FAQs about Aston University and Birmingham

Where is Aston University?

We’re a campus University based in the centre of Birmingham, which was recently named one of the top 10 cities in the world by Rough Guides. Our campus is less than a 10 minutes walk from the city's main social, shopping and leisure attractions. All of our accommodation is on campus and minutes’ walk from sports facilities, the Students’ Union and teaching spaces. 

How many students are at Aston, where do they come from and what is the male/female ratio? 

There are 8,000 undergraduate students and around 2,000 postgraduate students at Aston. The male/female ratio is 50-50 and we have 127 different nationalities from all over the UK and beyond.

Am I guaranteed Accommodation in my first year if I want it? 

The first year accommodation guarantee is for those students who apply to us through UCAS and choose Aston as their CF (firm choice) and reply to us confirming that they want accommodation by July/August. Students who choose us as CI (insurance) or come to Aston through Clearing are not guaranteed a place on campus although we endeavour to accommodate them each year and we offer extensive support in finding alternatives. Please visit www.aston.ac.uk/accommodation for full details of the guarantee.

What is the accommodation like, how much does it cost? 

All of our student residences are self catered, although catering packages are available for students who wish to purchase meal plans on a termly basis. All rooms are en-suite and grouped into flats of between 5 and 10 students who share a kitchen. Common Rooms and TV lounges are also located around campus and there are launderettes in each residence block. Accommodation (for 2015-16) costs between £119 - £161. Prices include heating, lighting, internet access and cleaning of the communal kitchens. For further information on accommodation, please visit  www.aston.ac.uk/accommodation. 

What happens with accommodation in my second and third year? 

Private rented accommodation in shared student homes is readily available and is a popular choice for our 2nd and 3rd year students. Help in finding places is given by the University Accommodation Office and the Advice and Representation Centre. This assistance includes an approved landlord and housing list, strict guidelines on contracts and regulations. 

What if I want to live at home with my parents/family when studying at Aston University?

Many of our students from the local West Midlands area choose to live at home and there are a number of good reasons for making this choice as you are still able to get involved in University life. 

Is Aston University and Birmingham a safe place to live and study?  

The everyday experience of students and staff at the University is of a friendly, safe community campus. Crime is low on campus and in the areas of Birmingham where our students live and socialise. The University campus is patrolled by a team of well trained, friendly staff and we have extensive CCTV coverage. We also have excellent relations with the local West Midlands Police, with two Officers assigned to our campus to offer students and staff another friendly face and advice on crime prevention and personal awareness.

Is Aston University an "old" or "new" University and where does it fit into the history of UK Universities?  

Aston is an "old", research intensive university, but we are not part of the Russell Group Universities. Founded in 1895 and a University since 1956, Aston University pioneered the Professional Placement Programme and was one of the first UK Universities to offer degrees in areas such as business, management, computing, human psychology, pharmacy, optometry, applied engineering, translation and European studies. So, while we are an old University we are not stuck in the past or prone to resting on our laurels and have always tried to do things differently. This ethos is partly why our reputation for graduate employment success, friendliness and world class, relevant academic education is so strong.

What are the sports facilities like?

We have excellent sports and recreation facilities here at Aston University. We have a large sports centre on campus including a 25m swimming pool, all-weather floodlit pitch, two large sports halls for a massive range of indoor sports, squash courts and a brand new Cybex Fitness Centre and Gym with over £250,000 worth of equipment for keeping fit, healthy and toned. We also run lots of fitness classes and outdoor sports are catered for at the Aston University Recreation Centre, a 45 acre facility 5 miles from campus. For further information please visit, www.aston.ac.uk/sport

What’s the social life like at Aston University and in Birmingham? 

Being a campus University in the centre of Birmingham (one of Europe’s friendliest and liveliest cities) our students have the best of both words – a friendly, close knit campus atmosphere with all the advantages of a vibrant city across the road! We are also a relatively small University with around 10,000 students. This means you don’t feel overwhelmed when you come here. Its easy to make friends and you’re sure to bump into them all the time around campus.

What if I’m ill or need help in other ways?

We are really proud of our student support services here at Aston University. For example, the University has a Health Centre and Doctors’ Surgery and there are Nurses available at all times. The Centre is fully geared up to students needs too and all students are encouraged to register on arrival at the University. There is also a Dental Surgery and Opticians’ on campus and the nearest Pharmacy is 10 minutes walk away in Birmingham City Centre.For further information about Student Support and Welfare Services, please visit www.aston.ac.uk/current-students/hub