University is a personal experience and is made special by the people around you. Find out more below about our plans for your arrival, the social aspects of university life, and how you can make the most out of your time here.
We are committed to making sure that you get the full university experience when you join us here at Birmingham. We are working in close partnership with our students' union, the Guild of Students, to make sure that from the day you arrive, you have the opportunity to take part, to make friends, and to make Birmingham your home.
When you arrive (Welcome)
Our famous Birmingham ‘Welcome’ awaits you and this year it will be extended so that you can make the most of the range of exciting activities we have to offer and so that you receive a warm Birmingham welcome whenever you arrive.
We’ll be making the best use of our beautiful outdoor spaces for events and activities on campus. We’ll be offering an extensive and exciting programme of activity delivered on-campus. We’ll make sure that your arrival process is smooth, and if you're staying in university-owned accommodation you’ll be able to book your own timeslot to arrive. Our flagship Welcome addresses delivered by our Vice-Chancellor will be delivered online, offering a unique insight into university life and providing further information on the services and support available at Birmingham.
We are currently preparing for every eventuality in September. If social distancing measures are still in place then that’s where our brilliant campus comes into its own. In that scenario we’ll be using open air sheltered zones and activities will include introductory campus tours, small group activities, wellbeing events, musical performances, information stands and more. We're also preparing for larger-scale Welcome activities should they be possible based on the latest government guidance at that point in time.
Social activities, community building and making friends are so important at Welcome, and to the positive experience our students have on campus each year. You will have various opportunities to meet new friends, course mates and housemates. The University and the Guild of Students are working in collaboration to organise a range of coordinated events and activities on campus to help you settle in, make new friends and find your way around. We’re also proud to have our own fine art gallery on campus, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, as well as our own botanic garden at Winterbourne House and Garden.
Over the coming weeks we’ll be in regular communication with you on our latest plans, and you’ll be able to build your own programme of Welcome activity through our Welcome programme builder that we’ll share with you before you arrive. You can also be assured that our comprehensive range of tailored induction events, course briefings and Q&A sessions will be in place for your academic programme, as well as further information on our personal tutor system and the support available to you as a student here.
As a member of our postgraduate student community you are invited to fully engage with all that Welcome offers, and we also understand that specific and tailored activity is important for you. Postgraduate taught students will benefit from additional and bespoke activities including a Postgraduate Welcome Address, and PGT Essentials, which brings new and recent postgraduate taught students together to share useful tips about postgraduate life at the University of Birmingham.
Our postgraduate researchers will be able to access postgraduate researcher-specific events and activities including the virtual Welcome Address, a series of PG Taskmaster events (one-day virtual team working projects), PhD chat, and Insider Secrets. All postgraduates will also be able to take part in a range of postgraduate-specific wellbeing activities including mindfulness and yoga.
Meeting the postgraduate community
We have a diverse student body at Birmingham, from all walks of life and from different backgrounds.
Our Guild of Students is home to more than 400 student clubs and societies, so whether you are interested in baking, skydiving, singing, sports, politics or food - you are sure to find the perfect group for you. You can join a student group at any point in the year and each group will host its own calendar of events and activities. Our Multi-Faith Chaplaincy also offers an inclusive space for prayer, meditation, relaxation and more. All students are welcome, whether you consider yourself to be religious or not.
University Graduate School
The University Graduate School provides dedicated support and opportunities for all postgraduates. The University Graduate School website is a gateway to information, support, and community for postgraduate students. Once you begin your studies at the university, you will receive a monthly newsletter from the University Graduate School to help keep you informed about opportunities available to you during your time here.
University Graduate School