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
8.6 / 10

(based on ratings in 2016)


"It's a great location with easy transport links as we have our own train station. The facilities are great but difficult to access at peak times and the student accommodation is really nice. There's lots to do in the area including night clubs (Broad St mainly), good pubs, shopping opportunities and leisure activities such as ice skating and mini golf etc."
"The university has its own train station and is in fact the only uni in the whole of the UK to have this. The location is ideal as, although you're in the middle of a big city, it doesn't feel like that on campus, which is nice. The campus is beautiful and the uni has a brand new library and sports centre with a 50m pool and the facilities are amazing. A new green heart is also being built in the middle of campus giving students somewhere to work and study as well as relax, which really boosts the homeliness and pleasantness of the uni."
"The campus is beautiful and is clearly made with the student experience in mind. It's so big and green that you forget you're in the middle of a city! There is an art gallery on site and you can go into town and go shopping in the Bull Ring or the Grand Central. You can visit Cannon Hill Park or the Botanical Gardens and there is Cadbury World and the canals too! The facilities are fantastic with the sports centre and library having only opened in 2017. Work is constantly being done to improve the student experience in a way that I didn't see when I went to look round other universities."
"10 minutes from city centre, easily accessible by the campus' own train station, but in a reasonably quiet area (no city traffic etc). Large student villages/towns at both end of the campus with good choice of food shopping, bars and clubs as well as accommodation. Campus is a good size, large enough to not feel cramped but can walk from one side to the other in about 12 minutes. Brand new sports centre, good sized student union and bar, multiple small grocery stores on campus, good selection of convenience food from canteens. Accommodation covers a spectrum of price ranges and quality; cheap accommodation is low quality but affordable, expensive is average quality but close to the campus."
"The location isn't too far from the city centre and has very close accommodation for students. The sports facilities are amazing and there is a new gym and a 50m swimming pool. There are lots of places to get food and drink and sit socially or study on campus."
"University of Birmingham is located in Edgbaston and is only a 10 minute train ride, which makes it very ideal. We have an art museum and a geology museum which are very nice to relax in. In good weather we can go to the Botanical Gardens on campus to relax and picnic."
"There are shops on campus, a hairdresser, a post office, a Rymans, plenty of cafés and eateries and of course our guild restaurant and bar. The university is about a 5 min train journey directly from campus into the city centre or a very pretty 35-minute walk past the Vale. There is also an art gallery on campus for those rainy days and a botanical garden and museum converted house for those family visits."
"In terms of location and transport, there is a train station on campus as well as one in Selly Oak (where most second/third years live), meaning it only takes five minutes to get into the city centre from the university. The campus is also a ten-minute walk away from Harborne, which has lots of nice restaurants. The campus in general is really nice and there's been lots of recent construction to create brand new teaching labs for undergraduate students and an excellent sports centre with adjacent pitches. The sports facilities are state of the art. The student accommodation is about a fifteen-minute walk from the campus and there's a variety of living spaces available."


"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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