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Birmingham City University

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OVERVIEW

Birmingham City University is one of the UK's most dynamic places to study. They are a vibrant, multicultural university with around 23,500 students from 80 countries and offer an innovative and practical approach to teaching and learning.

The portfolio of excellent courses, investment in state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff and focus on practical skills and professional relevance are making them a first choice for students. BCU courses are highly practical and career focused, and many are accredited by professional bodies. This means that you'll gain qualifications that are prized by employers, giving you an important advantage in the job market.

They've invested heavily in innovative technology to give our students the best possible preparation for their chosen careers. Facilities include a mock law court, a virtual radiography suite, broadcast studios, fashion workshops and a mock operating theatre.

BCU staff and student community is defined by core values, which outline who they are as a University and how they will work with each other.

BCU core values:

  • Excellence - University takes pride in ensuring the highest quality standards of academic achievement and professional service delivery. 
  • People Focused - they value everyone, recognising that what we do is for the benefit of all those connected with the University. 
  • Partnership Working - BCU works with students and the wider University community to create strong and successful relationships. 
  • Fairness and Integrity - they also take a fair and balanced approach to our activities and are mindful of the impact of our actions.

10 reasons to choose BCU

ACCOMMODATION

Living in Birmingham means you’ll enjoy one of the UK’s most exciting and diverse cities, famed for its world-class restaurants, history, entertainment and shops.

Birmingham is home to more than one million people from a range of different cultures and ethnic groups, including the UK’s largest student population outside London.

Its friendly population is what makes Birmingham the dynamic, multicultural city that is – and also one of the largest cities in Europe offering a heady mix of galleries, music, restaurants and bars.

  • Find out why the city is one of England’s top most visited places to shop
  • Whatever your tastes in music, you can be sure Birmingham will cater for you. 
  • The city’s nightlife is regarded as second to none, with a wide range of nights out to suit all budgets. 
  • If culture’s your thing, Birmingham won’t disappoint you. 
  • Serious about sport? Find out what the city has to offer.

Why choose halls of residence? (Please note there may be some minor variations on each campus!)

  • 24/7 security personnel  patrol the campuses. 
  • CCTV on all campuses. 
  • Heating in all rooms. 
  • Energy costs included  in accommodation fees (some are capped in some partner provider halls and further charges could be incurred). 
  • Free basic package  internet connection socket and wi-fi (upgrades are available). 
  • Accommodation  staff available on all campuses during office hours. 
  • Central management  of all University halls of residence by Accommodation Services. 
  • Accommodation  Services’ commitment to quality.

LIVING EXPENSES

In addition to paying tuition fees, you’ll need living expenses to cover things like accommodation, food, heating, travel and books and stationery. This figure is an estimate of your basic living costs during the first nine months of your studies, which covers most expenses after tuition fees. The actual amount you’ll need depends on the type of accommodation you choose and your personal lifestyle. In addition to fees, you will probably need to buy books and equipment for your course. 

Approximate yearly cost :

  • University accommodation (52 weeks) From £3,510 to £6,426 
  • Food, and other shopping £2,600 
  • Gas and electricity £2,080 
  • Insurance for personal belongings £15 - £117 
  • Laundry (using a laundrette) £240 
  • Course related costs: books/stationery/photocopying/binding £450 
  • Subscriptions to journals/magazines £36 
  • Bus pass – 3 terms + summer pass (travel) £390 
  • Television licence £145.50 
  • Mobile telephone £240 
  • Social activity costs – depends on activities £600 - £960 
  • Kitchen utensils, plates and cutlery £35 
  • Police registration (if applicable) £34 
Total £8,840.50 (per year)

Additional items Cost per item :

  • Television £130 
  • International phone card From £5 
  • Prescribed medicine per item (from 1 April 2015) £8.20 
  • Membership of Student Union (NUS Extra Card) £11 

OVERVIEW

Birmingham City University is one of the UK's most dynamic places to study. They are a vibrant, multicultural university with around 23,500 students from 80 countries and offer an innovative and practical approach to teaching and learning.

The portfolio of excellent courses, investment in state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff and focus on practical skills and professional relevance are making them a first choice for students. BCU courses are highly practical and career focused, and many are accredited by professional bodies. This means that you'll gain qualifications that are prized by employers, giving you an important advantage in the job market.

They've invested heavily in innovative technology to give our students the best possible preparation for their chosen careers. Facilities include a mock law court, a virtual radiography suite, broadcast studios, fashion workshops and a mock operating theatre.

BCU staff and student community is defined by core values, which outline who they are as a University and how they will work with each other.

BCU core values:

  • Excellence - University takes pride in ensuring the highest quality standards of academic achievement and professional service delivery. 
  • People Focused - they value everyone, recognising that what we do is for the benefit of all those connected with the University. 
  • Partnership Working - BCU works with students and the wider University community to create strong and successful relationships. 
  • Fairness and Integrity - they also take a fair and balanced approach to our activities and are mindful of the impact of our actions.

10 reasons to choose BCU

ACCOMMODATION

Living in Birmingham means you’ll enjoy one of the UK’s most exciting and diverse cities, famed for its world-class restaurants, history, entertainment and shops.

Birmingham is home to more than one million people from a range of different cultures and ethnic groups, including the UK’s largest student population outside London.

Its friendly population is what makes Birmingham the dynamic, multicultural city that is – and also one of the largest cities in Europe offering a heady mix of galleries, music, restaurants and bars.

  • Find out why the city is one of England’s top most visited places to shop
  • Whatever your tastes in music, you can be sure Birmingham will cater for you. 
  • The city’s nightlife is regarded as second to none, with a wide range of nights out to suit all budgets. 
  • If culture’s your thing, Birmingham won’t disappoint you. 
  • Serious about sport? Find out what the city has to offer.

Why choose halls of residence? (Please note there may be some minor variations on each campus!)

  • 24/7 security personnel  patrol the campuses. 
  • CCTV on all campuses. 
  • Heating in all rooms. 
  • Energy costs included  in accommodation fees (some are capped in some partner provider halls and further charges could be incurred). 
  • Free basic package  internet connection socket and wi-fi (upgrades are available). 
  • Accommodation  staff available on all campuses during office hours. 
  • Central management  of all University halls of residence by Accommodation Services. 
  • Accommodation  Services’ commitment to quality.

LIVING EXPENSES

In addition to paying tuition fees, you’ll need living expenses to cover things like accommodation, food, heating, travel and books and stationery. This figure is an estimate of your basic living costs during the first nine months of your studies, which covers most expenses after tuition fees. The actual amount you’ll need depends on the type of accommodation you choose and your personal lifestyle. In addition to fees, you will probably need to buy books and equipment for your course. 

Approximate yearly cost :

  • University accommodation (52 weeks) From £3,510 to £6,426 
  • Food, and other shopping £2,600 
  • Gas and electricity £2,080 
  • Insurance for personal belongings £15 - £117 
  • Laundry (using a laundrette) £240 
  • Course related costs: books/stationery/photocopying/binding £450 
  • Subscriptions to journals/magazines £36 
  • Bus pass – 3 terms + summer pass (travel) £390 
  • Television licence £145.50 
  • Mobile telephone £240 
  • Social activity costs – depends on activities £600 - £960 
  • Kitchen utensils, plates and cutlery £35 
  • Police registration (if applicable) £34 
Total £8,840.50 (per year)

Additional items Cost per item :

  • Television £130 
  • International phone card From £5 
  • Prescribed medicine per item (from 1 April 2015) £8.20 
  • Membership of Student Union (NUS Extra Card) £11 

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