Student Groups


Guild mermaid

Student groups are a way to get to meet new people outside of your academic cohort who also have the same interests as you. There are over 500 student groups, and if you can’t find a group to match your interests, you can also start your own. The Guild has over 250 societies, community volunteering groups and associations.

Find out more about student groups.


Each year the University of Birmingham Music Society provides music-making opportunities for students through a number of ensembles and projects for choirs, orchestras, instrumental ensembles, jazz groups and those wishing to explore music creatively. 

University of Birmingham Music Society.


Sport and physical activities


Student playing hockey

Join a sports club at UB Sport, with 55 clubs to choose from, there is a sport for everyone from beginner to competitive level. See what sports club are available at UB Sport

UB Sport also offer drop-in sessions and 10 week courses for a variety of sports, the chance for you to get a taster of a sports before committing.  See what's available through the "try a sprot" scheme.

BUAC Cool running clubs offer Running sessions for people of all abilities and interests.   

Get involved and help with coaching, events, open days and much more with sport volunteering.  Get involved with sports volunteering.  




Student worker bham tour

There are many ways you can get involved with volunteering, including through the Guild of Students, a local charity, the PASS (Peer assisted study scheme) scheme with the Library, or with Winterbourne House and Gardens on campus. Many volunteering opportunities can provide valuable work experience and enhance your CV. 

Gain work experience and help great causes through Guild Volunteering

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Support other students with their learning with PASS (Peer assisted study sessions)

Help run performances at the University such as music performances and large concerts.  

Get involved and support one of our on-campus attractions at Winterbourne house and gardens. 


Internships, jobs and work experience


Student helping at open day

Find out about the latest job opportunities available on campus through Worklink. Find part-time work on campus.

Find part-time jobs at the Guild of Students, and vacation work across the UK with Guild jobs

Browse internships and work experience advertised by the Careers Network


Awards and competitions


UA awards

The Vice-Chancellor’s Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to work on a topic that excites you. As part of a team, you will develop your own unique solution to a real-world issue and gain invaluable experience and skills.

Tackle a 'real-world' challenge (first year undergraduates only) with the Birmingham project

Birmingham Global offer a number of Scholarships each year to assist PhD students in travelling to our U21 partners, so that they can further their research and make new connections. Birmingham U21 PHD scholarships. 

Enter the largest international academic awards programme, the Undergraduate awards.   

Take part in the University's employability programme, The Birmingham Awards (formerly The Personal Skills Award).


Study Abroad


World map

The study abroad programme is a great opportunity those students who would like to experience what it is like studying at an University in a different country. Discover what study abroad opportunities are available to you.