Life at Birkbeck
At Birkbeck you can build your own university experience, with as little or as much support as you need.
Just because you’re studying in the evening, doesn’t mean you won’t get the full wrap-around experience of life at a vibrant city university.
We will be with you every step of the way, offering academic support and pastoral guidance whenever you need it.
The combination of evening study and a city-centre location offer you exceptional opportunities. Our main campus is next to other universities, surrounded by world-famous museums and galleries, in the heart of corporate and governmental London and just a few minutes’ stroll from London’s famous West End.
Campus and facilities
Two London campuses
- Our main campus in Bloomsbury, WC1, is a lively student-centred area that’s home to a number of other universities and colleges of the University of London, including University College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Across the city in east London, we offer courses at University Square in Stratford, ideal if you live and work in that part of London.
- Both campuses offer all the facilities you need and are well-served by public transport, making it easy to get to and from college.
- There are several options for you to choose from when it comes to where you would like to live while you are studying at Birkbeck.
- While the majority of our students decide to live in private accommodation, we also have places available in University of London intercollegiate halls and an agreement with UNITE, a specialist provider of student accommodation, which entitles full-time Birkbeck students to apply for places within their halls of residence.
- Right next door to Birkbeck’s main campus, is Student Central (formerly the University of London Union). You will have automatic access to its excellent sports facilities, societies, music venues, bars and cafes. We have got our own Students' Union too, which promotes welfare issues, represents students’ interests, runs clubs, societies and social activities.
- Birkbeck has a range of cafes, coffee shops and a bar, and is home to the weekly Bloomsbury Farmers’ Market. We also have our own award-winning cinema at 43 Gordon Square, which hosts regular free film screenings.
Teaching spaces and libraries
- Birkbeck’s teaching spaces, facilities, specialist laboratories and equipment help you get the most from your time with us. While most of our teaching takes place on Birkbeck premises, we take full advantage of the University of London’s city-centre network of rooms.
- Our richly resourced library is spread across five floors of the main Birkbeck building in central London. We are situated in one of the world’s greatest concentrations of libraries – including the British Library and Senate House Library – many of which Birkbeck students can access. In Stratford, our students also have access to the University of East London library.
- We offer comprehensive IT facilities, including workstations, a help desk, hands-on training, the Moodle online learning environment and assistive technologies for disabled students.
- Our nursery is open from 5.30pm to 9pm, Monday to Friday (term-time), is staffed by qualified nursery staff and welcomes children aged 2-6 years.
- Birkbeck has a multi-faith room which can be used by all for quiet reflection.
Our student services teams and facilities are here to support you throughout your journey at Birkbeck.
My Birkbeck Student Advice Centre for advice and information
- The My Birkbeck Student Advice Centre team can help you with applying, enrolling and studying at Birkbeck and can refer you to specialist advisers for in-depth professional support. We also have self-service terminals to access the information you need.
- The Student Advice Centre is in the main Birkbeck building (WC1E 7HX) is open at convenient times (check their opening hours).
- You can call the centre on 020 7631 6316 or send us a message.
- Our Wellbeing service provides specialist support for students:
- The Counselling Service helps students who are experiencing emotional difficulties which may be impacting on their studies or overall experience at Birkbeck. We offer short-term, confidential and professional counselling to all registered students..
- The Mental Health Service provides support and specialist advice to students with any mental health conditions which may impact upon their ability to study, including: anxiety disorders and phobias; mood disorders (e.g. depression and bipolar); eating disorders (e.g. anorexia and bulimia); personality disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder; schizophrenia.
- The Disability and Dyslexia Service aims to provide all of our students with a study environment that enables them to participate fully in our courses.
You will be supported throughout your studies by tutors within your department or school. In addition, our on-campus and online academic support programmes help you maximise your educational achievements.
- Moodle, our online learning environment, allows you to view course materials and learning resources or chat with your lecturer and other students about classes and topics. If you miss a class, you can access material and join the discussion online. You may also be able to watch videos of your lectures.
- Learning support and study skill packages form part of many programmes and there are learning support officers in all our Schools who coordinate academic support.
English language and academic writing
- We run English language and academic writing courses for undergraduate students. For example, our intensive Pre-Sessional English for Academic Purposes course (3-4 weeks before the start of term) prepares you for your chosen area of study by focusing on the specific academic English skills needed for the types of assignments you will do.
- We offer face-to-face and online support to help improve your study skills. Free online materials and interactive tutorials can be used your own pace before and during your course.