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Travelling to uni

Birmingham has excellent transport links making it easy for you to get to campus. Whether you’re getting here by bus, train, bike, car or hoofing it, we’ve got your back with routes and discounts.

Students in Grand Central

First things first, know which campus you need to head to. You should be able to find this out when you complete your online enrolment, however you can also find the information when searching for your course on our website.

Once you know where you're going, this information will help you get to campus and to your lecture on time. Find the latest updates, ticketing sites and journey planners on our Sustainable Travel site.

Travelling during Covid-19

Getting around looks a bit different at the moment, and there's lots of things to be aware of before you travel. Check out our handy tips for travelling in and around Birmingham during Covid-19.

How to find us

City Centre Campus

Buildings
  • Curzon Building
  • Millennium Point
  • Parkside Building
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
  • Joseph Priestley Building
  • University House
By bus

Catch the 14, 55, 66, 94 (buses stop on Jennens Road).

Routes and bus numbers may change. Check your route here. Purchase bus tickets on the BCU online travel portal.

By train

The nearest train stations are:

Birmingham Moor Street (0.6 miles, get directions)
Birmingham New Street (0.8 miles, get directions)
Birmingham Snow Hill (0.8 miles, get directions)

By tram

The nearest Metro stop is Bull Street (0.5 miles, get directions).

The metro runs between Wolverhampton and Birmingham City Centre and the Jewellery Quarter. During the day, it runs every 6-8 minutes. Find out more here.

By bike

There are lots of options for cycling in Birmingham, including a new focus on cycle lanes making it easy to get around. If you don’t have your own bike, you can hire one through WM Cycle Hire – available across the region. You’ll find docking stations around the city.

Find more information about our cycle schemes and facilities here. We’ve also put together top tips for cycling safely:

  1. Take out an insurance policy for your bike.
  2. Get a good quality bike lock, such as a D lock.
  3. Lock your bike in a well-lit area and in one of the bike rack facilities provided wherever possible. We have cycle parking outside each building on campus.
  4. Use your safety equipment and maintain your lights.
  5. Service your bike annually. Look out for events on campus where you can do this.
  6. Carry a puncture kit and bike pump.
  7. Consider a short cycle training or bike maintenance course and brush up your cycle skills. The University can provide these free of charge for our staff and students.

Cycling in Birmingham

By e-scooter

An e-scooter trial is taking place across Birmingham, operated by Swedish company Voi, which includes City Centre Campus. Download the Voi app to find an e-scooter and unlock it.

The e-scooters cost £1 to unlock and 20p per minute to ride. Students can get a 20% discount when using e-scooters. Find out more and apply for the discount here.

By car

Nearest car park: Millennium Point (B4 7AP)

Find out more about city centre car parking and season tickets on iCity.

Why not try car sharing? It’s a great way to meet new people, reduce the amount of driving you have to do and save money - according to LiftShare, you could save up to £80 a month.

Walking to uni

Punch your location and destination into walkit.com and you'll get a route map as well as circular and themed walks which include your journey time, calorie burn, step count and carbon saving. It’s quick, free and healthy!

City South Campus

Buildings
  • Seacole Building
  • Bevan House
  • Ravensbury House
  • Harborne Road
By bus

Catch the 10, 23, 24, 25.

Routes and bus numbers may change. Check your route here. Purchase bus tickets on the BCU online travel portal.

By train

The nearest train station is Five Ways (0.8 miles, get directions).

By bike

There are lots of options for cycling in Birmingham, including a new focus on cycle lanes making it easy to get around. If you don’t have your own bike, you can hire one through WM Cycle Hire – available across the region. You’ll find docking stations around the city.

There’s loads of useful information about our cycle schemes and facilities here. We’ve also put together top tips for cycling safely:

  1. Take out an insurance policy for your bike.
  2. Get a good quality bike lock, such as a D lock.
  3. Lock your bike in a well-lit area and in one of the bike rack facilities provided wherever possible. We have cycle parking outside each building on campus.
  4. Use your safety equipment and maintain your lights.
  5. Service your bike annually. Look out for events on campus where you can do this.
  6. Carry a puncture kit and bike pump.
  7. Consider a short cycle training or bike maintenance course and brush up your cycle skills. The University can provide these free of charge for our staff and students.

Cycling in Birmingham

By e-scooter

An e-scooter trial is taking place across Birmingham, operated by Swedish company Voi, which includes City South Campus. Download the Voi app to find an e-scooter and unlock it.

The e-scooters cost £1 to unlock and 20p per minute to ride. Students can get a 20% discount when using e-scooters. Find out more and apply for the discount here.

By car

Nearest car park: Broadway Plaza (B16 8LP)

BCU students can enjoy a reduced fee of £3.50 for 12 hours when validating a parking ticket on campus. See more on iCity.

Why not try car sharing? It’s a great way to meet new people, reduce the amount of driving you have to do and save money - according to LiftShare, you could save up to £80 a month.

Walking to uni

Punch your location and destination into walkit.com and you'll get a route map as well as circular and themed walks which include your journey time, calorie burn, step count and carbon saving. It’s quick, free and healthy!

Birmingham School of Art

Buildings
  • Margaret Street
By bus

Catch the 9, 10, 12, 13, 23, 24, 82, 87, 89, 101,126. Purchase bus tickets on the BCU online travel portal.

By train

The nearest train station is Birmingham Snow Hill (0.4 miles, get directions).

By tram

The nearest Metro stop is Town Hall (0.2 miles, get directions).

The metro runs between Wolverhampton and Birmingham City Centre and the Jewellery Quarter. During the day, it runs every 6-8 minutes. Find out more here.

By bike

There are lots of options for cycling in Birmingham, including a new focus on cycle lanes making it easy to get around. If you don’t have your own bike, you can hire one through WM Cycle Hire – available across the region. You’ll find docking stations around the city.

There’s loads of useful information about our cycle schemes and facilities here. We’ve also put together top tips for cycling safely:

  1. Take out an insurance policy for your bike.
  2. Get a good quality bike lock, such as a D lock.
  3. Lock your bike in a well-lit area and in one of the bike rack facilities provided wherever possible. We have cycle parking outside each building on campus.
  4. Use your safety equipment and maintain your lights.
  5. Service your bike annually. Look out for events on campus where you can do this.
  6. Carry a puncture kit and bike pump.
  7. Consider a short cycle training or bike maintenance course and brush up your cycle skills. The University can provide these free of charge for our staff and students.

Cycling in Birmingham

By e-scooter

An e-scooter trial is taking place across Birmingham, operated by Swedish company Voi, which includes City Centre Campus. Download the Voi app to find an e-scooter and unlock it.

The e-scooters cost £1 to unlock and 20p per minute to ride. Students can get a 20% discount when using e-scooters. Find out more and apply for the discount here.

By car

Nearest car park: Snow Hill (B3 2BJ)

Why not try car sharing? It’s a great way to meet new people, reduce the amount of driving you have to do and save money - according to LiftShare, you could save up to £80 a month.

Walking to uni

Punch your location and destination into walkit.com and you'll get a route map as well as circular and themed walks which include your journey time, calorie burn, step count and carbon saving. It’s quick, free and healthy!

School of Jewellery

Buildings
  • Vittoria Street
  • St Paul's Square
By bus

Catch the 101 to Frederick St / Victoria St or the 8a/8c to Warstone Lane. Purchase bus tickets on the BCU online travel portal.

By train

The nearest train station is Jewellery Quarter (0.3 miles, get directions).

By tram

The nearest Metro stops are:

St Paul’s (0.2 miles, get directions)

Jewellery Quarter (0.3 miles, get directions)

The metro runs between Wolverhampton and Birmingham City Centre and the Jewellery Quarter. During the day, it runs every 6-8 minutes. Find out more here.

By bike

There are lots of options for cycling in Birmingham, including a new focus on cycle lanes making it easy to get around. If you don’t have your own bike, you can hire one through WM Cycle Hire – available across the region. You’ll find docking stations around the city.

There’s loads of useful information about our cycle schemes and facilities here. We’ve also put together top tips for cycling safely:

  1. Take out an insurance policy for your bike.
  2. Get a good quality bike lock, such as a D lock.
  3. Lock your bike in a well-lit area and in one of the bike rack facilities provided wherever possible. We have cycle parking outside each building on campus.
  4. Use your safety equipment and maintain your lights.
  5. Service your bike annually. Look out for events on campus where you can do this.
  6. Carry a puncture kit and bike pump.
  7. Consider a short cycle training or bike maintenance course and brush up your cycle skills. The University can provide these free of charge for our staff and students.

Cycling in Birmingham

By e-scooter

An e-scooter trial is taking place across Birmingham, operated by Swedish company Voi, which includes City Centre Campus. Download the Voi app to find an e-scooter and unlock it.

The e-scooters cost £1 to unlock and 20p per minute to ride. Students can get a 20% discount when using e-scooters. Find out more and apply for the discount here.

By car

Nearest car park: NCP Birmingham Newhall Street (B3 1SW)

Find out more about city centre car parking and season tickets on iCity.

Why not try car sharing? It’s a great way to meet new people, reduce the amount of driving you have to do and save money - according to LiftShare, you could save up to £80 a month.

Walking to uni

Punch your location and destination into walkit.com and you'll get a route map as well as circular and themed walks which include your journey time, calorie burn, step count and carbon saving. It’s quick, free and healthy!

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Buildings
  • Doug Ellis Sports Centre
By bus

Many bus stops are accessible on foot from the Doug Ellis Sports Centre. The closest bus stops are along the A453 Aldridge Road, around 70m west of Wellhead Lane, in both east and westbound directions.

Catch the 33, 907/907A, 934 Platinum, 935 Platinum, 936 Platinum, 937/937A, 997 Platinum

By train

The nearest train station is Perry Barr (0.5 miles, get walking directions).

By bike

National Cycle Route NCN 535 runs to the east of the sports centre. It’s a small cycle route from National Cycle Route 5 in Birmingham City Centre to Gravelly Hill and then a short stretch along the Tame Valley Canal.

Top tips for cycling safety:

  1. Take out an insurance policy for your bike.
  2. Get a good quality bike lock, such as a D lock.
  3. Lock your bike in a well-lit area and in one of the bike rack facilities provided wherever possible. We have cycle parking outside each building on campus.
  4. Use your safety equipment and maintain your lights.
  5. Service your bike annually. Look out for events on campus where you can do this.
  6. Carry a puncture kit and bike pump.
  7. Consider a short cycle training or bike maintenance course and brush up your cycle skills. The University can provide these free of charge for our staff and students.

Cycling in Birmingham

By car

Doug Ellis Sports Centre (B42 2TP)

Car parking is available on-site and there are 4 accessible spaces. Car parking up to 3 hours is free of charge.

Inter-Campus Travel 

Travelling between the City Centre and City South Campuses is a lot easier than you may think. Taking the bus or cycling can actually be quicker than driving, due to congestion, roadworks and finding time to park. See the options on our Inter-Campus Travel page.

Discounts and benefits

Student bus and metro passes: See the options for 4 week, monthly or 1 term bus and metro passes on the NX bus website. Alternatively, download the mTicket app to get a four-week student bus pass.

Bus portal: BCU students can access the exclusive BCU online travel portal, where you can easily plan your journey and book tickets at student rates.

Railcards: You can get 1/3 off rail fares to travel across Britain with the 16-25 railcard or 26-30 railcard, both costing just £30 for a year.

Hop between campuses: Students can travel between City Centre Campus, the School of Art and City South Campus for just £1 with The Hop from National Express. Just show your student card to the driver when boarding the bus.

Sustainable travel

As a university we are committed to encouraging the use of sustainable transport, which can make a huge difference to the environment, boost your health, and save you money.

Our interactive map provides environmental interest points across our campuses, including cycle parking locations, shower and locker locations, water fountains, bus stops, electric vehicle charging points and more.

Clean Air Zone

Birmingham City Centre is now a Clean Air Zone (CAZ), and high polluting vehicles are charged to enter. This affect those driving to City Centre Campus, the School of Art and School of Jewellery. Further information is available on the dedicated Birmingham City University CAZ page.

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