10 reasons you should choose Aston University

Top 10 Reasons to choose Aston

1. Employable graduates.

For the last 20 years, Aston has featured in the top 10 of all UK universities for graduate employability.

It’s tough getting into your ideal career, but a degree from Aston will put you ahead of the competition. Your degree is tailored to your specific sector, with input from top employers, key figures in industry and leading academics. We invite employers from all over the world to meet you on campus; The Times Top 100 employers, including PwC, IBM and GlaxoSmithKline will be literally on your doorstep.

INFOGRAPHIC: Graduate employability at Aston - facts and figures

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2. Record student satisfaction.

Student satisfaction at Aston is at an all-time high, scoring 89% in the 2013 National Student Survey.

When our students ask, we act. Last year we launched our student app myAston, giving you access to learning and teaching resources, keeping you up-to-date with events on campus and even the ability to check when your laundry is done! Have a look at some of the other things we’ve done for our students over the last year - Click "Zoom" to open gallery.

3. A tradition of excellence.

Aston has been a university for almost 50 years and was among the first institutions to award degrees tailored for business and industry.

Starting out as the Birmingham Municipal Technical School in 1895, we've been around long enough to know a thing or two about how to make your course relevant for your chosen profession. Studying at Aston, you shall meet some of the world’s most inspirational teachers, who are keen to share years of industry experience, contacts and expertise.

4. Brand new accommodation.

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Aston Student Villages are newly built, on campus, student halls within minutes of your lecture theatre. If that wasn't enough, we offer highly competitive rates.

Set in the green space of Aston University campus, you will have a choice of stylish student flats in the heart of Birmingham. All of our accommodation is en-suite, has free high-speed internet and is only 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of town.

5. A compact and friendly campus in the heart of a major city.

Aston offers the best of both worlds: being right in centre of vibrant city, but with green space and a friendly atmosphere.

Even though we’re a city centre university, our teaching spaces aren’t spread out across town. By living on campus, you’ll never have the stress of rushing to a lecture on the other side of the city and only ever have a short walk home. Check out what Aston students say about #astonunilife.

6. City Living.

By choosing Aston, you are choosing to live in one of the world’s youngest and most vibrant cities, Birmingham.

Birmingham offers cosmopolitan student living with a fantastic range of entertainment, nightlife and culture on your doorstep. Drop into one of the UK’s top shopping centres, the Bull Ring, before heading out for theatres or a great night out in the city’s clubbing district, Broad Street. Birmingham is also one of the most affordable places to live in the UK, giving unrivalled value for money when exploring cultural attractions.

7. Professional placement years.

Did you know… Aston was a pioneer in the development of the student placement year concept.

As the number of graduates increase, it is becoming increasingly difficult for employers to distinguish between candidates. This is where your professional placement year with Aston comes into play. While most of your competition will be fresh out of university with no work experience, you will already have a year's worth of experience under your belt.

Aston has consistently provided confident, commercially aware and enthusiastic placement students.
Alexandra Sinton, Logica CGI

8. We’re the university for student enterprise.

Aston Enterprise supports students and graduates with start-up costs, networks and advice for their business ventures.

If you want to work for yourself or take your business to the next level, the team at Aston Enterprise are ready to make it happen. It is possible to integrate your professional placement year with your enterprising project, so you can bring your idea to life as part of your degree and immerse yourself fully in what you love while at Aston.

9. Learn a language for free alongside your degree.

We live and work in a global economy. Learn Arabic, German, Spanish, Japanese, French, Chinese or Portuguese for free and gain a greater understanding of international culture and markets.

For a chance to work for some of the world’s biggest international employers, it is vital that graduates possess good language skills. While learning a language at Aston, you will also gain a better understanding of other cultures, which will only benefit your employability and how you handle yourself professionally.

10. You.

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Student 100 Anisa Haghdadi

Aston University’s success is due to the exceptional individuals that choose to study here.

Our Student 100 campaign celebrates the success of Aston students and graduates. By choosing Aston, you will be part of a community of inspirational people, who will spur on your studies and help you achieve your potential. Whether your aspiration is related to engineering, health, business or the social sciences, you can be sure that an education at Aston will help you deliver.

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research