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Travelling Around Birmingham

Birmingham is a big city – the second biggest in the UK – but it is easy to get around due to ample transport links. Studying in the city centre, you will have easy access to trains, buses, trams and taxis.

Public transport is available throughout the city and is cost-effective for students on a budget!


As well as a national rail service at New Street Station reaching destinations across the UK, you can also catch trains to London from Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham Snow Hill. All three stations run local services throughout the Birmingham region. If you plan to use the train regularly, you might want to purchase a 16-25 Railcard.


Birmingham is home to a comprehensive network of bus routes. Buses run frequently, with many services operating during the evenings and on Sundays. If you plan to use the bus regularly, you might want to purchase a Student Bus Pass.


The West Midlands Metro service provides tram travel between the city centre and the west of Birmingham, including West Bromwich, Dudley, Wednesbury, and Wolverhampton. Find out more on this website.


Taxi travel is considerably more expensive than public transport, but it may be preferable at the beginning, if you’re unsure about your local public transport options. You can either call up a taxi company and speak to someone on the phone to book your taxi, or you can download the Uber app and order a taxi directly from your smartphone.

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Want to know what it’s like, travelling around Birmingham as a student? Ask one of our friendly Student Ambassadors – they’d be happy to share their experience and advice with you.

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