via a bridge. This open space is always full during the warmer months and is a great place to meet with friends. Its closeness to the city centre also makes it a great shortcut to the retail park Central Six and the train station.
On the other side of Spencer Avenue is the more built up side of Spencer Park. This section of the park includes a hub of the community with events often being held and is a great way to get involved with the local life of the area. This part of the park has a tennis court which is open to new members.
There is so much more to this area and it has a been a great place to live the past couple of years. There are always new cafes and restaurants to eat at, a local library and its closeness to Coventry city centre is a real benefit. Having lived on the opposite side of Coventry for three years in my Undergrad, Earlsdon was a nice a place to experience a bit more space but with the accessibility of all aspects of student life.
Slightly closer to campus and on many major bus routes, there seem very few reasons not to consider living here as a student.