On the edge of campus sits the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, which is one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in England - handy for our students studying medical degrees. Just a short walk to the other side of the hospital lies Harborne, a small village nestled on the edge of the city. 

In Harborne you’ll find supermarkets, fresh vegetable markets, pubs, restaurants and some of Birmingham’s most-loved independent establishments.

It’s no wonder the district is a firm student favourite. Many students who prefer a relaxed village environment even choose to live here, in the labyrinth of side streets surrounding the main high street. There is no shortage of independent pubs and shops either. Of particular note is the The Plough (which also does a helpful discount for Birmingham students) - a great pub with indoor and outdoor bars, pop-up food offerings, stone-baked pizzas, and a great location whether you want a coffee and cake, a roast with all the trimmings or evening drinks. Harborne Kitchen brands itself as ‘unfussy fine dining’ or you may want to check out Boston Tea Party for excellent brunch. 

Freddie, from Bristol, Business Management and Spatial Planning

“Not many people know but students can get a £5 round of golf at Harborne church, which is a great thing to do in the summer with mates.”


Just down the road in Edgbaston you’ll find a selection of fantastic – but slightly pricier – places to explore too. Share a platter at The High Field, or try afternoon tea and cocktails at The Edgbaston. With Michelin-star restaurant Simpsons, the leafy suburb of Edgbaston is perfect for a fancier evening. If you’re craving fresh air, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a  perfect oasis - a picturesque Victorian park, with plenty of room to relax and a tasty tearoom, the gardens have four glasshouses and plenty of grounds to explore, for a taste of the tropics, wetlands or the desert.