University of Birmingham

For more than a century, the University of Birmingham has been pursuing and sharing knowledge through outstanding teaching and world-leading research.

We are the original ‘redbrick’ University, part of the prestigious Russell Group; our thriving student population enjoys a wide range of courses, and exceptional campus and research facilities.

The 10 Nobel Laureates we count among our staff and alumni have contributed to some of science’s greatest discoveries, including in recent times the Higgs Boson and Gravitational Waves. Our research provides innovative solutions to the challenges we face in our city, our region and across the globe.

We encourage and empower people to turn ideas into reality and make important things happen.

Getting here

Getting here is easy by road, rail or air. Birmingham is the heart of the West Midlands, the UK’s second-largest city, and it has the travel connections to match. The University of Birmingham campus is located in leafy Edgbaston, just two miles south-east of the vibrant city centre.

Birmingham New Street links directly with University via a high-frequency service that takes only six minutes. This train usually leaves Birmingham New Street from Platform 12, with a final destination of Bromsgrove or Redditch. The centre of the main campus is a five-minute walk from University station.

Timetables and service updates are available from the National Rail website.


  • Approaching from the north west or south east along the M6
    Leave at Junction 6, signposted Birmingham Central, to join the A38(M). At the end of the motorway, keep to the right, go over a flyover, then through some underpasses to join the A38 Bristol Road. The University is on your right.
  • Approaching from the M42 north
    Leave at Junction 8 to join the M6 northbound and follow the instructions above.
  • Approaching from the south west
    Leave the M5 at Junction 4, signposted Birmingham SW, to join the A38. The University is approximately eight miles from the motorway.
  • Approaching from the M40
    You’ll find it easiest to turn south on the M42 and leave at Junction 1, heading north on the A38 Bristol Road. The University is approximately eight miles from the motorway.

Birmingham International Airport has its own convenient train station, Birmingham International, which operates a high-frequency service into Birmingham New Street in under 15 minutes. Change here, and follow the directions above to University station.

National Express have recently changed a number of services in the South of the city including services that serve the main University of Birmingham campus. More detail on these changes can be found on their website.

In total there are eight local services (1A, 61, 63, X64, 76, X20, X21, X22 ) that directly serve the University and also provide links to the City Centre, local train stations and residential areas including Solihull, Kings Heath, Kings Norton, Harborne, Bearwood and Cotteridge.

There are taxi ranks at New Street Station and throughout the city centre. The journey to the University takes around 10 minutes, depending on traffic. If you hail a cab, you’ll need to pay the driver in cash.