Choose BCU

Why BCU should be your first choice



for student experience (Teaching Excellence Framework 2023).

£400 million

invested in facilities to keep learning experiences industry relevant.


teaching staff who come from and retain their links with industry.

A vibrant, exciting city

Birmingham City University is at the heart of a young, forward-thinking city. 40 per cent of Birmingham's population is 25 and younger - making it the perfect place to be a student.

Shape your career

Each of our courses focuses on practical skills and professional relevance, ensuring you have the confidence and skills to succeed. Our industry connections, career support and practice-based learning prepare you for the working world. If your goal is to own your own business, BCU has the highest number of student and graduate business start-ups of any university in the West Midlands (HESA, 2022). 


Build your skills, knowledge and experience by undertaking part-time work at the University or in Birmingham's bustling city centre.

Student jobs at BCU


You could undertake a transformative placement with organisations like GymsharkMicrosoft, CiscoUnity, Jaguar Land Rover, Sky UK and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Placement opportunities


Our Graduate+ scheme embeds career-related skills into every one of our degree courses and gives you the skills employers want.

More about BCU Graduate+

Support throughout your studies

If you choose to study at BCU you can be confident that your needs are our top priority and we have teams to fully support you.

Become a money-savvy student

We understand that the prospect of affording university during a cost-of-living crisis can be worrying. At BCU, we’re committed to providing support every step of the way. That's why we’ve reduced hot food prices across our campuses by 40%, with free fruit and soup provided every day. Plus, we have a host of resources about managing your money at university available to help you.

Student living costs

You're probably wondering how much you should be budgeting for groceries, accommodation, bills and just general day-to-day costs. See how much you can expect to spend as a student.

Student spending round-up

Save money as a commuter

Living at home during uni can often be a lot cheaper than living in student halls, but the costs of commuting can still add up. We’ve got four ways to keep your budget in check whilst you’re at uni.

Budgeting tips

Student discounts in Brum

We've put together this list of the best places to use your student discount in Birmingham, from activities and restaurants to try out with friends to shops that have exclusive student deals.

Where to get a discount

Campus on your doorstep

Our range of halls of residence offers on campus and inner city living, with something for everyone including three-quarter beds, en suites and even gyms. Over 650 students live right next to our City Centre Campus in the University Locks development.  

The facilities you need

We have invested over £400 million across our buildings and facilities to give you the very best learning environment to shape your university experience.

Simulated healthcare environments

Health students learn in simulated environments that are vital for developing the skills required in the health and social care sector including simulated hospital wards, birthing rooms with birthing pool, home environment room, operating theatre, visual rehabilitation kitchen, and radiography suites. 

Four film and TV studios

The Parkside Building boasts four film and TV studios, all operating industry-standard tapeless digital workflow. Studio A, at just over 2,000 sq ft, is in the top 15 largest studios in the country; Studio B, at 2,100 sq ft, is one of the largest fixed green screen studios in the UK.

Cutting-edge business facilities

Our CITY Trading Room uses the same investment analysis software as traders, financial analysts and decision makers in the investment industry. Our student-run, in-house marketing agency The Link enables business students to sharpen their skills with briefs from leading businesses and organisations such as Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Serco and Cure Leukaemia.


“BCU has given me the chance to learn from my failures and flourish. It’s a place with so many opportunities to grow.”

- Simranvir, BSc (Hons) Criminology