University Guide

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham received its royal charter in 1900 and was the first civic or ‘redbrick’ university to receive its own royal charter. It was a founding member of the Russel Group of British Research universities as was the first redbrick university to accept students regardless of their background of religion. The university has a student population of over 34,000 and is the fourth largest university in the UK.

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University of Birmingham

The overview

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

  • Rankings

    The University of Birmingham is ranked 12th out of 130 universities in the UK and and rated 101st in the world by the Times Higher Education.

  • Employability

    85.3% of graduates from the University of Birmingham are either in employment or further study 6 months after graduating.

  • Fees

    Students from the UK will pay £9,250 towards their tuition at the University of Birmingham. For international students, the fees are £18,120 for classroom-based study and can increase up to £39,960 for subjects involving clinical study. For more information on international fees, click here.

  • Bursaries

    The University of Birmingham offers an array of scholarships and bursaries for students. Find out more here.


The University and three accommodation villages, Selly Oak Village, Vale Village and Pritchatts Park Village. At Selly Oak, prices range from £174 per week to £189 per week, for en-suite self-catered rooms. At the Vale Village, prices range from £96 per week to £244 per week. The university cannot guarantee that students will receive the accommodation that is their first choice, as some remain very popular, however it will offer accommodation to all first-year full-time students.

Students' Union

The University of Birmingham’s Guild of Students is the Students’ Union and is at the heart of student life. The Student Guild is run by 7 elected student officers and is home to over 250 student run societies. The student guild hosts regular activities for students and offers support with both personal and academic challenges.

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Famous for

The University of Birmingham has one of the largest medical schools within Europe. The medical school is internally renowned for its research in the fields of cancer, immunology, cardiovascular disease and neuroscience. The University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust is the main teaching hospital in the West Midlands.


At the University of Birmingham, a project has been launched to research into tackling the spread of COVID_19 across surfaces. The project will look to develop surface treatments that will provide protection against the virus. This project has been launched in partnership with the University of Cambridge and alongside industrial partners FiberLean, Innospec and Dupont Teijin Film (DTF). The project will take place across an 18-month period.

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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