Even the most frugal and money-savvy students occasionally need a fresh pair of socks or a new notepad, and the retail experience in Birmingham is one of the best in the country - we know because people travel far and wide to visit the Bullring.

We have a strong history in retail, which is evident in the shopping experience you get in our city today. Birmingham has always been at the forefront of industry, and continues to be the UK’s centre for jewellery. The original Birmingham Bullring was a market, established in the Middle Ages, and the site has since been the location of one of the country’s best shopping centres.

The Bullring

You won’t struggle to find your favourite high street stores in Birmingham. The iconic Bullring is a world-class retail experience, brimming with shops including a four-storey Selfridges. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, just outside you can wander to find more of your high street favourites.

Grand Central

People travel from across the country for a great shopping experience in Birmingham. It’s no surprise the city decided to expand the city’s retail offering. Grand Central shopping centre opened in 2015, with a new range of fantastic premium shops and restaurants to accompany those in the Bullring.

Vintage and independent stores

If you dig a little deeper you will find an amazing selection of vintage clothing stores and independent boutiques in Digbeth, which is just a few minutes down the road from the city centre. The nearby suburbs of Selly Oak and Kings Heath also host great vintage stores; there are plenty across the city for all tastes to explore.

Resorts World

Just ten minutes on the train from New Street, next to Birmingham International Airport you’ll find Resorts World; home to a huge outlet shopping centre as well as numerous restaurants and bars, along with a brilliant IMAX cinema.

Venture further

There’s plenty to explore if you want to venture outside of the city. You could catch a train to the outlet shopping centre, Bicester Village, to pick up some bargains. Or visit the world-famous Stratford-upon-Avon, wander the streets and explore the delights of the Royal Shakespeare Company at the same time.