The city of Birmingham


Birmingham is a European centre for retail, commerce and culture, with a proud heritage and modern outlook. The city offers excellent entertainment for all tastes, with a range of leading theatres, museums, art galleries and music venues. It is also home to one of Europe’s largest city centre shopping malls, The Bullring, with over 160 shops including Selfridges, Abercrombie and Fitch, Apple and Top Shop.  It is also within easy reach to some of England's most beautiful countrysides.

About our city

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.

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.

Birmingham is a truly diverse city with a rich cultural mix in both its permanent residents and student population. This cosmopolitan character is reflected in its restaurants, shops and cultural activities. You will be able to find the food that suits your tastes in Birmingham’s many cafés and restaurants. If you feel like cooking for yourself and for friends, you can visit the large fruit, vegetable, fish and meat markets, Asian or European supermarkets, where specialist food is readily available e.g. Halal.

Birmingham is an exciting destination for young people. It is more than somewhere to study; it is somewhere to build a successful future.

What's in Birmingham?

Find out more about what Birmingham has to offer by visiting the websites below:

Visit Birmingham

Food and drink in Birmingham 



Adrien Ndayishimiye

Adrien Ndayishimiye

BFA student from Rwanda

“The people here are very welcoming. The city is multicultural. I find people here from all over the world. The University of Birmingham is a very beautiful university; it has everything anyone can think of. In one word it's incomparable.”