Life on Campus
We wanted to say a huge WELCOME to all new starters and WELCOME BACK to our returners who are getting ready to arrive on campus!
We know you probably have lots of questions about university, what your studies are going to look like this year as well as what we have planned for Welcome Week, and guess what - you are in the right place to find out!
We’re sure that there’s lots you want to know, so check out our frequently asked questions below and explore our welcome website to find out about your new home, how you can make friends and settle in and ultimately how we can support you while you’re at university.
The Guild is your Students’ Union here at Birmingham. We’re here to represent you, support you, entertain you and above all ensure you have a best in class student experience! Visit our website to learn more about us.
All registered students are automatically members of the Guild of Students. As a member you’ll receive regular emails and updates from us throughout the year – so be sure to keep checking your student emails for the latest news!
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, find out about fantastic upcoming events and get the latest updates from your Guild. Firstly, by following us on:
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.
You can also meet your new neighbours via our Accommodation Facebook groups:
Pritchatts Park Village, Selly Oak Village and The Vale Village.
Each accommodation village has its own Facebook group, which is a great place to find your flatmates and get to know them ahead of starting University.
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.
However there are lots of different ways to access support, which you can view in our Support Along The Way section.
If you’re a new student living in halls and you’re worried about budgeting, the Student Mentors can offer you some practical tips.
The Mentors are current students who’ve been through it all themselves and have lots of great advice about shared living, looking after yourselves while you’re in halls and managing your money.
For any support with housing or contracts you can speak to Guild Advice, who should be able to help or point you in the right direction.
If you’re a new starter in halls who’s feeling homesick or struggling to adjust to University life, you can always speak to the Student Mentors.
Guild Advice are also available to support all students from all years. They offer confidential one-to-one support across a range of areas i.e. if you’re feeling stressed about deadlines, need some academic advice, if you’re feeling homesick or just need someone to chat to.
There are a few ways that you can get to know our 300+ student groups:
Great question! As well as looking after student groups, we’re also the home of student democracy. This means that we’re regularly running elections giving students like you the chance to run for a position.
From becoming a member of our Officer team, to representing students as a College or School Rep – there are SO MANY opportunities!
You can even volunteer to become a Student Rep and be the person responsible for representing your fellow students’ academic interests, ensuring they have the best experience on their course.
You can take a look at University of Birmingham Sport’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest information about sports clubs, fitness opportunities and more!
For information about available gym facilities and memberships, have a look at the University of Birmingham Sport and Fitness’ website.
There are so many spaces on campus where you can hang out and a big one is Joes Bar - our student bar based in the Guild building. Joe’s offers a menu of treats to get you through those study sessions and is the perfect place to stop by for a drink with friends. Our famous Fab N’ Fresh club nights are hosted here on Saturdays.
Alongside Joe’s there are a number of campus eateries and coffee shops including: Costa, Starbucks, The Food Court in University Centre on campus and Food Fellows.
Learn more about making friends and settling in.
The Guild offers a range of flexibile part-time jobs to fit around your studies. Want to try your hand at marketing, working in Joe’s Bar or on Reception? Keep checking our Student Staff page 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, or you can even opt for a multiple year card, to keep on bagging those bargains.
Each September we welcome students to Birmingham, by hosting a variety of fun events and activities. This allows you the chance to get to know your fellow students, the campus and the Guild.
We’re excited to be hosting a range of events giving you the opportunity to meet your student community, get to know campus and have fun! A few key events which we’re really excited about are: our Welcome Fair, Societies Fair and Welcome club nights.
But it doesn’t stop there, we have so much more planned which will be posted right here on our welcome site and our social media.
There will be a full programme of events, from small scale socials to fabulous parties. You won't want to miss out, so make sure you explore them all on our events page.
Yes! We have a fantastic range of club nights, including our Welcome Party, UV Neon Rave, T-shirt Party, Silent Disco, Freshers Ball and much more!
You can now buy individual event tickets, or get our Welcome Wristband, giving you priority access to a range of our club nights for £30! Our events are very popular, so get your tickets soon to avoid disappointment!
We’re also excited to see the return of our beloved Fab N’ Fresh club nights.
Welcome Week starts on 19th September!
We have noticed lots of unofficial events, Facebook groups and Whatsapp chats popping up across social media asking you to part with your money. Please be aware that these groups are not associated with the Guild or University, in any way!
We can guarantee that all events hosted by ourselves and the University, are 100% exclusively for University of Birmingham students.
So, we ask you to only purchase tickets for official events available through our website. To make things easier we’ve added an official stamp to all of our events, so you know they’re legit!
They will! The best way to find out about their upcoming events is to explore our student groups and check out their social media.
As of July 2022 the University is planning to offer campus-based, in-person teaching.
There are a number of study spaces available on campus, including the Main Library, the Teaching and Learning Building and even right here at the Guild. Explore all study spaces on the University’s website.
We don’t have an exact date, but the University is working hard to ensure that you get your timetable as soon as possible before the start of semester one.
That’s great! Make sure you explore our Accommodation Hub to familiarise yourselves with your new home.
The University have also provided lots of information about accommodation on their website, including booking your arrival time slots.
If you’re living in halls, then make sure you check out the range of events and activities that the Hall Reps deliver.
The Hall Reps are a team of students who are here to ensure you have the best possible time living in halls. Each hall has a dedicated Rep who will plan and host events, giving you the opportunity to network, make friends and relax.
This will depend on the hall you’ll be living in. It’s a great idea to familiarise yourselves with this now, so you know what to expect when you get here.
To make this easier we have created an accommodation hub listing local shops, eateries, banks and more!
A number of eateries on campus accept Meal Plan. Visit the University’s website to view a full list.
All of our Welcome events are open to all students. Use our search function to look for specific events!
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All official event information will also be posted on our social media platforms and here on our website.