Campus tours

CampusToursWe know it’s important that you get a chance to visit your future university before you start. We are running a programme of campus tours for 2021 offer holders and up to three members of their family. Tours will be conducted outside only, and we will follow the latest government guidance on safety and social distancing. Eligible offer holders will receive an invite via email to book their tour.

Important information - please read before attending your campus tour

  • We continue to follow the latest Government guidance which may mean that campus tours are changed at relatively short notice. We will make sure to keep in touch with you if things need to change for any reason.
  • Please take the time to read our General Guidance for Visitors which details how to visit our campus safely.
  • Your campus tour will take around 30-45 minutes.
  • Due to the current situation with COVID-19 your campus tour will take place outdoors and we are unable to show you the inside of our buildings. This particular tour will give you a feel of what it’s like on the campus at Birmingham and the range of spaces we have available.
  • We are currently not able to show you our accommodation sites as students are now living in all of our Halls of Residence. You can explore the range of accommodation, including the inside of a range of our rooms, online using our 360 tours.
  • There will be toilet facilities and catering facilities available, and so please bring a mask with you so that you can use inside those buildings when necessary.
  • Please come prepared for whatever the great British weather has in store for us on the day!
  • Our Student Ambassadors are all current students and know our campus well. We offer a lot of subjects at the University of Birmingham and so the Ambassador for your tour is unlikely to be from the course you’re interested in. The good news is that there are lots of other Ambassadors available online that you can chat to about our programmes.
  • Once you have booked a campus tour time slot, we will send you a confirmation email and we will then send you a reminder with all of the details that you’ll need closer to the time of your tour.

General guidance for visitors to campus

This information intends to give brief guidance to authorised persons on how to visit the University safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. It draws from guidance published by HM Government and other sources, and is complementary to other guidance developed to support the return to campus.

General advice to visitors to minimise risk associated with COVID-19 is as follows:

  1. If displaying symptoms, you must self-isolate and inform a member of staff at the University who will inform their Line Manager.
  2. Wash hands regularly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, and do not share objects e.g. pens.
  3. Coughs and sneezes should be covered with a tissue and disposed of immediately (into your elbow if no tissue) followed by the washing of hands.
  4. Visitors must maintain social distancing when greeting others, this includes avoiding shaking hands.
  5. There is a requirement to record all visitors so we can contact you if someone develops Covid symptoms.

Please observe the following protocols when entering University buildings including:

  • Maintaining 2m distancing protocol at all times, including the transit from car parks and public transport drop-off points and paths leading onto the campus and to individual buildings, as well as travelling through buildings.
  • Face coverings: We are encouraging the wearing of face coverings. While the use of face coverings when outside is a personal choice, we want to encourage their use particularly inside buildings where it is difficult to maintain social distancing. There are some buildings/locations (such as labs and corridors) where 1m+ social distancing means face coverings would be required. We will continue to monitor government guidance on face coverings and update this policy as appropriate.
  • Access and egress: Enter all building entrances one at a time.
  • You will be expected to follow one-way systems, to limit numbers travelling in lifts together, and will be guided where to walk or stand by floor marking and signage.
  • Handwashing facilities will be positioned at entry and exit points, and at all times it is possible to do so you should maintain a distance of at least 2m from others.
  • Corridors/staircases/lifts: Maintaining social distancing in the corridors of buildings will involve several factors. Where possible, a one-way system will be in place, creating a series of loops that people should follow when moving around buildings. If corridors are sufficiently wide, a marking down the corridor centre should be made to provide two lanes, in which a one-way system should be implemented (e.g., always keep left).
  • The use of lifts in buildings should be avoided wherever possible and used only by people who would have difficulty using the stairs. Where lifts are used, expect the occupancy to be restricted, and there may be floor markings or signs indicating how to stand to maintain safety.
  • Toilets: For the majority of communal toilets on campus, it is envisaged that maintaining social distancing will be extremely difficult without changing how these are used. It might be necessary to operate a ‘one-in, one-out’ system with no more than one person in the room at any one time, and to use a ‘knock and call’ system. Additional signage is likely to be used to explain the arrangement. In all cases, hand washing is again a critical aspect of control to remain safe.

Travel information

Please familiarise yourself with our latest information about the best ways to travel to the University. We have our own train station at the University (‘University’ station) which is around 7 minutes from Birmingham New Street. If you are driving to the University, then there are a number of pay and display car parks that you can use. We recommend the North East Car Park (sat nav postcode B15 2SA) or the Pritchatts Road Car Park (sat nav postcode B15 2QU).

Viewing accommodation

The best way to see what accommodation is on offer at Birmingham is to use the 360 tours available on the accommodation section of our website. We are currently unable to show visitors around our accommodation sites as students are now living in all Halls of Residence, but the 360 tours give you a great idea of what your room may look like.

Self-guided walking tours and virtual tours of campus

From 29 March Government restrictions around travel are lifting, so if you're arranging a trip to campus you can take your own self-guided tour. If you want some guidance as to where to start and what you're looking at, you can listen to current student Courteney as she talks you through the big campus landmarks and shares her top tips about life at Birmingham.

We also have a virtual tour of our campus available online, giving you the chance to look around some of the spaces you'd experience as a student here. We are continually adding new buildings and information to the tour and so why not take the time to explore.

Explore our campus 

Further information for postgraduate and international students

Find out more about visiting campus and the opportunities to visit for postgraduate students.

Find out more about studying at the University of Birmingham as an international student