Each year a significant proportion of the University’s first year students choose to live off-campus with their family, partner, friends or by themselves. The University provides information and support for these students through Staying Local and student groups.
School/department Staying Local events
Many schools and departments run events for students who are not living in University accommodation, so look out for these on the Welcome events timetable (available from 15 August).
Home Students' Officer
Your Home Students' Officer for 2013/14 is Jagpal Pahal. You can contact him via:
Jagpal Pahl, Home Students' Officer " Hello everyone, my name is Jagpal Pahal and I am your Home Students Officer (HSO) for 2013-14. I am one of eleven elected non-sabbatical officers who, along with a team of seven sabbatical officers, work to make sure that you get what you want from the University as well as the Guild of Students.
My specific role is to represent and support the Home Students within the University of Birmingham. There is plenty going on for home students if you know where to look and I am here to point you in the right direction. Within the Guild you have the Home Students Association (HSA), which I recommend all home students join. You can do this by going to the Guild website or in the Guild itself. I will work with the HSA throughout the year to bring all home students together for a range of social events that will help you enjoy your first year at university with your fellow home students. The various schools within the University also hold events and activities targeted at home students.
You should not let being a home student hold you back, either academically or socially. I am a 3rd year Law student and I live at home with my parents and the past two years of my university experience have been great and I will work hard to ensure your experience at university is too.
The key thing is to put yourself out there during your first year, make sure you sign up to Guild societies, go to as many HSA events as you can and introduce yourself to everyone, and the friendships that will form will last throughout your time at university. I hope you have an amazing first year! Please feel free to contact me at anytime for any with your concerns, issues or any advice you may need!!"
Home Students' Association
The Home Students' Association is here to show you that being a local student is great. There is so much for you to do and they will make sure your time here will be the best it can be. If you would like information about how you can get involved, please contact them using the details below.
Being a local or commuting student
There are lots of students who enjoy life at the University whilst commuting on a daily basis. Find out what it's like for them and pick up a few tips