Postgraduate Open Day travel and parking

We usually 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.

You are welcome to park on campus for free at weekends. Free spaces do fill up quickly and are limited due to several major building projects that are taking place as part of our campus redevelopment. Therefore, we cannot guarantee a parking space on campus unless you have access requirements. Please review your travel options below.

Important travel update

Please note that on Saturday 23 November, industrial action is due to take place on West Midlands Railway and London North Western rail services, affecting local train travel to our station. To assist you in getting to campus, we have arranged for coaches to collect and return you to Birmingham New Street station during the day. Please check below for further advice and guidance:

Journey to Edgbaston campus

Coaches from TK Maxx, outside New Street (the Bullring exit of New Street) at:

  • 9:00am 
  • 9.45am 
  • Ambassadors with signage will be in New Street atrium directing you to the buses and will also be greeting you at the coach stop.

Bus routes from Birmingham city centre to University campus:

  • National Express West Midlands X20, X21, X22, 61 & 63
  • All from St Martin's Queensway (stop NS3), outside Birmingham New Street from the Bullring side.
  • You can get off the 61 and 63 buses at the Edgbaston Park Road stop and walk up to the East Gate entrance. For the X20, X21, X22 you can get off right outside North Gate entrance.

 

Return to Birmingham New Street station

Coaches from North Gate at:

  • 2:00pm – Should reach New Street by 2.20pm
  • 2.45pm – Should reach New Street by 3.05pm 
  • Ambassadors will be waiting at North Gate to greet you and get you onto coaches.

Bus routes from campus to Birmingham city centre :

  • National Express West Midlands: X20, X21, X22, 61 & 63
  • All go to St Martin's Queensway (stop NS1), outside Birmingham New Street from the Bullring side.
  • Stops for 61 and 63 are along the road by South Gate exit (Dawlish Road/ Selly Oak High Street, or Bristol Road).
  • Stops for X20, X21 and X22 are from outside North Gate.

Travel by train

Please note that on Saturday 23 November, industrial action is due to take place on West Midlands Railway and London North Western rail services, affecting local train travel to our station.

Most cross-country services to Birmingham arrive at Birmingham New Street station. There may be some less frequent services stopping at University station. We would advise that you take local bus services from Birmingham New Street to campus. 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 (see below).

Postgraduate ambassadors (wearing bright blue tops) will be waiting for you at University station and other entrances on campus.

For up to date information on train times during the industrial action, please check the West Midlands Railway updates.

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.

By car (including parking on campus)

You are welcome to park on campus for free at weekends. Free spaces do fill up quickly and are limited due to several major building projects that are taking place as part of our campus redevelopment.

There are also a limited amount of car-parking spaces available for visitors at North East Car Park (see campus map). 

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: pgopenday@contacts.bham.ac.uk  

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

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 reservations@edgbastonparkhotel.com 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