Student life at Birmingham Medical School

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Your time at university offers you the chance to discover new interests, find a hidden talent, meet new people and make lifelong friends. It is important to find a healthy balance between your studies, placements and social life and at Birmingham we offer many ways to help you do just that.

The University of Birmingham Medical Society (MedSoc) is an award-winning student-run medical society open to all students studying at the College of Medical and Dental Sciences (MDS). With over 2,500 members and more than 70 societies on offer, it is likely that MedSoc will become an important part of your student life at Birmingham Medical School. 

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MedSoc gives you the chance to meet and become friends with other students studying a range of healthcare related subjects, such as Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Biomedical Science to name a few, hence preparing you for a future career as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team. 

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Tailored to suit MDS students' busy timetables and to match their interests, MedSoc offers a vast array of sports teams, social events, charity groups and societies for you to get involved in. Whether you are keen to keep up with an existing passion or would like to find a new one, there really is something to suit everyone!

Guild of Students

As well as MedSoc, the University is also home to the Guild of Students. The Guild of Students is a charity and students’ union for more than 34,000 students studying at the University of Birmingham. If you’re a student here, then you’re automatically a member of the Guild of Students. It is here to help you to develop skills outside of your studies, meet people across the University and to make sure you get the best from Birmingham.

City of Birmingham

As well as the societies you can join, Birmingham also has lot to offer as a city. As the UK’s second city, it really is more than Fairground ridejust somewhere to study, it is somewhere to enjoy and explore!  From museums, festivals, shopping centres, bars and restaurants there is something for everyone in Birmingham - and it's cheaper than you might think!

You can visit the world-famous Bullring shopping centre which is home to over 160 shops, or why not try the open markets, vintage clothes stores and street food outlets in Digbeth?  If you fancy a bit of culture, we have a wide variety of theatres, comedy clubs, art galleries and music venues, not to mention the famous curry houses of the Balti Triangle and Cadbury World!

Birmingham is also full of green spaces to relax and unwind in, with over 8,000 acres of parks and open space to escape to, Birmingham is one of the greenest cities in the UK.

  • Birmingham is renowned for having more miles of canals than Venice *Marketing Birmingham 2017
  • Birmingham will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games with 70 nations competing in 18 different sports
  • With everything you could need from a major capital city, Birmingham offers this at just a fraction of the cost of London
  • Catch the train from University Station straight to Birmingham New Street in under ten minutes
  • A full taxi of friends can cost as little as £2 each from the city to campus, perfect after a night out
  • Birmingham has been ranked top regional city in England for quality of living *Mercer Quality of Living rankings 2017