Open Day travel and parking

We strongly recommend, where possible, for visitors to use public transport to reach the University. We welcome over 15,000 visitors to our Open Days, and as a result the adjacent roads can get extremely busy. Parking on campus is currently very limited due to several major building projects that are taking place as part of our campus redevelopment, and therefore we cannot guarantee a parking space on campus for visitors.

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 University Station (which brings you straight into campus itself).

  • NCP New Street, Birmingham, B5 4AN
  • NCP High Street, Birmingham, B4 7LN
  • NCP Grand Central MSCP, Birmingham, B5 4DQ
  • Longbridge, B31 2AJ 

Travel by train

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.

By Coach

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.

By bus

The bus service numbers 1, 1A, 48, 61, 63, 76,  X20, X21, X22 travel to the University's main Edgbaston campus, The Vale student residences and the Selly Oak campus. Please visit the National Express website.

Where to stay 

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 new 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 reservations@edgbastonparkhotel.com or call 0121 414 8888 and quote IND18

Alternatively we have put together a list of nearby recommended hotels. or please see the Visit Birmingham website.

Parking on campus

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 the park and ride service or public transport to reach the University. 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).

The University has three main car parks:

  • North East Car Park (access via Pritchatts Road) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SA
  • Pritchatts Road Car Park (at junction with Vincent Drive) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2QU
  • West Car Park (near to Medical School) 

On Friday 28 June only we will be operating a limited park and ride facility at King Edwards Playing Fields (B29 7JX). This is a short walk or minbus journey from the centre of campus and will be opperated on a first come first served basis. Shuttle buses to and from the University will be running throughout the day, dropping off and picking up from outside University Centre (R23 on the campus map). The first park and ride bus will leave at 8:30am and the last bus of the day will leave University centre at 4:30pm. 

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.