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Learn English in Birmingham

Welcome to English Path Birmingham! Our campus provides a friendly and comfortable space to learn English in Birmingham, at the heart of the UK's second largest, vibrant and exciting city. The campus is also close to the city's transport links, shopping, attractions and entertainment making it easy to explore during your breaks.

Capacity 500 students

Courses 16+

Campus timings: 9am – 5pm

Birmingham, UK

School overview

If you are looking to learn English in Birmingham, our campus is an ideal place for you. It is located just a 3-minute walk away from the Bullring & Grand Central shopping centre and Birmingham New Street railway station, which provides swift and easy access to the city centre. Our Birmingham campus offers a bright and modern environment where you can learn English in comfort. Additionally, there are numerous restaurants and coffee shops nearby where you can socialise with your classmates during breaks. Almost everything is within walking distance, so you can study English in Birmingham and explore the city.

Campus gallery

Why study at our Birmingham school?

Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK, with more canals than Venice! At English Path, we offer interesting and varied courses to help you improve your language skills. Here are some exciting reasons why you should choose to study with us.

  • Our campus is located in the heart of Birmingham City Centre.  
  • Learn English in a vibrant and diverse city with affordable living. 
  • Explore diverse cultures and a wide range of cuisines.  
  • We offer a social programme that includes weekend trips to interesting destinations such as Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle. 
  • Learn from the experienced English Path academic team. 

Birmingham

Birmingham

About

Birmingham is a lively and the second largest city in the UK with affordable living options. It boasts a wide range of restaurants offering cuisines from all around the world, as well as a variety of cultural events and festivals showcasing art, music, and dance all year round. At English Path, we offer a variety of affordable student accommodation options to suit your needs. You can choose to live with one of our carefully selected homestay and experience local life or opt for a student residence. Whatever your preference, we'll help you find a safe and comfortable place to stay. 

EP Birmingham accommodation factsheet

By choosing our homestay option, you can greatly boost your English learning experience. You will have the opportunity to live with our approved and verified English-speaking hosts. It will help you surround yourself with British culture and learn English in natural settings. This approach will enable you to learn new English words and improve your overall communication skills. 

To know more about our homestay options or make a reservation, contact us by clicking a button below.

Our student residences are the perfect choice if you are looking for accommodation that puts your needs first, where you can be surrounded by your peers, learn English and explore the city. In our student residences, you'll be sharing modern facilities with other students pursuing our English courses in Birmingham. With English Path, you can enjoy a university-style living experience. It can be your home away from home, where you will join a diverse community of nearly 600 students from all around the world. You will learn English in Birmingham by experiencing British culture and enjoying practical learning.  

To know more about our student residence options or make a reservation, contact us by clicking a button below.. 

Travel and transport

Travel and Transport

Local

To travel within Birmingham or from the airport, you can use the following different transport options.

Sunset Over the Sea

Taxi Service

Sunset Over the Sea

Bus

Sunset Over the Sea

Train

 

Sunset Over the Sea

Tram

Sunset Over the Sea

Students should arrive at Birmingham Airport. We request that you book your flights according to the starting date of your specific program. You must arrive on the Saturday or Sunday prior to your course start date. If you have booked a transfer service, a driver will meet you outside the customs area and drive you to your homestay or residence. Please ensure you arrange and pay the transfer fee in advance.

Our English courses

At English Path, we understand that learning English is important to reaching your personal and professional goals. That's why our team of experienced and qualified teachers has designed all our courses to provide you with the best learning experience. We have a number of English courses in Birmingham that can help you build your English language skills and achieve your goals, whether you're learning English to get ready for higher studies, get better career opportunities or just for travelling. We offer a range of English courses that meet all your learning needs, so you can choose the course that best suits your requirements. 

Nearby attractions

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Brindley Place Canals

Cannon Hill Park

Library of Birmingham

St Martins Cathedral

The Bullring

Address

Norfolk House 84-86 Smallbrook Queensway
Birmingham
B5 4EG

Contact

Email: info@englishpath.com

Phone: +44 759 841 4651

WhatsApp number: +44 759 723 2595  

Young Learner emergency number: +44 7506 644638 

Emergency Contact

Phone: +44 749 400 2815

Nearest transport links

  • 1 minute walk from Birmingham New Street Rail Station 

  • 1 minute walk from Bullring Shopping Centre 

  • 5 minutes' walk from Birmingham Moor Street Rail Station 

  • 10 minutes’ walk from Birmingham Coach Station 

  • Plenty of car parks and bike parking facilities in the area 

 

"Enrolling in English Path was one of the best decisions I've made to learn English. The variety of English courses they offer ensured that I could focus on the specific language skills I needed to improve. The experienced teachers are passionate and skilled, making the learning process engaging and interactive. I'm grateful to English Path for helping me enhance my language skills and boost my confidence."

Upcoming social activities

Explore our activities that can help you learn English in Birmingham. These activities are part of our English courses in Birmingham, and they offer an on-the-go learning experience to enhance your language skills. By participating in these social events and activities, you will be able to learn English in a more natural setting with your classmates. Our aim is to help you improve your language skills in an engaging and enjoyable way. 

City center walking tour

Bowling

Picnic in Cannon Hill Park

Trip to Coventry

Red-brick market

Visit to Stratford-upon-Avon

Visit to York's café

Other destinations

At English Path, we offer a range of university-style campuses across the globe. These campuses provide a great opportunity for you to learn English in a diverse and multicultural environment. Explore other English Path campuses and choose the one that suits your specific learning needs.

Why learn English in Birmingham?

Learning English in Birmingham, the second-largest city in the UK, can be an exciting experience. With its rich history, various cultures, and welcoming atmosphere, Birmingham can help you master the English language. The city has a great past, with landmarks like the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery that show centuries of history; you can improve your language skills by reading the historical plaques and engaging with locals. Birmingham’s history is visible in its people, streets and buildings, giving you many opportunities to learn and practice English.  

Birmingham is also home to one of our English Path campuses in the UK. You can enrol in our outstanding English courses in Birmingham to boost your language skills and achieve your goals. We offer both General English and Exam preparation and a wide range of elective courses at our Birmingham campus. Our excellent courses are designed to help you improve your English skills in a fun and exciting environment. Learn English in Birmingham with our team of English language professionals who are here to help you succeed. 

Frequently asked questions about EP Birmingham

1. How to book an English Path accommodation?

You can book your accommodation in 3 simple steps: 

Step 1: You can indicate your preferred type of accommodation (homestay, shared apartment or residence) on the application form during your application for a course. Our Student Services team will record the preferred choice of accommodation. 

Step 2: EP will be able to secure the accommodation option once the invoice has been paid. Our team will send you the accommodation confirmation with further details on the selected option. 

Step 3: You will need to confirm your arrival and send your flight details to our team, as soon as the flight is booked and no later than one week before the flight date. Our team will be able to book and confirm your accommodation and/or transfers and provide more details within the confirmation document. 

Here are some important things you need to know to make your arrival as smooth as possible. Use our checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything and are prepared for the exciting times ahead. 

(i) Checklist 

Here are a few important items that you should bring with you: 

  • Passport 
  • Acceptance letter 
  • Accommodation letter 
  • Proof of health/medical insurance 
  • A bit of cash and credit/debit cards/Apple or Google Pay 
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (depending on the season you come to Birmingham) 
  • Adaptor for electrical appliances 
  • Prescription medication and medical records 
  • Emergency information 

(ii) Pocket money 

Recommended weekly budget: £150 - 200. This should cover expenses, laundry, local travel and activities. You will need additional money if you want to take weekend trips. Bring £50 with you in cash and a debit or credit card (some shops and venues do not accept cash). You will need to check with your financial institution to make sure you will be able to withdraw money from a UK Cash Machine. Do not bring foreign currency. It is not wise to carry around large amounts of cash. 

(iii) Clothing 

Most students dress casually for classes, but you should bring nice clothes for going out and sportswear for sports and outdoor activities. The climate is changeable and may be different from your own. The typical temperature is 15-25°C in the summer and 1-10°C in the winter, although it can drop below freezing. Bring waterproof clothing if you’re arriving in the autumn or winter. 

(iv) Electrical current 

Standard voltage in the UK is 230 volts; remember to bring an adaptor with you or buy one when you arrive.  

We encourage you to join the school WhatsApp group. This is also where we will post notifications of any unexpected school closures: it is important you check this for any messages while you are attending the school, especially if there is severe weather in the area (e.g. snowstorm, flood, etc.). If the school cannot open or school opening will be delayed, we will post a message as soon as possible (the night before or in the morning) to advise you of this, along with information on how to get further updates and any alternate scheduling (if applicable).   

We also encourage you to follow the school’s Instagram account before you arrive and especially during your stay. This will give you an idea of what is happening at the school and help you connect with staff and students. Follow EP Birmingham! @englishpathschools

Arriving at the airport in a foreign country can be overwhelming. To better prepare yourself, make sure that you have read the information below about your arrival and how to get to your accommodation. If you get lost or confused upon arrival, don’t be afraid to ask the airport staff for help as they will be happy to give assistance. 

(i) If you have booked a transfer with us, in case of a service emergency, use the following details to contact us: 

If you have any flight changes, miss a connecting flight or need help meeting the transfer service, you should call the emergency number. Please be prepared to tell them your name, school name (English Path) and location. Students should only accept a transfer from a greeter with the official English Path signage. 

(ii) Be aware of the general living costs (sample prices for items in this city) 

  • Bottle of water: £1.10 
  • Coffee: £3 
  • Can of coke: £1.50 
  • Meal out for two: £40 
  • Takeaway pizza: £8 
  • Sandwich: £5 
  • Local bus ticket: £4.50 
  • Bike rental: £5 a day 
  • Cinema ticket: £10 

(iii) Understand the local customs 

  • Women in the UK are equal to men and should always be treated fairly. 
  • British people sometimes talk to strangers in public areas. This is a great way to practice English, but caution should be taken. You should not give out your address and telephone number or accept inappropriate invitations. 
  • “Please” and “thank you” are very important words! Always use them if you ask someone to do something for you, or if they help you or give you information. 
  • The UK is a culturally diverse nation where people of all ethnic backgrounds are treated equally. 

(iv) Health and safety come first 

  • Medical insurance: If you are studying in the UK for less than 6 months, you should take out private health insurance before coming to the UK. 
  • If you need to see a doctor, you may go to one of the walk-in centres. To find the walk-in centres nearby, you visit: clch.nhs.uk/services/walk-in-centres. 
  • If you get sick: If you get sick while in the UK, you should visit a doctor. To do this, you will need to register as a temporary patient, which we recommend you do at the start of your stay. You can ask the Student Services team or your host family where the nearest doctor is. If you have a minor illness, you can ask staff at a local pharmacist for advice. Remember to bring any relevant insurance or medical documentation with you. 
  • Protecting your belongings: We strongly recommend you take out insurance for your personal belongings, especially cameras, music players, mobile phones and laptops. Personal items cannot be covered by English Path homestay or residence insurance. 
  • Prescription medication: UK pharmacies will issue prescriptions from approved countries; however, we recommend that you bring prescriptions with you to avoid unexpected issues in obtaining medicines and the high costs issued to visitors to the UK. To check if your country is on the approved list (the UK, EEA or Switzerland) visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prescriptionsissued-in-the-eea-and-switzerland-guidancefor-pharmacists#eel-decline and research about your specific prescription. International customs agents may ask you questions about your medication upon your departure or arrival, so be sure to pack it carefully. Bring any important medical records (blood type, prescriptions, x-rays) that might be useful for medical care abroad, as well as contact information for your health care providers at home. 
  • Staying safe at school: If you or another student has an accident or needs urgent medical attention, please come to reception, where the First Aider is located. 
  • Fire safety: If you discover a fire, press the fire alarm button on the nearest alarm. Leave the building immediately via the fire exit. Make sure you tell a member of EP staff exactly what happened so they can call 999. If you hear the fire alarm, leave the building immediately. Do not run, use the lift or stop to collect your belongings. EP staff will guide you to the fire exit. Go to the assembly point. Follow any instructions given by a member of EP staff and do not go back into the building until you are told to do so by EP staff.  
  • Personal safety and looking after valuables: Birmingham is generally a safe place, but as with a lot of big cities, you should always be alert. Some tips are: Be alert when you are walking alone at night. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Do not leave your belongings unattended. In the UK, you do not need to always carry your identification card or passport with you; you can keep it at home and carry a picture of your ID on your phone or a photocopy in your bag. 

(v) Medical costs  

Medical costs in the UK vary depending on where you are from and the treatment needed. We recommend that you check your cover on the NHS website or at https://www.nhs.uk/nhsservices/visiting-or-moving-to-england/. 

(vi) Laws 

  • No one under the age of 18 in the UK may buy or consume tobacco or alcohol, including beer and wine. If you are under 18, it’s against the law for someone to sell you alcohol, to buy or try to buy alcohol, and for an adult to try to buy alcohol for you.  
  • For drivers, you must drive on the left-hand side, observe all speed limits and signs, give way to emergency vehicles, obey all directions given by police, stop at red traffic lights, and must wear a seatbelt.  
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol is a very serious crime and police make regular random checks.  
  • You will need international ID to enter bars, clubs or pubs (e.g. Passport, ID card, driving license). 
  • Buying, selling and using drugs is illegal. 

(vii) Student code of conduct 

  • You must attend all classes. If you do not attend your classes, your representative will be informed. If you do not then improve your attendance, you may not be able to continue your course. 85% attendance is needed to be able to receive a certificate of completion. 
  • Be on time for all your lessons. 
  • Always tell English Path if you are going to be absent from school for any reason and tell your host family if you are going away overnight. 
  • If you commit a criminal offence or have to be severely disciplined, you will be sent home. We will also inform the immigration authorities. 
  • Be respectful, polite and open to different cultures. 

(viii) Open a bank account 

  • The Main banks in the UK are HSBC, Barclays, Natwest, Nationwide and Santander. To open a bank account, the following documents may be needed:  
  1. - Passport or EU ID 
  2. - A valid visa 
  3. - A school letter 
  • You can get the school letter from Student Services to take to the bank. For online banks, you may open your account online without a letter from us. 

Call 999 in case of fire, a medical emergency or if you need the police. 

You can use the following modes of transport to reach the centre from the airport: 

Birmingham Airport 

Mode 

Line or number 

Cost 

Duration (to the centre) 

Bus 

X1, X2 

£2.00 – Single Ticket 

£4.50 – Unlimited day travel 

40 minutes 

Airport train 

Birmingham International 

to Birmingham New Street 

£3.00 – Single Ticket 

10 minutes 

  • If you choose to book an airport transfer, your flight details should be sent to us 4 weeks in advance to ensure we will be able to provide you with an airport transfer. 
  • A driver will meet you after you come through the customs area and drive you to your accommodation. 

*Students under 18 years old must book homestay breakfast and dinner & return airport transfers. 

On your first day at English Path School: 

  • Induction starts at 08:45 am. 
  • This includes a placement test, induction presentations about the school and academic programmes and school rules. 
  • A tour of the local area after the classes in the afternoon. 
  • Classes begin at 11:00 am. 
  • On your first day, you are expected to bring your passport, enrolment letter and VISA (if required).