Student Communities

Our students represent a diverse community, from all walks of life and circumstances. Part of the joy of being a student is meeting others from different backgrounds, but we recognise that students may like to connect with others from similar situations to them, whether to share experiences or simply to connect with others who 'get it'.

Local or commuting students

Many of our students are local to the University or choose to commute from the surrounding area. Meeting other students and making friends is important to help you settle in -  find useful information, link in to our community and connect with other commuting students.

First generation students

First generation students are students who are the first in their family to go to university. Starting University is therefore a very exciting, but often daunting experiences.  These students are from many different backgrounds, but can have similar experiences and challenges. Find out some useful information for first generation students.

Students with disabilities

Starting University with a disability, learning difficulty or long term health condition can be daunting. Make sure you know what information and support is available. Find useful information and how to connect with other students with disabilities

Mature students, student parents and carers

You are generally considered to be a mature student if you are over 21 when you start an undergraduate programme, or over 25 on a postgraduate programme. You may like to find others at a similar stage of life to you through the Postgraduate and Mature Students' Association (PGMSA).

We understand that many in this group may have dependents and other family responsibilities. Find out more about family friendly support.

LGBTQ students

As a University and as a city, Birmingham has lots of opportunities to get involved with the LGBTQ community. Find out more with our information for LGBTQ students.

Other groups and associations

The Guild of Students has hundreds of student groups, so you're bound to find a group to suit you. As well as groups based around interests and hobbies, there are a number of cultural and international societies, such as the Chinese Society, Indian Society and Polish Society.

There are also a range of groups and associations of interest to particular communities of students, such as the International Students' Association and the Black & Ethnic Minorities' Association. You can also find societies related to your course, future career plans, or hobbies, with loads of variety including Debating, Sober Socials and Skydiving.

See all groups, societies and associations at the Guild of Students 

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