Information for visitors
If you are planning to visit me the following information might be relevant.
If you are arriving by plane the obvious airport is Birmingham International (BHX) but the city is also connected by convenient direct National Express coaches to Luton (LTN) and Heathrow (LHR). From Birmingham International take the train and follow the information below. From other airports take the coach and follow the instructions further below.
If you are arriving by train you will likely first reach the main city station called Birmingham New Street, from which there are frequent trains to the University, which has its own homonymous station. Trains usually leave from platforms 10 and 11. For live information click http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/service/ldbboard/dep/BHM/UNI/To.
The University Station has only one exit. As you exit turn left and you will see our building (click for full map):
Our building is behind the large metal statue of a sitting figure. It is marked Y(ellow)9 on the campus map. During normal business hours the building is open to the public, walk right it. My room is on the ground floor, right-hand side of the building at number UG35.
If you are arriving by car note that the campus has barriers. The visitors entrance is the East Gate, accessible from Edgbaston Park Rd. The GPS coordinates are 52.449821, -1.926534. Please let me know a few days in advance so I can arrange a parking permit for you. Note that if you arrive after 10am during term time finding a parking spot on campus can be a challenge.
If you are arriving by coach or by a train that stops to a different Birmingham station it's easiest to just walk to New Street Station and follow the directions from there.
The University is running its own bed-and-breakfast place which is conveniently located on campus. It is reasonably priced and decent quality. For more information check out Venue Birmingham or book on Booking.com.
If that is not available I suggest any hotel close to New Street Station, as it will give you easy access to city attractions and a quick train to the University.
The most convenient for lunches is the on-campus Staff House or the nearby University Centre, which has some fast food places. They are closed for dinner.
Otherwise, there are a number of restaurants and pubs on the nearby Bristol Rd, which is South of our building. Sundarbon (Indian) is decent, but most of them are quite basic.
For a more refined experience try Michelin-starred Turners or Simpsons in nearby Harborne or a very wide selection in city centre. Expect some good stuff, Birmingham was a few years ago named Britain's foodiest town!