University of Birmingham

Birmingham | West Midlands

Varied union activities Diverse local nightlife Political Sporty City Campus

Ucas code: B32

Steeped in history the University of Birmingham has a community campus vibe whilst being on the doorstep to the centre of the UK's second city. And because all students studying at Birmingham become automatic members of the Guild of Students you'll have many chances to develop skills outside of study, have fun, and meet like-minded people.
Source:University of Birmingham Guild of Students

What students say about this university

Dialog 939 comments (249 students)
    • The upside

      E-learning/online facilities for study away from the uni

      2013, 1st year, Clinical Dentistry

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    • Everyday expenses

      My transport costs are virtually nil. Most people live within walking distance of campus whether you are a fresher in halls, or...

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      2012, 1st year, Pre Clinical Medicine

      Everyday expenses

      My transport costs are virtually nil. Most people live within walking distance of campus whether you are a fresher in halls, or a second or third year living in the surrounding areas. Bear in mind the cost of textbooks before you start your course, particularly for science based degrees. While many of them can be borrowed easily from the library, it is helpful to have your most frequently used ones with you, however, a textbook can set you back between 30-60 depending on how big it is. They are not cheap!

      2012, 1st year, Pre Clinical Medicine

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    • The downside

      better organisation of moving out of halls into private rented accomodation in first year as it is basically a mad rush

      2012, 2nd year, Pre Clinical Medicine

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    • Accommodation

      I would really recommend living on the Vale in first year. This is where most people live and all the halls there are close...

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      2013, 2nd year, Physiology

      Accommodation

      I would really recommend living on the Vale in first year. This is where most people live and all the halls there are close together so its easy to go visit friends and for going to pre drinks. some of my friends who lived further away felt a little left out of things and often had to pay for taxis to come and join in, so get your accommodation application in as soon as it opens! as (at least when I applied) its a first come first served basis. There are many halls you can choose from very expensive (Mason - also a bit overrated - it is very nice with good facilities, a large kitchen and en-suite bathroom, but you can have just a good a time in any of the less expensive halls) to more reasonably priced (maple bank). I would say that all the accommodation on the vale is pretty nice except maple bank, which is fairly rubbish; small rooms and a tiny kitchen! But most of maple bank is catered, so you don't really need the kitchen much.

      2013, 2nd year, Physiology

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    • The downside

      The assessment system is awful - there is no way of submitting drafts or receiving individual feedback so it is hard to know...

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      2013, 3rd year, International Business Studies

      The downside

      The assessment system is awful - there is no way of submitting drafts or receiving individual feedback so it is hard to know what to improve

      2013, 3rd year, International Business Studies

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    • Sport

      Have all sports available. If you don't want to join a club you can book a court and play with friends. Great socials with clubs

      2014, 2nd year, Pre Clinical Medicine

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 12,500 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Sporty

81%

HIGH

Political

65%

HIGH

Creative

64%

MED

Diverse local nightlife

82%

HIGH

Varied union activities

77%

HIGH

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £21.4k HIGH
Student score 81% MED

Overall student satisfaction

89%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

30,700

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

61%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

19%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

55%

of students are female

Young / Mature

11%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

22%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

67%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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    Women's rugby

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