Campus and Crime Map

Student Accommodation

  • The university guarantees on-campus accommodation for first year students, and many final year students also live on campus.
  • Catered meal plan options available.
  • Free high-speed Internet access, and access to gym and swimming pool.
  • The university provides support for students finding private sector accommodation after the first year.

Accommodation Costs

Aston University

Number of university/college beds 3,017
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £5,380–£5,689
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £2,152–£5,850

Living Here

  • City Population: 1,073,000
  • Student Population: 65,000
  • Birmingham is on of Europe’s youngest cities and attracts 34 million visitors each year. The city has more canals than Venice, the largest library in the UK and, as home to 5 universities, more than 65,000 higher education students who choose to study there.
  • Aston University is located on a green self-contained campus, a 5-minute walk from the city centre shopping and entertainment areas.

Getting Around

  • Buses, trains and trams provide a comprehensive network of local transport.
  • Birmingham is at the centre of the UK motorway system, and is well served by coaches to locations across the UK.
  • Rail links are excellent; a journey to London takes 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • Birmingham International Airport, just 8 miles from the city centre, is a major hub with destinations throughout the UK, Europe, North America and Asia.

Culture and Nightlife

  • Birmingham has one of the liveliest club scenes in the country, as well as bars, music venues and restaurants, including over 50 different restaurants within the famous 'Balti Triangle'. 
  • The Digbeth area (5 minutes’ walk from the city centre) has a strong live music, clubbing and alternative cafe scene, while the National Indoor Arena and O2 Academy are both within walking distance of campus and regularly host some of the biggest names in music from across the world. The National Exhibition Centre, Town Hall and National Indoor Arena stage major events and pop concerts.
  • Birmingham Royal Ballet is based at the Hippodrome, whilst Symphony Hall is the home of the world class City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). There are numerous theatres and galleries including Star City, a massive leisure complex housing a 30-screen cinema.
  • The Waterhall Gallery of Modern Art is Birmingham's newest venue for contemporary art, with the stylish Ikon Gallery displaying the best of international and British art. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is famous for its collection of Pre-Raphaelite works.
  • The National Indoor Arena hosts many national sporting events. The city has 3 world-famous football teams (Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion) and Test and County cricket is played at Edgbaston. Activities like ten-pin bowling, golf, go-carting, ice-skating, squash, tennis and swimming are all on offer at various locations around the city, including high quality sports facilities at the universities themselves.