Student Accommodation Near Birmingham University
At the University of Birmingham, most students opt to live in university-provided accommodation (student halls) in their first year of study, and look for private accommodation for their second, third and fourth years.
Finding accommodation might seem daunting, but Birmingham is known as the second capital of the UK, so you’ll never struggle to get situated, whatever your requirements or preferences. When living in student accommodation near the University of Birmingham, you can choose from many different types of accommodation, including catered or self-catered, shared bathroom or ensuite, or even your own apartment.
You might prefer to live right in the action at the heart of the city or further out to be closer to campus; some of the most popular areas for University of Birmingham student accommodation include the city centre, Selly Oak and Edgbaston. Whichever you choose, Birmingham’s incredible network of buses, trains and trams will ensure you can always get to those early-morning lectures – all you have to do is wake up on time!
Some of our favourite student accommodations near the University of Birmingham include Edge Apartments, offering studios to three-bed flats alongside a cinema room, reading room and onsite gym, and Belgrave View, conveniently located between the university’s main campus and the city centre.
About University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham Rank
The University of Birmingham is ranked 14th of 130 universities in the country by the Complete University Guide, with very high rankings for facilities spend and degree completion, and is the best university in the country for physiotherapy courses.
Birmingham University can be found just outside the city of Birmingham, just 15 minutes by public transport from Birmingham New Street Station. Birmingham itself is set in the West Midlands, the second-largest city in the UK after London. There is plenty of student accommodation near the University of Birmingham, so you’ll never be stuck!
The University of Birmingham is well sought-after by top graduate employers, with 85.3% of students placed in graduate-level jobs or further training six months after graduating. The University of Birmingham offers funded work experience and internship opportunities, mentorships and careers planning to support students’ prospects when they graduate.
Tuition fees for full-time, undergraduate UK students at the University are currently £9,250, while part-time courses will cost £6,935. Students from Ireland remain eligible for the Home Fee, but EU students will not be. For international students, tuition fee costs will be included in the letter of offer.
Bursaries and Scholarships
The University of Birmingham offers various scholarships, grants and bursaries for students. These include music and sport scholarships and bursaries for those with a household income under £25,000, those with disabilities or care leavers. Learn more about funding on the University of Birmingham website.
Student Life at University of Birmingham
The leafy, green campus of the University of Birmingham is often compared to a small town in its own right, with plenty of amenities and facilities including a state of the art academic library with 2.7 million books and scholarly periodicals, as well as the Sport and Fitness centre where you can access the gym, pool, classes and climbing wall for a heavily discounted student price.
The University’s Guild of Students offers deals, advice, support and over 300 student societies, including BrumSurf (yes, they are aware that Birmingham is about as far from the sea as you can get – expect lots of field trips!), Middle Earth Soc and even Criminology among some of the more conventional clubs.
Many students take up the incredible nightlife offerings in Birmingham, with Fab’n’Fresh every Saturday at the Guild’s Underground Night Club and endless options for incredible nightclubs in Birmingham city centre every night of the week. Birmingham is also considered the home of rock, being the original home of musicians such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Robert Plant, and there are concerts, gigs and festivals year round.
Need some retail therapy after handing in that essay you’re worried about? Head to the Bullring for food, fun and over 100 different shops. Alternatively, join a Peaky Blinders tour or hop on the Waterbus and cruise the canals.
Check out our student guide to life in Birmingham for more things to do and see in the city!
University of Birmingham Accommodation FAQs
Where should I live if I study at the University of Birmingham?
The most popular area with Uni of Birmingham students is Selly Oak, thanks to its proximity to the university. Harborne and Edgbaston are also popular. While the city centre is a further commute for lectures, it does offer some amazing amenities.
Can I view flats near Birmingham University before I book?
In most cases, the provider will be able to organise for you to view your accommodation prior to booking, either through an online virtual viewing or with an in-person visit. Make sure to ask about viewings when you’re visiting the university for an open day, as some accommodations run tours on these days.
When should I book my University of Birmingham student accommodation?
While many accommodations will run applications for a large part of the year, we recommend booking your accommodation as soon as possible. Many accommodations work on a first-come-first-served basis and the spaces can fill up quickly, so applying early is necessary for getting the place you’re after!
How do I book my University of Birmingham student accommodation?
It’s easy – simply browse our range of accommodation to find your favourites, and click the little heart icon to add that provider to a shortlist. Once you’re ready, simply go to your favourites and you can contact all of them at once, with a message space so you can ask any questions you have about the accommodation.
How do I pay for my University of Birmingham student accommodation?
Is student accommodation near Birmingham University available to post-graduate students?
Yes – areas like Selly Oak have tons of student accommodation near Birmingham University for undergrad and postgrad students. When applying to accommodation, make sure to mention that you’re a postgrad as some accommodations even offer separate areas for postgrads.
Can I share University of Birmingham student accommodation?
If you’re looking to share with your partner, simply check out listings for ‘dual occupancy’ – this may be free to do or cost a nominal upgrade, but many accommodations do offer this. Alternatively, if you and a friend are both applying for the same flats near Birmingham University, you can add a message into your applications to ask if you can be placed together.