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Frequently Asked Questions

The Guild of Students:

The Guild is your Students’ Union here at Birmingham. We’re here to represent you, support you, entertain you and above all ensure you make the most of University life. Check out our website to learn more about us.

All registered students are automatically members of the Guild of Students.

The Guild is run by a Team of elected student Officers who represent all students across so many areas of student life. From sports to societies and even student democracy - your Officer Team are here to support and represent YOU.

Meet your Officers.

There are a number of places where you can interact with your fellow students and see the latest updates from the Guild, including:

Get to know your fellow students by joining our Official Welcome 2020 Facebook group. Here we’ll be sharing all the latest news and updates about your Welcome celebrations and it’s a great place to introduce yourself to your future coursemates.

Each hall has its own Facebook group, which is a great place to find your flatmates and get to know them ahead of starting University.

Find your halls group.

Welcome 2020:

Each September we welcome students to Birmingham, by hosting a vairety of fun events and activities. This allows you the chance to get to know your fellow students, the campus and the Guild.

The safety of our students is our top priority, so this year we’re planning to host a range of virtual and in-person events whilst paying strict attention to Government guidelines. A key event we have planned for you is our Virtual Welcome Fair, which will be your opportunity to grab some great discounts from national brands, as well as meet our range of student groups.

We will continue to consult Government guidelines when planning events, and will post any updates or changes to our event line-up via our social media channels and website.

Unfortunately, there are currently no plans for club nights within Welcome 2020 as Government guidelines don’t permit this kind of activity.

The first of our Welcome events will take place on 21st September, we’ll then be hosting a range of virtual and in-person events as we start semester one.

At present we are not selling any official Welcome or Freshers Fest event tickets.

However, we have seen a lot of unofficial ‘University of Birmingham’ Freshers events being advertised to students. These events are not affiliated with the Guild and we have no way of ensuring the necessary safety precautions are being taken at these events. Please do not purchase these tickets, as current Government guidelines do not currently allow any night club or large scale events to take place.

Advice and Support:

If ever you’re struggling and need some academic support, Guild Advice are here to help. They offer confidential one-to-one advice on a range of subjects including: workload, revision tips, appeals and extenuating circumstances.

Feel free to email Guild Advice if ever you need support.

If you’re worried about your finances or need some support with housing contracts and the moving process, speak to Guild Advice. They’ll do their best to help you or point you in the right direction.

It’s important to look after your mental health and wellbeing during your studies. If ever you feel homesick, stressed by deadlines or like you need someone to talk to Guild Advice for support coping with uni life.

Get Involved:

You can get to know our range of student groups at Virtual Welcome Fair, and by checking out our website.

The Guild offers a range of flexibile part-time jobs to fit around your studies. Fancy becoming a Student Mentor or Hall Rep? Want to try your hand at marketing, working in Joe’s Bar or on Reception? Keep an eye on our website and social media for any upcoming vacancies.

You can also contact Worklink about part-time vacancies within the Univeristy.

As a student at Birmingham, you can apply for a TOTUM card. TOTUM (formerly NUS Extra card) gives you access to a number of discounts on food, fashion, technology and more! You can purchase a year-long TOTUM card online for £14.99, or you can even opt for a multiple year card, to keep on bagging those bargains.

If you’re an international student or travel abroad regularly, you can also get a free one-year digital membership to ISIC, so you can access 42,000 international discounts.


TThe University will be operating a bi-modal approach. This means that lectures will be taking place online and seminars and lab work will be in person. As it stands this will the case all throughout the academic year but like many other things it will be subject to review alongside Government guidelines.

Learn more.

The University is preparing to open the library and study spaces on campus, to give you access to resources at a safe social distance.

Find out all about the library and study spaces.

COVID-19 has impacted teaching and learning in a number of ways, check out the University’s website for information of how your Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies may be affected.


Watch the University’s handy accommodation video for information on:

- When you can move into accommodation
- What you need to do beforehand
- What to do if you experience symptoms of COVID-19

Check out the University’s web page all about staying safe in halls.

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