FAQS - The city of Birmingham

Please see some specific questions about the city of Birmingham:  

What is the city of Birmingham like? 

Birmingham is England's second city, and is a European centre for retail, commerce and culture. It offers entertainment for all tastes, including leading theatres, music venues, art galleries and museums. It is also home to one of Europe’s largest city centre shopping malls, Bullring, which has over 160 shops including Selfridges, Abercrombie and Fitch, Apple and Top Shop.

The city's newest cultural attraction, opened in September 2013, is the state-of-the-art Library of Birmingham, one of the largest and most modern libraries in the world.

It’s a truly cosmopolitan city whose residents come from many diverse countries and cultural backgrounds. This is reflected in its restaurants, shops and cultural activities. Wherever you are from, you should have no problem finding food from your home country in the city’s restaurants, its Asian or European supermarkets or its large, fruit, vegetable, fish and meat markets.

There is lots of further information on Visit Birmingham about the city of Birmingham.

What is the transport like in Birmingham?

The city is at the centre of England and at the hub of its transport network, making it a great base from which to explore the UK and mainland Europe. London is only one and a half hours away by train. Birmingham International Airport is just 25 minutes by taxi from the Edgbaston campus and offers direct flights to the USA, North Africa, Dubai, and European destinations with connections worldwide via Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Istanbul.

The University of Birmingham is located in the heart of England with campuses in the Edgbaston and Selly Oak areas of the city of Birmingham.

Direction and travel advice to our campuses.

Further transport information around the city of Birmingham including trains, planes, buses, taxi etc can be found on the Virtual Tourist website .

Is there a good selection of food in Birmingham?

Birmingham is a truly diverse city with a mix of ethnicities in both its permanent residents and student population. This character is reflected in its restaurants, shops and cultural activities.

In the city centre alone, more than 200 restaurants serve food from 27 countries. You will find food that suits your tastes in Birmingham's many cafés and restaurants and, if you feel like cooking for your self and for friends, you can visit and buy from the large fruit, vegetable, fish and meat markets, or Asian and European supermarkets, where specialist food is available.