Outstanding facilities

Students studying in the Information Commons

We invest millions to create the right environment for you. That means the best equipment and facilities – and the freedom to do things your own way.

Information CommonsInformation Commons

The IC combines library facilities with study spaces and IT resources. It's open 24-7, has full wireless access, over 500 PCs and a 70-seat cafe. And with over 100,000 of the most in-demand books, you won't be short of inspiration.

Our Information Commons


As well as the 24-hour IC, we have two other library sites on campus: Western Bank Library and the Health Sciences Library. They all offer something different. Together, it means access to 1.4 million books and journals and over 2,200 study spaces. And with your own online account, you can explore our online resources from wherever you are. To make life that bit easier, our library sites extend their opening hours when you need them most.

The University library

Outstanding library services

Our library services were placed joint first out of 122 institutions​​ nationally in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017. In the National Student Survey 2016 our library services had a high satisfaction rate of 92 per cent.

Refurbished Students' Union buildingA growing community

We're investing in the buildings on our campus to make sure you'll have access to the best facilities.

Our award-winning Students' Union recently had a £5 million renovation and we've now refurbished the neighbouring building to create a combined space with top–class services and facilities for staff, students and visitors.

Our Students' Union

Our Management School has moved into a redesigned and refurbished 21st-century research and learning environment. And we have two new major buildings with flexible study facilities: the £21 million Pam Liversidge Building for engineering and The Diamond.

24-hour study facilities at The Diamond

The Diamond, our largest-ever investment in teaching and learning, has over 1,000 study spaces, nine lecture theatres, specialist engineering facilities and a library.

It's open 24-7.

Students on laptopGetting online

We'll give you an email account, secure file storage and free access to the internet and software applications across the campus. Take your pick from over 34 computer rooms and 1,300 PCs. Or tap into our extensive wireless network with your own laptop, netbook or smartphone.

Personal computing


Skills made easy

Our training and support centre has all the facilities and resources you need to develop your study skills and get the most out of your course.

301: Student Skills and Development Centre

Languages studentLearn a new language

If you have a free module choice, you can take a course in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish or another language.. The courses are at different levels and open to all students. Our Self-Access Centre has a range of resources, including satellite channels and PCs, so you can also learn a language independently or just do a bit more in your own time.

Modern Languages Teaching Centre


Need to improve your English?

Our English Language Teaching Centre, accredited by the British Council, runs a wide range of courses to support both UK and international students, including a free writing advisory service to help with written work.

Courses for international students include an International Summer School and an intensive course to prepare students for studying a degree in the UK.

The English Language Teaching Centre