Suggested itinerary

In order for you to have the best open day experience, we recommend spending the whole day with us. Make sure you give yourself time to explore campus and go to all the talks you’re interested in, course talks are the best way to find out if a programme is right for you. However, we know this might be quite a busy weekend for you, and you may be visiting a few universities on the same day. To make your day a bit easier, here’s how we think you can make the most out of your open day with us…

If you have a full day

There’s a lot to pack in to an open day. Take a minute to download our app, or use your Open Day brochure to plan your day. Make sure you fit in all of the talks you’re interested in (please be aware that some talks must be booked in advance).

  • Catch the train from Birmingham New Street straight to our own train station on campus - it takes less than 10 minutes
  • Head to your talks, we recommend going to our Welcome Talk, presented by our Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education, Kathy Armour where you can have a proper introduction to the University and learn a bit more about Birmingham
  • Rest your feet for a while, and grab a drink from one of our many cafes on campus.
  • Make sure you visit all of the example lectures and talks you think will be useful - the courses you’re interested in, and helpful talks about support and money. Don’t forget you can always send your parent or companion to one while you go to another, and compare notes later.
  • Don’t resist the delicious aromas coming from our Farmer’s Market and pick up lunch from one of our local vendors. If you can’t decide, don’t worry - if you choose Birmingham we have a monthly farmer’s market on campus.
  • After lunch, head to The Guild and find out more about our student groups and societies. We have a huge range, with something to suit all interests.
  • Check out The Cube, it’s our immersive 360° experience which will give you a taste of our fantastic city and student life.
  • Have a wander around campus - don’t forget to explore our brand new sports centre, and state-of-the-art library (R30 on campus map)! There are certain buildings on campus you’ll be spending a lot of time- make sure they’re places you’ll be happy in.
  • Make the time to visit our fair in the Great Hall. Not only can you ask questions and gather information about courses and the University but you can see inside our beautiful Aston Webb building (R6 on Campus Map).
  • Head to our accommodation, we have lots of different types of student residences at Birmingham, and on open days you can explore them for yourself. We have a shuttle bus service on the day or you can take the short walk up.
  • After open day finishes, catch the train back into the city centre, and explore more of the city for yourself. If you choose Birmingham you’ll need to love the city you’re in… we think you will.

If you have a half day

You might not have time to see everything you wanted to, so make sure you plan your day before you arrive to allow you to make the most of your time. Download our app or use our open day brochure to make sure you can fit in all of the talks you want to go to. We also have plenty of online resources, like 360° videos of our accommodation and our drone film, if you don’t have the time to explore everything.

  • We recommend heading to one of our Welcome talks, for an introduction to the University, and to find out a bit more about Birmingham.
  • Make sure you visit all of the example lectures and talks you think will be useful; including the courses you’re interested in, and helpful talks about support and money (if you’ve come with parents or companions you can go to different talks and compare notes later).
  • You’ll probably be rushing around quite a bit, make sure you take a break and grab a drink or some food from one of our many cafes or farmer’s market, and take in our beautiful campus.
  • In our Great Hall you’ll find lots of stalls, where you can gather information about courses and the University; and ask our current staff and students any questions you might have.
  • Explore campus as much as you can while you’re here. Our talks are held in different buildings - visit the ones you’ll be spending most of your time in; your department, the library and the Guild are a few to get you started.
  • If you don’t have time to explore the city, make sure you check out The Cube, it’s our immersive 360° experience which will give you a taste of our fantastic city and student life.