You’ll find Birmingham in the heart of England, benefitting from both a major cosmopolitan city and the beautiful countryside just a stone’s throw away. Birmingham has a major train station (Birmingham New Street) from where you can reach all corners of the UK easily, and which is around 90 minutes from London by rail.
Birmingham is surrounded by a network of motorways, and has an international airport just 10 minutes on the train from the city centre - perfect for a weekend trip to a range of European cities. Our student Rumali recently decided to spend the weekend in Edinburgh...
Rumali, from Poole, 2nd year Political Science and International Relations
“It had been a while since I was last on the move, so I decided that my depleting overdraft and huge list of oncoming deadlines naturally spelled out a little mini holiday, or a 'stay-cation'.”
Where can I get to?
- Stratford upon Avon: under an hour (rail)
- Cardiff: Less than 2 hours (rail)
- Edinburgh: Less than 90 minutes (flight from Birmingham International Airport)
- Dublin: Less than 75 minutes (flight from Birmingham International Airport)
Within the city, transport couldn’t be easier - or cheaper - particularly if you make the most of student rail and bus deals.
- There are three large stations in the city centre; Birmingham New Street, Moor Street, and Snow Hill Station. All three have excellent links across the city, and to all corners of the UK, helping you reach wherever you’re trying to travel to.
- The University of Birmingham benefits from a train station on campus (aptly named ‘University station’), which will take you into the heart of Birmingham in 7 minutes.
By foot-and bike
- There are lots of walking routes around the city. If you prefer a more picturesque route, you can cycle or walk from campus along the canals straight to the Mailbox or Brindleyplace.
- Birmingham is making the city safer for its cyclists and is currently developing a huge new cycleway. The first phase is now open and runs from the city centre right to the University.
- It’s really easy to walk around the city. Many of the main shopping streets are pedestrianised, making exploring Birmingham safe and easy.
- A full taxi of friends can cost as little as £3 each from the city to campus which is perfect after a fun night out or a day in the city!
- There are plenty of taxi companies in Birmingham - and as most will tell you, always book a taxi through a registered company. The Guild of Students has a preferred supplier that they work with closely each year.
- There are nine local bus services which serve the University from the city centre.
- For cheap journeys to nearby destinations and across the UK, Birmingham Coach Station is only a short walk from New Street train station, based in Digbeth.
- The city has recently introduced a tram system (Midland Metro), making getting around Birmingham easier than ever.