The City of Birmingham

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Birmingham is a fantastic place to live and study. The city has shaken off its industrial image with investments of around £9 billion and has emerged as a confident, modern city which has recently been ranked the number one place to visit in the UK by the Rough Guide. It has more students than any UK city outside London, one of the largest shopping centres in Europe, leading theatres, museums and galleries and a vibrant night life. It is also a very diverse city with a great mix of people and cultures.


The School of Education is on the main Edgbaston Campus and is located only 3 miles from Birmingham city centre. It is close to the local shopping areas of Edgbaston, Selly Oak, Harborne, and Selly Park.

Let Josh, a second year student, show you around some of the city highlights, from shopping at the iconic Bullring to canal-side cafés and bars in this video written and produced by students.

Getting around

The city has its own airport and is centre of the motorwork network. Locally, there are plenty of ways to get around the campus and into the city centre. The University has its own train station, and a number of bus routes go from the University into and around Birmingham.

Due to its central location, it's also very easy to visit places such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Oxford and London as well more rural locations such as the Cotswolds and the Lake District.  

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