University is a personal experience and is made special by the people around you. Find out more below about the social aspects of university life, our plans for your arrival, and how you can make friends when you get 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. Welcome is our name for Freshers, but it’s about much more than getting your ID card…
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 where you’re moving into accommodation you’ll be able to book your own timeslot to arrive. You can look forward to the flagship Welcome addresses delivered by our Vice-Chancellor, and there will also be a Parents’ Welcome Address, giving parents and guardians 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 timetable 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.
Making friends is an exciting part of starting university, and we know it can be sometimes daunting meeting new people. Finding others with similar interests to you will help you find like-minded people to make friends with. We have a diverse student body at Birmingham, from all walks of life and from different backgrounds.
Our Guild of Students is home to over 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. The Guild of Students will be open for business in September ready to welcome you as new students. You can join a student group at any point in the year and each group will host its own calendar of events and activities. We’ll make sure that you can explore the range of options available to you. 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.
The official Offer Holders Group on Facebook allows you to meet other students on your course, ask questions about Birmingham, chat to flatmates and discover everything you need to know about studying here. This is the only official Facebook group for incoming students, other groups are not affiliated with the University. You can also connect with the University across a whole range of social media platforms, including Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.
Join our Offer Holders Group on Facebook