Birmingham City University

Location Birmingham, England
Established 1992
Percent International Students 8.0%
Famous For Art & Design, Media, Health
International Fees £10,500-11,700


22,500 students from over 80 countries are enrolled at Birmingham City University, making it an exciting and diverse place to study. A significant proportion of undergraduate courses enjoy professional accreditation, including Accountancy, Acting, Architecture, Education, Engineering, Law, Marketing, Nursing, Radiography and Social Work. The University is also conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and easy road and rail links to London, Manchester and the rest of the UK.

Birmingham City University has a large number of part-time students enrolled, making it the largest provider of undergraduate study in the area. In addition, the University has increased its portfolio of high-tech degrees in recent years, with a particular focus on electronic commerce, network engineering and electronic systems.

Birmingham City University is one of the top 30 universities in the UK for spending on facilities, and in the most recent National Student Survey, 83% of students were happy with their course, while 87% agreed that faculty staff were good at explaining classes and teaching.


  • 93rd in the Times University Guide 2017
  • 105th in the Guardian University Guide 2017

Three subjects ranked in the top 20 in the UK in the Guardian – Media Studies, Drama and Dance and General Engineering – and five more in the top 30 – Architecture, Art and Design, Education, Mechanical Engineering and Music. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, almost 90% of Birmingham City University’s work was deemed ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’.

Services for International Students

Birmingham City University operate a meet and greet team for all international students coming to the UK, and run a service three times a year in which the student services office will meet students at Birmingham International Airport and help them check into their university accommodation.

Orientation programmes take place at the beginning of September and are aimed at helping international students with their new surroundings and university with the minimum of fuss. Talks, workshops and social events will offer the chance to find out more about the students new home. This programme is free to all EU and international students.

Birmingham City University’s Student Services are a central point of further information and advice for international students and run a regular drop-in service called ‘The Student Help Zone’.


Birmingham City University accommodation is guaranteed to all first-year students. In addition, a range of housing options are offered, from self-contained flats to adapted accommodation for students with special requirements. Housing is safe, secure and affordable and offers the chance to live and study close to the centre of Birmingham, England’s second city. Privately let accommodation is also available and located around the city.

The Accommodation Services Team is on hand to assist all students with questions, queries and issues.

7 Reasons to Study at Birmingham City University
  1. Employability

90% of Birmingham City University students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. Whatever subject you choose, the University will give you the opportunity to get a better job, earn more money and reach your full potential!

  1. Library & Learning Resources

Birmingham City University has over 715,000 books and nearly 28,000 print and electronic journals across its seven libraries and learning centres. Each library reflects the subjects taught at that campus; for example the City South Campus is home to the Mary Seacole Library, one of the biggest specialist health libraries in the UK.

  1. Industry Partnerships

Many BCU courses offer work placements with leading companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Sony and Cartier. Working alongside these companies enables the University to provide cutting edge course criteria and give students a unique first hand insight into some of the largest corporations in the world.

  1. Investment

Birmingham City University are constantly looking to improve, ensuring students benefit from a state of the art learning environment. BCU are currently investing £260 million in a number of University related projects which will benefit staff and students for years to come.

  1. Research

Following the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, almost 90% of research quality was deemed to have an ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact, while 60% of research was 4* or 3* quality, up from 40% in 2008. These figures benefit the public, society and economy of Birmingham and the UK.

  1. Life in Birmingham

Considered the UK’s second capital after London, Birmingham is home to one million people and offers the chance for students to experience life in an exciting, diverse city with world-class restaurants, entertainment and shops. The city is hugely multicultural and provides the perfect home, whatever student life you wish to lead!

  1. Socialising on campus

Birmingham City University has many on sites bars and cafes for students to unwind and relax in. iBar hosts live bands and performers, along with open mic sessions, while The Pavilion is located next to the sports centre. The Lounge specialises in juices, smoothies and coffees, while in the evening it transforms into a lively bar with a dance floor. Bar 42 has an interior designed by Ministry of Sound Designers and offers tasty food, pool tables, quiz machines, music and drinks.


Birmingham City University is divided into eight main campuses and schools in the Birmingham area. Birmingham is a major European city, and home to some spectacular architecture as well as venues for art, music, theatre and sport, excellent nightlife, great shopping and eating, including the world famous Bullring Centre.

The city also benefits from being surrounded by beautiful countryside. Its position in the centre of England makes it a convenient base from which to explore the UK and Europe; the city is less than two hours away from London by road and rail, and has its own international airport. Warwick, Stratford, the Peak District and Wales are also all within easy travelling distance.