We asked students and alumni from the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences to name their favourite place in Birmingham to socialise after lectures. Here's what they had to say...

For me, the best place on campus is around Chancellor’s Court and Old Joe (even if I still won’t walk underneath!) I find it quite relaxing wandering around the University grounds and just taking it all in sometimes, the lovely architecture and even the peace and quiet occasionally, be it day or night. I enjoy showing friends and family around and it's part of the reason I love coming here – it's unique!
Simon Johnson
Second Year MSci Chemistry with Industrial Experience

Great Hall

My favourite places to hangout after lectures is Food Court in the University Centre. It has tables and chairs as well as sofas which are relaxing and comfortable. My friends and I often have some chat over the delicious food provided at the outlets after lectures. We are all big fans of Burrito and the salad is also great and healthy at the same time.
Nicky Nina Ma
First Year BSc Psychology

Brindleyplace - great food, good bars and penguins
Helen Watson
Fourth Year MEng Electrical and Energy Engineering


The #bestplaceinbrum is Bacchus bar. It's truly unique. You'll find me in the medieval section.
Sophie Meredith
Third Year MSci Physics with Nanoscale Physics

The Reading Room in Chemistry is basically the place to be, it's social but makes you so productive! We have books and computers and comfy chairs.
Alice Sayers
MSci Chemistry with Industrial Experience

Winterbourne garden
Anais Leung
Third Year MEng Materials Engineering with Industrial Experience


Costa - nothing better than a hot chocolate and cosy chairs to make work easier!!
Becky Drew
Third Year MEng Civil Engineering

In Mech Eng we had a student common room (probably called it something else) on the main floor. Everyone congregated there - newspapers, coffee, conversation). Happened to be in the area a year or too later and went looking. Our room was something else - don't know where people went then. Bit sad.
Terry Smith
BSc Mechanical Engineering, 1975

In my days it was called the 'Shell Lounge'; as per the sponsor... Good times
Caroline Simcock
MEng & Man Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, 2000
DEng Engineered Materials for High Performance Applications, 2009

I usually went for a run - changing under the running track - with friends from the cross-country and athletics teams.
Nigel Bailey
BA Mathematics, 1972


In Chem Eng we played a lot of pool in the common room. The table may have been level once, but by our time it presented certain topographical challenges. The pool cues didn't really have cork tips, but ended in blunt metal. I like to think our skills were honed by these drawbacks. I also remember cutting back on sugar when I realized I couldn't tell the difference between the coffee and the tea when they both had five spoonfuls. Of course, this was before Red Bull so we had to make do.
David Drinkwater
BSc Chemical Engineering, 1987

The Physics Bridge... great place to hang and chat, or maybe do some homework if sufficiently motivated ("it's due when???").
Paul Scowen
BSc Physics with Astrophysics, 1987

Mech Eng common room moved to a new extension at the Biology/SportEx end of the building while I was there. Part of the merging with Manufacturing Engineering department. Spent too much time there myself playing table football.
James Russell
MEng & Man Mechanical Engineering Manufacture and Management, 1993

Let us know your favourite place and we'll feature it here! All responses received by Monday 14 December will be entered into a draw to win a University snow globe. 

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