Shopping in Birmingham

Birmingham has it all when it comes to shopping. Whether you’re after designer brands of mouth-watering value, Birmingham really does have it all and it’s all within walking distance of our City Centre campus.

Bullring Shopping Centre

Bullring and Grand Central

In the heart of the city is the famous Bullring and Grand Central, an indoor shopping centre with over 200 retail stores. From fashion to sportswear to music and even Disney, it’s hard not to leave the Bullring without picking up something you fancy. With an assortment of restaurants also located inside, you really can spend an entire day here.

Mailbox Birmingham

If you’re one for luxury, Mailbox is home to designer brands such as Harvey Nichols, Hugo Boss and Emporio Armani. The Mailbox is also home to the luxurious Everyman Cinema, perfect for when you’re tired of shopping and need a break. Relax, sit back and watch a recent blockbuster with a bag of popcorn (or a burger!) yes, they serve food as well!

Arcades and independent stores

Birmingham is home to hundreds of local and independent retailers. You’ll find a lot of independent stores in Birmingham’s shopping arcades. The Great Western Arcade is your destination for a unique shopping and dining experience, straight out of late 1800’s, this is the perfect place to take a picture for your Instagram and support local businesses.

Markets and Digbeth

Located right next to the Bullring is the historic Birmingham rag markets, over 350 stalls providelocal and internationally sourced produce and goods. Take a stroll and see what deals you can find. Or, you could head down into Digbeth, Birmingham’s creative sector and browse the unique selection of independent retailers there, such as The Clean Kilo, a sustainable, zero-waste alternative to your regular supermarket. Once you’ve finished shopping, don’t forget to check out the outstanding street art on display.


In the UK there are countless supermarket options available for you to purchase groceries and other necessities. At first it may seem daunting as there are so many, but each supermarket each different and offers a different variety of foods, it's best to try them all out and find out which one best suits your needs.

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