Studying in Birmingham? This is where you should live

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As one of the UK’s biggest cities, Birmingham has plenty to offer its students beyond great universities.

Whatever interests you have, and lifestyle you're after, there's a neighbourhood to suit you. You just need to know where to look...

 

For nightlife and music

 

Clubbing

 

Not fussed about sleeping? You've come to the right place, as Birmingham’s renowned for its nightlife.

Broad Street is the prime location for parties, with homegrown and international DJs captivating clubs like PRYZM - the city’s largest.

At Smallbrook Queensway, Snobs is a long-standing indie fixture, playing rock, alternative and retro jams across three floors.

Alternatively, you can make your own music at Karaoke Box where a private room gets you microphones, tambourines, meals and drinks, while you sing to your heart’s content!

Most venues are less than 15 minutes’ walk from residence Queen’s Hospital Close, so living there will save you a lot of late-night taxi fares.

 

For arts, culture and clothes

 

Culture

 

If you’re a creative type, you’ll dig Digbeth.

Once the industrial heart of the city, Digbeth is brimming with new developments turning the district into a creative hub where talented graffiti artists have livened up the urban brick walls.

The old Custard Factory has been redeveloped into an arts centre, which is home to a range of independent businesses like Ghetto Golf and Baked in Brick.

Nearby, you’ll find great second-hand clothes in Cow Vintage (or newer ones in the Bullring).

For a taste of Asia, try the Chinese Quarter, where The Arcadian is home to multiple restaurants and takeaways.

It’s also just a 20-minute walk from Liberty Gardens, which also offers a good midway point between the city’s universities. Digbeth itself is just a 10-minute bus ride from Queen’s Hospital Close (or a 20-minute walk, on a sunny day!).

 

For nature and park life

 

Pandas

 

Did you know there are baby red pandas in Birmingham?

Yep, you can find pandas, monkeys and other endangered animals from all over the world, right in the heart of Edgbaston at the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park.

Better yet, if you’re simply looking for a patch of grass in the sunshine, the green and spacious Cannonhill Park is close by.

Both nature hot-spots can be reached on foot from Edgbaston residence Liberty Court in ten minutes, so students living there are well-placed for getting lots of fresh air and exercise.

Alternatively, if you’re feeling lazy or it’s raining, there’s a free shuttle bus that’ll take you all the way to Edgbaston Campus.

 

For history and novelty

 

History

 

For a glimpse into Birmingham’s sparkling past, the Jewellery Quarter is the place to be.

Explore streets seeped in the district’s 250-year history and studded with over 200 listed buildings.

Go back in time at the various museums and make your own jewellery at The Quarterworkshop.

Or, to really get away from the pressures of university, students can (literally) escape from the VR escape rooms at Ex(c)iting Game Birmingham and Escape Live.

There are numerous independent pubs, shops and eateries in the quarter and the tram-line makes it easy to get to the universities and the city centre.

 

For the best of everything

 

Selly Oak

 

If you want to live somewhere that’s close to campus, but not short of entertainment, go to Selly Oak (as many students do).

It’s the perfect place for flitting between your university studies and social life, and residents at Liberty Park are able to do exactly that – they’re just a nine-minute walk to the University of Birmingham, and a two-minute walk to bar-lined Bristol Road, which offers plenty of choices for a pint.

Free days can be filled exploring nearby areas such as Bournville, home to Cadbury World, where you can spend a day surrounded by chocolate for just £9 with your student discount.

Looking for student accommodation in Birmingham? You can check out Liberty Living's four residences in the city here