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University of Birmingham (UOB) accommodation

The city of Birmingham is filled with stand-out attractions that will make a lasting impression on you. There are plenty of activities you can do across the city that are less of a strain on the pocket but with fun still guaranteed.

When you book student accommodation near the University of Birmingham with Student.com, you will also get the luxury of living in peaceful neighbourhoods within walking distance of the university campus or in the city centre at an affordable cost.

Our University of Birmingham student accommodation offers a variety of room types with modern amenities for all your needs.

If you need any more information, we are just a phone call away. If you prefer, you can also contact us on live chat at the bottom right corner of this page.

Where is University of Birmingham located?

The University of Birmingham’s main campus is located in Edgbaston, an affluent suburban area of central Birmingham, England, United Kingdom.

Outside of the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston is home to eight out of the nine independent schools within the city, the famous Edgbaston Cricket Ground, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, a golf club and the oldest active lawn tennis club in the world, Edgbaston Archery and Lawn Tennis Society.

The area has several pubs such as The High Field, The Physician and The Edgbaston and a Michelin star restaurant called the Simpsons Restaurant.

Studying at the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham was the UK’s first civic university and is now the 11th largest in the UK, with over 35,000 students.

With around 8,000 of its student population and 31 percent of its academic staff from overseas, the University of Birmingham has one of the most diverse campuses in the UK.

For more than a century, it has been developing great minds through outstanding teaching and world-leading research. An original ‘redbrick university’, Birmingham is part of the prestigious Russell Group and counts 11 Nobel Laureates among its alumni and staff.

Through its five academic colleges, the university provides a wide range of degree programs, and exceptional campus and research facilities.

A top 100 university globally

Birmingham is a truly global university ranking in the top 100 universities in the world according to several World University Rankings including the 2022 QS Rankings (90th), 2021 The Guardian Global Universities (92nd), 2021 US News & World Report Best Global Universities (92nd), and the 2021 Center for World University Rankings (78th).

It also ranked inside the top 20 in the UK in the 2022 QS World University Rankings (14th), Times Higher Education (13th), The Complete University Guide (19th), and the US News & World Report UK University Rankings (10th).

The university houses famous institutes like The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, which opened in 1939 and exhibits original works by Van Gogh, Picasso, and Monet, and the 100-metre Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower - the world’s tallest free-standing clock. It is also home to the Shakespeare Institute, the Lapworth Museum of Geology and the Cadbury Research Library, which is home to the Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts.

UOB is focused on impactful research

Characterised by a tradition of innovation and research, the university has made remarkable contributions to cancer research and some of science’s greatest discoveries, including gaseous diffusion, cavity magnetron, the Higgs Boson and gravitational-wave astronomy.

Today, nanotechnology, gene therapy, virtual reality and robotics are some of things at the forefront of its research priorities.

The university focuses on world-leading research, providing innovative solutions to some of the toughest challenges faced across the globe. It hosts a large international community of researchers and students benefiting from mutual partnerships with a wide range of international institutions.

University of Birmingham student life

The University of Birmingham is one of the most popular UK universities, attracting some of the brightest students and staff from all over the globe.

This leads to a truly diverse and global campus that is not only beautiful but friendly, making you feel at home. The moment you set foot onto campus you’ll be immersed in its historic red-brick buildings and glorious green spaces.

You’ll find the Edgbaston campus a peaceful and vibrant place whether it’s studying on one of the lawns or enjoying a hot beverage in one of the many cafes.

The university also offers a huge variety of interesting and fun activities to indulge in outside of your studies.

Groups and societies

With over 250 different societies, loads of sports groups and opportunities to volunteer in the local community, there’s something for everyone to get involved in and meet new friends.

The Guild of Students offers support and advice helping to make university life a lot easier.

Life off-campus

Off-campus, there’s a lot to keep you occupied during study breaks from live music events, festivals and concerts, world-class theatres and cinemas, Michelin starred restaurants and some of the finest pubs and bars in England, to special sightseeing tours that provide access to some of the most unique and beautiful spots around the city of Birmingham.

Shopping

Whether you’re after head-turning chic or eye-catching value, your shopping needs will likely be met in Birmingham. From Harvey Nichols and Selfridges to the beautiful arcades, independent shops and historic markets in Digbeth, shopping in Birmingham offers you everything you will need as a student.

What makes Birmingham an even more enticing city for international students is that you can shop and experience all that Birmingham has to offer without loosening your purse strings too much, as there’s plenty to do and see on a budget.

History of the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham was founded in 1900 on the radical vision of its first Chancellor, politician and statesman Joseph Chamberlain.

It is England’s first civic or ‘redbrick’ university, with students being accepted on an equal basis regardless of their background or religion.

When it was founded, the University of Birmingham represented a new model for higher education being the first in England to be built on a campus model, to incorporate a medical school and to offer dentistry degrees.

The university was established by Queen Victoria by Royal Charter and was a founding member of the National Union of Students. The first phase of the campus was completed in 1909 with the help and support of esteemed architect Sir Aston Webb.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts opened its doors in 1939. The first MSc programme in Geotechnical Engineering commenced under the title of “Foundation Engineering” in 1956. That same year the UK’s longest-running MSc programme in Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors also started at the university.

Frequently asked questions about student accommodation near the University of Birmingham

Why should I live in private, off-campus accommodation instead of student halls or in UOB’s on-campus dorms?

Living in private, off-campus accommodation will provide you with a modern, well-secured private property with great amenities. Lots of modern purpose-built student accommodations offer things like games rooms, in-house gyms and other facilities for their inhabitants to use and enjoy.

Another great thing about private accommodation is that you can freely choose your accommodation type. Whether you prefer to share with a flat with a friend of yours, or stay in a studio apartment just by yourself, you can find the perfect option for you on Student.com.

How do I apply for Birmingham Uni accommodation on Student.com?

You can use the search and location features on this page to compare Birmingham Uni accommodation based on things like price, amenities and location.

Once you’ve found a property that seems like a great fit for you, click on ‘View rooms’ to go to the property page. There you’ll need to choose the suitable room type for you and click ‘Enquire’ or ‘Book Now’ after making your selection. You will then be contacted by one of our booking consultants who will answer any questions you may have and take you through the next steps in the booking process.

What are the room types you offer?

We currently offer three different room types:

In Shared Rooms two or more people share the same bedroom. Kitchens, bathrooms and other living facilities are shared with occupants from other rooms.

In Private Rooms one individual has a bedroom to themselves. Depending on the property, the bathroom may be either private or shared with other students. All other living spaces will be shared with tenants from other rooms.

In the Entire Place option, the occupant will get a fully self-contained private property. This is a studio apartment with your own bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette.

Are all bills included in the rent or will I have to pay extra for them?

Usually, there are no other charges than the rent, because in most properties in Birmingham that we list, all bills are included. However, check this on the property page of the property you’re interested in, as different landlords can have different policies on bills.

Are the rooms you list fully furnished?

This also depends on the property you choose, but most of our properties in Birmingham are fully furnished.