Groups St Andrews 2017 in Birmingham

Travel Information

The conference itself takes place in the Mathematics and Physics Buildings on the Edgbaston Campus. The Maths Building goes under the name the Watson Building and the Physics Building is named after Poynting. The Watson building is Building R15 and Poynting is R13. Invited speakers are staying in Lucas House which is in the University Conference Park and is G16 on the map.

Campus Map

Jarratt Hall is on Dale Road close to the A38 road about a 6-minute walk from the Watson building. Chamberlain Hall is off Edgbaston Park Road on the B4217 and is about a 23-minute walk from the Watson Building.

By Air

From Birmingham International Airport you can take a taxi directly to the University, which costs about £35. Alternatively, take the free Air-Rail link from the Airport terminal building to the Birmingham International Railway Station. From there, take a train to Birmingham New Street and change for a train to Birmingham University as described below. This costs £4.20.

From Heathrow Airport you can take a direct National Express Coach to the Birmingham Coach Station. For more information on arriving in Birmingham via coach see below.

By Train

The main Birmingham station is Birmingham New Street, where there are several trains each connecting Birmingham to London, the Midlands and the north.

Alternatively, there are trains connecting London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street (which is 5 minute walk from Birmingham New Street).

For timetables and ticket reservations, please visit the National Rail Enquiries website.

From Birmingham New Street one needs to take another train to come to the University of Birmingham. Most of the trains that stop at Birmingham University are the London Midland trains to Redditch or Longbridge (they usually depart from platform 12B at the Birmingham New Street Station).

By Coach

The Birmingham Coach Station is located in the city centre. There is regular service to central London and London airports. The coach station is 15 minute walk from Birmingham New Street where you can take the train directly to the University as above.

By Bus

Numbers 61, 63, X64 and 98 travel from the city centre to the Edgbaston campus. The 61 and 63 stop close to Jarratt. The X64 and 98 stops close to Lucas House, and the Vale (Chamberlian). An App for your phone can be downloaded here.

By Taxi

A taxi from the Birmingham International Airport to the University costs about £35 and a taxi from the city centre less than £10.

By Car

Approaching from the north west or south east along the M6:

  • Leave at Junction 6 (signposted Birmingham Central) to join the A38(M).
  • At the end of the motorway, keep to the right, go over a flyover, then through some underpasses to join the A38 Bristol Road.
  • The University is on your right, two and a half miles from the city centre.

Approaching from the M42 north:

  • Leave at Junction 8 to join the M6 northbound and follow the instructions above.

Approaching from the south west:

  • Leave the M5 at Junction 4 signposted Birmingham SW) to join the A38.
  • The University is approximately eight miles from the motorway.

Approaching from the M40:

  • It is easier to turn south on the M42 and leave at Junction 1, heading north on the A38 Bristol Road.
  • The University is approximately eight miles from the motorway.


There are no parking facilities at Jarratt Hall. Though there are some inexpensive pay and display bays.

Lucas House has free parking.

Parking at Chamberlain Hall: permits will be needed and you should contact Chris Parker.

The day parking rate is described here.

Acknowledgment: This document has been plagiarised from various sources at the University of Birmingham. If you wish to consult such a source, one is available here.