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Deciding where to live while you study is an important consideration. Birmingham is a big city with lots of accommodation options, but there are some key factors to bear in mind.

Distance to campus

You must live within a 35-mile radius of Birmingham City University (BCU) City Centre Campus. This is to ensure a reasonable commute time and cost. Be sure to research the public transport links between the campus and your chosen accommodation, as you will be travelling to campus potentially every day to attend classes.

Book before you arrive

We strongly recommend that you book your accommodation in Birmingham before you enter the UK. This ensures you have a place to stay immediately and are ready to start your studies on time when you arrive in Birmingham. It will be very difficult for you to find a place to stay after you arrive in the UK and your classes have already started.

Halls or Private

Take a look at the comparison below before deciding if student halls or private accommodation is right for you.

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Buying essential items

You can visit this website to order bedding/kitchen equipment and have it delivered to your accommodation before you arrive. Use the promotional code ‘BCITY10’ and receive a discount of 10 per cent.


If your question has not been answered, please call our Student Services team on +44 (0) 121 331 7377 or email

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