BAM2019 - Travel Information

The Aston University campus is located on a green 60 acre, self contained site in the centre of Birmingham, within 5-10 minutes walk of the main shopping, business and entertainment areas of the city. 

Please read details below on how to travel to Aston University.

Travelling by Train:

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.

Walking to campus from Birmingham New Street Station   

  1. 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).
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. 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).
     
  4. 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

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

 

Arriving at Birmingham International airport

Birmingham International Airport has flights within the UK and across Europe, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and North America. 

It is easy to get from Birmingham International Airport to Aston University. A free shuttle service runs between Birmingham International airport and the Birmingham International train station. Several trains an hour run from Birmingham International train station directly to New Street Station and take less than 10 minutes. 

Alternatively, the airport is approximately 20 minutes away by car or taxi.

In preparation for International Orientation week in September, the University runs a short Meet & Greet service from Birmingham International airport, for new international students arriving to study at Aston. 

Arriving at other UK airports

Aston University’s central location in Birmingham means it is well connected by the coach and rail networks linking various parts of the UK. 

For passengers arriving at London Heathrow airport, the simplest means of transport is a coach.

 

From whichever direction you are approaching Birmingham, Aston University is best reached from the M6 motorway and A38M (not the M6 Toll, which bypasses the city). Our road map (PDF) shows the Birmingham city centre road system around campus.

Our main generic address is Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET

From M6, Junction 6 (Aston Expressway) – 3 miles

Follow signs to City centre, on the A38(M). After the first exit follow signs for Ring Road and Convention centre. You immediately come to Dartmouth Circus Roundabout. Take the first exit (Dartmouth Middleway, A4540). At the next roundabout, take the third exit on to Jennens Road. Turn left on to Howe Street. The entrance to the Birmingham City Council multi-storey car park is straight ahead.  

From M5, Junction 3 (Hagley Road) – 9 miles

Follow A456 into Birmingham for approximately 6 miles, through the tunnel at Five Ways, onto Broad Street.  Follow signs for A38 (Aston Expressway) onto Great Charles Street Queensway.  Proceed under the tunnel at St Chad’s Queensway.  Turn left on to Jennens Road (east). At the roundabout take the forth exit on to Jennens road (west). Turn left on to Howe Street. The entrance to the Birmingham City Council multi-storey car park is straight ahead.  

From M42, Junction 6 (Coventry Road) – 11 miles

Follow A45 City Centre approximately for 7 miles.  You will then reach a large traffic roundabout (Bordesley Circus). Follow signs for M6 into Watery Lane Middleway. Continue to follow signs for the M6 through the first traffic island and second traffic island. At the next island, take the first exit on to Jennens Road. Turn left on to Howe Street. The entrance to the Birmingham City Council multi-storey car park is straight ahead.  

Travelling to Aston University by Coach or Bus

By coach

Coach services, including motorway services to London, operate from Digbeth coach station, which is a short taxi ride or 20 minutes' walk from the campus through the city centre.

To plan your journey visit http://www.nationalexpress.co.uk/ or call National Express enquiries: +44(0)990 80 80 80

Remember, if you are aged 16 to 26 you are eligible for a Young Person's Coachcard, which can save you up to 30% off travel costs.

By bus 

Because of our central Birmingham location many bus routes pass close to the Aston University campus.

To plan your journey, visit the Travel West Midlands website