7 things students should do while living in Birmingham
1) Take the lift at the IKON
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Located in a former Victorian boarding house, this contemporary art gallery offers the perfect way to while away an afternoon, browsing 2 floors’ worth of exhibitions by international artists.
There’s also a café, bookshop and singing lift. Yes really.
(IKON gallery is a 10-minute walk from Liberty Living’s Queen’s Hospital Close student accommodation.)
2) Live the dream at Cadbury’s World
Listen, if you leave Birmingham without having visited its world-famous chocolate factory, you’re really going to kick yourself.
Learn about the history of this iconic brand, how their chocolate is made and have a go at tempering it yourself. Of course, you’ll also get lots of sweet treats along the way too.
(Cadbury’s World is a 20-minute bus journey from Liberty Park.)
3) Eat a Balti
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Birmingham is said to be the birthplace of the Balti curry: traditionally cooked and served in a large steel bowl. There are loads of great Indian restaurants in Birmingham to sample during your time there, but head to one of the originals in the ‘Balti Triangle’, in the south of the city.
(The Balti Triangle is a 24-minute bus ride from Liberty Gardens.)
4) Stroll around the Custard Factory
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Once the site of the Bird’s Custard factory, this creative patch of the city is now home to digital businesses and independent shops, restaurants and bars.
Catch a film and sip cocktails at the unique Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen while you’re there.
The Custard Factory is a 19-minute bus ride from Queen’s Hospital Close.
5) Tuck in at Digbeth Dining Club
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Held from Thursday to Sunday each week, the Digbeth Dining Club (DDC) is Birmingham’s award-winning street food market.
Wings, waffles, burgers, Dim Sum, vegan junk food… whatever you’re hankering for, you’re bound to find it at DDC.
DDC is 30-minutes from Liberty Gardens.
6) Marvel at the Library of Birmingham
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Referred to by its architect as the ‘people’s palace’, the Library of Birmingham is the largest public library in Europe with 10 floors’ worth of books and learning resources.
Its facilities also include an outdoor amphitheatre, garden terraces and a panoramic viewing gallery from the top.
The Library of Birmingham is in Centenary Square, a 23-minute bus ride from Liberty Court.
7) Glug Glühwein at the Christmas Market
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Consistently featured in ‘best in Europe’ lists, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is guaranteed to fill you with festive cheer.
Carol singing? Tick. Handcrafted decorations and toys? Tick. Pretzels, schnitzels and bratwursts? TICK.
The market is open from mid-November to 23rd December each year in Victoria Square and New Street, a 25-minute walk from Liberty Gardens.
Studying in Birmingham and thinking about where you might live next year? Liberty Living have 4 all-inclusive residences across the city. Check them out here.