Life In Birmingham

Living in Birmingham offers you the chance to live in an exciting, diverse city with world-class restaurants, entertainment and shops.

Birmingham is home to more than one million people from a range of different cultures and ethnic groups, including the UK’s largest student population outside London.

Its friendly population is what makes Birmingham the dynamic, multicultural city that is – and also one of the largest cities in Europe offering a heady mix of galleries, music, restaurants and bars.

  • Find out why the city is dubbed ‘the Shopping Capital of Europe’.
  • Whatever your tastes in music, you can be sure Birmingham will cater for you.
  • The city’s nightlife is regarded as second to none, with a wide range of nights out to suit all budgets.
  • If culture’s your thing, Birmingham won’t disappoint you.
  • Serious about sport? Find out what the city has to offer.

Find out what our students think of Birmingham...

Top Tips – by English student Sarah Holmes

Birmingham’s Balti Triangle is famous for its array of restaurants and takeaways offering spectacular curry dishes. Every nation is represented in Birmingham with Portuguese, Hungarian, Lebanese, Indian, Polish and Caribbean restaurants dotted about the city.

The Plough, a pub in Harborne, serves excellent meals with two-for-one offers during the week, and Cafephilia in Moseley offers Has Bean coffee (a favourite of mine) along with a range of snacks including freshly baked bread toasted and served with butter and jam – simple but perfect! I have also been highly recommended Mount Fuji, a Japanese restaurant in Spiceal Street, part of the Bullring, and Indianos in Acocks Green. And when you’re cooking for yourself, you’ll never fail to find an ingredient in Birmingham’s range of world-food stores, supermarkets and farmers’ markets.