What do you love most about Birmingham? The greatest thing about Birmingham is the diversity of what’s on offer. It is more than just a city. It is a nightlife, cultural and historic hub ready for exploring.
What surprised you about the city when you came on an Open Day Birmingham? Being from Birmingham, I’d never planned to stay here for university. What sold it to me was the student community of the Vale, Edgbaston and Selly Oak which made the University of Birmingham my home away from home.
If a prospective student was in Birmingham for one day/night only, what would you recommend they do? I’d definitely recommend exploring one of the many galleries available such as Ikon or Birmingham Museum and finish it off in one of Birmingham’s many cocktail bars.
Would you consider staying in Birmingham after you graduate? Birmingham is my home but studying here has given me an even greater appreciation for my city.
What is Birmingham like to live in, as a student? I’ve travelled to many universities around the country during my time here and I can hand on heart say you will not have a better student experience anywhere but Birmingham. It ticks all the boxes and, if you come here, you will become part of a family.
How do you find Birmingham in terms of cost- do you think it’s good value for money? What do you spend your money on each month? Renting in Selly Oak in particular can be daunting but there are houses available to accommodate all budgets. Living independently can be hard but Birmingham allows you to cover your expenses whilst still being able to get involved in the student experience – a lot of events etc in Birmingham are available for free too!
Is there anything amazing about Birmingham that you think people don’t know about (bars, cafes, clubs, shops, attractions etc.) My favourite part of Birmingham is our LGBTQ+ quarter which is growing every day! It’s not solely about the clubs, which I admit I do love, but the community and cultural events that occur their almost every day. There’s always something new to see and something to explore in an inclusive environment.
If you could describe Birmingham in one word or phrase, what would it be? There is always something for everybody available to see or do in Birmingham. It is thriving in all spects.