Life at Birkbeck

At Birkbeck you can build your own university experience, with as little or as much support as you need.

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.

Libraries

  • 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.
    • Birkbeck Library: Housed across 5 floors of our main building overlooking Torrington Square, the library has 423 study places and provides a quiet, comfortable environment for study, while the website provides a gateway to a plethora of electronic resources, including e-books, over 100 databases and over 30,000 electronic journals.
    • Senate House Library: one of the UK’s largest arts and humanities libraries, containing internationally important collections, is situated right next door to Birkbeck. Our students can access the library for reference; borrowing depends on which department they are studying with.
    • Other University of London college and institute libraries: there are a number of specialist collections near Birkbeck. Our students can use many of these libraries for reference or, in some cases, borrowing.
    • Access scheme: our students are entitled to use many other libraries, both in London and throughout the UK. We are members of various access schemes
    • The British Library: our students can apply to use the British Library’s reading rooms at St Pancras, conveniently located 10 minutes’ walk away.
    • Other library resources

Other research resources

  • In addition to Birkbeck’s extensive range of seminars, lecture series and graduate activities, other nearby colleges and institutes run graduate and research seminars that Birkbeck students are generally welcome to attend. Birkbeck also has links with national cultural institutions, including the Tate, the Museum of London and the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
  • We are also located near many specialist centres of research, including the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine and the City of London Record Offices.

Social life

  • 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.

IT services

  • We offer comprehensive IT facilities, including workstations, a help desk, hands-on training, the Moodle online learning environment and assistive technologies for disabled students.

Nursery

  • 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.

Multi-faith room

  • Birkbeck has a multi-faith room which can be used by all for quiet reflection.

Student services

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.

Wellbeing Service

  • 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.