Birmingham Accommodation Guide

One essential thing you must ensure you have arranged prior to your studies at Screen and Film School Birmingham is your accommodation. Your living arrangement can be an important factor in your success as a student.

We do not have halls of residence at Screen and Film School Birmingham, which means you must find housing privately, but we have various resources available to help with every step of the process.

Birmingham hosts various possibilities for accommodation such as flats, shared houses, and private halls. However, as Birmingham is a university city there is a heavy demand for student accommodation. We advise you to look as early as possible to find a place that suits your needs.

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Some of our students share privately rented houses throughout their time with Screen and Film School Birmingham to fully immerse themselves in the film school experience. Our friendly Admissions team will help you find the right housemates and advise you on trusted landlord and estate agents you can rent from.

You could also find a number of existing house shares in Birmingham where you could join an established group of people. These can be found on the following websites:

Finding housemates

Facebook is a good way to link up with people who are already at Screen and Film School or who are starting at the same time as you. Some students set up groups prior to starting Screen and Film School in order to find housemates. Using this facility is a great way to post in formation about yourself, the type of housing you are looking for and any rooms that you or others may know of which are available for rent.

It’s the perfect place for students to acquaint themselves with their fellow course friends and find appropriate housemates. Look for group names such as ‘Screen and Film School Birmingham Students’.


Unite Students has 13 student halls available in Birmingham; Athena Studios, Staniforth House, Jennens Court and Staniforth House. Prices starts from £99 per week. Each room comes with a bathroom and either a personal or shared kitchen. The residences are close to SFS Birmingham.


My Student Halls has 23 properties on its listings ranging from £185 to £220 per week. They offer great value student housing with a wide range of studio and en-suite rooms available. The residences are close to SFS Birmingham.


CRM opened on Bristol Street in September 2013, which provides some of Birmingham’s most exclusive student accommodation. Located with easy access to the city centre and SFS Birmingham. Each room comes with an en-suite,
parking and on-site laundry. With prices starting from £99 per week its real value for money.


The exclusive Onyx building combines both; apartments with either en-suite bedrooms or rooms sharing a bathroom.

A wide variety of accommodation is available for people on all budgets, with rooms from £145 per week. Also, only a short bus ride away from SFS Birmingham and the bustling city centre.

Please note that Halls of Residences are managed independently by the companies and not Screen and Film School. It is your responsibility to manage your accommodation whilst a student at the film school and all contracts signed, agreed and adhered to are between you and the student housing company. This represents one option for your accommodation whilst you study with us but we would also advise that you investigate the private rental market which is buoyant in the local area and decide which is the best option for you. 


  • We recommend viewing a property at least twice. You’ll be more likely to notice problems the second time around
  • Take someone with you or let someone else know exactly where you are when you visit a property, just to err on the side of caution
  • It’s also a good idea to visit the area at night. If you do this, please ensure you stick to the point above and take someone with you
  • Make sure you and all your other housemates view the property. Don’t take someone else’s word that the property is right for you
  • Compare a range of different landlords and properties
  • Take your time and don’t let landlords pressure you – there is a surplus of good properties in the area and you will find somewhere you like
  • When you go to view, take notes and photos and use our checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything.
  • Get informed – knowing your rights will help you view properties more critically and put you in a stronger negotiating position

Screen and Film School Birmingham is located in a central position

There is an abundance of student accommodation within a fairly short distance of the building, and plenty of house and flat shares run by private landlords in other popular student areas.

Please take into consideration the cost of travelling and the time it takes to get to the Institute from where you choose to live.

The following areas in particular are a good place to look for shared student accommodation:

  • Birmingham City Centre
  • Selly Oak
  • Moseley and Kingsheath
  • Edgbaston

Birmingham is well connected through public transport services; frequent buses that run all through the night, rail and cycle lanes make it easy to get around.

Please note there are no parking facilities available at Screen and Film School Birmingham.

Any questions?

For any questions regarding student accommodation or if you’d like more information on how to apply to Screen and Film School, please contact our Admissions Team on 01273 602070 or email [email protected].


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