The city of Birmingham

Birmingham is no longer transforming; it is transformed. With independent restaurants, shops and bars throughout the centre and popular districts around the city, this new and vibrant Birmingham is nestled among local markets, iconic buildings of our industrial heritage and contemporary architecture such as the new Library of Birmingham.

New bars and shops open frequently as the city continues to build its youthful and unique identity. There is so much diversity and history within Birmingham that the shops, food and venues reflect this. Old icons such as the Custard Factory host alternative shops and bars, just a short walk from the famous Birmingham wholesale fish and rag markets, all of which nestle close to the new Grand Central train station and shopping precinct. 

Our favourite Birmingham blogs

A great way to explore the city you are considering as your new home is to hear from its locals. Many of Birmingham's residents have rediscovered their city thanks to the blogs and sites below. Discover Birmingham for yourself and find out why we think you should call it home.

Independent Birmingham (blog)

Independent Birmingham is dedicated to unearthing Birmingham's hidden gems and best-kept secrets, touring the city in search of the unique and the inspiring. A blog-based site, the team regularly review and revisit the independent shops, restaurants, bars and unique spots in and around Birmingham.

A membership card for Independent Birmingham gives you access to discounts and inspiration to explore Birmingham's lesser known aspects, discovering – or rediscovering– the city.

I Choose Birmingham (weekly e-news)

I Choose Birmingham is the award-winning creation of Birmingham-born writer and editor, Tom Cullen. Tom was Associate Editor at the UK’s biggest upmarket men’s magazine, ShortList, before becoming editor of ShortList.com and Editor-In-Chief of London-focused e-magazine, Mr Hyde.

Having moved back to Birmingham and advocate the great city of Birmingham, Tom launched I Choose Birmingham, a high-end magazine for men and women that’s emailed to its 13,000 readers once a week, bringing the very best things to do in and around this incredible city.

From popular food nights such as Digbeth Dining Club, to cultural gems such as Ikon gallery and the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) and the many music festivals and sports on offer, Birmingham is a fantastic city in which to live and study.

Explore the city's living

Our students live in a range of private accommodation in areas across the city, as well as in University-owned accommodation nearby. Explore these local areas and watch our students take you on a tour of where they live.