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How to save money travelling to Open Days

Just getting to Open Days can leave your bank account quivering, especially if you’re planning to go to multiple Open Days in cities across the country. So we’ve put together some tips to help make your trip to Birmingham cost-effective without missing out on experiencing everything the city and the campus has to offer!

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Travel money-saving tips

Train: If you’re getting the train, make sure you book an Advance ticket as these are generally much cheaper than buying a ticket on the day. It’s always worth checking if you can split your ticket too, especially on longer journeys. This handy trick can save you loads of money.

Coach: Have a look at coaches if the train is looking pricey. Most coaches are pretty swanky now, with comfy seats and even WiFi. Megabus is also a super cheap alternative and worth checking.

Driving: Do you know anyone else attending the same Open Day? It could be worth travelling together to save on petrol and parking costs. Just make sure you agree on the road trip playlist in advance…

Tram: Birmingham’s new tram system connects Wolverhampton to the city centre, so if you’re local this could be a good option instead of the train, bus or coach.

Barge: Got a boat to hand? Birmingham has more canals than Venice, so if you happen to have a barge, you can travel over to us in style!

Canal students

To plan your journey, you can use Network West Midlands’ Journey Planner, which will show you the best route to take, whether that be bus, train or tram.

Saving money on the day

  • We give you a free drinks voucher when you arrive at our Open Day, so you can check out our campus cafés and read through our prospectus whilst enjoying a well-deserved cup of tea.
  • There’s loads of free things to do in Birmingham city centre. You can visit Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to explore the world’s leading Pre-Raphaelite collection (their café is lovely), or the Ikon Gallery at Brindleyplace (their café is also lovely). Both are free!
  • You can explore the city to get a feel for it without spending a penny – the Bullring and its kooky design, the canals at Brindleyplace and the Mailbox, St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter and the ever-changing area of Digbeth.
  • For panoramic views of the city, it’s free to visit the roof garden at Birmingham’s new library – the largest in Europe.
  • If you got the train to Birmingham, you can take advantage of offers thanks to your train tickets. This includes things like 2 for 1 at The Black Country Living Museum and the Sea Life Centre, plus 30 per cent off Cadbury World.
  • Birmingham has no shortage of tasty restaurants with student discount everywhere you look that won’t break the bank – favourites like Nando’s and Pizza Hut in the Bullring, and Yo Sushi in Selfridges. For independent options, check out Digbeth Dining Club for street food and the Independent Birmingham card for discounts across the city.

Click here to book your place on our next Open Day – make sure you leave enough time to enjoy everything the city has to offer, even if you’re on a budget!

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