Campus life at The University of Alabama at Birmingham

With 99 historic neighborhoods, Birmingham has been referred to as the cradle of the American Civil Rights Movement. Its convenient location in the southeast makes it easily accessible from major hubs in the region.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham's campus sits in the heart of Birmingham's Southside neighborhood. This thriving area, in the south end of downtown, backs up to the stunning Appalachian Mountains. No matter where you want to go, you are only a short distance from parks and hiking trails to dinner and fun nightlife. Make sure you take some time to truly experience everything UAB has to offer. Take nature trips like canoeing on the Warrior, Sipsey or Coosa rivers. The theatre and ballet shows highlight a robust nightlife scene. Just visiting UAB's campus can be an all-day journey.

Lifting spirits

If you're looking to get involved on campus while honing your special skills, UAB boasts 250+ student clubs and organizations focusing on leadership, cultures, civic engagement, fraternities and sororities, faith, media and more. No matter your interest or experience level, you'll have the chance to collaborate with other American and international students around campus as you take a deep dive into the field of your choosing.

Get in the game

The university is proud to have almost 400 student-athletes participating in 18 NCAA Division I sports, in Conference USA. Athlete selection and scholarships are determined by the university coaching staffs and are highly competitive.

With 21 club sports including lacrosse, soccer, cricket and rugby, you can flex your athletic side while making new friends and ganing great skills like leadership and teamwork. Club sports are a great way to compete in athletics at a less competitive level. A club sport is a registered student organization that can provide a program of instruction, recreation or competition in a specific sport or activity. Club sports vary in size and skill level in order to meet the needs and interests of students, faculty and staff. Each club establishes its own organizational structure, leadership and performance level. UAB currently has 21 club sports including cricket, lacrosse, soccer and rugby.

A place of worship for all

UAB's Campus Ministry Association (CMA) is made up of professional campus ministers serving the university as representatives of their respective faith communities. The CMA seeks to be inclusive in its membership, which is available to you regardless of your faith. The CMA works with UAB to enable and enhance, without prejudice, the spiritual life of everyone in the university community.

Dining made simple

Eating on campus gives you the advantage of never having to worry about carrying cash. We have 12 restaurants, all of which accept the ONE Card for payment, and two convenience stores on campus. From all-you-can-eat options at Commons on the Green to quicker stops like Sandella’s Flatbread Cafe and Panera Bread, there are plenty of choices. The dining hall also has a station for food allergies and intolerance. Dishes that don't contain milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts or gluten can be found at the Simple Servings station. There are also two Starbucks coffee shops on campus that are open early in the morning and late at night to give you that extra energy boost when you most need it.

Ensuring your health and safety

Your safety is our top priority. All campus buildings are monitored by electronic access control systems 24 hours per day, and residence halls have staff on duty every hour of the day. UAB has its own full-service law enforcement agency on campus. The B-ALERT system is used to communicate to the entire campus at the same time via voice calls, SMS and email, so you are up to date at all times. Transit Blazer Express, UAB's campus bus service, offers free transportation for students, employees and authorized visitors along six routes—some of which run as late as midnight.

The recently renovated Student Health Services and Counseling and Wellness Center includes 23,000 square feet of space dedicated to the health, counseling and wellness needs of UAB students. The facility is equipped to meet all your primary health care needs including: appointments with healthcare providers, routine diagnostic lab testing and X-ray services. Confidential counseling services are available to all UAB students at no cost.