What do you love most about Birmingham?
Birmingham is such a diverse city and there is something to do for everyone, both at the University with various societies or in the city centre exploring Birmingham’s culture.
What surprised you about the city when you came on an Open Day?
How big the campus is! Even as an undergraduate, second year student it is still surprising how much there is to do on campus.
If a prospective student was in Birmingham for one day/night only, what would you recommend they do?
In the daytime, the Winterbourne gardens is a perfect day out in the summer period. It costs nothing and it’s so close to the University, so you can walk there!
Of an evening, I would definitely recommend visiting the many bars and restaurants in the city centre, especially Brindley place. Broad street also offers various nightclubs and bars to suit different music tastes.
Would you consider staying in Birmingham after you graduate?
I currently live in Birmingham, so am planning on staying in the city after I graduate. There are many job opportunities here and there’s still so much of the city I haven’t seen yet.
What is Birmingham like to live in, as a student?
As the second largest city, Birmingham is very large. However, the University is between various train stations and bus routes, so it is easy to travel around the city to explore.
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?
It is not costly to live in Birmingham, provided that you shop at supermarkets such as Aldi and budget! It’s very tempting to go to the city centre and shop because it is so close, but as long as you budget for occasional treats, takeaways and new clothes, it’s not costly at all. Most of my money goes on food, however I only usually spend around £15-£25 a week on food at most. I also budget for nights out and meals out occasionally and find I have plenty of money spare.
Is there anything amazing about Birmingham that you think people don’t know about (bars, cafes, clubs, shops, attractions etc.)?
Definitely Brindley Place by the canal. There are numerous bars and restaurants and also the Sea Life Centre! There are also many more around Colmore Row, such as The Alchemist, The Botanist, Tattu and The Ivy.
If you could describe Birmingham in one word or phrase, what would it be?