PG Open Day FAQs

Here are a number of questions frequently asked by visitors planning to attend our open days.

Do I have to book to attend an open day?

Yes. All visitors should register for an open day in advance. Our next open day will be held on Saturday 21 November 2020.

Will I receive confirmation of my booking?

Yes. Within 24 hours of registering for an open day you will receive a confirmation email giving additional programme information and travel advice. If you do not receive a confirmation email please ensure that you have entered all your details correctly.  It might also be useful to check your ‘junk’ or ‘spam’ folders. All further communications regarding our open days will also be sent via email. Any questions about this please contact

Do I need to check-in on the day?

All visitors are required to register their attendance on the day. During the week of your open day visit, you will receive an email from us with your own personalised QR code event ticket. Please bring your ticket to the Open Day with you, either printed or on your mobile device. When you arrive on campus, please visit one of our check in/information points to scan your ticket. Once checked-in, you will receive a University of Birmingham bag containing information for the day. If you need to rush off to your first event/activity when you arrive at the open day, don’t worry, you can check in when you have a spare five minutes. If you haven’t received your QR code during the week prior to open day, please contact

Can I cancel or change the date of my booking?

Yes. Amendments to your booking details, such as cancelling your registration or changing to an alternative day, can be made by contacting the Postgraduate Open Day team

Will I receive a programme or other information before an open day?

All information is sent via email. In addition to an email confirming your registration, you will receive an email with a link to the online programme a few days before the open day. This will contain essential pre-arrival information regarding travel information and advice on making the most of your day. Your event ticket to check-in on the day will be emailed to you during the week of the open day. Please refer to the above section; Do I need to check-in on the day?

Where can I get a programme?

On the day, printed programmes will be available from Information Booths and the Aston Webb Building when you check-in (Building R6 on the campus map).

Can I bring family and friends?

Yes; everyone is welcome to attend. 

How do I get to the University of Birmingham?

The University is located in Edgbaston, south of the city centre. Whether you're travelling to the University by car or public transport, there are many ways of getting here.

Where can I park and how much is it?

We strongly recommend, where possible, for visitors to use public transport to reach the University. Parking on campus is currently very limited due to several major building projects that are taking place as part of our £600 million campus redevelopment so we cannot guarantee a parking space will be available.

 For further information on travelling to the University please visit:

 - Open Day travel and parking information

Do I need to book to attend a talk?

No. All talks run on a first come-first seated basis.

How long do talks last?

Times and locations of the central talks, and department-specific events, can be found in the open day programme.

Can I go on a campus tour?

Yes. Guided walking tours of the main campus take place throughout the day, lasting between 45 minutes to one hour. The guided tours will depart from Aston Webb Reception.

Do you have disabled access? 

We encourage students with disabilities to visit and study at the University and have implemented a programme of accessibility adaptations on campus. All new buildings and major conversions are being designed with accessibility in mind. A mobility map giving an overview of the Edgbaston campus showing the main access routes for wheelchair users is available on the day.

- Disability and Learning Support Office

Where can I stay overnight?

The University’s hotel is the closest option for overnight stays. Located on campus, Edgbaston Park Hotel is just ten minutes’ walk from University station and 15 minutes’ walk from the main campus. Parking is free for hotel guests.

Edgbaston Park Hotel offers a discounted bed-and-breakfast rate for any visitors attending University of Birmingham open days. Please quote WELCOME_BB to receive 15% off our best flexible bed-and-breakfast rate. Email or call the reservations team on +44 (0)121 414 8888 (option 1) between 8.30am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday.

Find out more about Edgbaston Park Hotel

View alternative hotels at the Visit Birmingham website.

What happens if I can’t attend an open day?

If you are unable to attend an open day there are other opportunities to visit the University. We run campus tours, Cafe MastersCafe PhD and online chat sessions which can all be booked online.

We hope you have found the information you need, should you have any further queries please contact the Postgraduate Recruitment team:

Postgraduate Recruitment