Applicant Visit Days

Reading through a prospectus is not the same as coming to visit the University in person. ‘Invitation only’ applicant visit days are held from October to April when students who have applied to study at Birmingham are invited to a day where you can meet current students, tour our facilities and visit our student accommodation.

Please be aware that some subjects do not offer applicant visit days as they hold interviews instead. If the department you have applied to does offer an applicant visit day then you will receive an invitation to a specific date.

This page contains Applicant Visit Day information regarding:

"A university with its own train station deserves five stars! Public transport was the only realistic option for us to get to you on time and getting right to the door was brilliant!"  

Travelling to an Applicant Visit Day

Parking on campus is currently very limited due to several major building projects that are taking place as part of our £500 million campus redevelopment and the majority of visitors will be unable to find a space. We, therefore, recommend that visitors use public transport or park and ride facilities to reach the University.

The University has its own railway station (University Station) on campus and this is the easiest and most efficient way to travel to the University.

There are a number of NCP and City Council car parks across the city centre along with large shopping centre car parks and there is a direct train line from Birmingham New Street to University Station. The journey takes approximately 8 minutes from Birmingham New Street and up to six trains an hour depart for the University on the cross-city line (final destination Longbridge or Redditch).

If you do need to drive to the University, parking is located at the North East Car Park (B15 2SA) on Pritchatts Road, however due to the limited number of spaces parking cannot be guaranteed and we strongly advise you consider the options above.

Anyone with a blue badge can park in the disabled parking bays on campus. Please report to the East Gate entrance where a member of the Security team will direct you.

Further information about travelling to the University and the onsite train station can be found at

What will happen at my Applicant Visit Day?

Applicant Visit Days are organised by the academic department you have applied to. Once you have applied, they will contact you with details of how to register for the event and send a copy of the programme of activities for the day. Please ensure you attend on the date that you have been invited to, or are registered for, as if you arrive on a different day subject specific information will not be available. Subjects that hold interview days rather than Applicant Visit Days will invite students to these based on the information submitted in their UCAS forms. Successful students will then be made an offer following their interview. Departments will offer various activities at an Applicant Visit Day, but at all events you can expect;

  • A warm welcome from the Admissions Tutor or Senior Academic
  • A chance to meet fellow applicants
  • A chance to meet current students
  • The opportunity to learn more about the course you've applied to
  • The opportunity to tour the campus and/or accommodation

All activities are designed to provide an insight into what studying at Birmingham will be like.

Additional Applicant Visit Day services 

Student advisorsYou can complement your department's programme by visiting sessions which are run by the University's Student Recruitment team. These sessions provide information on areas such as student finance, sport at Birmingham and offer opportunities to visit accommodation and tour the campus. Events are for applicants, parents and other guests.

Typical Applicant Visit Day services are:

Activity

Description

Location & Timings

Accommodation visit – walking tour to Jarratt Hall

Come and have a look around a flat in Jarratt Hall. 

In the Selly Oak Village, it is the closest village to campus and situated in the thriving student area of Selly Oak. All of our accommodation at this village is self-catered and en-suite. 

Tours depart from 1st Floor Bramall Rotunda, Bramall Building (R12 on campus map) at: 

9.15 am, 2.30pm, 3.15 pm & 3.45pm.

On 30th November tours depart from The Barber Institute of Fine Arts (R14)

Accommodation visit – minibus to Shackleton Hall

Come and have a look around a flat in Shackleton. 

Set in the beautiful surroundings of lakeside parkland, the Vale Village is the University’s largest accommodation site. Shackleton offers mainly catered accommodation through Meal Plan, which offers a flexible and convenient dining experience and most flats are en-suite.

Please collect a ticket for the minibus from 1st Floor Bramall Rotunda, Bramall Building (R12 on campus map). 

First tour departs at 9.30 am then at regular intervals.  Last tour departs at 3.30 pm. 

On 30th November tours depart from The Barber Institute of Fine Arts (R14)

Campus tours 

Delivered by Student Ambassadors

Tours last approximately 45 minutes and include all the main facilities on campus, including the Guild of Students, Main Library and Chancellor's Court.

Tours are conducted by students currently studying at the University, who will give you an insight into being a student at Birmingham.

Tours departs at regular intervals from 1st Floor Bramall Rotunda, Bramall Building (R12 on campus map). Last tour departs at 3.30 pm.

On 30th November tours depart from The Barber Institute of Fine Arts (R14)

Accommodation talk 

Delivered by Living, Accommodation Services.

A 30 minute presentation of the accommodation available at the University including cost, facilities and Meal Plan, our flexible and convenient catered dining experience.

10.00 am

Lecture Theatre G33, Ground Floor, Aston Webb Building (R7 on campus map).

On 30th November talk takes place in Lecture Theatre WG12, Aston Webb Building  (R7 on campus map)

Student Finance talk 

Delivered by Funding, Graduation & Awards.

A 30 minute guide to Student Finance, including how to apply for the loan and the scholarship opportunities available at the University of Birmingham.

10.30 am

Lecture Theatre G33, Ground Floor, Aston Webb Building (R7 on campus map)

On 30th November talk takes place in Lecture Theatre WG12, Aston Webb Building  (R7 on campus map)

Sport at Birmingham talk 

Delivered by Sport Ambassadors

A 30 minute guide to sport at the University and the opportunities available to you, including our facilities, sports on offer, volunteering and how to get involved.

11.00 am

Lecture Theatre G33, Ground Floor, Aston Webb Building (R7 on campus map)

On 30th November talk takes place in Lecture Theatre WG12, Aston Webb Building  (R7 on campus map)

Accommodation visit – walking tour to Pritchatts Park

Come and have a look around a flat in Ashcroft. 

Pritchatts Park Village is located in Edgbaston and is a short walk of around 10 minutes from the main campus. Ashcroft flats are self-catered with shared bathroom facilities.

Tours depart from 1st Floor Bramall Rotunda, Bramall Building (R12 on campus map) at: 

1.30 pm and 3.30 pm

On 30th November tours depart from The Barber Institute of Fine Arts (R14)

Accommodation talk 

Delivered by Living, Accommodation Services

A 30 minute presentation of the accommodation available at the University including cost, facilities and Meal Plan, our flexible and convenient catered dining experience.

2.00 pm

Lecture Theatre WG5, Ground Floor Aston Webb Building (R4 on campus map)

On 30th November talk takes place in The Barber Institute of Fine Arts (R14)

Student Life Talk

Delivered by Student Ambassadors

Want to know what it’s like to be a student here? Come along and listen to our current student talk through their experiences at the University and in Birmingham. 

2.30 pm

Lecture Theatre WG5, Ground Floor Aston Webb Building (R4 on campus map) 

On 30th November talk takes place in The Barber Institute of Fine Arts (R14)

Visiting the City

Birmingham is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city with plenty of cultural and social opportunities. You may want to consider arriving the night before or visiting the city after your applicant visit day. For more information please use the Visit Birmingham website

"We were made very welcome and felt at ease. The programme for the day was very well organised.”