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 November to April when students who have applied to study at Birmingham are invited to a VIP day where you can meet current students, tour our facilities and visit our student accommodation.

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

What will happen at my AVD?

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. Some subjects hold interview days rather than AVDs and students will be invited 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 AVD, 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 AVD 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:

Table of events
Event Venue  Timings

Campus walking tours (allow 45 minutes)

First Floor Rotunda, Bramall Building (Building R12), Main Campus 9.30-15.00

Student Funding presentation

Aston Webb Lecture Theatres (Building R6), Main Campus

10.00-10.30 and 14.00-14.30

Accommodation presentation Aston Webb Lecture Theatres (Building R6), Main Campus 10.30-11.00 and 14.30-15.00
Sport at Birmingham talk G33 Lecture Theatre, Aston Webb Building (Building R6), Main Campus 11.00
Accommodation bus tours (allow 1 hour) Tickets available from the First Floor Rotunda of the Bramall Building (Building R12), Main Campus

9.30, 10.00, 10.30, 11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 12.30, 13.00, 13.30, 14.00, 14.30, 15.00, 15.30

2013/14 entry applicant visit days have now finished. The dates for 2014/15 applicant visit days will be released later in the year.

Important notice: You should only attend your applicant visit day on the date stated on your invitation as your chosen subject may not be running events on all the dates listed above. Please remember to bring a copy of your invitation with you on the day.

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

"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!"

Traveling to an Applicant Visit Day 

Parking on applicant visit days is very limited and the majority of visitors will be unable to find a space on campus. We therefore recommend that visitors use public transport to reach the University.

The University has it's 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 car parks across the city centre along with large shopping centre car parks and there is a direct trainline 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, applicant visit day 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.

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: