Mature Students

Mature students have widely varying circumstances. We understand that your wants and needs may be quite different from the majority of students around you.

 Who are 'mature students'? 

'Mature student' is a national term. You are considered a mature student if you are over 21 when you start an undergraduate programme or over 25 when you start a postgraduate programme.

We realise that not all students who fall into this category will necessarily want to identify themselves as mature students. This page is designed for any student who feels their experiences will be different from a standard 18 year old student (e.g. a younger student who is also a parent or has other responsibilities).

 Before you arrive

 Academic support 

Academic Skills Centre (ASC)

The Academic Skills Centre is a place where undergraduate students can come to develop their mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. We can help you develop as a learner; you can find us on the first floor of the Main library.

Skills4study campus

Skills4studycampus provides access to high quality interactive materials on all aspects of study to help enhance your skills in areas such as reading, independent study, managing your resources, note-taking, critical thinking and exam skills. You will need your University of Birmingham log-in to access this service.

Welfare tutors

Welfare Tutors work closely with other departments within the University and are able to provide practical support for students who are experiencing personal problems that interfere with academic work.

`Welfare matters' cover all extenuating circumstances of a non-academic nature that interfere with your academic work, for example, illness, bereavement, family crises or financial problems.

 Finance and funding 

Information on finance and funding is available from the Funding, Graduation and Awards office on financialsupport@bham.ac.uk or +44 (0)121 414 7391.

 

Guild Advice

Guild Advice is an independent, free, and confidential service for all students of the University of Birmingham. They specialise in five main areas: academic, employment, finance, housing, and immigration. You can access support via weekday drop-in service, an online enquiry service or from the website resources.

Council Tax

Information about council tax and council tax exemption for students

Funding for student parents and carers

At Birmingham, we promote a positive and supportive attitude towards students who face additional costs as a result of caring for dependants.

Funding for disabled students

At Birmingham, we promote a positive and supportive attitude towards students who face additional costs as a result of dealing with a disability.

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) can provide extra financial support if you are disabled or have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. They are available on top of the standard student finance package and don't have to be repaid.

 Jobs and careers

 Social and community

Postgraduate and Mature Students' Association (PGMSA)

The PGMSA is a student-lead organisation which works for the interests of mature and postgraduate students, and offers a welcoming, social environment. It hosts a regular and varied programme of events so there is plenty to get involved with. Membership is free for all postgraduate and mature students of the University of Birmingham.

Student Parents and Carers' Association

The Student Parents and Carers' Association is a student run group that offers support and advice to students who are also parents or carers. They work with the university to keep it at the leading edge of family friendly practice.

  1.  Welfare and housing 

Guild Advice

Guild Advice is an independent, free, and confidential service for all students of the University of Birmingham. They specialise in five main areas: academic, employment, finance, housing, and immigration. You can access support via weekday drop-in service, an online enquiry service, or from the website resources.

 

Birmingham International Academy (BIA)

The Birmingham International Academy (BIA) provides English courses for international students, providing English programmes for students preparing to study at the University of Birmingham in addition to English support for students who are already here.

Guild Lettings

The Guild of Students offers support to help you cope with the demands of University life in a variety of ways. Guild Lettings is the first point of call for students searching for private rented accommodation. We can offer practical advice to help you find the right house, charge no admin fees to students and only advertise high quality properties with MLAS accredited landlords.

International Student Advisory Services (ISAS)

The International Students Advisory Service (ISAS) provides support and advice for prospective and current international students at the University

LIVING (accommodation services)

Based in the University Centre, LIVING is designed to help you with all your accommodation needs during your time at University. Our team are on hand to assist with any queries or problems you may have regarding accommodation and the surrounding area in which you live. We advise on a range of issues such as landlord & neighbour issues and crime prevention. Any member of our team can also check your contract so pop in and see us, no appointment needed.

Mental health

For students with a mental health condition support is available from the Mental Health Advisory Service.

Postgraduate and Mature Students' Association (PGMSA)

The PGMSA is a student-lead organisation which works for the interests of mature and postgraduate students, and offers a welcoming, social environment. It hosts a regular and varied programme of events so there is plenty to get involved with. Membership is free for all postgraduate and mature students of the University of Birmingham.

Support for students with disabilities or learning difficulties

The University of Birmingham is an inclusive learning community. Whatever your disability or learning support needs, we’re here to help make sure you have everything you need take full advantage of the student university experience.

Student Parents and Carers' Association

The Student Parents and Carers' Association is a student run group that offers support and advice to students who are also parents or carers. They work with the university to keep it at the leading edge of family friendly practice.

Students with children

The University of Birmingham welcomes students with children and recognises it is an exciting and challenging experience being both a parent and a student. There is a lot of support available:

University Dental Practice

This is a general dental practice on Pritchatts Road, open to all members of the public, located just outside the campus of the University of Birmingham.

University Medical Practice

This is a long established group practice of doctors working from purpose built premises on the edge of campus in Edgbaston.

Welfare tutors

Welfare Tutors work closely with other departments within the University and are able to provide practical support for students who are experiencing personal problems that interfere with academic work. They are the first point of contact for any welfare issues, which include  extenuating circumstances of a non-academic nature that interfere with your academic work, for example, illness, bereavement, family crises or financial problems.