Student life in Birmingham

Study at the heart of a vibrant, diverse city

The city is your campus

Join us at Birmingham City University and you will be studying right in the heart of a forward-looking and vibrant city with plenty to see and do just a few minutes’ walk from the campus. Whether you’re moving to Birmingham or you’re a Brummie at heart, there’s so much to student life here to explore.

All about Birmingham

Studying in Birmingham offers you the chance to live and work in the youngest major city in Europe 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, 40 per cent of this population is 25 and younger.

26 facts you didn't know about Birmingham

We bet you didn't know that there's a crater on the moon named after Birmingham?

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A-Z guide of Birmingham

Use our handy A-Z to find out what Birmingham has to offer, from hidden gems to seasonal activities and plenty more.

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Free things to do in Birmingham

Having fun in Brum doesn't have to mean breaking the bank. These days out and activities are ideal for weekend inspo that's easy on your wallet!

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This is Birmingham

There's so much going on in Birmingham – from the buzzy street markets to the unmissable transformation of the whole city - study here and you'll be at the heart of it all! Explore the city for yourself when you visit one of our Open Days.

Birmingham is a creative hub

With a dynamic blend of cultures, a flourishing arts scene and a relentless pursuit of progress, Birmingham is a city that thrives on diversity, creativity and a pioneering spirit.

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Food and drink

The food and drink scene in Birmingham is thriving. Think award-winning street food festivals and Michelin-starred restaurants. The city is packed with independent gems as well as the standard top chains.

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There’s a reason Birmingham is a must-visit destination for partygoers from all over the country. With all the big hitters on Broad Street, underground venues in Digbeth and a range of independents further out of the city, there's something to suit all tastes.

Find your next after-dark outing


The famous Bullring and Grand Central are packed with big-brand retailers, and restaurants and are always evolving with new shops and attractions. You can find high end designers in the Mailbox, or head to the covered markets to pick up a bargain. 

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Sport and being active

Sport lovers can get their fill with three leading football clubs – Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion - international cricket at the world-famous Edgbaston Cricket Ground, plus the spectacular Alexander Stadium. 

Learn where to get involved

Culture and things to do

As one of the most diverse cities in the UK there's nearly always a festival or big event taking over Birmingham. Whether you want to explore the city's canals, learn about its history or just have some fun, we've pulled together a list of some of the best things to do. 

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Best parts of Birmingham for students

There's a lot more to Birmingham than the city centre, we've listed some of the other great areas around the city to help you explore and get to know it better. 

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Birmingham City Scene

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