Travelling from the UK

The University is well connected for travelling across the UK, making it easy for you to travel between home and campus.

When should I arrive?

The main period for arriving at the University is Arrivals Weekend (Saturday 16 September and Sunday 17 September 2017). This is when you will be able to move into University-owned accommodation, and when Welcome events will begin. You should move in on this weekend to ensure you do not miss out on anything that is happening.

Arriving by car during Arrivals Weekend

We know that many students will arrive to the University by car, particularly when moving in for the first time. Campus and student accommodation can become extremely busy during Arrivals Weekend. For University-owned accommodation, it is essential that you book your arrival slot when invited to do so.

Please follow the instructions of security and Welcome staff who will guide you during the weekend. There will be free parking provided at the North East Multi-Storey car park - once you have moved into accommodation you can park here to explore campus at your own pace.

If you are moving into University-owned accommodation, our friendly student staff will be on hand to help you unload. Wondering what to bring with you? Check our advice on what to pack.

Please note that there are major roadworks taking place in the area, including the M5 and M6 motorways, which may affect your journey to the University. Highways England are advising people travelling across the country to consider alternative routes such as the M42 and M6 or M6 Toll. Traffic management restrictions will be in place in the area until Autumn 2018.

Travelling to the University

There are several different ways to travel to the University.

Train

The University has its own train station, simply called 'University'. There are also stations at Selly Oak and Five Ways, close to other student accommodations. Each of these stations is on the cross-city line, with trains running to and from Birmingham New Street station as regularly as every 10 minutes during the week.

From University, it is only two stops to Birmingham New Street station for rail links across the country, and to Wales and Scotland. This makes rail travel a popular option with students travelling between home and campus.

You can check train times, routes and ticket prices using the National Rail website. Many students decide to get a 16-25 railcard (also available for those over 25 who are in full-time study) to save money on rail travel.

Coach

Birmingham has coach links with many big cities and routes across the UK. National Express coaches operate to and from Birmingham Coach Station, in the Digbeth area of the city centre, as well as other locations across the city.

megabus also operate within Birmingham.

Driving

The University is well connected by national motorways and the road network, however parking at the University is limited, particularly at University-owned accommodation, and in most cases requires a parking permit. Most students find they do not need a car at the University because of the excellent local transport links in the area.

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