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University College Birmingham

University College Birmingham was awarded its official university status in 2012, it offers both vocational courses, as well as academic courses to undergraduates and postgraduates. It specialises in disciplines such as culinary arts, hairdressing, events management, tourism, sports management, sports therapy and early years education. As a smaller university, it has over 5,000 students.

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University College Birmingham

The overview

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

  • Rankings

    The University College Birmingham is ranked country rank 158th out of 167 Universities in the UK and has a world rank 4484 by UniRank. (2024 Ratings)

  • Employability

    The University College Birmingham support all students after they graduate and help them find employment. The University has a full team of staff in the careers service to support students.

  • Fees

    Tuition fees will vary depending on the type of courses individuals choose to study, for international students studying Undergraduate programs (e.g. FdA, FdSc, BA, BSc) the fee starts at £14,000 per year for the 2024/2025 entry but increases for different types of programs, more information can be found here. For home students, fees are £9,250.

  • Bursaries

    There are multiple financial support schemes available at the university, browse the full catalogue here.


The University College Birmingham offers accommodation to over 800 students, and all first-year students are guaranteed accommodation in the Maltings. The Maltings accommodation is a 15 minute walk from the Summer Row campus and the prices range from £115 per week for standard rooms, £126 for en-suite rooms and £179 for twin rooms. The majority of flats will house between 6-9 residents. Find out more about university accommodation here. Often second- and third-year students choose to live in private accommodation and use accommodation for students to accompany their search.

Students' Union

The University College Birmingham Student Guild (UCB) is made up of an executive team of four elected student leaders. Their motto is 'by the students for the students'. The UCB offer a range of societies and activities and all students are welcome to join.

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University College Birmingham Students' Union
University College Birmingham Students' Union

Famous for

The University College Birmingham is Europe’s leading specialist in management courses in the disciplines of culinary arts, tourism, hospitality, business and sport. Many of the University College Birmingham’s degrees are also accredited by the University of Birmingham.


The University College Birmingham teams who support students find work placements and internships as well as other work experience have extended their support to the wider community in Birmingham due to the substantial job loss after COVID_19. According to academic research between March and May 2020 an additional 28,340 people were claiming unemployment benefits.

AFS says

"A thriving hub of multicultural activity and home to a lively music scene, Birmingham is the perfect student destination. The UK’s second city has something for everyone".

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