Train Travel

The main campus is directly served by its own rail station, called University. Just eight minutes’ journey from New Street, the station makes the train a quick and convenient travel option from across the West Midlands and beyond. For all timetable information visit National Rail or check live departures from University on the campus map app.

Student Tickets and Passes

For train travel and other public transport across the West Midlands, take a student pass from Transport for West Midlands. These are best for students wanting to travel regularly to a range of locations in their chosen zones.

West Midlands Railway operates local services to University station and offer student season tickets between two specific stations on their lines. These offer excellent value for students who only want to travel to and from campus and who will not go anywhere else regularly. 

For train travel nationwide, young people aged 16-25 and full-time students over 26 get discounted travel on one-off journeys with a 16-25 railcard. There is also a 26-30 Railcard.

Season tickets for long distance journeys are available from the company operating your route or the ticket office at your origin station. Use the season ticket calculator to find the best option for you. Please get in touch if you would like further advice.

Season Ticket Loans for Staff

University of Birmingham staff benefit from an interest free loan for their Swift season ticket.

The scheme spreads payments across the whole year and gives a small discount. Applications are administered by the payroll department.

Ticket Machines on Campus

University station is one of the busiest in the region for its size. Avoid the queues by purchasing tickets or collecting prebooked at the vending machines on campus. It is located at:

Park and Ride

There are a number of local train stations that provide car parking and direct links to University station.

From the south:

  • Selly Oak (2 minute train journey from University) 

  • Kings Norton (7 minutes) 

  • Northfield (9 minutes) 

  • Barnt Green (16 minutes) 

  • Alvechurch (22 minutes) 

  • Bromsgrove (17 minutes) 

  • Redditch (27 minutes)

From the north:

  • Wylde Green (27 minutes)
  • Sutton Coldfield (30 minutes) 

  • Four Oaks (33 minutes) 

  • Blake Street (38 minutes) 

  • Shenstone (42 minutes) 

  • Lichfield City (47 minutes) 

  • Lichfield Trent Valley (49 minutes)

Flexible Season Tickets

Train commuters to UoB can now benefit from flexible season tickets. In short these are a set of 8 anytime return tickets that can be used on any combination of days in a 28-day period. They are perfect for commuters mixing work on campus and from home and accommodate irregular working patterns too. 

Further information is available from West Midlands Railway, the operator of local services to University station, and from National Rail, as the tickets are available on train routes nationwide.



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