Your accommodation

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As a Birmingham Foundation Academy student your accommodation is guaranteed. You have a wide range of accommodation to choose from in the University's three student villages: The Vale Village, Pritchatts Park Village, and Selly Oak Village, all of which are a short walk from the Foundation Academy Hub and English Language Centre: Priorsfield and your academic departments.

University accommodation consists of flats offering your own study bedroom and kitchen/lounge facilities usually shared between four and six other students. There is a choice of either sharing bathroom facilities or en suite accommodation. The University also has a range of studio apartments where you have exclusive use of kitchen and bathroom facilities. All bedrooms are fully furnished and offer both a cabled and wireless internet connection.

Other benefits of your accommodation include:

  • Staff available 24 hours a day throughout the year
  • An International Support Officer lives on site in Mason who provides social and personal support
  • A bedding pack will be waiting for you when you arrive, including duvet, duvet cover, pillow, pillowcase and sheet. (please note: towels are not provided)
  • Cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery
  • Fully heated accommodation inclusive of all heating, hot water and electricity bills
  • Basic personal contents insurance
  • Cabled and wireless internet connection including access to an internet television service (IPTV)

A catered package is available to students who live at the Vale Village. Adapted rooms are available for wheelchair users and for students with hearing and sight impairment (Please contact us if you require specially adapted accommodation.)

Further information about each village, including virtual tours of bedrooms and kitchens, is available  

International Support Officer 

MasonhallThe University offers a special level for you as a Foundation Academy student. The International Support Officer, who lives on site in University accommodation, is there to provide advice and guidance which means there is always someone available for you if you need support.They will also arrange a variety of activities to help you familiarise yourself with campus buildings, facilities and services, shopping areas, places of interest, and local transport networks, and will arrange social gatherings.

Your catered package

You may choose to have a catered package with your accommodation, if you live at the Vale Village. It offers a great opportunity to meet other residents and socialise, and helps to free up time for studying. Most dietary requirements can be catered for.

Under the catered package, food is provided during term times:

  • 20 September –12 December 2014
  • 10 January – 27 March 2015
  • 25 April – 26 June 2015.

This gives you a flexible weekly budget for your meals that you can spend in University catering outlets including Infusion, The Melt and Pizza Shack at the Hub on the Vale, as well as 17 other cafés and snack bars across the campus.

Further information can be found on Meal plans here

Applying for accommodation

Once you have received an offer of a place to study here, you will need to apply for your accommodation online with LIVING, the University’s Accommodation Service.

They will then send you an offer of accommodation once you have met all of the conditions of your offer. The offer of accommodation will contain instructions on how to accept your accommodation and how to set up payments.

  • The contract length is 42 weeks, starting on 22 September 2014 and ending on 11 July 2015.
  • You should arrive on arrivals weekend from 20-21 September 2014 when you will be allowed to check into your accommodation
  • If you will be under the age of 18 at the start of the course, accommodation in Mason is compulsory; however if you would prefer to live with a local relative or designated guardian, this is possible, by prior agreement
  • If you will be over the age of 18 at the start of the course, University accommodation is highly recommended; however, you can also choose to live off site, in private accommodation. 

Accommodation fees 

The cost of accommodation varies depending on the type of accommodation you choose. The indicative prices for 2013 (42-week contract) for a single study bedroom with shared ktichen and bathroom start from £3,420, en suite accommodation from £5,280, and studio apartments from £8,980.

If you would like to take up a catered package, fees start from £4,866 for accommodation with shared facilities and £7,240 for en suite accommodation.

Accommodation prices vary considerably.

Please note: accommodation fees are not part of the Birmingham Foundation Academy package, and will be billed separately.

Accommodation for students under the age of 18 years

Foundation Academy students who are under the age of 18 years at the start of their course are accommodated together in Mason, one of the University's newest residences, on the Vale Village. This accommodation is located close to the International Support Officer; ensuring support is always close by. You can choose either to take a catered package or to be self-catered.



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Tiara Utomo (BFA Student from Indonesia)  " The thing that I like the most about Mason is that it is located right in front of a very beautiful lake. The building is also the newest one, so you will find yourself so comfortable there "