Travelling to the event with your group
Friday 5 March: 9:30am – 3:00pm
Saturday 6 March: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Taking a school group to the event?
Please arrive 20 minutes before your pre-booked time-slot.
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Map & Directions
The Birmingham What Career Live? and What University Live? event takes place at:
There is free parking for coaches and minibuses at the NEC. The NEC is clearly signposted from all motorways and major routes including the M42, M40 and M6 - just put B40 1NT in your sat nav. When you arrive at the NEC don’t follow your sat nav anymore, look out for the show name you're visiting on our signs.
We offer bursaries to group bookings of over 40 students from outside the east and west midlands. They are awarded on a first come, first served basis. See the full Terms & Conditions below.
The NEC is clearly signposted from all motorways and major routes including the M42, M40 and M6 - just put B40 1NT in your sat nav. When you arrive at the NEC don’t follow your sat nav anymore, look out for the show name you're visiting on our signs.
The NEC has over 16,500 parking spaces. To pre-pay parking (and save £4) visit the NEC website. Standard parking (pay on the day) is £16 per day.
Direct services run regularly to Birmingham International. If you're travelling from further afield you may need to catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street.
Use X1 or 97A services from Birmingham City Centre
Take the air-rail link to Birmingham International Railway Station.
Please check with your local network for transport updates before you travel.
Groups with a minimum of 40 visitors travelling to the NEC, Birmingham from outside the East or West Midlands* in the UK, are eligible (subject to availability) to receive £200 towards travel costs.
There are only a limited number of bursaries for each event and are awarded on a first come, first served basis.
To be eligible you must adhere to the following conditions:
- Groups attending must be travelling from the regions outside the West or East Midlands** in the UK to the NEC, Birmingham event
- A group of 40 or more needs to be registered and attend What Career Live? and What University Live? on 28 or 29 February at the NEC, Birmingham. This can include students, advisors (teachers, lecturers or other) and accompanying adults. The transport subsidy will be paid based on the number that attend (i.e if 40 people are registered for the event and 33 attend; no subsidy will be paid).
- Subsidies are only available for groups of students from Year 11 and above.
To apply for the distance travel bursary, please complete this form and send it to SchoolLiaison@vmgl.com
Birmingham Travel Bursary Form
Terms and Conditions
* The East Midlands includes Derby, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland. The West Midlands includes Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford and Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire