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.

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.

"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. Subjects that hold interview days rather than AVDs 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 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:




Campus tours

First Floor Bramall Rotunda


Student Life talk

G33 Lecture Theatre, Aston Webb


Accommodation talk

G33 Lecture Theatre, Aston Webb (10.30 talk), WG5 Lecture Theatre, Aston Webb (14.30 talk)

10:30 and 14:30

Sport at Birmingham talk

G33 Lecture Theatre, Aston Webb


Finance talk

WG5, Aston Webb Building


Accommodation walking tours (Jarratt Hall)

First Floor Bramall Rotunda

11:15 and 15:15

Accommodation minibus tours

Tickets from Bramall Building, leaving from outside Bramall


Display stands (Careers, Sport, Barber)

First Floor Bramall Rotunda


The dates for 2014/15 applicant visit days are;

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Wednesday 21 January 2015

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Wednesday 4 February 2015

Wednesday 11 February 2015

Wednesday 18 February 2015

Wednesday 25 February 2015

Saturday 28 February 2015

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Wednesday 11 March 2015

Wednesday 18 March 2015

Wednesday 25 March 2015

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 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 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: