Travelling in Birmingham

The University of Birmingham campuses are well-connected for local and national transport links. There are a range of options for travelling around the local area, into the city centre and further afield.

Campus maps and directions

Visit our campus maps and directions pages to find out more about where the different campuses are located, including information on disability access.


The University has its own train station - simply called University - right on the main Edgbaston campus. From here it is only two stops on the cross-city line to Birmingham New Street for the city centre and rail links to Wales, Scotland, and locations across England including direct links to London and Birmingham International Airport. This makes train travel a popular option both for local students who commute, as well as students from further afield travelling home.

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. 

The University station can become busy at peak times - you can avoid the queues by buying your tickets or collecting pre-booked tickets at the ticket machines located in University Centre (R23 - Edgbaston Campus) and the Murray Learning Centre (R28 - Edgbaston Campus), or by using a train ticket app. You can buy your Railcards online to avoid needing to queue at the station.


There are a number of local bus services connecting the University to the city centre, as well as Harborne, Edgbaston, Bearwood, Northfield, Longbridge, Solihull and further afield.

A special University Hop fare is available for University of Birmingham staff and students, allowing you to travel for £1 between Selly Oak and Birmingham city centre when you show your University ID card. Find out more from National Express West Midlands.

For further information on the full range of bus services available or to help plan your journey you can use the Network West Midlands journey planner or contact National Express West Midlands.

Visit National Express for more information on all timetables and ticket details. You can also download the National Express app for Android and iOS.

University buses

The Guild of Students operates the Selly Express, a free evening shuttle bus from campus to Selly Oak and Bournbrook.

A free shuttle bus service is provided for students and staff between the Edgbaston and Selly Oak campuses during term time (Mon-Fri). Check the Selly Shuttle timetable for current timings and then simply show your student ID card to travel for free.


Many students choose to cycle at the University, and we offer a range of services and benefits for cyclists including:

  • Student hire bike scheme
  • Discounted D Locks available from Urban Cycles and University Security
  • A variety of covered and secure cycle parking and showers across campus
  • Urban Cycles are open 5 days a week offering free basic bike checks, as well as selling bikes, accessories and a wide range of servicing packages.

The Edgbaston Campus is well-located for links to local cycling routes such as the upcoming A38 cycle route to the city centre, as well as the popular Worcester and Birmingham Canal and the Rea Valley Route. The Canal and River Trust's Towpath Code encourages everyone who uses canal towpaths to be considerate - check their Share the Space campaign for more information.


Walking remains the most popular option for students getting around on a daily basis - many students choose to live within walking distance of the campus, and the Vale Village, Pritchatts Park and Selly Oak Village are all within easy reach of the main Edgbaston campus. A dedicated footpath links the Vale Village and campus, providing an easy route away from traffic. The local shopping areas of Selly Oak and Harborne are easily accessible, offering a variety of shops, banks, pharmacies and other services.

 Remember to take care if you're out and about after dark - our tips for students provide a useful reminder.

Driving and Parking

When considering travel options it is important to be realistic and for some travelling by car really is the only choice.

If it is necessary for you to drive to the University then please consider car sharing to minimise your impact. UB Liftshare allows students to search for potential matches with like minded people and car share more easily. Car sharing has many benefits; not only is it good for the environment and helps to reduce traffic congestion, but can save you money too!

Some students may be eligible for a student parking permit, otherwise parking on campus is available on a pay and display basis. Parking at student accommodation is very limited and requires a permit from the accommodation reception.

Enterprise City Car Club provide two vehicles close to campus and offer exclusive discounts for Birmingham students.

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Sustainable travel

For information, queries or advice on Sustainable Travel please contact the University's Sustainable Travel Coordinator or visit the Sustainable Travel website

Travelling further?

We have prepared some advice for international students travelling to the University, as well as students travelling from elsewhere in the UK.

National and international travel is available by rail, coach and air.

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