Map of taxi rank and local authority border through campus

The county border

When getting a taxi to or from campus, there is one key fact to keep in mind: the University sits on the border between the areas managed by Coventry City Council and Warwickshire District Council, which runs down Gibbet Hill Road. The way you can legally be charged for your journey changes if you're dropped off on a different side of this border to the one you were picked up from.

The University's taxi rank in the Bus Interchange is on the Coventry side of campus, so any journey from there to Warwickshire (including Leamington, Kenilworth and Warwick) will be cross-border.

Journeys in the same county

If you're picked up and dropped off in the same county, the driver is legally obliged to charge you using the meter. Make sure they're doing this before you agree to the journey.

Journeys that cross the border

If you're picked up in one county and dropped off in another, the driver has no obligation to use the meter. Make sure you agree a price with the driver before setting off.

Private Hire and Uber

None of the border issues described above apply to private hire cabs - the ones you can book over the phone rather than pick up at a rank. A quick search online should yeild plenty of companies for you to use if you'd like to take this option.

There are still some limits on where you can request a pick-up though. Please be sensible about the locations you arrange to meet your cab - areas that are double yellow lined, or have a shared space arrangement like near the Arts Centre or on Gibbet Hill Road near WBS, are not suitable pick-up spaces.

With a private hire vehicle, you will need to negotiate the fare over the phone or via an app yourself, and confirm it with the driver when you get in the cab.

Drivers with private hire firms can legally refuse a fare.

General advice

Keep the following in mind when getting a taxi: