International Student Guide To Birmingham 2017


Birmingham is a thriving and diverse city located in the West Midlands, near to the centre of the UK. With its central position, students living in Birmingham have easy access to many of the UK's big cities via train and coach, including London, Liverpool, Sheffield, Manchester, Cardiff and Oxford to name a few. Inside the city, there is so much to do, with some of the UK's top museums (Birmingham Museums), music venues (Birmingham o2 Academies) and exhibition centres (Barclaycard Arena & NEC). Find out more about what Birmingham has to offer in this guide created by Marketing Birmingham. 

Why Study in Birmingham?

  • Birmingham is easy to get to with its International airport just minutes from the city centre by train and great transport links from London and other major UK cities.
  • Birmingham’s universities offer advice and support to international students, from English language courses to information about working in the UK.
  • The West Midlands is very welcoming to foreign students with Warwick University boasting an international student population of 27.8% and Aston University closely following with 17.9%.
  • You can find lots of information about living, studying and working in Birmingham on

Universities in Birmingham

If you are looking to study in Birmingham, the city has 5 universities, as well as a number of other higher education institutions, colleges and even a school of acting, so you are sure to find a course that suits you. The universities in Birmingham are the University of Birmingham (34,000), Birmingham City University (23,500), Aston University (11,000), University College Birmingham (5,000) and Newman University College (2,750). The numbers in brackets are rough numbers of total students at each institution, taken from the 2014/2015 data provided by the HESA. As you can see, whether you're looking for a small or large institution to study at, Birminham has options available to match your needs.


Sunset and Selfridges, Birmingham. Image by Verity Milligan.

Student Guide To Birmingham 2017

With so much information in this guide, we've broken it down for you into bite-sized sections below. Or if you want to take it all in, you can read through the whole thing by clicking the next button at the bottom of each page.

Best Food in Birmingham - A selection of the foods available in Birmingham with some of Marketing Birmingham's favourites listed.

Top Bars & Entertainment in Birmingham - Keep yourself busy with some live comedy and music whilst sampling some of Birmingham's bars.

Top Nights Out in Birmingham - If you're into nightlife, here is a brief guide to some of what the city has to offer.

10 Events Not To Miss in Birmingham - 10 dates to mark in your calendar if you're living in Birmingham.

Places To Visit Whilst Studying in Birmingham - Nearby towns and cities to visit whilst you are living and studying in Birmingham.