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Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University, dates backs to 1843 when it was originally established as Birmingham College of Art. In 1971, the University became a polytechnic, later gaining its official university status in 1992, it was not until 2007 that it was renamed Birmingham City University. It is the second largest of 5 universities within the city of Birmingham and has a student population of over 48,000. Find out more here.

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Birmingham City University

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Birmingham City University.

  • Rankings

    Birmingham City University is ranked 70th out of 130 universities in the UK by the Times Higher Education and 601–800th in the world. (2024 Rankings)

  • Employability

    97.4 of graduates from Birmingham City University were in employment or further education 6 months after graduating.

  • Fees

    For UK students’ tuition fees will be £9,250, whereas for international students’ fees will begin at £16,085 in 2024/25 and may increase for specific courses.

  • Bursaries

    There are a full range of scholarships and bursaries available from the university, find out more here.


The university has seven halls of residence spread out throughout Birmingham, there are a range of accommodation options available to suit individuals’ specific needs. The University locks accommodation site, is right on the city campus, and the prices here range from £150 per week to £160 per week, depending on contract length. Jensen Court Accommodation is right by the city campus, and Birmingham City Centre. Students living here will have en-suite rooms and will be divided into flats with between 3 and 6 occupants. Prices range from £142 per week to £146 per week. The Heights is 10 minutes away from the city centre by foot, and students living here will be living in flats of 6. Prices range from £141 per week to £146 per week, depending on contract length. The Lakeside is a short walk to city centre campus, and has many en-suite rooms and three-quarter beds. Prices here are £143 per week. Straniforth House is a 10-minute walk from the city centre and has en-suite rooms with luxury three quarter beds. Prices here at £150 per week for a 45-week contract. Queens Hospital close, is managed by one of the university partners, Unite students and is a 20 minute walk to the university’s South Campus.  The accommodation provides en-suite room and three quarter beds and costs between £119 and £125 per week: Bentley House is in one of the university’s partner accommodation providers and a 10-minute walk from the city centre. This accommodation has flats with either 4 or 5 bedrooms that share a communal space. Prices are between £157 peer week and £167 depending on contract length.

Students' Union

Birmingham City University provides a range of services to students, to support them during their time at University, the Students’ Union representatives represent the student voice and are at the heart of the student community. Birmingham City University has many different societies so there is something for everyone.

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Famous for

Birmingham City was awarded national recognition as a centre for Excelling in Teaching and Learning for Health and Social Care. The university has outstanding facilities including an on-site virtual operating suite, the first one to be introduced into a university in England. Ofsted consistently rank the teacher training courses at Birmingham City University to be outstanding and some of the best in the UK.


Birmingham City University has launched an Islamic Accounting and Finance Degree, the UK’s first university to do this. This is a niche part of the industry, set to grow in the coming years. This course has been launched due to the economic changes as a result of the COVID_19 virus and the need for world-wide financial development.

Accommodation for Students says

"Birmingham is home to not one, not two, but three major universities: the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University and Aston University. It is also home to two university colleges as well, namely University College Birmingham and Newman University. This means that it has the second-higher student population in the UK – coming a very close runner up to London".

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