Students can take advantage of a wide variety of support services, including application advice, personal tours, orientation events, visa advising, learning support and skills training, English language support, library, Computing and IT, Students’ Union, accommodation, Careers, Counselling, Finance, Health, Volunteering and Wellbeing services.
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.
International students are guaranteed space in University of London Halls of Residence if they apply before June. Other accommodation options include private student housing and flat-shares.
The Library is housed across 5 floors of our main Birkbeck building overlooking Torrington Square. The library website provides a gateway to almost 25,000 electronic journals, e-books and databases.
Birkbeck eLibrary provides access to:
- BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online
- past exam papers
- Image Collections
- referencing software.
We have a full range of computing facilities to support you in your academic work, including:
- high-speed connectivity to the internet
- purpose-built computer classrooms (at least 1 is open 24 hours a day)
- a wide range of general software applications as well as specialist academic packages
- Wi-Fi network to connect your laptop, tablet or smartphone to the Birkbeck network.
Birkbeck subscribes to the Gower Street Practice, and all students may use the health centre there. Students living in central London can register with the doctors for full NHS General Practitioner services, but other students can also benefit from some of their services.
The Gower Street Practice offers psychotherapy and cognitive behavior therapy, and is experienced in helping students.
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
The University of London has high-quality facilities for most sports and currently has over 4000 students regularly competing in intercollegiate sports leagues across London.
Right next door to Birkbeck at Student Central, you can use the Energybase’s 60-station gymnasium and 33-metre swimming pool or join some of the 50 fitness classes held every week.
If you are more of a spectator, in London you can visit some of the most iconic sporting arenas in the world such as Wembley Stadium, Wimbledon tennis club, Lord’s Cricket Ground or Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, among the famous footballing homes in London.
Birkbeck Students’ Union promotes welfare issues, represents students’ interests on College committees and provides social activities via events and societies. All students are automatically members, although you can opt out if you wish.
Facilities and services include student representation and advocacy, a student bar with regular entertainments, clubs and societies, a shop selling light snacks and drinks, stationery and Birkbeck-branded items.In addition, the University of London (ULU) is right next door to Birkbeck’s main building and students can access ULU’s excellent sports and social facilities, including a large indoor swimming pool.