The Vale Village


Set in the beautiful surroundings of lakeside parkland, the Vale Village is the University’s largest accommodation site, home to more than 3,500 students in seven residences and home to the Meal Plan.

A thriving community, the Vale Village hosts a number of popular social events throughout the year including a spectacular fireworks display and Vale Fest, a student-run music, dance and comedy festival. 

The Vale's lively community life centres around The Hub, offering catering outlets and social spaces it is a great place for you to hang out with your new friends in one of the bars or restaurants. There is also a well-stocked convenience store, a 24-hour reception and social spaces for you to study or relax in after your lectures.

The Hub

The Hub is located in the heart of The Vale village and is the situated below Shackleton.
It provides recreational facilities including bars, restaurants, convenience store, The Vale
24 hour reception and a coin operated launderette. The Hub is available to all students
who want a meal, sandwich, coffee or relaxing drink.

Infusion is the main restaurant and The Melt offers snacks and coffee and is home to the Pizza Shack in the evenings.  The Hungry Duck, located in the Duck and Scholar bar, is our take on street food, offering gourmet hot dogs. Meal Plan is accepted at all of these outlets Monday to Friday during term time. 

Infusion is open Monday to Friday 4.30 to 8.00pm and at weekends 9am-7pm. The Melt is open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm (9am-5pm at weekends) and becomes the Pizza Shack at night,open from 4pm- 11pm. The Hungry Duck is open 5pm- 11pm.

The Meal Plan is an easy way for paying for food at The Hub with funds held
on The University ID card.  Meal Plan is only offered at some of our residences: Aitken, Chamberlain, Elgar, Shackleton and some blocks at Maple Bank.  Meal Plan can be added on to accommodation packages at other sites but it forms part of the whole accommodation offer at the sites listed above and cannot be removed.

Our outlets at The Hub have recently been substantially redeveloped, relocated and renamed.  You can take a look around using Google Street View of the inside of The Hub:

View the inside of the Hub in full screen mode. 

Virtual tour of the Vale reception


Chamberlain our newest accommodation consists of four buildings, three low rise blocks and a 20-storey tower located at the top of the Vale Village, set in beautiful parkland and is just a short walk from the University campus.

There are 24 self-contained studio apartments available for both postgraduate and undergraduate students who want a more exclusive living experience. The ground floor of the new tower accommodates social spaces including catering, a bar, a launderette and other amenities.

In addition to the Studio Apartments Chamberlain will be home to 702 undergraduate students in en-suite, Meal Plan accommodation.  

  • Accommodation type: self catered in apartments, but Meal Plan is also available.
  • Contract length: 50 weeks (21 September 2015 to 3 September 2016)
  • Price guide: self-catering Studio Apartment £11,759 (50 weeks)
  • See our Code of Practice page (Chamberlain documentation to be added shortly)
  • The postal address for Chamberlain is: Chamberlain, Vale Village, Edgbaston, Birmingham.


ShackletonShackleton is situated at the heart of the Vale Village community, located above The Hub.  There are 15 studio apartments available to either postgraduates and undergraduates.

As well as apartments for postgraduates, Shackleton offers mainly catered accommodation for approximately 300 undergraduates through the Meal Plan

Virtual tour of a Shackleton Studio Plus lounge

Virtual tour of a Shackleton Studio Plus bedroom



MasonMason is located at the south of the Vale Village. It offers 36 apartments with double beds which are suitable for couples.

Mason also accommodates over 800 undergraduate students in en-suite accommodation. This is a very popular site due to its pleasant views and close location to the campus. No car parking is available.

Virtual tour of a Mason self-catered Studio Apartment bedroom

Virtual tour of a Mason self-catered Studio Apartment kitchen


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