Even the most frugal and money-savvy students occasionally need a fresh pair of socks or a new notepad every once in a while, 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 receive in our city today. Birmingham has always been at the forefront of industry, and continues to be the UK’s heart 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 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 up Birmingham’s redbrick high street 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 iconic Bullring, including John Lewis’s flagship store.

Vintage and indepedent 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 some great vintage stores; there’s plenty across the city for all tastes to explore.

Resorts World

Just ten minutes on the train, a little outside of the city centre, next to Birmingham International Airport you’ll find Resorts World; a huge outlet shopping centre as well as numerous restaurants, 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 delightful Stratford-upon-Avon, wander the streets and explore the RSC at the same time.