Birkbeck Smiles : Win prizes by taking photos!

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Photo of London in the background, with on top a instagram post with a photo of two students taking

With the new academic year approaching, we are very excited to be launching Birkbeck Smiles!

Intended to run throughout the autumn term, Birkbeck Smiles is an initiative to encourage both international and local students to step out of their comfort zones, make memories, lean into adventure, and explore our campus, as well as the beautiful city we find ourselves in.

The concept is simple – the SU has put together a list of locations for students to explore and take pictures in: once you’ve gathered selfies from all the hot-spots around campus and the city itself, post them on Instagram tagging the SU (@birkbeckunion) or send them over to our account through direct messages to win prizes!

Our location list is divided into three tiers, ranging from closest to further out.
Tier One includes 10 locations around campus, Tier 2 takes you to 10 locations around Bloomsbury and Tier 3 is a city adventure including 5 world-famous locations.

Earn increasingly desirable prizes by completing each tier, but keep in mind, to move onto the next tier, you must complete the previous one!

Although the project is intended to run until end of term, the prize pool is, of course, limited, so make sure to charge your phone or camera, grab a friend and get to exploring!


See the location list below:

Tier One - Birkbeck

  • Birkbeck Central (Outside the Entrance)
  • School of Arts Building (Outside the Entrance)
  • Birkbeck Clore Management Centre (Outside the Entrance)
  • Peltz Gallery
  • Birkbeck Library
  • Perch
  • The George Birkbeck Bar
  • Terrace 5 (Outside on the Terrace)
  • Birkbeck Cinema (Inside the Gordon Square Building)
  • Birkbeck Malet Street (Outside the Entrance)

Tier Two – Bloomsbury

  • British Museum
  • King’s Cross Station
  • Gordon Square
  • The Meeting Place Statue, St. Pancras
  • Foundling Museum
  • Bloomsbury Farmer’s Market

Tier Three – City Adventure

  • Big Ben & Houses of Parliament
  • Tower Bridge
  • London Eye
  • Trafalgar Square
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Buckingham Palace

Our incredible prizes are:

  • Tier One - Hot Drink Vouchers
  • Tier Two - Entry into the native LDN prize draw in which 4 people can win:

    • A VIP Black Cab Tour - picking students up from their halls or house and dropping them to dinner

    • Dinner at one of London's trendiest food spots.

    • Free entry for 4 to a native.LDN experience of your choice.
  • Tier Three - Birkbeck Merch Vouchers (You can have a look at our Merchandise here)


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