Leisure at UCB

Sports Facilities at UCB

For an institution based in the middle of a large city, UCB has an array of very impressive sports facilities. At our Richmond House campus, we offer a large, fully equipped, fitness suite with an extensive range of exercise machines. After a work-out you can wind down by making use of the Spa’s sauna, steam room or jacuzzi.

You may also want to make an appointment to have sports therapy treatment or even a massage. There is also a wide range of beauty and health treatments available alongside UCB’s own hairdressing salons. Use of the Spa is exclusively for current staff and students as well as our Alumni. Membership prices for the Spa are very reasonable at £45 for a full year for students and £35 for a half year for students - so why not call in and take a look around?

UCB has a purpose-built sports hall facility located at the Maltings Halls of Residence, just a short walk away. Here you will be able to partake in a number of activities including badminton, indoor cricket, football, basketball, netball and many other sports. Information on how to access the facilities will be given during your induction and Freshers’ Week.

For the slightly more adventurous, students can partake in watersports such as kayaking, windsurfing and sailing at the nearby Edgbaston reservoir.

UCB also has an arrangement with the University of Birmingham’s Munrow Sports centre whereby students can make use of the exceptional facilities they have to offer. Student Services on the 7th floor of the Summer Row building can provide further information on how to access these facilities.

Eating and Drinking

The Café is situated on the 5th Floor of the Summer Row building. With a colour scheme chosen by our students, the Café features a large servery providing a range of meals, snacks and drinks at reasonable prices.

There is an emphasis on healthy eating – with a salad bar – sustainability, fair-trade and environmentally-friendly food and containers.

At times when the servery is closed, The Café is also a social area for students, with wifi access available. There is also a smaller café in the basement of the Richmond House building.

Rooftop Coffee, on the 8th Floor of the Summer Row building, is UCB’s coffee shop. In the style of a High Street coffee shop, with wi-fi access and a spectacular view of west Birmingham, this is a place where students, staff and official visitors can come and socialise in a relaxing setting and is also perfect for informal meetings. In term-time, Rooftop Coffee is open from 9am until 6pm every weekday and customers can buy drinks, cakes, pastries and light lunches to enjoy.

The Coffee Pod is based next to the front entrance to the Summer Row Building and is our express coffee shop. Here you can call in for a hot or cold drink on your way in or out of the building. Some sandwiches and snacks are also available here and a selection of newspapers is available for purchase.

UCB's two restaurants are The Atrium and The Brasserie. The Atrium is a fine dining restaurant, ideal if you are looking to push the boat out and experience some of the best food in the City at value prices. The Atrium offers classic cuisine with a contemporary touch and is open in the evenings. The Atrium is also open at lunchtime offering a less formal menu and service style. The Brasserie offers a varied, bistro style menu in a relaxed and friendly environment. Occasionally there are daily specials and menu rapide offers. Also during the academic year the hospitality students stage a series of themed event nights.

Bookings - to avoid disappointment, please check with Anna Byrne who is on (0121) 604 1010 or available on the main reception desk on the Ground Floor.

Cakes and Bakes is our very own shop situated on the ground floor of the Summer Row campus and is open to the general public as well as staff and students during term time. It sells a variety of delicious bread, cakes and biscuits, freshly baked each day by our own bakery students, and ready meals produced by our chef catering students. Seasonal goods are also available in the run-up to Easter and Christmas and special items appear each week, so it's always worth popping in to see what's on offer.

Cakes and Bakes is open from 10:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Thursday and from 10:30am to 3:30pm on a Friday.