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Preparing for university

Getting ready to start?

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What to do whilst studying from home

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Life lessons to learn

If you’re starting uni soon, we’ve got a few tips to help ensure you don’t set the kitchen on fire or spend all your loan in your first week.

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Student finance

To help you get prepared financially, we've compiled five tips that, if you follow, will help you look after the pennies whilst at university.

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How ready are you?

There's a few things to know before coming to uni, especially if you're moving out, that may make it easier for you when you arrive.

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Virtual Open Days

Whilst we're unable to invite you to our campus physically, book your place on our next Virtual Open Day and take in BCU from the comfort of your own home.

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How to apply

We've put together all the advice you'll need for your university application, whether you've studied A Levels or BTECs. Plus, there's tips from our staff and students.

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Our courses

Take a look at our full list of courses to find the one that's right for you. Our courses range from top-up courses, through to foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate.

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Personal Statements

Want to know how to write a personal statement and have no idea where to begin? We have a helpful guide full of tips, advice and real examples from students.


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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Parent and guardians' guide to university

Is your son or daughter thinking about going to university? We understand that there can be lots of information and things to think about at this time, so our guide explains it all.

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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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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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