Travelling to open days
We strongly recommend, where possible, for visitors to use public transport to reach the University. We welcome over 8,000 visitors to our Open Days, and as a result the adjacent roads can get extremely busy.
The easiest way to reach the University is by train. Birmingham is the only University campus in mainland UK to have its own railway station - ‘University’ station. The journey takes approximately 7 minutes from Birmingham New Street and up to six trains an hour depart for the University on the Cross-City Line (final destination Longbridge or Redditch).
For up-to-date information on train times and prices, please contact National Rail.
There are frequent express coach services to Birmingham from London, Heathrow and Gatwick airports and many other UK cities. The long-distance coach station is in Digbeth in the city centre.
If you are travelling from within the West Midlands, then the following bus services stop at different parts of the University’s main Edgbaston campus, as well as the Vale Village accommodation site and the Selly Oak campus.
Bus service numbers: 1, 1A, 48, 61, 63, 76, X20, X21, X22
Further information is available on the National Express West Midlands website.
Parking at Open Days is currently very limited due to several major building projects that are taking place as part of our campus redevelopment with the majority of visitors unable to park on campus. We therefore recommend that visitors use public transport to reach the University.
The University main car park is:
- North East Car Park (access via Pritchatts Road) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SA
- Parking is free of charge during open days however, please note these are used by staff and students and fill up very quickly, therefore the majority of visitors will be unable to find a space.
Anyone with a blue badge can park in the disabled parking bays on the main campus via the East gate entrance.
Alternative parking can also be found in and around the city. There are a number of NCP car parks across the city centre along with large shopping centre car parks and there is a direct train from Birmingham New Street to the University train station. The journey takes approximately 7 minutes from Birmingham New Street and up to six trains an hour depart for the University on the Cross-City Line (final destination Longbridge or Redditch).
Clean Air Zones have been introduced to cities across the UK, including Birmingham. Unlike a congestion charge, such as the one in London which charges every vehicle to enter a designated area, the Clean Air Zone will only charge the most polluting vehicles. If you are travelling through the centre of Birmingham then you will need to bear this in mind.
For more information and to see if your car is exempt from the Clean Air Zone charge visit the Brum Breathes website.
There is further information on our website detailing how to get to the University, as well as downloadable maps of campus.
If you're considering staying in Birmingham and exploring our beautiful city, why not stay on the University campus itself in the University’s very own hotel – the Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre.
The Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre is offering a discounted rate for Bed and Breakfast for open day visitors.
To book the rooms, please contact email@example.com or call 0121 414 8888 for best rates.
Alternatively please see the Visit Birmingham website to explore other accommodation options across the city.