Birmingham New Street Station is the nearest main-line station to Aston University, a short, flat 10-15 minutes walk away through the main shopping areas of the city along Corporation Street. The station has direct lines to most parts of the UK and many local services.
Some regional and national services arrive at Birmingham Snow Hill and Moor Street stations, which are a short ten minute walk from campus. View an interactive map of the route from Snow Hill station to Aston University. Please check your timetable to ensure you know which station you are arriving at.
Visit http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ to plan your train journey, or call National Rail Enquires on +44(0)845 484 950.
Don’t forget that if you’re 26 or under, or a full time student, you’re eligible for a Young Person’s Rail Card, which can save you up to a third on train fares.
Walking to campus from Birmingham New Street Station
- Exit New Street Station at the new "New Street Exit." Turn right along Stephenson Street, then left into Stephenson Place following signs to the City Centre. Cross New Street on to Corporation Street (you will see a Lloyds Bank and an Urban Outfitter on the left hand side once you have crossed New Street).
- Follow Corporation Street for half a mile to the Aston University campus. You will pass a large House of Fraser department store on your left. Keep walking along Corporation Street (over any pedestrian crossings). After walking past the Square Peg pub (on the left), you will cross a large traffic roundabout (Old Square) and will see a Tesco Metro on your right. This road is the continuation of Corporation Street. Keep walking.
- You will see a Pizza Express on the right and will pass the Victorian red brick Law Courts on your left. When you reach STA Travel (on the right hand corner) at the bottom of the road you should turn right into Ryder Street and walk to the pelican crossings over the dual carriageway (James Watt Queensway).
- After crossing the dual carriageway, follow the signs into the Aston University campus, walk past the Lakeside Residences and then continue following the path (the lake will be on your right hand side) and the signs until you reach the Main Building with its large clock and its distinctive red and blue sky lifts. The Main Reception is within this building.
Some regional and national services arrive at Birmingham Snow Hill and/or Birmingham Moor Street stations (including direct trains from London Marylebone) – please check your timetable. The Midland Metro Tram service from Wolverhampton and North West Birmingham also terminates at Snow Hill station.
Taxis (London-style black cabs seating 5) can be hired from the taxi rank at New Street Station and cost around £5 to the University. There is also a taxi rank on campus (on Aston Street by the mini roundabout) to get back to the station.
Train journey times from Birmingham to major UK cities
| Bristol || 1 hour 30 minutes |
| Cardiff || 2 hours |
| Edinburgh || 4 hours 15 minutes |
| Leicester || 50 minutes |
| London || 1 hour 30 minutes |
| Manchester || 1 hour 35 minutes |
| Newcastle || 3 hours 20 minutes |
| Nottingham || 1 hour 15 minutes |
| Oxford || 1 hour 14 minutes |
| Plymouth || 3 hours 5 minutes |
| Southampton || 2 hours 45 minutes |
As a first time or returning visitor to Aston University you might notice a few changes to our city centre campus. Major campus developments and investments from 2010-14 in student accommodation, sports, research and academic facilities