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Graduation venue

It's almost time to head to the venue and start your graduation celebrations! All BCU graduation ceremonies are held at Symphony Hall, which is part of the International Convention Centre (ICC). 

The postcode of this venue is B1 2EA. A map showing the location of the Symphony Hall and ICC within Birmingham City Centre can be found on the Symphony Hall website.

Redevelopment of the Paradise Circus area of the city centre is still ongoing and while the city council is committed to keeping Birmingham working throughout this major transformation, there will be disruption around the area, including near to Symphony Hall, which could significantly affect your journey time.

To help make your journey as smooth as possible:

  • Plan ahead for travel
  • Leave the car at home whenever possible
  • Use public transport, walk or cycle
  • Allow plenty of time

Birmingham City Council have introduced a Clean Air Zone across the city, restricting free access for certain types of vehicle. For information, visit:

Travelling by car

By car, Birmingham is easily accessible from the M5, M6, M40 and M42. Simply follow signs to Birmingham City Centre and then follow the tourist signs to the International Convention Centre (ICC).Please note, Symphony Hall is not featured on road signage.

Local car parks include Q-Park Brindleyplace, Paradise Circus multi-storey car park, Cambridge Street car parks and additional spaces are available in the main pay and display car park underneath the Barclaycard Arena. Disabled Parking is located in Bay B at the back of the ICC building next to the Prince of Wales Pub.

Alternatively, there is a taxi rank across the road from Symphony Hall outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Travelling by rail

By rail, Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Snow Hill are both around 15 minute walk from Symphony Hall. Moor Street, Jewellery Quarter and Five Ways stations are all around a 20 minute walk to the venue.

Travelling by air

By air, Birmingham International Airport is around a 30 minute drive away from the venue, depending on traffic. Alternatively, the airport’s adjacent rail station Birmingham International has frequent trains to the city centre.

Due to Covid-19 and current the government guidance, our award ceremonies venues (the International Convention Centre (ICC) and Symphony Hall) operate Covid-19 safety protocols to help spread the limit of the virus.

The safety of our staff and students is paramount to us and you may not be able to access the building if you do not comply with the venue protocols.

Please note that these protocols can change in line with the government guidance, so we advise that you keep checking the each website for the most up-to-date details:

Covid-19 vaccine information

Graduation FAQs

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