Shops and services

There is a huge range of shops and services on campus, from hairdressers to banks, bookshops, opticians and supermarkets. The building code appears after the name of each outlet for ease of finding on the University maps.

Print Me: University Centre: R23

Print-MePrinting and binding shop in the University Centre food court, offering:

  • Academic poster printing
  • Thesis printing and binding
  • Kodak photo printing kiosks
  • T-shirt and banner printing

Opening hours: 09:00 - 17:00 (Monday - Friday)
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Contact the manager Nathan Shwalbe on +44 (0)121 414 5797.

Salco Phones & Repairs: University Centre: R23

Opening times: Monday to Friday 10:30 - 16:30 in term time: vacation opening times will vary.

The shop offers a range of services and products:

  • Next day phone/laptop/ tablet repairs
  • Headphones
  • Chargers
  • Unlocking

Plus moreLocated in the main entrance to University Centre opposite the Food Court.

Fruit Rush Limited: R24

Opening times: Monday to Friday 08:00 - 18:00

Located in the walkway underneath Staff House, Fruit Rush Limited offers a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables every weekday.

Contact: Anthony Goulding

Appleby hairdressers: University Centre: R23

Opening times: Monday to Friday 09:30 - 18:00; Saturday 09:00 - 17:00. 

Hairdressers in University Centre; offering styling, cutting, colouring and highlighting.

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6276 or +44 (0)121 472 5772

Rymans: University Centre: R23

Opening times: Monday to Friday 08:45 - 17:30

Rymans stationery offers top brands, a wide range and great value.  Promotions take place throughout the year, offering big savings on essential stationery and accessories.

For further information, please call +44 (0)121 472 0879

Spar: University Centre: R23 and Guild of Students: O1

sparOpening times: 

  • Monday to Friday: 07:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 09:00 - 17:00

Not only do we offer a significant range of leading brands, from Heinz to Stella Artois, we also offer our own brand range. All Spar own brand products match the leading brands in quality, at prices that are convenient to you!

For further information, please call +44 (0)121 414 8562

Barclays Bank: University Centre: R23

Opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 - 16:00 (closed Wednesday)

The University of Birmingham Barclays branch not only offers a service to students and graduates, but also to staff members of the University and personal customers from the surrounding area. Services include:

  • Current account offering with value added features
  • Savings
  • Mortgages
  • Loans
  • Barclaycard
  • Insurance (travel, home and student possessions)
  • Specialised package and service for students and graduates
  • Foreign currency / travellers cheques
  • Online and phone banking

Our personal banker looks after existing and new Barclays customers and our staff pride themselves in giving exceptional customer service. We are here to help with all aspects of banking.

Please visit the branch or call us via +44 (0)845 755 5555 (Barclays 24 hour banking).

Unique (formerly Off the Wall): University Centre: R23

Opening times:  Monday to Friday: 08:30 - 17:30

Unique, located in University Centre, offers a range of products and services:

  • Greeting cards and gifts
  • Full Royal Mail services
  • International phone cards
  • Fax Bureau for sending and receiving faxes
  • Dry cleaning agent
  • DHL courier services
  • A full range of University branded clothing and souvenirs

For further information, please call +44 (0)121 414 4885

SW Optics opticians: University Centre: R23

Opening times: term time

  • Monday and Tuesday: 10:00 - 18:30
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thursday: 09:30 - 18:30
  • Friday: 09:30 - 17:00
  • Vacation opening times will vary: call to check.

SW Optics, located in University Centre, offers eye examinations, quality products and a high level of service in a relaxed and friendly environment.

  • Dispenses value and designer spectacles with high quality single vision and multifocal lenses.
  • Fit and supply a range of contact lenses.
  • Supply safety eyewear and prescription swimming goggles.

Free eye tests:

  •  For all those under 16 years of age.
  •  Under 19 years of age and in full time education.
  •  Over 60 years old.
  •  Diabetics.
  •  Receiving benefits.

For further information, please call +44 (0)121 414 2714

Costcutter: The Vale Student Village

Opening times: 

  • Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 - 20:00
  • Sunday: 11:00 - 18:00
  • Vacation: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 16:00

Costcutter located on The Vale, is open 7 days a week and sells a wide range of groceries, frozen food and chilled foods, confectionery and newspapers, sandwiches, snacks, ice cream, alcohol and tobacco.

Special offers are always available at Costcutter offering value for money at your convenience.

For further information, please call +44 (0)121 257 4355

John Smith's Student Store: University Centre: R23

The new John Smith’s Student Store sells course textbooks, second-hand books and a range of electronic devices. Opening hours are 09:00–17:30, with some extended opening during term time. For more information please visit the John Smith’s website.

University of Birmingham Online shop

The University of Birmingham online shop allows you to purchase gifts and souvenir items such as degree congregation DVDs and branded mementos online.

Please note: we do our best to publish accurate opening times here for all shops on the University campus, but shops will occasionaly close at different times to those published here due to circumstances beyond our control, and we might not be informed in time to be able to update this page.