Preparing for university

Get ready for your new life as a student

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Help and advice

If you're heading to uni this September, you're bound to have loads of questions about how best to prepare, and what you need to know. We've put together some handy info so you can start your uni experience in the best way possible!

What to take to uni

Packing for uni? Here’s our top tips on what to take and what you can leave at home!

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Finance and budgeting

We cover all you need to know about finance and budgeting before, during and after uni.

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Student life hacks

Here are a few things to learn now that will help you be a real-life actual grown up.

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Preparing for the academic side of uni

Find out more about the shift to university study and how to get yourself ready.

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Freshers' guide to Birmingham

We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to exploring Birmingham as a fresher.

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Are you ready for uni?

Not sure if you're fresher material quite yet? Take our quiz to see just how ready you are for university life!

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Get ready for uni: LIVE!

Starting university this September? We hosted a series of live talks, with sessions from real students and expert staff. From making friends to budgeting, getting work experience to feeling motivated, our sessions will be a productive and fun way to get ready for university this Summer.

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Preparing for university

Birmingham City University students, Jess, Tierney and Shelby are here to advise you on how you should be preparing for university.

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The best areas of Birmingham for students

There are loads of unique areas perfect for students in Birmingham. From the huste and bustle of the city centre to the quieter suburbia, here are our top picks.

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Becoming a Brummie - The Birmingham dictionary

It’s not just the dialect, Birmingham’s local arts, food and culture sites have their own language too, we’ve demystified the terms you might hear.

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Skyline view of Birmingham city centre

26 facts you didn't know about Birmingham

We all know Birmingham is the UK's second city. But what makes it really great, you might ask? Here's 26 interesting facts you might not know about Brum.


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  • Accommodation

  • Admissions

  • Student support

  • Social media

  • Coronavirus


Find your home from home at BCU. We offer eight halls of residence options, ranging from on-campus to inner-city living. You can take a virtual tour of each accommodation option to find the one for you.

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Read our admission FAQs to get your application questions answered. If your question isn’t covered, we have all the details of how to get in touch.

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Student support

From disability and mental health support to CV and job interview training, BCU ensures you have all you need during your time here – and beyond – to succeed and flourish in your studies and career.

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Social media

Follow our social media channels and discover more about life at BCU, including what the University and city will offer you if you study here.

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For information and updates in relation to coronavirus, including details on how we are supporting our applicants, please see our dedicated webpages.

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