We have the best student support in the UK, as voted by students.
Life as a student is exciting and fun, but it can also feel daunting at times. We want you to make the most of your time here at University College Birmingham, overcome any barriers to your learning; and reach your full potential.
This page contains an introduction to all of the different information, advice, guidance and enrichment support services that are available to our college students. As well as a guide with all the information you need, to help make the transition from school to college life as smooth as possible!
Our learning support teams are committed to giving all our students the advice, skills and practical tools to discover their full potential.
Find out more
Our team of university students are trained to offer guidance. They have been through the process and can offer guidance on everything from revision skills to finances.
Support with English
Our Centre for Academic Skills and English (CASE) also offers a range of tailored support and study-based help to help students improve their English language skills.Find out more
Thousands of print and digital resources; and qualified professionals and research specialists who can help you find exactly what you need. Get an induction at any time.Find out more
Find out more
Our buildings offer ideal environments to build your knowledge, with quiet areas for individual work, break-out spaces for meet-ups and glazed pods for group discussion.
We welcome everyone, regardless of physical disability, medical conditions, or other specific special needs. Support for students who disclose a disability or health condition, including mental health conditions, starts from application and continues throughout your studies.
Not currently a student?
An open day is the best opportunity for you to experience University College Birmingham for yourself – and get a better understanding of our student experience. Book your place on one of our upcoming ones - we'd love to welcome you. Can't make it? Find out about our virtual open days.
We have a free and confidential Health and Wellbeing Service, open to every student, that strives to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles, positive mental health, and wellbeing. We understand these things are fundamental for effective study and a positive student experience.
Health and Wellbeing Booklet
Our Health and Wellbeing booklet provides a detailed guide of the different types of support available – and information on how to access each service.
Nurse and medical services
Find out more
The Nursing Service is here to provide you with practical advice and assistance regarding medical needs. The Nurse can assist with a number of practical issues.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Service
Our team is committed to helping you access the most appropriate support and information when it comes to ensuring your mental wellbeing.Find out more
Find out more
Whether you have a problem relating to your studies or personal life; our trained, impartial counsellors can help. The service is entirely confidential.
Find out more
If you are worried about the mental health of a friend or family member, you can find useful information and resources to help you help them - below.
Your time with us is not just about the classroom – or study time. It is just as much about making sure you are prepared for life after college - whether that be heading straight into a job, or continuing on to university to study for a degree. We aim to ensure you have the experience, life skills and personal qualities to help you make a success of whatever you choose to do next. And there are various services, tools and resources available to help ensure your personal development.
Our careers, employability and placements service will make sure you are workplace ready, and help you secure work experience, internships and volunteering roles.Find out more
Find out more
We also offer a range of degree courses; and can help make the transition on to higher education, a smoother one. Take a look, when the time is right..
"My daughter found school difficult. We wanted her college experience to be different. She enrolled on the Professional Cookery course, but realised it wasn’t for her. We were really grateful she was given the opportunity to swap to Level 2 Food and Beverage Service. Communication from the College has been brilliant. Her lecturer is in constant contact, on a weekly, and sometimes even daily basis. She is also getting the right help to complete her maths and English GCSEs. I am delighted with the high level of support UCB has provided."
- Discretionary Bursary Scheme (DBS)
- Help with travel costs (LSF)
- Help with the costs of Uniform and Equipment (LSF)
- Free College meals
Please note: All forms of support have specific requirements for eligibility.
Take a look at our college finance page for more information on all of the above, including eligibility criteria; as well as links to where you can find information on your general course fees.
Save money around campus
Our cafes sell affordable food – watch out for discounts and sales after 3pm! And if you are in need of pampering or relaxation, our on-site hair and spa services often offer discounted or free treatments.
Our library at The Link has a huge variety of books (including fiction!), so you don’t have to spend your money on these either. And, don’t forget that hundreds of retailers, both on the high street and online, offer student discounts. You just need to show your student card, or link to your student account.Discover our facilities
Get a part time job - to earn some extra cash
Find out more
Our Hired team can help you find part-time work, or summer jobs, to fit around your studies. This will not only boost your income whilst you are a student; but give you valuable experience for your CV – and be a first step in preparing you for the workplace.
Free food / drink for all students this Autumn
As part of the support that University College Birmingham is putting in place to help students who are facing increased costs this autumn (2022), we have introduced some additional food offers for all students:
- Toast and juice will be available, free, from the old Cakes and Bakes shop, between 8 and 10am each weekday. This starts from October 2022 and is available for all students.
- Free soup will be available from 3-4pm each day, from the 5th floor of Summer Row.
- Hot water is available from all catering outlets - should you need it for making your own hot drinks, or otherwise (and we are also in the process of getting a hot water dispenser). This water is free if you bring your own cup, or 20p for a take-away cup.
- We also have microwaves available for students to use in McIntyre House (in the seating area, near the exit to Moss House), for ease of heating up any food that you bring in from home.
Student Services is based on the Ground Floor of The Link and is the one stop shop for all students - providing information, advice and guidance on non-academic matters – across our range of support services.
There is no need to arrange an appointment, just drop in and speak to a member of the team.
Student Engagement Team
The Student Engagement Team work to improve communication between students, academic staff, and support services at University College Birmingham.
They help to organise university-wide events, collaborating with various courses and schools to enhance the student experience for all our college students. There is an open-door policy, so any students seeking support or advice can walk in and speak to a member of the team.
The Student Engagement Team can also help direct you towards the right support team, information, or key services; to help address your concerns.
Looking for more information?
New college student guide
An intro to college life at University College Birmingham, with valuable information to help new students settle in – and make the most of their student experience.Read more
College student finances
We know your finances and financial future are important to you so we try and give you as much advice about what it's going to cost to study at University College Bir…Read more
Discover our full range of college courses at University College Birmingham.Read more
Apply for one of our highly vocational college courses, find out more about the interview and offer process and how to enrol at University College Birmingham.Read more