Living in Birmingham

Views of the Rotunda, Selfridges and BT Tower in Birmingham City Centre

As an undergraduate student it is likely that studying at university will be your first experience of living independently. At Birmingham we offer a number of accommodation types across multiple locations that all provide a safe, secure and sociable start to your university experience.

University accommodation 

It is important that you find the right accommodation that suits your needs and budget. The University offers a number of accommodations with shared or private kitchen and bathroom facilities, and self-catering or meal plan options.

The University guarantees accommodation in University-owned or partner accommodation to the majority of students that are beginning their studies at the University and meet certain criteria during their first year of studies. The accommodation guarantee scheme allows you to specify your accommodation preferences through your accommodation application. Most Medical students express a preference for accommodation at Pritchatts Park Village, as this is a 5-10 minute walk from Birmingham Medical School.

Please note that accommodation is allocated randomly through our automated allocation process for fairness. Naturally, some accommodation is more popular than others, which means that we can’t guarantee you will get your preferred accommodation.

View accommodation types and find further information on what’s included by visiting our undergraduate accommodation page. We support students with disabilities and accessibility information for each residence is available on the AccessAble University of Birmingham accommodation page.

Location Map

Map of Birmingham Medical School with nearby train stations and university accommodation


Private accommodation

From year two through to year five the majority of medical students live in privately-rented accommodation with classmates or friends from across the University in areas such as Selly Oak, Edgbaston and Harborne. The University’s accommodation service, Living, works in conjunction with Guild Lettings (the Guild of Students' lettings service) to help you to find private accommodation in the private sector. It can offer you advice on rental costs, contract matters and suitable locations. Guild Lettings do not charge students for using this service and only works with landlords accredited with the Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme.

Birmingham also has lot to offer as a city. As the UK’s second city it really is more than just somewhere to live and study; it is somewhere to enjoy and explore. From museums, festivals, shopping centres, bars and restaurants there is something for everyone in Birmingham – and it’s cheaper than you might think!

What is the city of Birmingham like?

You can visit the world-famous Bullring & Grand Central shopping centre, which is home to over 160 shops, or why not try the open markets, vintage clothes stores and street food outlets in Digbeth? If you fancy a bit of culture, we have a wide variety of theatres, comedy clubs, art galleries and music venues, not to mention the famous curry houses of the Balti Triangle and Cadbury World!

Birmingham is also full of green spaces to relax and unwind in; with over 8,000 acres of parks and open space to escape to, Birmingham is one of the greenest cities in the UK.


Selly Oak

Just a stone's throw away from campus is the thriving student area of Selly Oak. Home to much of the student population, Selly Oak provides plenty of choices of bars, cafes, restaurants and supermarkets ensuring that all of your essentials are right on your doorstep. It is also home to a number of restaurants and take outs offering cuisines from around the globe such as Korean, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, British, American and Japanese.

Also nearby is the trendy suburb of Harborne, which houses a number of chic eateries and bars, a monthly night market and also high street essential stores.


Digbeth is a short taxi ride away, or a 10-minute walk from New Street Station, and is one of the most distinctive parts of the city. It was named 'the Coolest Neighbourhood in Britain' by the Sunday Times in 2018. In the heart of Digbeth is the Custard Factory, home to a number of independent vintage stores, cafes, bars, restaurants, Ghetto Golf and the Mockingbird Cinema. Digbeth Dining Club has proved itself to be one of Birmingham’s most popular events, hosting original street food outlets and live music every Friday and Saturday from 5pm. Find out what’s on in Birmingham and get inspired for days out by visiting the Visit Birmingham website.

Did you know...

  • Birmingham is renowned for having more miles of canals than Venice *Marketing Birmingham 2017
  • Birmingham hosted the 2022 Commonwealth Games with 70 nations competing in 18 different sports
  • With everything you could need from a major capital city, Birmingham offers this at just a fraction of the cost of London
  • Catch a direct train from University Station straight to Birmingham New Street in just under ten minutes
  • A full taxi of friends can cost as little as £2 each from the city to campus, perfect after a night out
  • The city was also voted one of the best holiday destinations in 2022, specifically for foodies! 
  • The Custard Factory is so named as the original site of the famous Alfred Bird’s factory where eggless custard was invented and first produced

Find out more about the city