Airport collection

During the main arrivals period in September, we provide a free airport collection service for students from Birmingham Airport (BHX) and London Heathrow (LHR). 

The airport collection service runs across Arrivals Weekend. You will be met at the airport by our friendly meet and greet team, and will be brought to the University campus on coach. The airport collection service is free-of-charge for students.

If you are travelling to a different airport, you will need to make your own arrangements for travelling to campus. Check our advice for students arriving in the UK.

Book your airport collection

You will need to book your airport collection in advance and we advise you book as early as possible to guarantee your seat as places are limited. Bookings for September 2019 are now open.

Birmingham International Airport (BHX)

Collections from Birmingham International Airport will be running from Friday 20 September 2019 to Monday 23 September 2019. Use the links below to reserve your place:

London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

Collections from London Heathrow Airport (Terminal 3) will be running on Saturday 21 September 2019 and Sunday 22 September 2019. Use the links below to reserve your place:

Frequently Asked Questions

I am starting a Presessional English course, can I arrange an airport collection?

The Birmingham International Academy (BIA) offer a free airport collection service for students beginning a Presessional English course in advance of their main programme of study. You can use the service if you are beginning the 15, 10, 6 or 4 week Presessional English course. You will receive information from the BIA in advance of your course. View the Presessional FAQs or contact the Birmingham International Academy for more information.

How long does the airport collection take?

The journey time from Birmingham Airport (BHX) is approximately 1 hour.

The journey time from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is approximately 2.5 hours.

What can I bring with me on the airport collection coach?

There is limited space available on the airport collection coaches. You will be allowed to bring 1 large and 2 small items of luggage. For example, as well as a suitcase you could bring a cabin-sized case and a small rucksack or handbag.

If you have more luggage than this, you will need to arrange for your extra belongings to be shipped to campus.

Unfortunately, we cannot take friends and family on the airport collection coaches. Only University of Birmingham students who have booked a ticket for the coach will be able to travel with us. If you are under 18 and wish to travel with a parent/guardian, please contact the International Student Team (IST).

What happens when I arrive at the airport?

Check our advice for students arriving in the UK to understand what will happen when you arrive at the airport and pass through immigration control and customs.

How will I find the airport collection?

When you book your airport collection, your confirmation will include instructions on where the airport collection will run from. Our meet and greet team will help you find the coach. They will be wearing blue t-shirts, jumpers or coats. You should be ready to give them your name, student ID number, and booking details.

At London Heathrow (LHR) the meeting point will be at Terminal 3. If your flight arrives at a different terminal, you will need to travel to Terminal 3 to meet the collection service.

Are there airport collections at other times of the year?

Unfortunately we are only able to offer the airport collection service during the main arrivals period in September. There are a number of ways to travel from local and national airports to the University campus. See our information for students travelling from overseas for further advice.

Students joining programmes at the Birmingham International Academy (BIA) should speak to the BIA about arrangements for travel from airports.

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