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.

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 train from Birmingham New Street to University Station (which brings you straight into campus itself).

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

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 near 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.

By car (including parking on campus)

Visitors to campus are requested to visit us using public transport wherever possible.  If you do bring a vehicle to campus please park in the following locations: 

  • North East Car Park Multi Storey Floors 1-5 (access via Pritchatts Road) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SA.
    The Ground Floor bays are reserved exclusively for Hotel Guests displaying a guest permit only.
    Please note that this car park does not have a lift. 

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. Anyone with a blue badge can park in the disabled parking bays on the main campus via the East gate entrance. 

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. If you require further assistance please contact us via email:   

Subject specific talks may run in alternate buildings.

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 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

Birmingham Clean Air Zone

Clean Air Zones have been introduced to cities across the uk, starting with Bath and then Birmingham. Unlike a congestion charge (like in London), which charges every vehicle to enter a designated area, the Clean Air Zone will only charge the most polluting.

For more information and to see if your car is exempt from the Clean Air Zone charge visit: