The city of Birmingham

Birmingham is a modern and exciting city with a historic past; now it is a hub of arts and culture, commerce and entertainment. Buzzing with life, making it a great place to live, study and work.


The city is famous for its historic, industrial past and is now a centre of arts and culture, commerce and entertainment with a diverse and vibrant community. Most of our students fall in love with the city with around 40% of graduates choosing to make Birmingham their home.

At Birmingham you’ll find everything you could need from a new home; fantastic nightlife with buzzing bars and clubs, a thriving music scene and a huge variety of delicious cuisine from the famous Balti Triangle to Nando’s and Bill’s. There are also plenty of beautiful green spaces for you to relax in when the sun come out, including two Botanical Gardens, a Wildlife Reserve and over 500 parks; Birmingham has more trees than any other city in Europe - and a network of canals, which are the perfect location for a waterside drink or bite to eat.

Don’t forget to explore the hidden gems of Birmingham too! Local boroughs including Harborne, Moseley and Kings Heath all host great pubs, restaurants and shops; not to mention the weekly street food festival in Digbeth! You can also find a wealth of independent coffee shops, vintage clothing stores and music venues scattered across the city!

Independent Birmingham is a great way to find out more about the fantastic offerings of the city. Including all the bars, coffee shops and all of the things that you have to do during your time living in Birmingham.

Birmingham is an ambitious, innovative and green city, which is currently undergoing a multimillion-pound transformational redevelopment. In 2015, our brand new premium shopping centre Grand Central opened its doors, housing a range of new restaurants and great new shops to accompany the high street favourites in the Bullring. These developments position Birmingham to become even better, with greater investment, more jobs and more to do than ever before!