For over a century, the University of Birmingham has helped develop some great minds and break new ground in research. With a campus life to match this great academic reputation, the university has it all. Take a closer look with our quick guide.
Established in 1900 by Royal Charter, the University of Birmingham’s founder, Joseph Chamberlain, had a vision for a new model of higher education. The first civic or 'redbrick' university in England, Birmingham accepted students from all religions and backgrounds on an equal basis. It also established the first Students Union in the country.
Building work on the campus was completed in 1909 and this was expanded on in the 1960s. Today the university is made up of two campuses and five departments, as well as an art gallery, concert hall and train station.
Excellent public transport links means getting to and from the university is easy for staff, students and visitors.
The only UK university to have its own railway station on campus, the University Station is just two stops and eight minutes from Birmingham New Street and the centre of the city.
For a quick and easy journey to the university, hop on one of the eight local routes that directly serve the campus each hour.
It’s a short 10-minute train journey from Birmingham International Railway Station to New Street Station. A quick change onto a train for University Station and you’ll be at the centre of campus life in no time.
There are limited parking spaces on campus, so why not park and ride? There are a number of local train stations that provide car parking and direct links to University Station.
Whether you’re visiting the campus in Edgbaston or Selly Oak, you’ll find it easy to get around the University of Birmingham.
Close to the heart of the city and offering a strong campus based social life, the University of Birmingham has seven residence sites with a dining area, café, bar and nightclub. Great sporting facilities, well stocked libraries and resource centres, as well as the world class Barber Institute of Fine Arts, make this campus complete.
Access to the University of Birmingham is constantly being improved. The university has worked with Disabled Go to map the campus and set out the access to each building. Check out the University’s website for more information.
Whether you want to stay in Birmingham’s city centre, leafy suburbs or beautiful surrounding countryside, we have lots of hotels to choose from. If you need to be right on the doorstep, we have hotels next to Birmingham Airport and New Street Station, as well as the NEC, Barclaycard Arena and the Bullring.