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.

"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 campus is extremely limited 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 (www.ncp.co.uk) 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).For visitors coming from the south, Longbridge train station has a park and ride service with trains that depart to University regularly with a 12 minute journey time (final destination Lichfield City or Four Oaks). 

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:

Event

Venue

Timings

Accommodation visit - minibus to 
Shackleton Hall

Ticket required for the minibus but no advanced booking needed.

Collect ticket from 1st Floor Bramall Rotunda, Bramall Building (R12 on campus map) 

First tour departs
at 9:30 then at regular
intervals.Last bus at 15:30

Accommodation visit - walking tour to
Jarratt Hall

Departs from 1st Floor Bramall Rotunda, Bramall Building (R12 on campus map)
No ticket required

09:15; 15:15

Accommodation visit - walking tour to
Pritchatts Park

Departs from 1st Floor Bramall Rotunda, Bramall Building (R12 on campus map)
No ticket required

12:30; 13:30; 15:30

Campus tours

1st Floor Bramall Rotunda, Bramall Building (R12 on campus map)

9:30 - 15:30

Student Life Talk

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

10:00

Accommodation talk

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

10:30

Sport at Birmingham talk

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

11:00

Finance talk

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

14:00

Accommodation talk

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

 14:30

Display stands (Careers service & 
Barber Institute)

1st Floor Bramall Rotunda, Bramall Building (R12 on campus map)

9:00-15:00

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.”