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The University of Birmingham

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.

Birmingham University


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.

Getting there

Excellent public transport links means getting to and from the university is easy for staff, students and visitors.


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.

Getting around

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.

Disabled access

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.

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