Finding a place to live in Birmingham

Birmingham is a great place to live with its mix of impressive Victorian and iconic modern architecture, stunning canalside developments, 8,000 acres of parkland and a first-class transport system that makes it easy to travel anywhere in the UK and abroad.

Buying and renting in Birmingham

Relaxing in the Jewelery Quarter, St Pauls SquareWith the largest professional and financial sector outside of London, Birmingham is an ideal place to buy or rent property. Not surprisingly, there are over 200 estate agents in Birmingham and you can usually find one or more in most area high streets.

The Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme aims to accredit good landlords and provide them with the knowledge they require to maintain their properties to an acceptable standard. You may also find it useful to use online property search providers and websites such as when considering where to live.  

Staff accommodation

University staff accommodation ranges from one-bed flats to four-bed houses and cottages situated near or on university campus. All flats are fully furnished. Kitchens are equipped with a cooker, fridge/freezer, and a washing machine. We provide limited crockery and kitchen equipment. Bedding and towels are not provided. The tenancy agreement is for a six-month period and in exceptional circumstances may be renewed for a further six months.

All properties have telephone points and TV aerials, but tenants are responsible for connections, bills, licences, etc. The monthly rent includes the water rates. Tenants are responsible for payment of Council Tax, gas and electricity bills where applicable. A month’s rent is required in advance.

We do have a waiting list for these properties and demand far exceeds supply therefore a place is not guaranteed. If you are interested you can download an application form or for more information please contact or call +44 (0)121 414 8000.

If we are unable to assist you we may be able to offer you temporary accommodation within our halls of residence whilst you look for something permanent.

Local government and housing

As more than 30,000 households in Birmingham rent their homes from a private landlord or agent, Birmingham City Council works with landlords, agents and tenants to encourage responsible renting, promote a positive image of private renting and support good practice.

For more information and further details about Birmingham City Council and housing please visit the Birmingham City Council website.