Travel and visas


Travel

Birmingham is at the heart of the UK's domestic, European and International transport network. Download a free app from the University of Birmingham website to access campus maps and lots of useful information.

By air
Birmingham International Airport is one of the UK's fastest growing airports, with more than 50 airlines flying from over 100 destinations. The airport operates direct flights from locations in the UK, as well as from the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

The journey by taxi from the airport to the University takes approximately half an hour. Alternatively, Air-Rail Link provides a free, fast connection between the airport terminals and Birmingham International railway station. Air-Rail Link operates every two minutes (journey time 90 seconds). Birmingham International railway station has frequent services to New Street Station in the city centre (journey time around 15 minutes).

If you are arriving at London, there is a frequent train service from London Euston railway station to New Street Station (journey time around 1 hour 30 minutes).

By train
Three mainline stations serve the city centre including New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill. There is also the Midlands Metro light rail transport system, a light rail system running from Wolverhampton to Birmingham City Centre. From Birmingham New Street, travel times to major UK stations are as follows:-

London Euston 1hr 20mins
Manchester Piccadilly      1hr 35mins
Cardiff Central 1hr 50mins 
Bristol Temple Meads 1hr 29mins
Liverpool Lime Street 1hr 32mins
Leeds 1hr 59mins
Newcastle 3hr 20mins
Edinburgh 4hr 16mins

The University of Birmingham Edgbaston Campus has it's own train station. Up to six trains per hour depart from Birmingham New Street for the University on the cross-city line (final destination Longbridge or Redditch). The journey takes 10 minutes, and the centre of campus is a 5 minute walk from University station.

For information contact National Rail Enquiries (tel: +44 (0)8457 484950).

By coach
There are frequent express coach services to Birmingham from London, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, and many UK cities. The long-distance coach station is in Digbeth in the city centre.

Digbeth coach station is a short walk from New Street train station. Ask at the coach station for directions to New Street and then either catch the local train service to University station or catch the bus as described above.

By road
Birmingham is at the heart of England's motorway network linking the M1, M5, M6, M40 and M42.

Approaching from the north west or south east along the M6
Leave at Junction 6 (signposted Birmingham Central) to join the A38(M)
At the end of the motorway, keep to the right, go over a flyover, then through some underpasses to join the A38 Bristol Road
The University is on your right, two and a half miles from the city centre

Approaching from the M42 north:
Leave at Junction 8 to join the M6 northbound and follow the instructions above
Approaching from the south west:
Leave the M5 at Junction 4 signposted Birmingham SW) to join the A38
The University is approximately eight miles from the motorway

Approaching from the M40:
It is easier to turn south on the M42 and leave at Junction 1, heading north on the A38 Bristol Road
The University is approximately eight miles from the motorway

You can plan your route online using one of the free route planners - examples are The AA or The RAC.



Parking
Visitors to campus are requested to park in any of the 3 pay & display car parks as well as the new multi-storey pay on exit known as the North East Car Park. Locations are:

  • North East Car Park (access via Pritchatts Road) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SA
  • North Car Park (access via Pritchatts Rd) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SB
  • Pritchatts Road Car Park (at the junction with Vincent Drive) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2QU
  • Grange Road Car Park (Main Campus) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2TT (for access to the campus)

The first three car parks above are peripheral car parks and can be accessed without entering the main campus. Visitor charges are:

University Permit Holders £1.00

Non University Permit Holders
Up to 1 hour £2.00
1-3 hours £3.00
3-5 hours £4.00
5-8 hours £6.00

Please be advised that enforcement procedures are in place in all University parking areas and penalty notices will be issued to all vehicles that fail to comply with parking regulations.

 

Visas

Citizens of the European Union do not need a visa to enter Britain. If you are from any other country, find out about visa requirements before you travel by visiting http://ukvisas.gov.uk.


Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline:
    9 January 2015
  • Accommodation deadline:
    16 February 2015
  • Early registration deadline:
    21 February 2015
  • Registration deadline:
    21 March 2015