Member reviews of University of Birmingham

  • serenawilliams's avatar by serenawilliams on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    Very good experience. The societies are great here. The uni life is great
    University:
    Very good
    Course:
    My course has a lot of contact hours, a lot of 9-6 days. However it is well structured.
    Location:
    Very good. Birmingham is a good distance to everywhere. Is not too far from home and not too far from London. Perfect location. Also has its own train station!
    Accommodation:
    My first year accommodation was better than my second year. We have to find our own houses second year. The walk in my house this year is a 10 minute walk to the medical school which is great.
    Settling in:
    I got on with a lot of people when I came to university first year and I felt very welcomed.
  • LASharp's avatar by LASharp on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    While I think improvements could be made to our welfare system, the university as a whole is a great place to be and study.
    University:
    If you have low contact hours, it takes a lot of motivation to work and to not get to drawn into the social side of university. There are always plenty of things going on around campus in terms of events and societies, and the union is fantastic.
    Course:
    Although there are very few contact hours, the content of the course is very varied and always interesting. First year limits the amount of modules you can chose yourself, but in second year you have a lot more freedom as to what you learn.
    Location:
    I really love how close you are to the city centre, yet campus still feels like it's not in the middle of everything. It's never too busy or loud, and the nature around campus is one of the things that drew me here.
    Accommodation:
    In first year I was put in accomodation that was very close to campus, which made it easy for me to go to the 24 hour library late at night and get home safely. The accomodation was clean and some parts were modern, but socially it wasn't very active.
    Settling in:
    The course was exactly what I had hoped for and the university itself was great, but as I'm quite shy it was difficult to initially find time and people to socialise with.
  • Dhil's avatar by Dhil on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    Lots of things to do
    University:
    Fun
    Course:
    Engaging
    Location:
    City life
    Accommodation:
    Modern
    Settling in:
    Great people
  • sylvesterbenson's avatar by sylvesterbenson on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    In all, University of Birmingham is a great choice for ambitious students who want to fulfill their college goals . There’s enough infrastructure and quality learning and teaching at Bham. University life is very excellent here.
    University:
    Day time at Bham is very lively with students walking “to and fro” from lectures,gyms and libraries.Services offered are great!
    Course:
    I rated this course very high because it’s well treated in Bham than in my home country,looking at the quality time and attention given to it.
    Location:
    Birmingham is just one top city for a college student . The city is lively with trendy cafes and bars. There’s also a Birmingham museum and Art Gallery at the city center. It’s a great place to live comfortably and study!
    Accommodation:
    Wow Bham undoubtedly has a great accommodation facilities for students . I had a partial scholarship so I pay for only accommodation.
    Settling in:
    Well I’m a kind of person who easily adapts to changes .So getting into Bham, I just observed how University life is and appreciated it! In all,I “settled in” quickly with ease!
  • lucy99x's avatar by lucy99x on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    It is good in general but the course isn't very well planned
    University:
    The shops at uni are incredibly expensive and the welfare provision isn't very good.
    Course:
    Some modules are excellent but others are boring, with completely disinterested lecturers.
    Location:
    Excellent location, plenty of shops etc nearby
    Accommodation:
    The halls I lived in during first year were excellent (although quite expensive), and our house this year is decent, but the cost of living is quite high and landlords constantly try to rip you off.
    Settling in:
    Took me quite a while and I found it hard to make friends.
  • Elementalis's avatar by Elementalis on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    Birmingham is an excellent choice for education, in a great city with many options for socialising.
    University:
    There are many things to do on campus and many societies to choose from. There are some shops on site along with a large selection of restaurants and cafes. There are many opportunities for sport, both competitive and casual.
    Course:
    Most lecturer's are good and approachable, one of the higher contact hours course in first year but this changes in second year.
    Location:
    The campus is in a nice location, close to the centre of Birmingham, but far enough that it is not extremely busy.
    Accommodation:
    .
    Settling in:
    The university offers a good fresher's week, including societies fairs and nights out. The school of bio-sciences also has a good welcome week programme to help familiarise yourself with the school and your tutor group
  • Millie Rose's avatar by Millie Rose on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    The University of Birmingham is a fantastic university if you want the perfect mixture of a prestige degree, a social life and academic success.
    University:
    My University provides ample opportunity to have a good student lifestyle. The societies and sports are very sociable and provide a lot of opportunities for making new friends.
    Course:
    This course was very well structured with a good balance between Law and languages. The teaching was easy to understand and the content was interesting. My lecturers provided comprehensible notes which made revision more enjoyable.
    Location:
    Birmingham is a fantastic city. You could never want more than what Birmingham has to offer.
    Accommodation:
    My student accommodation could not really be faulted. It seemed modern and new and was within a 10 minute walking distance of the Uni, supermarkets and train stations.
    Settling in:
    I did not take well to going to University as everything seemed very overwhelming at the start.
  • Brabs777's avatar by Brabs777 on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    Definitely recommend
    University:
    Everything has been excellent so far
    Course:
    Timetable not to heavy, modules seem decent. Can’t comment on teaching or lectures yet.
    Location:
    Close to centre easy to get to places as has own station
    Accommodation:
    Has everyone you need plus added extras for a reasonable price
    Settling in:
    Felt at home have lovely flatmates and everyone always there if you need someone to talk to them
  • LucyHAdkins's avatar by LucyHAdkins on 26th September 2018
    Overall:
    9/10, i made some great friends however I wish I'd got involved with another sport to enhance my experience even more and keep extra fit! That's the only thing i'd go back and redo if I could. The rest was perfect, I felt I had enough support to succeed.
    University:
    I can't fault the student union, it seems very well organised and the student night is second to none. The brand new library and gym are excellent, although I only got to use them in my final year they are a HUGE improvement on what was there before.
    Course:
    The lecture content for the modules I chose was engaging and interesting. I enjoy a mix of independent learning, both group and individual coursework projects and how different modules approach teaching in different ways. Adding variety to every study day
    Location:
    Birmingham is the second biggest city in the UK and has everything you could possibly need and so many cultures to experience. The university also has its own station so getting into the city is super quick and easy!
    Accommodation:
    In first year I lived on the Vale which is a student village essentially boasting a beautiful lake, lots of open green space and a shop and cafeteria. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Vale, the only downside was by the end of each semester the food was repetitive.
    Settling in:
    I really enjoyed being thrown into meeting new people and there were plenty of events to support this like sports fairs/ societies fairs where you could find somewhere to fit in. How quickly you settle in really depends on how you cope in social situation
  • classicslily's avatar by classicslily on 7th April 2017
    Overall:
    The University of Birmingham is amazing. The academic staff and ability of the uni are incredible, without experiencing the pressure that you may get at Oxbridge/Durham/etc. Birmingham is a lovely campus with kind students, engaging staff and brilliant and varied facilities. The accommodation is generally very good but wherever you live here, even if it wasn't your first choice, you'll love it.
    University:
    Welfare support has been incredible throughout my experience. Campus is always buzzing, with conferences and arts festivals going on throughout the year. There's numerous sports teams that operate at all levels (I started playing lacrosse for the first time this year and absolutely love it) and societies that do all kinds of things (Harry Potter, subject-based, religious, Frisbee, tea, cocktails, etc....). The Student Union has its own club night once a week called Fab and Fresh! and there's two floors and the drinks and entry are really reasonably priced. The library is great and even when it gets busy, there's loads of other spaces to study on campus. There's food venues and shops all over, including Starbucks, Costa, Go!, Spar, Rymans and Doddle.
    Course:
    I adore my course. As a joint honours student, it can be difficult to balance the two departments but DASA (Dept. of African Studies + Anthropology) and CAHA (Dept. of Classics, Ancient History + Archaeology) are so good at ensuring we don't feel overwhelmed. All of the modules are engaging, the staff are incredibly supportive and approachable on the whole, assignments are thought-provoking and the feedback, seminars and timetabling are all very good.
    Location:
    There are aspects of Birmingham that aren't great - it's not the most beautiful or safest. But, the uni campus is in Edgbaston, a more suburban, residential area with good transport links and facilities. Also, Birmingham is right in the middle of the country - all the trains running from North to South (or vice versa) come through New Street Station.
    Accommodation:
    I live in Oakley Court on Pritchatts Park - everyone that I've spoken to agrees that this is the best accommodation that UoB has to offer as it's one of the cheapest, the closest and the nicest. However, the management of Pritchatts Park are notoriously bad. If not for the poor maintenance this would be a 5-star review. But, Oakley is great - it's £4800 a year for a 10 person flat with a massive kitchen, sizable bedrooms, 2 showers, 4 toilets, 4 fridge/freezers and good social space provided by the accommodation site. We have a pub called Joes that it is literally a one minute walk away and has table tennis/snooker and a pretty cheap bar. We're right in between the uni campus, the train station and Harborne.
    Settling in:
    I personally settled in very quickly - I'm a very academic individual without much attachment to my family so immediately embraced the level of engagement and knowledge of my lecturers without feeling homesick. Some of my friends were homesick, but everyone I've spoken to has felt really at home here. Also, the train station means that it's easy to travel when you want to.
  • bylam14's avatar by bylam14 on 27th February 2017
    Overall:
    UoB is the best!!
    University:
    The Guild of Students (student union) does a lot to ensure students are comfortably settled into university. The societies could be more welcoming, though!
    Course:
    The modules were all very well scheduled to reflect adequate time for students to familiarise themselves with the materials and content taught in lectures. Feedback is always given and students are welcome to seek advice during office hours, which are plenty. The course is challenging but not too overwhelming - the module leaders are very good at dividing up course content to ensure we learn the material in decent portions.
    Location:
    Although it isn't London, Birmingham does very well as the largest city in the UK! The campus is very beautiful with red brick buildings, with a lot of dining options and amazing study spaces.
    Accommodation:
    Although many do not favour the accommodation I am staying in, which is Liberty Close, I find staying here quite the positive experience being that I am just a ten minute walk away from the city centre, which really is what living in Birmingham is all about. The room could use a bit more space for more comfortable living!
    Settling in:
    I settled in quite quickly being that everything was so accessible as I live close to the city.
  • amyjohnsonXo's avatar by amyjohnsonXo on 27th February 2017
    Overall:
    University of Birmingham is in the heart of a great city, the lecturers are amazing and so enthusiastic. Campus is gorgeous and now I just think of it as my home away from home. If night life is your thing, Birmingham is definitely the place for you.
    University:
    There are a range of societies, fitting to everyone's interest. The Welfare system is always on hand and very accessible. The new sports building is in the process of being built and looks great.
    Course:
    The lecturers are so enthusiastic and even on days were you feel so tired they really lift your spirits and make you engage in their lectures. If you ever have a query they reply quickly via email and are all very friendly. You can also always approach them after the lecture if you are stuck on anything. Also, the modules for first year are very broad, allowing you to begin to recognise what modules you enjoy more to then carry on into second year. Practicals are also fun and consist of a wide variety of projects with interesting high tech equipment.
    Location:
    Birmingham is a great city, it is full of activities and there is never a chance you will be bored say at home. It has great transport links, so home is never too far away.
    Accommodation:
    I was given Liberty Gardens (not my first choice), it was a fair walk from the uni (takes me about 35 minutes), making me feel like i was missing out on a lot of university activities, however you are extremely close to the town centre and broad street, making it great for food shopping, nights out etc. The accommodation at the vale from what I've seen are very nice and cosy. It also has its own cafes and restaurants for when you're feeling peckish.
    Settling in:
    I settled in extremely quickly, there were many events on campus during freshers that allowed me to interact with others. However, my course had a field trip very early on at the beginning of the year, allowing me to really bond with my group and make some great friends!
  • lac2260's avatar by lac2260 on 27th February 2017
    Overall:
    An incredible experience, I'd barely change a thing. I thoroughly enjoyed my course, campus and students' union.
    University:
    Wide range of societies, fantastic sports opportunities, lovely student union. I would have appreciated the library being 24 hours full time, not just during exams.
    Course:
    The lecturers on this course provided a wealth of fascinating knowledge, and on the whole were approachable and supportive. The contact hours were fairly minimal, but the lecturers were available for contact outside of lectures. The feedback was at times inconsistent and erratic, but this is hard to eliminate on an essay/performance based course. Overall, a fantastic experience.
    Location:
    Very beautiful location and exciting city.
    Accommodation:
    Extremely comfortable, but quite far away from the campus. The student village accommodation does provide a lovely environment.
    Settling in:
    I felt at home very quickly, due to the friendliness of the people and wealth of societies and events offered by the university.
  • blahhblahhblahh's avatar by blahhblahhblahh on 27th February 2017
    Overall:
    The University is all in one place, it is a safe, spacious and brilliant campus that offers everything a student might need, so there is little need to travel any further. Travel links with the university are brilliant and the area accommodation is found in is pleasant and friendly as all students are mostly in one place. The course is good and the lectures are delivered professionally by lecturers who are specialists in what they teach, which is conveyed through their teaching.
    University:
    There are lots of different facilities on campus, there is a food area, a spacious new and modern library and a fresh fruit stall. There are lots of societies offered through the Guild so there is something for everyone to try out. There is a university night out at the guild on a Saturday so it is a safe and cheap evening out.
    Course:
    A lot of interesting modules, the lecturers are good and always provide additional research for you to do if you wish to. The contact hours are good and there is always enough time for research and completing studies. You are given a lot of support for your assignments and how to structure them in the appropriate format for the University standards. Lectures are recorded and put online, and most of the lecture materials and additional materials can be accessed online too. Workshops, seminars, labs and practicals are smaller group settings where you consolidate what you have learned in the lectures.
    Location:
    The campus has its own train station, and there is another train station close by the Vale. This makes access into the city centre easy as it is only a few minutes away on the train. The campus is only a 20 minute walk away from the Vale and it is a safe and well lit path. The campus is in a relatively quiet area of Birmingham and there is nice scenery so it is relaxing. The campus is all in one place so it is easy to navigate.
    Accommodation:
    I am on meal plan and living in Chamberlain, the accommodation is safe and secure, you are made aware of different people you can contact should you need any maintenance or to contact security. The Vale is in a nice area and there is a lake in the middle of it. The room is spacious and modern with large amounts of storage and desk space. My room is also incredibly soundproof and I am not disturbed by any noise from rooms next door to mine or from any other flats.
    Settling in:
    With the Vale being a student area, everyone was settling in at the same time. There were Resident Association members there to help upon arrival at the accommodation to explain the basics and help you move your stuff into the flat. They then also came around to discuss living agreements so that your flat knows what is expected cleaning and noise wise. It helped that everyone in the accommodation, both in my own and other areas were all settling in at once, and the freshers week activities and fairs helped settle in.
  • tolaaani's avatar by tolaaani on 8th October 2015
    Overall:
    4/5
    University:
    Uni life will always be dissapointing that's why I haven't given five stars because there is always a hype about uni which it can never live up to however the university has definitely helped. The atmosphere, events etc have definitely helped me enjoy it.
    Course:
    It's interesting, but very intense.
    Location:
    Birmingham is not too different from London so I love the busyness.
    Accommodation:
    It was very nice and I enjoyed living there. Also the distance was not too far from the university.
    Settling in:
    I knew people from before which I came to uni with so it felt easier to settle in.
  • Shahana_S's avatar by Shahana_S on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Wonderful campus and good teachers
    University:
    I don't know. I haven't tried them all
    Course:
    Teaching is good and support is given
    Location:
    Easy train ride to city. Close to 2 supermarkets
    Accommodation:
    I live in Victoria halls. It's much nicer than unI owned accommodation
    Settling in:
    Easy settling in
  • Tealeaves93's avatar by Tealeaves93 on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    5/5
    University:
    Excellent
    Course:
    Excellent contact with my supervisor as well as support from other members of staff
    Location:
    Beautiful green campus in the heart of the city
    Accommodation:
    Very close to campus and high standard of living
    Settling in:
    I settled in relatively quickly and lots of people gave me support on finding what I needed
  • Green_Otaku's avatar by Green_Otaku on 6th October 2015
    Overall:
    Really great so far. It's a great place to study, filled with friendly faces and facilities that make the course far more enjoyable and easy to get your head around. The nightlife is brilliant too.
    University:
    All very engaging in terms of night and day life, as well as the services provided. No complaints.
    Course:
    The timetable has been constructed so that I have time to do independent study in the library in between lectures/seminars, which is great, but sometimes the lecturers can be slightly hard to follow as I try to frantically scribble down notes. However this could be because it is only my second week here.
    Location:
    The city centre seems nice, but the university is a little too far away. It's only a couple minutes on the bus, but is half an hour away on foot, so I've invested in a bus pass - which of course piles on more expenses. Also, there are parts of the city which appear run-down and I wouldn't like to explore any further, but I suppose that comes with any major City. Not that we should accept these conditions, though.
    Accommodation:
    Fine for my needs, and pretty nice, average student housing. However it's incredibly expensive for what I get, and the fact that my student loan doesn't even cover the accommodation is outrageous.
    Settling in:
    I clicked with my flatmates and people who live near to me pretty quickly, and we all seem to get on really well. I was worried I might not, as I arrived a day late - but they welcomed me as if I had come on the day they had, too. The only real problem was getting used to keeping my fridge fully-stocked.
  • natalieelliott's avatar by natalieelliott on 4th October 2015
    Overall:
    Just choose Brum, I love it here, the city is vibrant and the uni is incredibly impressive.
    University:
    Lots of societies.
    Course:
    I am enjoying it so far
    Location:
    Only a few stops away from the city centre.
    Accommodation:
    Five minutes from the uni, newly refurbished.
    Settling in:
    Very welcoming Guild of Students and reps.
  • Silvalry's avatar by Silvalry on 4th October 2015
    Overall:
    A great campus, with a thriving student body and enthusiastic staff who are always ready and willing to help.
    University:
    On site bar is okay. Would have to travel to town for proper clubs/bars and is very expensive to get back.
    Course:
    Good contact hours, extra curricular opportunities and interesting professional skills module. Plenty of intern-ship opportunities.
    Location:
    Not too far from the city centre with regular buses/trains.
    Accommodation:
    I commute to Uni, therefore I live at home.
    Settling in:
    Living at home has made me feel more secure, as fin ding my way around campus was quite struggle at first
  • LucyHAdkins's avatar by LucyHAdkins on 4th October 2015
    Overall:
    9/10, i made some great friends however I wish I'd got involved with another sport to enhance my experience even more and keep extra fit! That's the only thing i'd go back and redo if I could. The rest was perfect, I felt I had enough support to succeed.
    University:
    I can't fault the student union, it seems very well organised and the student night is second to none. The brand new library and gym are excellent, although I only got to use them in my final year they are a HUGE improvement on what was there before.
    Course:
    The lecture content for the modules I chose was engaging and interesting. I enjoy a mix of independent learning, both group and individual coursework projects and how different modules approach teaching in different ways.
    Location:
    Birmingham is the second biggest city in the UK and has everything you could possibly need and so many cultures to experience. The university also has its own station so getting into the city is super quick and easy!
    Accommodation:
    In first year I lived on the Vale which is a student village essentially boasting a beautiful lake, lots of open green space and a shop and cafeteria. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Vale, the only downside was by the end of each semester the food was repetitive.
    Settling in:
    I really enjoyed being thrown into meeting new people and there were plenty of events to support this like sports fairs/ societies fairs where you could find somewhere to fit in.
  • sarah_brown95's avatar by sarah_brown95 on 4th October 2015
    Overall:
    It's amazing
    University:
    So much going on
    Course:
    Varied an enjoyable
    Location:
    Every thing is near y
    Accommodation:
    Clean an good location
    Settling in:
    Takes a year as lots to take in
  • buckbeaky's avatar by buckbeaky on 1st October 2015
    Overall:
    Really great :)
    University:
    There is a amazing amount of societies for everyone! The welfare lectures were helpful and reassuring. I have not had a proper library tour yet, but the library looks VERY difficult to get around. However, there is a new library almost at completion which will be amazing! Look forward to it being opened soon!
    Course:
    There is a lot of support outside lectures, with personal tutors and seminars. The professors are always encouraging you to come and ask for help if you need any. The Panopto system is really great for going over lectures later in the term. All the lecturers I've had so far have been really easy to understand.
    Location:
    Close enough to the city to walk, though the train is quicker. But not TOO close. It's very green and has a really nice environment for somewhere so close to the second biggest UK city!!!
    Accommodation:
    My accomodation has recently been refurbished but the price had stayed the same. It's in really great condition and the reception staff are helpful. I am a close walk from campus too!
    Settling in:
    Mainly to do with how well I have got on with my flatmates. If they had not been as welcoming and friendly I would still feel very isolated. But it's been a great first week!
  • susmita-tmg's avatar by susmita-tmg on 1st October 2015
    Overall:
    I would say that this is a beautiful university and there's a lot to do and as much as I had feared before coming here about making friends, about the course, leaving my friends and family behind and whatnot, I think taht it has been a good experience so far, so why not give it a shot?
    University:
    Very good. Since I don't go out much, I can't say about the nightlife but I'm gradually getting used to this place cause it offers so much. There's the huge library and if taht wasn't enough, they're building another one! Also the lecture theatres and social centres are so cool and fun to be around. Can't say about the sports and gym cause I'm too lazy to work out.
    Course:
    I just started a week ago so can't say much about it. But overall most modules are enjoyable and few boring.
    Location:
    The university itself is quite a walk to the town center but it has its own train service so thats always a good thing. Apart from this, everything's cool.
    Accommodation:
    It's a good place to live. It has everything one might need.
    Settling in:
    Mostly because I'm the shy and quiet type so I normally don't approach people but I've made some friends here in a week who are absolutely funny and we mix well.
  • matt.cooke1996's avatar by matt.cooke1996 on 1st October 2015
    Overall:
    Very enjoyable.
    University:
    Lots of clubs, societies and sports, never bored on campus or in accommodation.
    Course:
    Lots of contact hours and tutorials after lectures.
    Location:
    Very green area, big city with plenty to do. Lots of pubs and clubs locally.
    Accommodation:
    Very good, brand new accommodation, but a long way from campus. (20 minute walk)
    Settling in:
    Lots of integration and a friendly atmosphere at the accommodation and on campus.
  • TheLordWibble's avatar by TheLordWibble on 1st October 2015
    Overall:
    I am really enjoying my time at the University of Birmingham, it's a great campus and the teaching is excellent!
    University:
    The Guild of Students is fantastic, and there are several supermarkets close by along with pubs as well. The wide range of societies is also brilliant.
    Course:
    The lectures and workshops are very good and informative, and the lecturers are interesting and exciting people to listen to!
    Location:
    The campus is in a fairly nice area of Birmingham, and the train station makes it easy to get to anywhere, be it the city centre or elsewhere!
    Accommodation:
    The accommodation is comfy and well-equipped, and the staff are excellent! The internet is however slightly dodgy at times, not always reaching the maximum speed.
    Settling in:
    It took a while to get used to my new situation and the new people, and finding out where everything is.
  • dreamer_'s avatar by dreamer_ on 1st October 2015
    Overall:
    4/5. I enjoy coming to birmingham because it is diverse and the size of the city is perfect (not too big and not too small, with most amenities close at hand)
    University:
    I think it is quite diverse and plenty of activities suitable for all types of people
    Course:
    because it is a really tough course with a rigorous exam schedule
    Location:
    Because it is a quick train ride to the city centre (where you have the bullring and the newly built grand central).
    Accommodation:
    because it is very expensive compared to places where my friends at other uni's have stayed at
    Settling in:
    I settled in quite well I think!
  • Tomkedst1's avatar by Tomkedst1 on 1st October 2015
    Overall:
    Staff are welcoming students are equally passionate, equipment is new
    University:
    Lots of facilities societies activities sports help
    Course:
    Lectures arent too long but labs do run late into evening
    Location:
    Easy access near city centre
    Accommodation:
    Commuting but facilities are clean and modern
    Settling in:
    Lot to take in workloadwose so settling in has to happen of own accord
  • AlexaRivers 's avatar by AlexaRivers on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    9/10 - seriously great uni, glad I chose it!
    University:
    Great library and sport clubs; two most important aspects of uni for me
    Course:
    Great uni with amazing facilities
    Location:
    Campus is AMAZING, fell in love with it. Only 20 mins on bus from my house, only downside is not many shopping centres close by.
    Accommodation:
    My friends have told me it's great lol, not really sure though cause I commute
    Settling in:
    Birmingham is my home city, and the community at the uni was so tight nit and welcoming, loved it
  • ArcheryCaitlin's avatar by ArcheryCaitlin on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    I love the uni and the people in it which really make it special
    University:
    Love the library and sports centre as they are, but they're currently building even better ones which will be exciting and add even more to campus
    Course:
    The contact hours we do have are amazing, interactive and informative, I just wish we had more! e.g. only a seminar every 2 weeks for philosophy vs one every week for englishl
    Location:
    It's in the middle of the city but is a really green campus, we get the best of both worlds with a train station on campus you can go where ever you want
    Accommodation:
    It was great, but none of it was cheaper than my maintenance grant, as it's uni owned and they know how much we get it's too high a price even though we're in the middle of a big city
    Settling in:
    I visited the uni a lot for sport beforehand so knew the campus pretty well, but making a solid friendship group will always take time
  • g.know's avatar by g.know on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    sub standard
    University:
    no friends. bad course.
    Course:
    Modules were unbalanced and sometimes delivered in an unprofessional and unorganised manner. Not much teaching time. Bad facilities.
    Location:
    train station. middle of uk.
    Accommodation:
    It was good enough, but not on the campus.
    Settling in:
    I didn't enjoy or like many aspects of how things were going.
  • bowe95's avatar by bowe95 on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    could not imagine being anywhere else, honestly don't have a bad word to say about it
    University:
    a society for everyone, lots of job and volunteering opportunities, new gym being built
    Course:
    I love the majority of modules an I think the course is very balanced and varied
    Location:
    I love that it is just out of the city, which itself is amazing, however there is a really affordable train from the city to the uni and to the student town
    Accommodation:
    the quality of my halls, tennis court, was amazing however I did pay for the luxury
    Settling in:
    there was lots of 'settling in' events arranged and a helpline to call if you felt like you needed to talk to someone in confidence
  • Meghan.ginger's avatar by Meghan.ginger on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    Awesome, independent and varied!
    University:
    Plenty to do, good guild, great sports and societies and lots to do in the city.
    Course:
    I really like the variety in my course from studying 2 majors. It's very complicated logistically because it's spread across 3 faculties but it's good time management practice! I have several tutors spread across the subjects so I have lots of support
    Location:
    Amazing area with a beautiful large campus, yet only a bus ride away from the city centre.
    Accommodation:
    There's a lovely atmosphere on the Vale (main accomodation) and it's really beautiful! My halls are essentially a flat with lots of space and weren't too expensive.
    Settling in:
    Because my course was complicated I initially felt overwhelmed but I quickly settled into the swing of things.
  • Sargeant_Nemo's avatar by Sargeant_Nemo on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    So far, 1 week it, in has been awesome! Definitely would recommend Brum.
    University:
    Really good clubs and opportunities.
    Course:
    I'm only in the first week of term but so far it looks good to me
    Location:
    It's like a little town in the middle of a massive city. Perfect if you want the best of both worlds.
    Accommodation:
    A lot of stuff doesn't work, but it's not terrible either.
    Settling in:
    I'm only 1 week in to the start of my first year so I can't really comment as I haven't fully settled in yet.
  • athiakarim's avatar by athiakarim on 27th September 2015
    Overall:
    I would rate it a 5 star
    University:
    With the Guild of Students there is like over 100 groups and socities that are accessible to university students. This makes uni life amazing because you can take part in a group that shares the same interest as you. From what im aware of the university has bar crawls, raves, parties and celebrations which are really fun and a good time. Theres a gym in uni which offers good prices to students. They are now almost completing the new sports centre which offers alot to students such as the swimming pool.
    Course:
    The lecturers teach to the highest standard. They really perform sound lectures, they lecture handouts are really good, the seminars are great- they make us feel comfortable. The teaching/seminars are versatile
    Location:
    The location is beautiful. Firstly, the campus is very big so you you will get to see something new everyday. There are a lot of beautiful attractions at the uni- i.e. old joe (clock tower), a beautiful lake near by, the archaic buildings! its all a mesmerizing. its in selly oak- wide variety to shops and easy bus routes to the city centre
    Accommodation:
    I do not live in accomo. myself but from others i have heard that the accomo is brilliant!
    Settling in:
    They held a wide variety of workshops to help us settle into uni before it commenced. one that i attended was the "first year commuters". we were able to hear second and third year experiences of how commuting could be a could thing. we then engaged into activities so that we can get to know people in the same position. this made it really easy to settle into uni. Also, the guild of students was very helpful. By joining a group/society that shared the same interests as you made me feel very welcomed to the uni.
  • Leanne1455's avatar by Leanne1455 on 19th September 2015
    Overall:
    4/5
    University:
    Amazing guild of students
    Course:
    Would like the opportunity for more beginners languages
    Location:
    Beautiful campus, slightly run down local area
    Accommodation:
    Expensive accomodation
    Settling in:
    Not a lot of information before starting uni so everything was quite overwhelming when you got there
  • shubzcool's avatar by shubzcool on 19th September 2015
    Overall:
    Excellent, just as I expected it to be like.
    University:
    birmingham bullring shopping centre just outside edgbaston and one bus ride away.
    Course:
    This was a new course designed for the changing prospects of Pharmacist in today's world. We have the best lecturers and best resources a well as increased number of placements in first year compared to other universities. University of Birmingham already has a good rating nationally and in the UK and this amazing new course just adds to one of the reasons why you should apply for the Pharmacy 4 year course at UOB in particular.
    Location:
    .
    Accommodation:
    good, affordable and decently sized flats and rental houses are available.
    Settling in:
    .
  • SAJ1's avatar by SAJ1 on 19th September 2015
    Overall:
    Great experience do far
    University:
    Good shopping, campus life, sports facilities
    Course:
    Quality of teaching, long contact hours, excellent placements
    Location:
    Compact campus great facilities
    Accommodation:
    New modern close to campus
    Settling in:
    Felt very homesick
  • Pai95's avatar by Pai95 on 17th September 2015
    Overall:
    4/5
    University:
    guild of students is great and hosts a lot, society fair great way to indulge oneself into university life whilst making friends
    Course:
    It's great however was unable to get on preferred modules for certain credits
    Location:
    university is in a nice area with a predominantly student based population, large city only a 7 minute journey away (we have our own train station) however independent scene is lacking somewhat
    Accommodation:
    no problems with quality however sometimes put on meal plan even when not applied for
    Settling in:
    university community is great and then large city just a stone throw away
  • d07sadur's avatar by d07sadur on 17th September 2015
    Overall:
    See prior question
    University:
    Loving it
    Course:
    Engaging content, sufficiently difficult, great community atmosphere in the department
    Location:
    Some ugly buildings, but the people are nice. Not as dodgy as it's reputation would have you believe
    Accommodation:
    A little pricey otherwise very good
    Settling in:
    Felt right at home from around 2 weeks in
  • Savannah_rawr's avatar by Savannah_rawr on 17th September 2015
    Overall:
    A very good uni both academically and socially! There's something to suit everyone!
    University:
    You can never get bored in Birmingham, there's always so much going on! There's over 230 societies at the guild of students so there really is something for everyone.
    Course:
    The course is very flexible and allows you to study the areas you're interested in. Fieldwork is included in every year of study. Lecturers are very approachable and are passionate about their research area.
    Location:
    The campus is beautiful; very green with
    Accommodation:
    University halls are amazing! All are of a good quality and are close to campus. Private housing in second year is reasonably priced with the average rent being
    Settling in:
    Everyone was really friendly and I made friends really quickly.
  • jonnys123's avatar by jonnys123 on 3rd September 2015
    Overall:
    Honestly struggle to fault this university, loved my first year there.
    University:
    Good social life, study spaces, places to go out, help is there if needed, lots of societies.
    Course:
    Good amount of contact time- 2 hours per module per week (1 hour lecture + 1 seminar), however I haven't enjoyed all the modules that I have taken
    Location:
    Near City Centre, Big city
    Accommodation:
    My Halls of Residence were much better than I ever thought they would be. Good quality, 10 minutes from campus and well priced.
    Settling in:
    Made lots of Friends, lots of events where I met people, friendly atmosphere- felt at home within two weeks
  • scottb94's avatar by scottb94 on 1st September 2015
    Overall:
    The university has a high standard of teaching, and an endless choice of extra-curricular activies to get involved in. The city is it resident in also has huge amount of career and leisure oppertunities. The campus is beautiful too.
    University:
    The student life is comprehensive, although some sports clubs have inadequate training facilities.
    Course:
    Comprehensive course, good lecturers. The feedback is lacking for some modules however all lecturers offer support in office hours.
    Location:
    The campus is just next to the centre of the UK's second city, with good public transport.
    Accommodation:
    The choice of accomodation has a wide price range and all accomodation is up to standard. The only drawbacks are there not being enough and the small bathrooms in the top-end accomodation.
    Settling in:
    I quickly found people who had a lot in common with me, through the uni's societies, the course and in halls of residence.
  • BraddersYeldarb's avatar by BraddersYeldarb on 31st August 2015
    Overall:
    My university experience has been unbelievable so far, I've met so many great new people and had such good experiences at a top uni with a vibrant campus! I couldn't recommend this uni highly enough
    University:
    There is very little to fault with the uni lifestyle at UoB, maybe more inclusive sports teams but aside from that uni life is superb
    Course:
    Course content is interesting and engaging, the independent side of it I enjoy as I'm quite happy working on my own, the only negative has been the quality of some of the seminars
    Location:
    The campus is superb, like a small city whilst it's a 5 minute train journey away from Birmingham new street and the centre of town
    Accommodation:
    Living in Student halls was one of the best experiences of my life, the accommodation was good but mainly meeting so many great new people was the best thing about it
    Settling in:
    I felt a little like I didn't belong at such a prestigious uni for a short amount of time but I realised I had put the hard work in to be there and deserved it
  • I don't know what tsr means 's avatar by I don't know what tsr means on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    They need to be more considerate of all the other issues that life grants you like needing a job to survive. Giving references also should be a hassle, we are paying
    University:
    The gym is expensive but that's the worst bit. UoB campus is so pretty and there is so much on offer. Great sports teams and we are known for our ski trip!
    Course:
    There is little contact time and not much help with out of hours unless you seek it. Lectures/ seminar leads are hit and miss
    Location:
    It's the best location in Birmingham! By far the safest and friendliest - it's like we have our own student village! A great bubble and an unforgettable experience
    Accommodation:
    Good clean and safe
    Settling in:
    The ra scheme was amazing ! A bunch of previously elected students from the safe halls that are there to help with every aspect of uni life
  • I don't know's avatar by I don't know on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Its been brilliant, such a good university, nice campus and great nightlife.
    University:
    There is literally everything you could want there
    Course:
    Because it's efficient and well taught
    Location:
    Very close to the student village and also close to the town centre
    Accommodation:
    Everything is great except for the pricing of a few of them
    Settling in:
    I felt at home within a few days
  • bmc240's avatar by bmc240 on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Great location, close to Birmingham city centre. Amazing student life, good nightlife. The uni has a very good reputation, which is visible in the careers events held by loads of well known employers.
    University:
    Because there are loads of services offered on campus, from library to sport, to welfare provision and societies. However, like most things in life, they all come at a cost (financially), which in my view could be lowered by the uni.
    Course:
    Because of the quality of the teaching, as well as because of the resources provided.
    Location:
    The campus is lovely, however it is a bit far from the city centre which sometimes is a plus, but sometimes a minus.
    Accommodation:
    It could do more to improve the student housing (especially the residence halls).
    Settling in:
    because I managed to settle in quickly, making friends and integrating into the university community.
  • Barkhad's avatar by Barkhad on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Really enjoyable
    University:
    All the departments are willing to help.
    Course:
    I get more chance to apply my knowledge to real life situations.
    Location:
    It's only a 20min journey.
    Accommodation:
    Really secured and you meet new housemates.
    Settling in:
    Because welcome week gave me the chance to settle in
  • hannah-allward's avatar by hannah-allward on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Really loved it! Campus meant everything easily accessible, large number of students mean there's a massive range of personalities - something for everyone
    University:
    Good facilities, great sports centre!
    Course:
    Really good teaching, very relevant lessons!
    Location:
    Own train station means very easy to get to!
    Accommodation:
    Very posh, modern, clean! Loved it!
    Settling in:
    Lots of freshers events helped me to make friends easily
  • Can't remember sorry's avatar by Can't remember sorry on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    I love uni so much, Birmingham has such a great atmosphere, loads of great societies, and is so pretty, also a very highly ranked Russell group uni
    University:
    Societies, good general city nightlife, lots to do
    Course:
    Very broad course, good so you can get to know exactly what you want to focus on in later years, good second year timetable, but not perfect because potentially too much work in. first year
    Location:
    Train station at the uni, selly oak is a great student area right next to campus
    Accommodation:
    It's standard uni accommodation that you would expect, expensive
    Settling in:
    Great uni, great atmosphere, pretty campus, friendly people, joined societies
  • PPPatrick's avatar by PPPatrick on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    It's worthwhile to study in the uni of Birmingham and fun to live to participate in the ample uni activities. You won't regret choosing Birmingham uni.
    University:
    Uni life is quite abundant and so many activities to participate in and the societies are just fun. The uni makes its best to provide help for those students who need it.
    Course:
    Basically the course is not quite difficult and just takes half of the day and as a scientific subject we don't have that much workshop. The professors are friendly and give fairly good lectures.
    Location:
    Quite close to the city centre and Birmingham seem like a dynamic city for students to live and study.
    Accommodation:
    I live in Victoria Hall and it's close to Haworth Building, which is uber convenient and the hall is all new but the price is a little bit high compared to Jarrat Hall next door.
    Settling in:
    As an international student I found it difficult to make friends at first place. People seem nice but not that approachable to be close. Joining the societies help a lot.
  • benrh96's avatar by benrh96 on 4th October 2015
    Overall:
    Really amazing so far!!!
    University:
    Lots and lots to do
    Course:
    Really good
    Location:
    A bit away from London
    Accommodation:
    Really nice
    Settling in:
    Lots of new friends and opportunities to make them, could always be more!
  • Unsure's avatar by Unsure on 4th October 2015
    Overall:
    Just an enjoyable place to study with so much to do
    University:
    Good social life and studying balanxe
    Course:
    I enjoy it, learn well, people are helpful
    Location:
    Excellent for commutung
    Accommodation:
    Poor, small, damp
    Settling in:
    Staff really helpful
  • pymmy7's avatar by pymmy7 on 1st October 2015
    Overall:
    Best decision I ever made
    University:
    So many opportunities - wish I had more time
    Course:
    Timetable is quiet full on, but I like being busy and I enjoy the content. Don't really enjoy the big lectures of 300 students when we are combined with the Sport Exercise students.
    Location:
    Best of both worlds, lovely and green but 5 minutes to city centre.
    Accommodation:
    New building, basically a hotel but a few teething problems.
    Settling in:
    Made some really good friends so far, mainly on my course as we have common interests
  • Dr Iqqi :)'s avatar by Dr Iqqi :) on 1st October 2015
    Overall:
    Excellent (9/10)
    University:
    The uni provides us with a lot of services and you can always be pointed in the right direction by staff if you require anything. There are many societies you can choose from and it is very easy to form a new society as well.
    Course:
    It's got all the facilities I require for my learning. Haven't given it a 5 because there's still a few things that can be improved but staff are always very helpful.
    Location:
    It's close to the city centre, there's a train station that can take you to the centre in just 2 minutes. Only problem is if you're driving, you'll be going through a lot of city traffic. Otherwise it's convenient as a medical student, that the QEHB is just next door.
    Accommodation:
    I stayed in halls in my first year of uni and thought it was amazing for students.
    Settling in:
    It took some time to get used to the work load but all in all it's a great place to socialise as everyone is so nice
  • I have no idea I;m not goingtot lie I've just got back from a night out and I only created my account this afternoon and my memory is poor at the best of times.'s avatar by I have no idea I;m not goingtot lie I've just got back from a night out and I only created my account this afternoon and my memory is poor at the best of times. on 1st October 2015
    Overall:
    The course is crap and the support is none existent but you're only paying
    University:
    Theoretically, the university offers lots of this sort of thing. I just don't like that sort of thing. Sorry not sorry. Library, nah. Shopping? Nah. Sport? Quoi?
    Course:
    Because, although a lot of the individual teachers are fabulous, I just don't like it.
    Location:
    Too far from the sea. Too close to the city centre. It's not Birmingham's fault it's a bit naff though so I forgive it.
    Accommodation:
    Because in comparison to the halls I'm currently staying in in France, UOB's cheapest halls were like a 5 star resort. Perspective.
    Settling in:
    Because how can a star rating relate to a time period? Like, does a short amount of time have a positive correlation with the number of stars attributed or a negative correlation? Stupid question. I settled in spectacularly though. Thanks for asking.
  • Rebecca Davis 's avatar by Rebecca Davis on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    My uni is historical but with everything modern you need to have a great learning experience!
    University:
    We love our uni
    Course:
    I really love my lecturers, modules and the history of my uni, it's great!
    Location:
    Not in the city centre, but close enough that's it's slightly quieter and cuter!
    Accommodation:
    Mine was great but slightly expensive
    Settling in:
    Loved it from the first second
  • thatninetieskid's avatar by thatninetieskid on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    5 stars (so far anyway)
    University:
    I just love it so far
    Course:
    love it
    Location:
    love brum but its not in the centre like bcu and aston
    Accommodation:
    nice but quite far
    Settling in:
    still lots more to do!
  • Temi_'s avatar by Temi_ on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    I have enjoyed my experience so far. Definitely do not regret coming here, the teachers are lovely and the group as a whole is very friendly.
    University:
    This uni is great and there are so many services, shops etc available. It's just annoying that you must pay to join societies and the food in the canteen is definitely overpriced.
    Course:
    I really enjoy the lay out of the timetable and also the modules we learn, however the reason it's not a 5 star rating is that the electronic website used for getting information is not very effective.
    Location:
    I literally cross the road to get to most of my lectures from the train station.
    Accommodation:
    Accommodation is not very affordable. Even for a shared accommodation it's expensive talk less of ensuite or studio.
    Settling in:
    Everyone is really nice and friendly but it does seem as if we are all still in the getting to know each other mode. Not really sure I have a "at home" feeling.
  • PStanford96's avatar by PStanford96 on 17th September 2015
    Overall:
    5 stars, would give more if I could
    University:
    So much to do all the time, I love it!
    Course:
    Amazing university and course for me
    Location:
    So close to the city centre but also a safe campus feel, as well as our own university train station! Perfect
    Accommodation:
    Lots of choice to suit everyone and their budget
    Settling in:
    Immediately felt at home
  • that goes against confidentiality's avatar by that goes against confidentiality on 15th September 2015
    Overall:
    good research experience, awful university
    University:
    average
    Course:
    severely disorganised and dysfunctional department and university
    Location:
    outside city centre
    Accommodation:
    didn't use it
    Settling in:
    Because I am sociable and fit in easily, nothing to do with the uni.
  • vivtiwana's avatar by vivtiwana on 14th September 2015
    Overall:
    Go for it!
    University:
    Will become 5 stars when the new library and gym are built!
    Course:
    Good balance between contact hours and self study hours. Quality of the lectures allows for easier understanding of the topic. Well organised course.
    Location:
    Beautiful campus, so green... yet so close to the city we seem to live in our own area of Birmingham City in the day.
    Accommodation:
    Location is perfect! Great student vibes along with practiality since their are many supermarkets nearby.
    Settling in:
    So easy to fit into, everybody is of the hardworking nature. So many events held for you to meet new people every day
  • I can't remember atm's avatar by I can't remember atm on 30th August 2015
    Overall:
    It's definitely fun but I don't think the debt was at all worth it. I am now working in a job where none of my colleagues went to uni. The memories don't have a price tag but I expected a lot more service from the uni than I got for the money I now owe.
    University:
    Spent a lot of my time avoiding the official uni clubs and events as they were boring.
    Course:
    It was interesting and the timetable allowed for lots of leisure time.
    Location:
    Campus based uni made getting to lectures easy.
    Accommodation:
    Uni halls were OK but the housing stock in Selly Oak was abysmal if you were on a budget.
    Settling in:
    Didn't feel like I fitted in anywhere until around 3rd year.
  • Rhi_137's avatar by Rhi_137 on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    It was overall great! But first year settling pulled the rating down.
    University:
    Good fun, but things tended to be expensive.
    Course:
    Content was interesting and English department were helpful.
    Location:
    Birmingham is great, and we were in Edgbaston which is really nice.
    Accommodation:
    Expensive and not nice.
    Settling in:
    I felt lonely in first year.
  • lawgrad2015's avatar by lawgrad2015 on 20th August 2015
    Overall:
    Great place, loved my time there. Lots of students, easy to get to know people, enjoyed my course.
    University:
    Busy city, always events on. Campus has everything you need.
    Course:
    Generally very well taught, lots of information available, friendly lecturers.
    Location:
    Birmingham's a great city, always things going on, university is just away from the centre so not too crowded but good transport links in.
    Accommodation:
    Close to campus (20 minute walk), I was in the cheapest option so not amazing quality, but close to other accommodations so good atmosphere.
    Settling in:
    Took a while, just as I'd never lived away from home.
  • by Anonymous on 8th October 2015
    Overall:
    My experience so far has been amazing, the first few days are tough when moving from home but it's 100% worth it. I am loving my time here
    University:
    The student union bars are much better than I expected. There are lots of societies and sports on offer which leaves you with the opportunity to do anything you want.
    Course:
    It's everything I expected
    Location:
    It's in a really nice area, located just outside the city centre. It's quite green and the campus is not too far away.
    Accommodation:
    It's very good quality and clean, there is a range of different prices and types of accommodation.
    Settling in:
    There were lots of activities during welcome week which helped you to get to know eachother. There was lots of information upon arrival to help you get going.
  • by Anonymous on 8th October 2015
    Overall:
    My university experience has been very good, and many of my ratings would have been 5 stars if it weren't for many of the technical issues, but other than that it is a great university that I would recommend to everyone. The academic life is fully supported by lecturers, tutors, and most importantly your peers.
    University:
    Many events and facilities provided. Welfare teams are excellent. Many good societies.
    Course:
    I enjoy the courses, and many of the lecturers are approachable, but there are some problems with timetabling, industrial year organisation, the VLE etc. The personal tutors are a lot of help, and there is an environment of "helping others."
    Location:
    Easy transport to and from the university, but there isn't much around the university.
    Accommodation:
    The accommodation in some places is very nice, but quite far away from the university and very expensive. Other places are very close to the university but aren't just as good and are still very expensive.
    Settling in:
    Friendly atmosphere, friendly lecturers, and not too much pressure put on the transition from school to university.
  • by Anonymous on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
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    University:
    .
    Course:
    It is what I expected for.
    Location:
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    Accommodation:
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    Settling in:
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  • by Anonymous on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Really great
    University:
    Lots of societies go get involved with
    Course:
    Good mixture of teaching styles, but a little overwhelming
    Location:
    Away from city centre but easy to get to. In a nice part of the city
    Accommodation:
    Local to campus
    Settling in:
    Easy to settle in
  • by Anonymous on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Very good
    University:
    It's good
    Course:
    Good course content mostly, but large lecture sizes and occasional slight timetabling issues
    Location:
    Lots of supermarkets nearby, easy to get to city centre
    Accommodation:
    Good accommodation, but some people put on meal plan unwillingly. Variety of prices
    Settling in:
    I settled in quickly and well
  • by Anonymous on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Superb. All the older students are really helpful and help you settle in very quickly, as are all the staff.
    University:
    plenty of services provided on campus with any extras being either a short walk or a short bus ride (which is free) away.
    Course:
    Nearly all the lecturers are brilliant, superb teachers and really easy to get along with. The course content is also superb and really helping my development towards being a PE teacher.
    Location:
    The vast majority of the town/city is lovely. there are a couple of not so nice areas but no different to anywhere else.
    Accommodation:
    I have no faults with it other than the bathroom is a bit small. otherwise it is like living in a hotel.
    Settling in:
    I made a load of close friends on the first night by going round everyone's flats. also the induction activities on my course really helped us all gel together.
  • by Anonymous on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Amazing, always people to help. Mostly people are friendly. University as a whole is amazing campus and teaching and you'll never be left stranded always someone there if needed. Plenty of pubs around the area and night life as you should know in Birmingham is amazing. You'll have a unbelievable time.
    University:
    Brilliant life!
    Course:
    Could be better in terms of quality of teaching
    Location:
    Campus amazing and out of the way from everything but not too far easy train journey
    Accommodation:
    Quality normally good however expensive
    Settling in:
    Everyone's friendly
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  • by Anonymous on 5th October 2015
    Overall:
    As I said before, I'm still in my first few weeks of being a student here so I can't fully review the university, but I will say that up to this point I'm very pleased with my choice and I don't think I'm gonna regret it in any way.
    University:
    Uni life is perfect if you know how to make the most of it. The services offered in campus are close by; the only drawback I found is that there are no major supermarkets in campus, so you have to walk 15-20 minutes to get to one for your weekly shopping which might be incovenient sometimes.Other than that, I'm pretty satisfied with all the other services the university provides
    Course:
    Up to this point, I'm pretty satisfied with my timetable and my modules, but I'm only in my first weeks so I can't yet express how much I enjoy it or not
    Location:
    The location is very good, not to far from the city or other major attractions and only a short journey by bus/train from other cities
    Accommodation:
    The accomodation is perfect, is even better than I imagined.There is nothing bad to say about any of the accomodation halls I've visited or about the one I stay in (Tennis Courts)
    Settling in:
    I felt at home pretty quickly, but mainly because I'm used to moving around so I can get used to new places very easy.
  • by Anonymous on 5th October 2015
    Overall:
    5 stars - Birmingham is a fantastic uni to attend!
    University:
    There's so much to do both on and off campus.
    Course:
    The content could be more varied.
    Location:
    Located in a vibrant city, beautiful campus!
    Accommodation:
    It's great for location but quite pricey!
    Settling in:
    The university was extremely helpful in getting us settled in.
  • by Anonymous on 5th October 2015
    Overall:
    Amazing and unforgettable
    University:
    Uni life is superb
    Course:
    Amazing quality, and great atmosphere.
    Location:
    Birmingham is booming
    Accommodation:
    Could be abit close to university
    Settling in:
    Lovely relaxed atmosphere to ease you in.
  • by Anonymous on 5th October 2015
    Overall:
    It's a great start and I would not have chosen any other university
    University:
    Just overall fantastic
    Course:
    Lecturers were brilliant and passionate in what they're doing. They are always happy to lend a hand if students don't know a question. The course module is interesting and I love learning new things!
    Location:
    It's very central and easy distance to everything
    Accommodation:
    Expensive and horrible treatment to students
    Settling in:
    I settled pretty fine
  • by Anonymous on 5th October 2015
    Overall:
    I believe that the university is extremely orientated around those who love sports or any other hobbies. Along with providing education, there are so many different opportunities
    University:
    There's so many events and societies with different opportunities. Its fantastic
    Course:
    Because the university accommodates to my needs
    Location:
    It's in a nice area
    Accommodation:
    Because the accommodations are nice especially the new buildings which are extremely modern
    Settling in:
    I believe that the uni is really good
  • by Anonymous on 4th October 2015
    Overall:
    5
    University:
    There a loads of shops bars and entertainment on and off campus day and night
    Course:
    It's everything I would want from a social work course, the lecturers are amazing from all different backgrounds and the course content is right on track
    Location:
    It's in a prime location a small distance to the town centre and accessible
    Accommodation:
    It's is modern, clean and well facilitated
    Settling in:
    The people on my course really helped me settle in but it wS still s massive change from college
  • by Anonymous on 4th October 2015
    Overall:
    I have loved my experience at birmingham and would recommend it to anybody that wants a good student lifestyle
    University:
    very good sports facilities, great nightlife, so much to do on campus with all the clubs and societies
    Course:
    Because every module/ tutor is interesting
    Location:
    Birmingham is an amazing city and there's always something to do
    Accommodation:
    it was very affordable and, although slightly further away than other accomodations, it was very nice
    Settling in:
    I felt very homesick at first but within about 3 weeks I had settled and loved it
  • by Anonymous on 4th October 2015
    Overall:
    A great uni for people looking for independence with a homely feel
    University:
    Plenty of available stories near the uni, offers of freshers week is obvious and people are friendly
    Course:
    Because the lecturers are interesting but some of the complicity modules aren't my personal choice
    Location:
    It's easily accessible and the campus is lovely
    Accommodation:
    Hot water and Internet are extremely unreliable.
    Settling in:
    Because the university provided almost nothing to help settle in
  • by Anonymous on 4th October 2015
    Overall:
    Excellent
    University:
    Lots of activities and clubs on offer. Something for everyone
    Course:
    Nice campus and excellent teaching
    Location:
    Nice location with lots of local amenities
    Accommodation:
    Nice location and safe for students
    Settling in:
    Lots of events to help students settle in
  • by Anonymous on 3rd October 2015
    Overall:
    great
    University:
    i dont know
    Course:
    Useful for learning adequately
    Location:
    campus is beautiful
    Accommodation:
    Everyone has a place to accommodate
    Settling in:
    Events helped meet university friends
  • by Anonymous on 2nd October 2015
    Overall:
    Fantastic experience, I love every minute of studying here and would not want to be at any other university! There is something for everyone to get involved in socially as well as an excellent academic environment.
    University:
    New investment into the library and sports facilities will be first class when finished, but even what we have now are brilliant. Guild of students run lots of events and have an endless list of societies and sports teams to get involved with. The campus is always busy with people both day and night, with many work spaces are open till late and even 24 hour during exam season. Great support network and welfare scheme both university wide and within departments.
    Course:
    Fantastic lecturers that are very helpful and approachable. The amount of contact time is perfect to make sure you are learning a good amount of material each week but still have sufficient time to go over lectures and work through examples to practise the content. Nice mix of first year modules that help you to straight away get an idea what field of mathematics interests you.
    Location:
    Campus outside of the city means its quiet and separate from the busy city life but having its own train station means in 5 minutes you can be right in the centre of Birmingham for restaurants, shops museums etc. Birmingham is an amazing city with so much investment going into it at the moment, lots to see and do and very friendly!
    Accommodation:
    Quality was good, I lived in one of the older halls so not as nice as the new built ones which were hotel standards in some cases. Location of the Vale Student Village means you are in a closed community of freshers which means its safe and so easy to meet people. Only disadvantage location wise was the 25/30 minute walk to campus if you were at the top end. Range of accommodation prices but the best are expensive.
    Settling in:
    Lots of events on in freshers week (including plenty of non alcoholic ones!) to help you to meet people really quickly and make friends. Plenty of activities to get involved in regardless of your interests.
  • by Anonymous on 1st October 2015
    Overall:
    I have had the most incredible time at Birmingham University, and will be incredibly sad to leave at the end of this year. Despite now being in my fourth year, I am still blown away every single day by just how beautiful and well equipped the campus is. Combined with how great my course is, I really couldn't have chosen a more wonderful place to go to university.
    University:
    I absolutely love the facilities provided by the university, and the Guild of Students is one of the best student unions I've seen. The sheer number of places to eat on campus is great, and there is a fantastic variety of clubs and societies. One of the things I'm always really impressed with is the addition of a daily fruit and veg market on campus, as well as a monthly farmers market, and various other food and drinks pop ups around the uni. I think it really reflects Birmingham's growing reputation of having a wealth of independent food retailers, and it helps to create such a pleasant environment on campus. The one thing I would fault is the lack of computers and study rooms available to students, and, whilst the new library is obviously being built for this purpose, it seems an awful shame that the old library is being knocked down; it's one of the iconic red brick buildings in University Square, and the new library's architecture just doesn't fit in with the rest.
    Course:
    The level of teaching is excellent, and both sides of the course are incredibly stimulating and intellectually challenging. I come back from every class having learnt something new, and help and support is always on hand if I need it. The balance between contact hours and independent work is excellent.
    Location:
    In terms of the practicality of the location, I think it's absolutely perfect; it has the benefits of a campus uni (attractive campus, everything in one place, friendly atmosphere), but with the added bonus of quick and easy access to the city centre. The existence of a train station at the university, as well as in Selly Oak, means that getting around is extremely easy and student-friendly. The one negative thing I would add is that, in my second year of uni, there was quite a lot of crime in Selly Oak, some of which I was victim to, and it was quite a scary environment to be living in at that time. Despite this, the police's reaction to the crime wave that was going on was reassuring, and, in general, the 'student bubble' of Selly Oak usually has a great and vibrant atmosphere. Birmingham is a great place to live, and I couldn't have imagined spending my university years anywhere else.
    Accommodation:
    In my first year I was put into halls (Liberty Court) that were a half hour walk from the university, which made it quite hard to socialise and join in with clubs and societies. There were also no way near as many social activities or events in my halls as in halls on the Vale, so it was quite easy to feel excluded. The walk to university also involved crossing a very dangerous road where no pedestrian crossing was provided - a student actually died after being hit by a car there a couple of years ago. Despite this, the halls themselves were spacious and of extremely good quality, with a large open plan kitchen and living room, and ensuite bathrooms. Any problems I had with things breaking or not working (e.g. the extractor fan in my bathroom wasn't working properly) were fixed immediately. The price was quite average for Birmingham University halls, costing around
    Settling in:
    I struggled at first with living so far away from the uni, but I did settle into university life relatively quickly. The thing I found the most difficult was forming close friendships, as I would sometimes only see certain people once a week when I had a class with them. After Christmas, however, everything was a lot easier, as I had made lots of friends and was generally really enjoying university life.
  • by Anonymous on 1st October 2015
    Overall:
    I still think Birmingham is a great university, as it has lots to offer and the facilities are great. The course is good overall, and the reputation of the university will reflect well to employers.
    University:
    Large variety of social activities, including a large new sports centre opening soon and a new library opening soon.
    Course:
    Interesting content most times and good teaching balance between lectures, seminars and workshops.
    Location:
    The campus is far from the city centre and there's not a lot to do around the university. There's not much to do in Birmingham as a city either, especially on a student budget.
    Accommodation:
    Very expensive to live by the university in halls of residence. The student village is poor quality in terms of its accommodation, even the most expensive halls. However, there are lots of accommodation available close by and Selly Oak village, close to the university, is a good community to live in.
    Settling in:
    I didn't enjoy first year, as I lived in university halls with flatmates that I didn't get along with all that well. Although I tried to make friends, it was initially very difficult for me. I lost a lot of confidence in my first year and only felt more comfortable during around the second semester of second year.
  • by Anonymous on 1st October 2015
    Overall:
    Great place to learn and growth as a student. Steeped in history. Lecturers take pride in their teaching
    University:
    Great well rocognized uni with a vibrant youthful city
    Course:
    It's incrediblely informative and challenges my prior knowledge from my undergrad.
    Location:
    The campus is amazing and Birmimgham has lots of things to keep students entertained
    Accommodation:
    It can be expensive but what you get isn't too bad
    Settling in:
    Everyone from the lecturers to the students have all done a great job of making me feel welcome
  • by Anonymous on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    5 star
    University:
    Events are a bit childish
    Course:
    It's amazing
    Location:
    Not keen on Birmingham itself
    Accommodation:
    A
    Settling in:
    M
  • by Anonymous on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    Not been here long but enjoying it and think I'll have a great time
    University:
    Nice people lots of societies
    Course:
    It's good and a nice time table - lectures seem very good
    Location:
    Lots close and great city cents s
    Accommodation:
    Great location, good size rooms
    Settling in:
    Not settles yet
  • by Anonymous on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    I would rate my university experience 10/10 as I have made some wonderful friends and my professors are really friendly. The most important I am enjoying my subject.
    University:
    There are activities going on from morning to evening and even in nights. You can chose the best time suitable for you or you can just not go into any activity and sit in library till midnight. There is free wifi available on campus so you can access internet on the go even if your mobile data is not working.
    Course:
    The university has everything for everyone from both academic and non academic sides
    Location:
    Birmingham is a brilliant city with a brand new train station which absolutely look stunning. I love the town and bus services are really good as well.
    Accommodation:
    I dont live in university accomodation. I commute. So, I really dont know how it is like. But rest of my friends living in university accomodation absolutely love the rooms and location too.
    Settling in:
    It took hardly two days as you find many people doing the same course as you and in same situation as you (to find friends). Also, the whole freshers' week has so many activities going around on campus everyday that within few days you start to feel like home.
  • by Anonymous on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    5/5
    University:
    Many societies. Many fresher events. Great gym. Great facilities. Good clubs. Amazing student union. New library and gym being built :)
    Course:
    So far, lectures and seminars are good, tutors reply to emails almost immediately. Everything seems to be very well organised and everything is accessible through an online system called canvas including set texts to read. I would even rate it 5 starts but since I've only been attending lectures for less than a week, I am still cautious with my rating.
    Location:
    Everything is local, the buildings are beautiful. Lots of things to do including clubs, bars and so on. Cultural places also around including Shakespeare's home town and Tudor Manors.
    Accommodation:
    Great big rooms, refurbished kitchen, close to university, close to shops and a GP, everything very local and a great atmosphere and community. (Jarratt Hall)
    Settling in:
    Everybody is very friendly. The university is very helpful and welcoming. Everything is local and so it is very easy to find everything and settle in.
  • by Anonymous on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    Fun
    University:
    Wide variety of societies and freshers week was good
    Course:
    Really interesting
    Location:
    Campus is idyllic but still only a few train stops to city centre
    Accommodation:
    Very modern and double bed
    Settling in:
    Still feeling homesick and it's been 2 weeks
  • by Anonymous on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    It's a really comfortable atmosphere and it's very highly regarding. So I feel like what I'm doing is worth while.
    University:
    It's hard to make friends at times!
    Course:
    There's a lot of course activity over a couple of days
    Location:
    I love Birmingahm city too
    Accommodation:
    It is quite expensive and smaller than some over universities. But it's clean and has an en-suite
    Settling in:
    Lost of information given. Making it much more comfortable
  • by Anonymous on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    Amazing and know people from different places, most importantly they are nice
    University:
    Nice views and environment
    Course:
    Just start , it seems ok
    Location:
    Near to city centre
    Accommodation:
    Many Inconvenience because of far away from uni and shops
    Settling in:
    Nice bedroom makes me feel home
  • by Anonymous on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    Good
    University:
    Sports clubs are good
    Course:
    Some of my lectures are back to back
    Location:
    It's far from city centre
    Accommodation:
    It's social
    Settling in:
    I feel at home here
  • by Anonymous on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    Very good.
    University:
    Nice campus and good night events. Supermarket very close to accommodation.
    Course:
    Good, relevant content. Lecturers are friendly and helpful.
    Location:
    Close to the city centre whilst keeping a campus feel.
    Accommodation:
    Modern accomdation, close to the university.
    Settling in:
    Felt at home right away, accommodation staff were helpful.
  • by Anonymous on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    fantastic. Good student support.
    University:
    Own night club. Everything you need on campus and easy access to the city
    Course:
    Fair assessment. Good student support. Very helpful.
    Location:
    Not directly in the city but have easy access to everything
    Accommodation:
    I didn't stay in accommodation but I have heard its good
    Settling in:
    As stated previously, good student support.
  • by Anonymous on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    90%
    University:
    Many clubs
    Course:
    Good course structure, mixed types of teaching
    Location:
    Very nice area
    Accommodation:
    Dont live in accomodation
    Settling in:
    Everyone very nice, many introductions
  • by Anonymous on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    It is a lot of hard work but campus is beautiful and the library is great
    University:
    Student life focused on clubbing mainly which doesn't interest me bit very wide range of societies
    Course:
    The timetables were confusing and kept changing
    Location:
    Nice city, very big though, campus is beautiful
    Accommodation:
    Its cheap and ok but far away from uni and was none of my choices
    Settling in:
    Very home sick
  • by Anonymous on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    It's a great place to be, should consider it
    University:
    So many fun filled events have taken place including free events to help us all meet new people and settle in really well
    Course:
    It surpassed my expectations, so many friendly faces, they all provided me with so much help and support from day 1
    Location:
    It has the most beautiful campus, filled with so much greenery, and it's almost like a huge student village, yet so conveniently close to the City centre!
    Accommodation:
    It's the best Uni I've seen
    Settling in:
    Was helped so much to settle in from the very first day by former students
  • by Anonymous on 19th September 2015
    Overall:
    I love it!
    University:
    I love Birmingham uni!
    Course:
    The course is good, and lecturers are all really approachable, however some are not quite as good as others
    Location:
    Campus is in a great area of the city and is really pretty and green. It's also really close by train to town which is great!
    Accommodation:
    The accommodation is nice, but a lot of it is quite expensive, as there is not a lot of low-range accommodation
    Settling in:
    Although I absolutely love the uni, I took a while to settle in, but that probably would've happened at any uni!
  • by Anonymous on 17th September 2015
    Overall:
    I would rate my university experience 5 stars because I enjoy my course, the campus is lovely, I have made many friends from different societies and there is plenty to do in Birmingham for students!
    University:
    There is a farmer's market on campus every month with a wide variety of stores, and a greengrocers that is open on weekdays. There are plenty of shops on campus including Spar, Costa Coffee, Starbucks, a book shop etc. A new, modern library is currently being built. There is a huge range of societies, particularly sport.
    Course:
    I like that there are more contact hours than the average arts subject, and quality of teaching and lectures is very good. However a lot of the contact hours are taken up by literature/history/cultural modules, and there is sometimes less focus on language learning itself.
    Location:
    The campus is in a very nice part of Birmingham, and has its own train station which can take you right into the city centre. Even in uni accommodation/student housing you are never more than 20 minutes walk from a train station. Taxis are cheap and easily available, which makes it easy to go shopping/clubbing etc.
    Accommodation:
    The uni accommodation was pricey, and was a 20-25 minute walk to university. However, my room was of a high quality and my flat was just above a shop, bar and canteen, which was very useful.
    Settling in:
    I didn't know anyone at the university when I started but I instantly made friends with my flatmates and people on my course from the first day. There were regular campus tours in the first week which helped me find my way around as soon as possible.
  • by Anonymous on 14th September 2015
    Overall:
    Love uni of Birmingham!!! So much fun, love every part of it x
    University:
    There's so much to do! Great for going out, excellent sports facilities and lots of other services!
    Course:
    It's got a good variety and the lecturers are really good!
    Location:
    The city centre is a very short train ride away (train station on campus) and the campus is perfect and really nice, everything you need in one place!
    Accommodation:
    Housing is fairly basic but there's a wide variety of halls depending on how much you want to spend, some of a really good quality! Mostly very modern.
    Settling in:
    Settled in really quickly, it's a very welcoming environment
  • by Anonymous on 14th September 2015
    Overall:
    9/10 great balance of course to social but it is hard work!!
    University:
    great guild with lots of activities planned throughout the year and nightlife is amazing
    Course:
    Amazing lecturers and always happy to help if i had questions
    Location:
    You get the best of both worlds, uni itself is a nice campus feel but also got the city of Birmingham just a few minutes away by train.
    Accommodation:
    great room with en-suite however was a bit far from uni
    Settling in:
    Lots of welcome events both for course and halls
  • by Anonymous on 14th September 2015
    Overall:
    A beautiful campus with very good facilities and location with excellent public transport. The lecturers are knowledgable, well-informed and friendly
    University:
    Very good facilities on campus especially the library, societies and sports provision, however the food and drink is a bit expensive for what it is
    Course:
    The lecturers are very friendly, professional and good at what they do, however they can sometimes be a bit slow to respond to emails. The courses are structured well with lots of interesting content
    Location:
    Amazing location close to the city centre with very good public transport connections on campus including a train station and regular buses
    Accommodation:
    When I started uni there wasn't enough accommodation to go around and lots of first years had to look for their own places privately, with little help and only 2 weeks warning before the start of term. In general, accommodation in Birmingham is affordable and in good supply
    Settling in:
    Having to find my own private accommodation and not living in halls made me feel very left out from fresher life, and I received little support at the time as a student living off campus to help me settle in
  • by Anonymous on 13th September 2015
    Overall:
    Excellent
    University:
    Services offered are excellent. Nightlife is excellent. The libraries are excellent
    Course:
    The language learning portion of the course is really interesting and in depth, but the culture modules can at times be boring
    Location:
    It's not too far from the main city, and the uni has its own station so transport is easy
    Accommodation:
    The accommodation I stayed in (Maple Bank) was a very good price, but there were some problems with maintenance. The location was slightly further from the campus than I would have liked, but the vale village itself is beautiful
    Settling in:
    I felt at home right away
  • by Anonymous on 13th September 2015
    Overall:
    Excellent- i would recommend to everyone!
    University:
    Amazing campus, lovely people, loads of things to do, excellent course, lovely area, services for everything you could need- perfect!
    Course:
    Interesting course, enjoyable, great modules, excellent lecturers.
    Location:
    Near to Birmingham city centre with everything you would need there, lovely location in Edgbaston
    Accommodation:
    Great range of choice, near to Uni, good student feel, great accommodation.
    Settling in:
    Easy to settle in, everyone very nice, lots of people helped move in etc
  • by Anonymous on 3rd September 2015
    Overall:
    Exciting, challenging and fun.
    University:
    The university has all the facilities a student could need on campus. The city centre is only a short 5 minute train journey away. The students union is lively and the welfare provisions are plentiful.
    Course:
    Good amount of contact hours. Excellent balance between theory and practical work. Logical and coherent course structure with good breath and depth of content.Adequate feedback provided on all submitted work. Lecturers/tutorials/labs all very engaging and iinteresting.
    Location:
    The city has everything anyone could ever need from shopping centres to restaurants and days/nights out. The campus is only 5 minute train journey from the city centre.
    Accommodation:
    Wide range of accommodation to suite all budgets and lifestyles. Clean, modern and functional rooms.Catered accommodation offers a range of food taking into account different dietary requirements.
    Settling in:
    All staff and students are very friendly and approachable. The university and city has excellent facilities. The support and guidance offered by the university is more than satisfying.
  • by Anonymous on 31st August 2015
    Overall:
    not a long ting
    University:
    peng
    Course:
    Its awesome
    Location:
    buff
    Accommodation:
    Its radical
    Settling in:
    It's a sick ting
  • by Anonymous on 31st August 2015
    Overall:
    Commuters need to be considered in university.
    University:
    Very good libraries and study areas. However societies need to consider commuters more.
    Course:
    Timetable could be better and more flexible. Thoroughly enjoyed modules however.
    Location:
    Has own train station.
    Accommodation:
    I dont live there.
    Settling in:
    Bit difficult as I commute.
  • by Anonymous on 30th August 2015
    Overall:
    A let down! This university is ridiculously money grabbing, disorganised and half hearted.
    University:
    Gym is very expensive and not very good. Everything else mediocre.
    Course:
    Money grabbing, badly explained, laughable amount of contact hours for
    Location:
    Campus and city have ugly parts. Selly Oak (where majority of students go after first year go) is an awful place to be.
    Accommodation:
    Stayed at Liberty Court, love it
    Settling in:
    Activities are reasonably well advertised
  • by Anonymous on 30th August 2015
    Overall:
    Fantastic.
    University:
    Student union not particularly good, expensive drinks at bar. Sport complex was small and badly facilitated but they are building a new one.
    Course:
    Stimulating, lots of module options, good interesting and approachable lecturers.
    Location:
    Green leafy campus with it's own train station.
    Accommodation:
    Small and very expensive given they are university owned accommodation. Are well set-up to meet new people.
    Settling in:
    Easy to meet people you live with
  • by Anonymous on 30th August 2015
    Overall:
    Overall it's great, I don't have any big complaints
    University:
    It has everything.
    Course:
    Because I have no complaints about the course.
    Location:
    It's really close to the centre
    Accommodation:
    Everything was good, apart from the affordability maybe.
    Settling in:
    I settled pretty quickly
  • by Anonymous on 29th August 2015
    Overall:
    Top marks. Before coming to Birmingham I spent a year at another university that was smaller in size and outside of the Russell Group. My experience there after the first half a year was not as good as I had hoped. So I reapplied and transferred to Birmingham uni for the next year. Once I got here and met my still-very-close new friends and started getting involved in my course and societies, I knew this was the university experience I was looking for! I wholeheartedly recommend Birmingham uni to everyone!
    University:
    It was the best time I've had so far!
    Course:
    The course was very enjoyable thanks to the lecturers and content. Equipped me with all the desired skills.
    Location:
    Easy to get to the city and anywhere else further afield.
    Accommodation:
    The accommodation is all of a high standard. Prices can be high for some of them.
    Settling in:
    I instantly made a great group of friends in my accommodation and on my course and found brilliant societies to join, which gave me a routine.
  • by Anonymous on 28th August 2015
    Overall:
    it was awesome.
    University:
    Its awesome, thats why G.
    Course:
    Its awesome, thats why G.
    Location:
    Its awesome, thats why G.
    Accommodation:
    Its awesome, thats why G.
    Settling in:
    Its awesome, thats why G.
  • by Anonymous on 27th August 2015
    Overall:
    Absolutely amazing, didn't know what to expect and it's been wonderful! Course and university are both amazing
    University:
    OKay, could be improved ie. new library and sports centres are being built
    Course:
    Timetable is decently organised (except occasionally), course structure is great, module content is great, quality of teaching varies but all are approachable
    Location:
    Amazing location, close to city but in a beautiful area
    Accommodation:
    Amazing halls, selection process for flatmates seems to have been ignored, catering okay but not brilliant, meal plan is great though
    Settling in:
    Settled in very quickly!
  • by Anonymous on 24th August 2015
    Overall:
    Great experience
    University:
    good sports
    Course:
    Good lectures, timetable could be improved
    Location:
    good campus, near City, good train lines
    Accommodation:
    Roof leaked
    Settling in:
    fairly quickly
  • by Anonymous on 24th August 2015
    Overall:
    Overall I've had a really good experience, the course has been hugely varied and captivating and I've had loads of new experiences and made some great friends. All the staff I have encountered are very friendly and approachable and make you feel very much part of the university. My accommodation experience was far from ideal, and I never really became friends with my flat mates, but that's more to do with our personalities than the university itself.
    University:
    On campus, my uni life was great and I had a really good time with loads of things to do and experience, but the same cannot be said for my accommodation, at which I felt quite stranded and alone at times.
    Course:
    The modules are really interesting and cover a broad range of topics, which is one of the main reasons I chose this course. The course used a variety of group and independent work which I also like. The only thing that wasn't as I expected was the contact hours - there wasn't as much as I thought there would be, and I actually found the first year to be no where near as challenging as I had expected, but by no means was it easy!
    Location:
    The university is really close to a wide variety of shops and anything you can really need while the university itself maintains a relaxed, quite rural feel to it.
    Accommodation:
    The university owned accommodation itself is fine, but I had a bad experience with the whole application process, as I provided medical evidence requiring a specific room, and then was offered a completely opposite room type, which was far from ideal. The university were able to swap me to a more ideal third party accommodation room, which was satisfactory, but wasn't the nicest place to live in!
    Settling in:
    I settled into lectures and being actually at the university quite quickly, but it took me much longer to feel at home in my accommodation, mainly because it was a fourth minute walk from campus and I didn't particularly click with my flat mates.
  • by Anonymous on 24th August 2015
    Overall:
    I would rate the university experience as excellent overall. Any problems I had tend to be a result of my own personality and should not factor in to prospect student decisions. The university experience was very well rounded and I got involved in lots of societies and course groups which meant I was able to make lots of friends and take part in a lot of events. The University of Birmingham has a lot to offer and I made the most of it.
    University:
    The Guild of Students is not run particularly well in itself. However, there is a huge range of societies that work to create an exciting and full student experience. The sports facilities are under improvement and will be excellent when they are completed. The campus itself is big and there are plenty of places to eat...even though Selly Oak (most students live here at some point) is minutes away and has a lot more to offer at far better prices.
    Course:
    I feel the course was well designed and only did not give it 5 stars as I feel it was not implemented as well as it could have been. A fantastic course for someone who wants to study a broad range of topics.
    Location:
    Birmingham is a big city that has a lot to offer. From shops to places to eat there is a huge variety as well as plenty of things to get involved in. There is a vibrant LGBTQ community as well (nice to see even though I am not part of it (I think prospect students might like to know though!)).
    Accommodation:
    Most students here live in privately rented houses when the tenancies on university owned halls are up. Privately rented houses are far more affordable and prepare students for real life.
    Settling in:
    I struggled to make friends in my first year and that led me to feel lonely. The situation soon improved in second and third year to the point where I really felt at home.
  • by Anonymous on 24th August 2015
    Overall:
    I wouldn't change it. I learnt a lot and I grew up lots. It was hard work but I met lots of different people and I came out with a degree from a great uni.
    University:
    Edgbaston campus is beautiful and there are plenty of shops/ food places/ places to study in the centre.
    Course:
    Good timetable, lectures and seminars spread out, a lot of private study.
    Location:
    Great location, lots of history at the uni. A lovely campus.
    Accommodation:
    Friends accommodation was good.
    Settling in:
    It took a little longer since I commuted to uni, but once I made friends I felt settled.
  • by Anonymous on 24th August 2015
    Overall:
    Pretty good and you will definitely miss it once you graduate and regret not doing more whilst you were there!
    University:
    Great provisions, great places to eat, I didn't join many societies though so I admit that I don't know what that was like.
    Course:
    Great content, flexible module design.
    Location:
    The Bull Ring is a great shopping centre and located just a 6 minute train away that costs
    Accommodation:
    Good but expensive
    Settling in:
    In first year there were lots of events based on your student accommodation, after that, course events became rarer.
  • by Anonymous on 24th August 2015
    Overall:
    5 stars
    University:
    Loads and loads of stuff to do
    Course:
    Good module choices, great lecturers
    Location:
    Big city but not as expensive as london
    Accommodation:
    Cheap but still reasonable
    Settling in:
    I had a wonderful flat
  • by Anonymous on 24th August 2015
    Overall:
    it's very nice, people are always helpful and it's just an overall positive atmosphere
    University:
    it's good
    Course:
    it's good
    Location:
    it's good
    Accommodation:
    it's good
    Settling in:
    it's good
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    The environment is perfect and teaching system is amazing.
    University:
    The environment is so nice.
    Course:
    Teaching style is amazing and it is a nice system of learning that we have.
    Location:
    No crime.
    Accommodation:
    n/a
    Settling in:
    Friendly people but did take a while for me to make friends. Most of the lecturers are friendly.
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    My experience has been very good, I have settled in quickly, the campus is great and my department is fantastic.
    University:
    I have a very enjoyable time at uni in general.
    Course:
    Very enjoyable and interesting
    Location:
    In general, it is situated in a quieter but really nice part of Birmingham.
    Accommodation:
    For my price, the quality/cost ratio is really great
    Settling in:
    My flatmates were very friendly making it really easy to make new friends
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    Good but I wouldn't recommend my course but definitely the university itself. I'd go for a course with a large student intake.
    University:
    The best part about uni is student life.
    Course:
    I liked my course at first but it ended up being really unorganised and not to do with what I wanted to do in the first place. I've asked for help but they find it hard following up and making sure students are happy.
    Location:
    It's close enough to the city to get there quick and cheap but further enough away to not be busy and hectic and the campus is so pretty.
    Accommodation:
    The halls of residence was really very nice, I loved living there, especially with the shops so close.
    Settling in:
    I was lucky enough to have amazing flat mates so I fit in quickly but the first few weeks are always hard.
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    Welfare support at medical school is really good, the is a society for everyone
    University:
    Something for everyone
    Course:
    It is interesting but could be better as it's info overload and we all feel like exam performance (and sanity) are compromised as a result
    Location:
    Birmingham has a lot to offer
    Accommodation:
    It's good but expensive
    Settling in:
    I struggled to settle with my flatmates as we lived different lifestyles
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    Brilliant :-)
    University:
    It has the full package, everything you could want, with new facilities being built currently.
    Course:
    Content is great, quality of lectures and feedback is brilliant, but timetabling is a bit annoying though.
    Location:
    Easy and convenient transport links straight to campus, close enough to the city, yet far enough way that its not noisy or polluted.
    Accommodation:
    It looks aesthetically pleasing, that's all I can comment on.
    Settling in:
    So quick and easy
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    During the applicant day, I would say 4/5 because of what was on offer was great.
    University:
    Variety of different facilities available within the area.
    Course:
    Been to applicant day, yet to experience my time at university
    Location:
    Attended student applicant day and visited the city, very nice.
    Accommodation:
    Have only seen images of my accommodation, yet to see it in person soon.
    Settling in:
    I settle in new places very quickly
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    The University of Birmingham is amazing and I would recommend it to any newcomers. It's a perfect and beautiful campus university which is an integral part of Birmingham.
    University:
    Perfect, I love every moment of university life. From the sports clubs to the night life, university life is the life for me!
    Course:
    The course is great and perfect for my personal interests. I was able to flexibly choose my second year modules to suit my interests.
    Location:
    Love it. It's far enough from the centre of Birmingham to feel like it's in its own world, yet close enough to enjoy the city centre in full. Easily accessible by bus or train.
    Accommodation:
    Accommodation itself was perfect yet very pricey. Second year accommodation is exactly the same.
    Settling in:
    It took a while to settle in and make friends and during exams you certainly miss home, yet everything else flowed perfectly.
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    10/10. Choose Birmingham because you won't regret it!
    University:
    Birmingham is amazing for its shopping and nightlife! The guild of students put on loads too, and there are societies to suit everyone as my uni is so big and diverse.
    Course:
    I just love everything about it. The lecturers are engaging, the modules are interesting and the timetable isn't too compact.
    Location:
    Beautiful campus uni in a massive and exciting city, could it get any better?
    Accommodation:
    The Vale was a fantastic student village. It enabled me to meet loads of new people, my halls were decent, I just loved it.
    Settling in:
    Your new friends really felt like your home from home family. There were loads of events on so you didn't feel lonely, and UoB guild of students were great at being there for you!
  • no's avatar by no on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    It is a great uni
    University:
    good services
    Course:
    very good timetable and teaching
    Location:
    clean and good
    Accommodation:
    good accomdation
    Settling in:
    easy to get used to
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    I would recommend it to anyone I regret nothing about my choice.
    University:
    Everything is just amazing I love it here.
    Course:
    I love and enjoy my modules and all the tutors are really helpful. My course is the right balance of independent work, seminars and lectures.
    Location:
    Good balance of city and quieter areas, accessible to lots of Different places.
    Accommodation:
    It's not quite affordable in my budget of my student loan, and could be better, but it's ok for the time that we are here.
    Settling in:
    It was really quick to settle in.
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    Excellent social life
    University:
    Good range of activities
    Course:
    Some of the teaching was not of a high standard at all.
    Location:
    Beautiful campus and lovely location,
    Accommodation:
    The accommodation was expensive but modern and comfortable.
    Settling in:
    Freshers fest was amazing!
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    Absolutely love it
    University:
    Broad street!
    Course:
    Great teaching and resources
    Location:
    Just 10 mins on train to centre and uni has a train station!
    Accommodation:
    Really modern and close by uni
    Settling in:
    Easily adapted but student union was really good
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    Amazing. Best Univeristy!!!
    University:
    Guild of students ensure student enjoy university life and take into account any concerns and deal with them effectively
    Course:
    Lectures are amazing! Professors are experts in their field.
    Location:
    Located near city centre and has its own train station.
    Accommodation:
    Friends say that they love their accommodation
    Settling in:
    Easy to get a long. Freshers week made it quick and easy to make friends and settle in
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    Perfect
    University:
    I love it
    Course:
    Very enjoyable
    Location:
    Great setting and easy access to city
    Accommodation:
    Clean, well furnished
    Settling in:
    Welcoming
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    It's brilliant if it's what you want
    University:
    It's amazing but expensive
    Course:
    I enjoy reading the texts and the structure of the coursw
    Location:
    Close to city centre with train station but separate with great scenery
    Accommodation:
    It was quite expensive and a quiet area which I didn't expect but great otherqise
    Settling in:
    Took a little while to meet other people but after that it was great
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    I knew immediately it was the right choice for me.
    University:
    Love the services offered
    Course:
    Great course with the chance to go abroad
    Location:
    Easily connected to train links
    Accommodation:
    Could be more affordable, but overall happy with what is offered
    Settling in:
    Very easy to feel at home and instantly made friends

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