Postgraduate Open Day travel and parking

We recommend for visitors to use public transport to reach the University. We welcome many people to campus for our Open Days, alongside our staff and students, and as a result the adjacent roads can become extremely busy.

Parking on campus is limited due to several major building projects that are taking place as part of our £600 million campus redevelopment. Therefore, we cannot guarantee a parking space on campus.

There are a number of NCP 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.

  • NCP New Street, Birmingham, B5 4AN
  • NCP High Street, Birmingham, B4 7LN
  • NCP Grand Central MSCP, Birmingham, B5 4DQ
  • Longbridge, B31 2AJ 

Travel by train

The easiest way to reach the University is by train.

We are fortunate enough to have our own railway station, ‘University’. Most cross-country services to Birmingham arrive at Birmingham New Street station and up to six trains an hour depart from there for University on the cross-city line (final destination Longbridge or Redditch). The journey should take under ten minutes and the centre of the main campus is just a five-minute walk from University station.

Postgraduate ambassadors (wearing bright blue tops) will be waiting at University station for you.

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). For up to date information on train times and prices, please contact National Rail.

By Coach

There are frequent express coach services to Birmingham from London, Heathrow and Gatwick airports and many other UK cities. The long-distance coach station is in Digbeth in the city centre.

By bus

The bus service numbers 61, 63, X20 and X22 travel from the town centre to the University's main Edgbaston campus, the Vale student residences and the Selly Oak Campus. Please visit the National Express website.

Parking on campus

You are welcome to park on campus for free at weekends, however, spaces fill up extremely quickly and are limited due to  several major building projects that are taking place as part of our £600 million campus redevelopment with the majority of visitors unable to park on campus. We therefore recommend that visitors use public transport to reach the University.  

There are also a limited amount of car-parking spaces available for visitors at North East Car Park (see campus map). You will need to pay for parking before returning to your car.

Visitors with additional requirements

The Study Fair will be in the Great Hall, Aston Webb Building (R6). To access disabled parking by this building you will need to enter the East Gate, follow University Road East, and drive through Chancellors Court to the designated spaces where you will be able to park. Please contact us on the email below to ensure a disabled space is reserved as there is no guarantee a space will be available.

Subject specific talks may run in alternate buildings.

If you require further assistance or would like to ensure a parking space is made available for you ahead of the day, please contact us via email:  

Please contact us in advance to arrange a space as parking is very limited. 

For help with access to buildings on campus, please refer to our Edgbaston Campus mobility map.

Overnight Accommodation

If you're considering staying in Birmingham and exploring our beautiful city, why not stay on the University campus itself in the University’s very own new hotel – the Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre.

The Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre is offering a discounted rate for Bed and Breakfast for open day visitors. 

To book the rooms, please contact or call 0121 414 8888 and quote IND18

Alternatively we have put together a list of nearby recommended hotels. or please see the Visit Birmingham website.