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Campus life

Explore why our students love Birmingham…

Campus is the place where our diverse community comes together to learn, relax and socialise. Our green and spacious campus is like a town of its own and is just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the UK’s vibrant second city. With 35,000 students of more than 150 different nationalities on campus, at Birmingham you will have the opportunity to explore new activities, develop new skills and make friends for life.

My favourite place on campus
Student Perspective: My Favourite Place on Campus

A campus full of opportunity

Campus is a hive of activity all year round. In winter, you’ll find the Winter Festival on campus, complete with a big wheel and hot chocolate. In summer, we host our Summer Ball on campus with live music and a funfair. With regular student socials, research showcases, family fun days, live sporting events and more, there is always something exciting happening.

Our campus is a place where history meets innovation. Historic buildings and contemporary structures mirror the University’s heritage and originality, while stunning green spaces offer a place for peace and reflection. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is a stunning art deco building at the centre of campus and plays host lunchtime concerts, evening lectures and literature workshops, as well as being the home of art from the likes of Monet, Manet, Renoir and many more. Winterbourne House and Garden is a beautiful Edwardian house with botanic gardens nestled in a leafy corner of our Edgbaston campus. Wander the peaceful grounds and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the tea rooms – a perfect place to explore with visiting family. Our recently-renovated Lapworth Museum of Geology is one of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK, whilst the Bramall Music Building is home to a 450-seater auditorium hosting fantastic events year-round including concerts and comedy shows. Our cultural assets are just the tip of the iceberg and the University has a plethora of research and cultural collections accessible to students throughout the year via a variety of activities.

“During the busy seasons or exams, the green spaces become areas to relax, with students gathering for a break, to eat lunch or maybe just get a bit of studying done in the fresh air! Everything is in one place but is only a short and cheap train ride away from the rest of the city”

Rachel, from Bury, Biological Sciences

Buildings and spaces

We are continually investing in our campus to make sure that it is fit for you, our students. In recent years we have invested in a new Main Library; a new Sports Centre and sports facilities, including the region’s first 50m-length pool; a beautiful Green Heart parkland at the centre of campus to relax and study; a Collaborative Teaching Laboratory enabling us to rethink how STEM subjects are taught; a Teaching and Learning Building providing outstanding modern facilities for individual and collaborative learning; and a School of Engineering to strengthen the relationship between our teaching and research with contemporary and flexible spaces. We continue to develop our campus to ensure students have access to the very best educational facilities, with a new Molecular Sciences coming soon.

Campus - Old Joe viewed from the green heart