7 Best Student-Friendly Cafes in Coventry

A long day of lectures can be tiring, if you don’t feel like cooking up something in your student accommodation in Coventry or if you have a lot of work to do and need a place to study whilst you grab a bite to eat at the same time, a cafe is one of the easiest places to go to!

Well, you’re in luck because Coventry has some fantastic cafes close to the university campus which offer delicious food and drink and amazing atmospheres. 

With so many to choose from it can be hard to know where to go, which is why we have listed the 7 best student-friendly cafes Coventry has to offer. A cuppa and a slice of cake, anyone? Yes please!

Carry on reading to find your new regular cafe in Coventry. 

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1. Baxter Baristas

First on our list of the best student-friendly cafes in Coventry is Baxter Baristas, which is only a 3 min walk away from Coventry University. 

You can simply stroll off campus and head off for some tasty lunch and a brew or an end of the day treat. 

It is a lovely cafe with mouth-watering menus that include gluten free and vegan options.

Not to mention the tasty beverages, delicious cake and sandwiches they serve daily. We have to recommend their Grilled Ham Toastie and their Caramel Macchiato!

What is even better, they offer students a 15% discount – a great way for you to save those pennies. 

Head down to Baxter Baristas for a well deserved treat, their doggie-friendly too so you might just see some absolutely adorable pups – who can say no to that?


Address: Transport Museum, Millennium Place, Coventry, CV1 1JD

2. Bean & Leaf Coffee House

The one thing Bean & Leaf Coffee House knows how to do best is coffee, so if you’re after a good-tasting cup of Joe this one’s a must-visit. 

They are coffee fanatics and bakers who serve specialty coffee in a cosy, fresh and vibrant cafe in Coventry.

A perfect place to go with friends to grab a bite to eat before you head back to your accommodation or lecture, or on your own to study with a perfectly made cup of coffee to keep you going. 

If you don’t fancy a coffee that’s no problem. They also offer a wide selection of great teas like their Green Tea’s and Fruity Teas, amongst others.

How could we forget? Their Bonfire hot chocolate is what dreams are made of! 

It’s not far from Coventry university – only a 4 min walk, so why not drop by for some lunch or an afternoon treat? You know you want to! 


Address: 76 Hertford St, Coventry, CV1 1LB

3. Coffee#1

Coffee#1 is a local cafe that is a perfect place to go after a long lecture – with a relaxed and welcoming environment, it is the place to unwind and destress with a lovely cup of coffee and a delicious snack.

If you’re wondering what scrumptious treats and tasty drinks that await your arrival then that’s where we come in handy.

We’ve tried and tested their Salted Caramel Banoffee Frappe and their Raspberry Portuguese Tart – give us moreee! 

They’re also offering some Halloween specials like their Pumpkin Spice, it’s a must-try.

You can sit and watch life pass you by after a busy day, or have a catch up with your pals before heading back to your student flat. 

If you do take a visit here. make sure to download the Coffee#1 app.

The app is their loyalty scheme where you can get stamps for every hot or cold drink purchased to earn free drinks and offers users exclusive discounts. 

So make sure to take advantage of these offers so you can save some money – it’s gotta be done!



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Address: Ground Floor, 1 Friargate, Coventry, CV1 5RR

4. Kahawa Cafe

Kahawa Cafe is a popular cafe for students with its warm and welcoming atmosphere, beautiful coffee and amazing food.

If a sweet treat is what you’re after then Kawaha cafe will definitely deliver.

From a variety of ice cream flavours, waffles and cookie dough to mouth-watering cakes, you are 100% spoiled for choice!

They also have plenty of other options if you fancy something savoury or a nice warm drink during the cold weather.

We reckon you should try their Chai Coffee Latte! 

If you don’t feel like eating in they do offer delivery services through uber eats or you can ring up to collect. 

You’ll find them located on New Union Street, in the centre of the city, go give this place a try and see what you make of it. 



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Address: 163 New Union St, Coventry, CV1 2PL

5. Geek Retreat

If you are looking for something fun to do after a day of lectures then Geek Retreat is where you need to be!

Why? Because it is a gaming cafe!

Whether you are a gamer or non-gamer there is something for you at this inclusive and welcoming Coventry cafe. 

You’ll find this place inside Lower Precinct Shopping Centre, right in the heart of Coventry.

They pride themselves on providing a space for all things geeky, from superhero movies to anine to gaming to sci-fi.

You can meet, eat, trade and game all in one place. 

It is for sure a brilliant place to grab a milkshake and something to unwind and meet new people.

You never know, you might make some new friends! 

To see what’s happening at Greek Retreat check out their Facebook page – you will find all events they are holding there and when.

So enjoy and cheers to some gaming fun.


Address: 28 Hertford St, Coventry, CV1 1LF

6. Sprinkles Gelato

If you are an ice cream lover then Sprinkles Gelato on Hales Street, which is just a 2 min walk from Coventry uni, is the place for you!

This award-winning dessert parlour offers handmade gelato, waffles, crepes, sundaes, cake and cupcakes.

You will find it hard to pick just one mouth-watering sweet dessert! 

They don’t just sell desserts either, they also sell tasty milkshakes, coffee and specialty tea.

Our go-to order is the ‘I Love You To Pieces’ crepe with Peanut butter and hot fudge sauce, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and milk chocolate sauce.

Whilst our fave drink ever is their Fudge Frappe. 

How long do you think it will be before you become a regular customer? We know we will be back for sure!

It might not be the best place to sit and study (we wouldn’t recommend even attempting) but it’s sure a great place to sit and unwind with your friends.

Bonus, Sprinkles Gelato offers a delivery service through Uber Eats, Just Eat and Deliveroo – so you can eat it wherever and whenever you like.



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Address: Old Fire Station, Hales St, Coventry, CV1 1JA

7. Gloria & Lil’s Parkside 

Gloria & Lil’s is a cosy little cafe in the heart of Coventry on Parkside, not so far from Coventry University campus. 

Whilst it may be new to the cafe scene in Coventry, this place is a must-try.

Trust us, you’ll love their delicious savoury dishes and sweet treats like their Rocky Road cake. 

It really is the perfect spot to relax and unwind after a morning lecture or bring some work along with you and grab a bite to eat and drink to keep you going.

For a glimpse of what else they serve check out their Facebook page – if you’re not hungry now you definitely will be!

You don’t need to eat at Gloria & Lil’s, you can also take it away so you can always grab something on your way back to your student accommodation.


Address: 33 Parkside, Coventry, CV1 2NE

We hope you now have a variety of Coventry cafes to choose from and find the perfect little spot for you to relax or study with your pals.

Enjoy the array of scrumptious goodies they have to offer which are right on your doorstep – it would be rude not to, eh?!

If you are looking to get fit and healthy whilst living in Coventry, then check out our blog on The top 10 gyms in Coventry for students.

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