Arrivals Weekend


Arrivals Weekend will be Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September 2019. This is the main time for you to move into your student accommodation, and there will be lots happening on campus to help you settle in.

Throughout the weekend there will be a range of musical performances, sport demonstrations, and other activities taking place at the centre of campus. You can listen to live music, grab a bite to eat at one of our many food outlets, take a trip around campus on the land train, and find out more about the services and opportunities available to you as a new student - just head towards Old Joe, our famous clock tower!

 The Arrivals Weekend Main Campus Events Timetable is now available to help plan your time with us.  

Moving into accommodation

Students who are moving into University accommodation will most likely arrive at their accommodation site first. Visit our moving in page to understand more about what will happen on the day. Once you have moved into your accommodation, head down to campus to visit the Welcome Village, attend the Parents' Welcome Addresses, and much more!

If you are moving into private or third party accommodation, you should check your moving arrangements with your landlord or accommodation provider.

Airport Collections

We run a free airport collection service for international students arriving to Birmingham Airport (BHX) or London Heathrow (LHR) over Arrivals Weekend. Visit our airport collection page to find out more and book your place.

Welcome Village

Our essential checklist for students will help you determine what you will need to do when you arrive. Many of the administrative tasks you need to do will be accessible from the Welcome Village. This is made up of a series of large, white marquees (temporary buildings) and situated next to the clock tower (Old Joe) in Chancellor's Court and in the Green Heart (near the library) on the Edgbaston Campus. View the Arrivals Weekend map (available closer to the time) to help you find the venues. The Welcome Village comprises:

Welcome Marquee, including campus tours

The Welcome Marquee in the Green Heart (near the library, Edgbaston Campus) will be open for you to meet the services that are here to support you throughout your time at the University. You can book a campus tour, pick up a campus map or ask one of our Welcome Assistants for help. 

Welcome Registration Hub

The Welcome Registration Hub will provide ID cards for UK/EU students, Online Registration support, and letters and statements for all students.

International Welcome Hub

The International Welcome Hub will provide Right to Study checks and ID cards for international students.

If you are an international student and have chosen to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from campus, you will need to request an appointment with the International Student Team (IST) to collect it from the International Welcome Hub.  

Wellbeing Marquee

Our new Wellbeing Marquee is open all week on the Green Heart, and provides a quiet and relaxed space get creative, connect with friends, try out new activities or just take some time out to reflect.

Talk to our Wellbeing staff and discover information to help you be pro-active in looking after yourself during your time at University.  With a huge range of activities on offer, including yoga, board games and origami, it’s the perfect opportunity to meet new friends and try something a little bit different during Welcome.

Banking Fair

Meet with representatives from local banks and find out about opening a bank account. The Banking Fair is open to all students, but may be of particular interest to international students looking to open a bank account in the UK. It will take place in the first floor foyer of the Bramall Music Building (R12 - Edgbaston Campus).

Parents' Lounge

Over Arrivals Weekend the first floor of Staff House (R24 on the campus map) will be available for parents to use to take a break and relax or arrange as a meeting place with students after the Parents' Welcome Addresses.  

Parents' Welcome Addresses

Open to parents, carers, partners and friends of new students, the Parents' Welcome Addresses are designed to give you an insight into life at the University and information about the range of services and support available to students. Find out more.

Welcome Assistants

Our friendly student Welcome Assistants will be on hand to help your Arrivals Weekend go as smoothly as possible. They will be wearing bright blue tshirts and jumpers and will be happy to direct you or answer any questions you may have. Check our where to find help page for more advice.

Free Parking and Travel Disruption

There will be free parking available all weekend in the multi-storey North East Car Park on Pritchatts Road (enter Pritchatts Road into your satnav, rather than the postcode). Due to the limited parking available at student accommodation, we ask you to move your car here once you have unloaded your belongings.

A38(M) Aston Expressway Closure

As part of International Car Free Day, the A38 Aston Expressway will be closed on Sunday 22 September from 10:00-16:00. This will affect travel to the University for those arriving from the north of the city. Diversions will be in place.

M5 Oldbury viaduct (Junctions 1 and 2)

Please note that there are major roadworks taking place on the M5 motorway, which may affect your journey to the University. Highways England are advising people travelling across the country to plan ahead and consider alternative routes such as the M42 and M6 or M6 Toll. Traffic management restrictions will be in place in the area until Autumn 2019.

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