University College Birmingham is both an internationally renowned centre of educational excellence and an integral part of the city’s commercial and cultural life. Students of all nationalities and abilities thrive in our busy environment.
UCB offers an unparalleled portfolio of full- and part-time courses, from Vocational Qualifications at Level 1 to Undergraduate and Postgraduate management courses in our specialist disciplines. We are a specialist institution for Further Education courses in the fields of Catering, Bakery, Food Service, Health & Social Care, Childcare, Travel & Tourism, Sport and Hair & Beauty.
UCB operates on four sites, which are within easy reach of each other.
Summer Row Site
The Summer Row site contains the original University building and was opened in 1968. It consists of thirteen floors of teaching and support facilities for our FE Tourism and Leisure provision and it contains our specialist catering, restaurant and bakery facilities for all vocational catering and bakery courses.
Richmond House was opened in 2001 and is a teaching facility designed specifically for students following Further Education courses in Hairdressing and Beauty, Childcare and Health & Social Care. It is located in Newhall Street, just around the corner from the Summer Row site and consists of eight floors of teaching, student and staff facilities. The first three floors contain state-of-the-art hairdressing studios, beauty salons, make-up studio, fitness suite, spa pool, steam room, sauna and solarium. Lecture theatres and classrooms are located on the upper floors. A specialist reference library is situated on the Fourth Floor along with Student Services, Study Support and Careers Support facilities and, in the Basement, there is also a Student Common Room, a Student Guild Office and Café.
The Link is the building that houses all of UCB's administrative services. It opened in January 2020 and, across seven floors, it houses the Main Library, Academic Skills Centre, Academic Registry, including Exams, Attendance and Bursary services, Finance and Information Services Unit and Student Services, including the Counsellors and Health & Wellbeing team, the Resource Centre and a space with PCs for silent study.
UCB's newest campus building is McIntyre House, located on Holland Street. Named after our former Principal, Eddie McIntyre CBE, it opened in September 2014 and contains four floors of teaching and working rooms and spaces. The building contains a 250-seat lecture theatre, named after our late colleague Brendan Carroll, a specialist Postgraduate working area, called the Eddie Pargeter Suite, dedicated teaching rooms with state-of-the-art equipment and technology to assist learners. There is also a new EatSpace offering hot and cold food and drinks.