University of Birmingham

Location of university

Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
8.4 / 10

(based on ratings in 2016)


"The campus is lovely with new and old buildings and the facilities are mostly modern and helpful. There are multiple places on and around campus to eat and drink. There are also brand new sports facilities to use. The area nearby does have a bit of a crime issue and is not the nicest place to walk around late at night, though."
"The location is good although Selly Oak isn't a great place to be at night. It is close to the centre and there are buses and trains regularly. The campus is green and spacious and a new library and sports centre opened in May. Also, the accommodation is nice, clean and tidy."
"The university is near to a small zoo and has lots of open areas to enjoy (particularly in the summer). The new library is very good and there are a great variety of societies to join."
"The University of Birmingham is located in Edgbaston, it's not that close to the city centre but you can take the train from the university station and be there in less than two minutes. You can spot old buildings on campus (Aston Webb etc) as well as new ones (the library etc) and there are a lot of green spaces. You can see students enjoying the good weather, playing games on the lawn or studying during sunny days."
"The university is located in Edgbaston but is not very near to the city centre or other shopping hotspots such as the Selly Oak shopping centre. There are lots of activities including shopping, sightseeing attractions in Birmingham and clubbing etc. The sports centres include a gym, courts and an Olympic-sized swimming pool etc. There are also excellent travel links as the uni has its own train station and, finally, we have a green, beautiful, spacious and pleasant campus."
"The campus is beautiful and the accommodation around the Vale lake is amazing. Walking by the canal is lovely and there are enough supermarkets and shops in Edgbaston, Harborne and Selly Oak that are all in walking distance of the campus. I feel very safe on campus and at the Vale, but I have a few concerns about safety in Selly Oak. It's really nice to spend time on campus with friends by sitting on the grass or in Costa, Starbucks or in the library café when you don't have lectures to go to. I really enjoy working in the new library as it's a nice atmosphere with everybody working quietly that I find helps me to be productive when I can't concentrate in my flat."
"The university is only two stops from the city centre and the campus facilities are good. Student accommodation ranges from mediocre to excellent. During the day you can visit the Bullring, New Street botanical gardens, museums, Cadbury World, trampolining places and a sports centre."
"There is a real sense of community in Selly Oak, where most of the students live, and it is well connected to the city where there is plenty to do. The campus itself is beautiful and the new gym and library are fantastic. I was in private halls in my first year, which were brand new year and really lovely and there is a wide range of housing typically rented by second and third year students to suit a wide range of budgets. There are parks within walking distance and small towns close by with lovely independent shops and cafés. There is even an art gallery and a museum of geology on campus."
"Everything is amazing and many of the facilities including the library and sports area are brand new. The only issue I have with the new library is that they closed every other library in the uni so everyone is packed into the same place. The sports centre is also incredible but unless you have a full gym membership, you cannot go in and use the lockers so my running club can't get into the changing rooms unless we book a room. An example of how expensive the gym is: a brand new climbing wall has been built and I'm pretty sure that the climbing club are going outside of the university to train because using the uni climbing wall is more expensive than going external."
"Even the cheapest accommodation in Birmingham is comfortable and practical. The Vale Village in particular was great in encouraging a social atmosphere."


"City of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus has a very traditional aesthetic with the redbrick buildings. However, there are new developments happening to create a modern feel as well. Main student accommodation is on the Vale (about 10 minute walk from campus), which has accommodation for all different financial needs. There is also other accommodation available and, once first year is over, everyone moves to Selly Oak, which is known as the 'Student Village'."
"Being close to the city centre with good transport links is ideal. The facilities on campus are really good, I can usually find a study space – booking in advance is key. Accommodation has improved and even if you are off campus the halls you are in are still great fun as they are closer to the centre of Birmingham and have transport links into uni."
"The city that my university is by is very busy and traffic can be very bad."
"Everything is within a reasonable distance from each other – except that the medical school is slightly away from campus, which makes it difficult to integrate when I don't spend any time on campus."
"The campus at the university is absolutely beautiful, with markets held once a month and fruit stalls on the campus, it's a gorgeous atmosphere and makes going into campus not such a chore! I stayed in Tennis Courts accommodation and was very happy there with lots of support from reps etc."
"The campus is gorgeous, friendly, small and easy to navigate. The facilities are nearly always available and the accommodation is good and varied, for the most part. There is the issue of crime for many second years living in Selly Oak, but other than that the facilities are to a good quality."
"Location is great – very close to city centre and close to student accommodation. The campus is beautiful, with great facilities and new ones being built ready for next September. Accommodation is incredible, the majority of people live in one area so there are lots of opportunity to socialise."
"It is a traditional, red-brick campus university just outside of Birmingham city centre. The university is currently building a brand-new state of the art library and sports centre which are due to open in September. Other than the library there are many places around campus to study, and also to hang out with friends. The student accommodation has a very wide variety of options and prices to cater for everyone's needs. It's about a 15 minute walk from campus for the main village, but some of the accommodation is closer to campus too."
"Perfect location very close to Birmingham's city centre. I stayed in student accommodation first year and it was very good. However, I decided to move home second and third year as the student housing is in Selly Oak, which is quite an unsafe area with high crime rate."
"The university is very close to the city centre and has its own train station on campus, which makes transport to and from uni very efficient. Bus links around the city are relatively good as well. The campus is beautiful and nearly all departments are based on the Edgbaston campus. There are lots of amenities on campus such as cafes, coffee shops, food stores, etc. There are lots of work spaces as well."

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