Home to around 80,000 students, Birmingham is a city with one of the youngest populations in Europe. So it’s hardly surprising that this friendly hub with an impressive industrial heritage has a cosmopolitan vibe, a trendy food & drink scene and a vibrant nightlife.

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Birmingham at a glance

  • Indulge in the foodie culture with al fresco dining in the city, an all-you-can-eat buffet in Chinatown or a curry in the Balti Triangle.
  • Shop till you drop at the Bullring, browse the boutiques in Great Western Arcade or savour Bratwurst & Glühwein at the legendary Christmas Market.
  • Wonder at Brum’s industrial past with a narrowboat cruise, a tour of the Jewellery Quarter’s workshops or a visit the Thinktank science museum.
  • Channel your sense of fun with Treetop Adventure Golf, a Peaky Blinders escape room or the challenge of the Bear Grylls Adventure at the NEC.
  • Soak up the culture – with live music, bustling bars, summer festivals and more cinemas, theatres, museums and galleries than you can shake a stick at, Birmingham has it all!
  • Relax in the city’s greenery with a picnic in one of its many parks or the Botanical Gardens and admire the futuristic architecture of the Library of Birmingham and the Bullring.
  • Explore beyond the city with a visit to Cadbury World, Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, medieval Warwick Castle or the Black Country Living Museum, filming location for Peaky Blinders.

Getting around Birmingham

Located in the Midlands at the heart of the motorway network, Birmingham is the ideal place from which to explore the UK. In the city itself, great public transport services make getting around a breeze.

  • Just an hour and a half by train from London, Birmingham has 3 major stations (New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill), as well as Birmingham International at the airport/NEC.
  • With the airport just 10 minutes from central Birmingham by train, city breaks to Europe are within reach and travel home is easy for international students.
  • There are lots of walking routes around the city and many of the main shopping streets are pedestrianised.

By Tram

Ride Birmingham’s growing tram network. You can get fare and route info from West Midlands Metro or download the My Metro app.

By Train

With 8 train lines criss-crossing the city, getting around for your studies and your social life is a cinch. Get travel info from West Midlands Railway or Chiltern Railways.

By Bike

Birmingham has great cycle routes and there are plenty of options if you need to hire a bike, from just £5 a day.

Birmingham Featured Neighbourhoods

Digbeth

Rated as one of Britain’s coolest neighbourhoods, Digbeth offers hip hangouts, delicious fare and amazing graffiti.

Under 10 minutes’ walk from the Bullring, Digbeth puts a modern twist on Brum’s industrial past. The jewel in its crown is the thriving Custard Factory, a creative hub bursting with independent shops, galleries, eateries and bars; enjoy a movie at its Mockingbird Cinema, play board games at the Chance & Counters café or sip a tropical cocktail at Birdies Bar. This buzzing district also offers street food at Digbeth Dining Club, PitPat table golf at The Floodgate bar and bowling at Roxy Ball Room.

Selly Oak

With its many terraced houses close to the University of Birmingham campus and a strong sense of community, Selly Oak is popular with students.

Just a quarter of an hour by train from the city centre, Selly Oak has everything you need from a lively nightlife to supermarkets, takeaways and laundrettes. Selly Oak Shopping Park even has a Nando’s, a Greggs and a Costa! Take a stroll in nature at Selly Oak Park, enjoy a bottomless brunch at the Bristol Pear pub or see a cricket match at nearby Edgbaston.

Southside

Southside boasts Birmingham’s most vibrant hospitality with Chinatown, Theatreland and the Gay Village – all just a stone’s throw from the city centre.

Student housing here means transport savings – walk to the shimmering Bullring or bag a bargain at the famous Rag Market. Be entertained at the Electric (the UK’s oldest working cinema) or the 3 theatres. Sample global cuisine at The Arcadian or drink at one of Southside’s popular haunts – The Nightingale Club (‘Gales’), The Glee Club (comedy gigs), Missing (party bar) or The Village Inn (drag cabaret). Every night is student night, with cheap drinks available somewhere!

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