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 get extremely busy. Parking on campus is currently very limited due to several major building projects that are taking place as part of our £600 million campus redevelopment. Therefore, we cannot guarantee a parking space on campus.

In addition to University parking we are operating a free park and ride (free of charge) on Saturday 20 October 2018 only with some limited parking at:

  • King Edwards School playing field (B29 7JX). The playing field is a left turn (if approaching from the city centre) on the Bristol Road, just before the Eastern Road turn.

Shuttle buses to and from the University will be running throughout the day, dropping off and picking up from outside University Centre (building R23 on the campus map). The first park and ride bus will leave both sites at 08:30. The last bus will leave University Centre at 16:30.

There are a number of NCP car parks across the city centre along with large shopping centre car parks and there is a direct trainline from Birmingham New Street to University Station.

  • 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 in mainland UK to have its own railway station on campus, known as ‘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 visitors coming from the south, Longbridge train station has a park and ride service with trains that depart to University regularly with a 12 minute journey time (final destination Lichfield City or Four Oaks). 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, X20, X21, X22, X61, X64 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, take a look at our list of recommended hotels. Or for further suggestions please see the Visit Birmingham website.

Parking on campus

Parking on Open Days is currently very limited due to several major building projects that are taking place as part of our £600 million 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 trainline from Birmingham New Street to the University train station. The journey takes approximately 8 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) 

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 campus.