University College Birmingham is an affiliated university college of the University of Birmingham and as such all undergraduate and postgraduate degrees studied at University College Birmingham are awarded by the University of Birmingham. University College Birmingham is based in Birmingham City Centre, there are 7,500 students on Further and Higher Education programmes including 1100 international students from 65 countries. Birmingham is an exciting and fun place to live. Whatever your interests there is something for you with the range of social, sporting and cultural activities that only a major city can provide.

University College Birmingham regularly wins accolades from a wide range of awarding bodies. UCB is a renowned and respected as a provider of first class teaching and learning programmes in four main curriculum areas: Food, Bakery and Hospitality; Childcare and Education; Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapies and Sport and Tourism. UCB has a well-deserved reputation for outstanding support for students, high quality programmes that fully prepare our students for employment, superb practical facilities and strong, highly effective links with industry.

The university college specialises in the areas of:

  • Hospitality and the culinary arts

  • Hairdressing and beauty

  • Tourism

  • Business enterprise

  • Marketing

  • Business management

  • Accounting Finance

  • Events management

  • Sports management

  • Sports medicine

  • Sports therapy

  • Early Years education



UCB currently manages over 1000 places in two different Halls of Residence. The Maltings residential campus includes a large sports hall, the Student Guild Bar, two launderettes and a shop. Cambrian Hall is a traditional 247-bedroom residence located 200 metres from the UCB main entrance.


Information about the different Halls of Residence, and how to go about getting into one, is contained in the accommodation booklet, available from the Accommodation Manager in the Student Services Unit or via the Accommodation section of the UCB website. In 2016/17 the cost of a single room in UCB-managed accommodation is between £86 and £156 per week (all utilities bills included) depending on facilities and location.

You should speak to the Accommodation Manager if you have any queries relating to your accommodation during your time at UCB, be it UCB-managed or private. All study bedrooms in Halls of Residence have free wifi internet access.