UniHomes guide to

Birmingham

Uni Life in Birmingham

Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK and a fantastic place for students to live and study. 80,000 undergraduate students flock to the city each year thanks to the three universities - University of BirminghamBirmingham City University and Aston University. With so many different bars, restaurants, shops, parks, and other things to do, it's near-impossible to get bored in Birmingham.

The city centre is stocked with all kinds of student accommodation, but there are lots of student-friendly suburbs as well. Digbeth is perfectly located for students at Birmingham City Uni and Aston, whereas University of Birmingham students often congregate in Edgbaston and Harbourne. These two areas are also right by the city's most popular student hotspot - the bustling Bristol Road.

Here in the Birmingham City Guide, we'll deep-dive into all the things you need to know about living and studying in Britain's Second City.

Key reasons to study in Birmingham

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    Massive student population

    With three major universities and over 80,000 students in Birmingham at any time, you won't be short of friends in the Second City. There's a comprehensive selection of courses and student accommodation of all shapes and sizes, with 1 and 2 bedroom flats in the city centre and larger student houses to the south and east of the city centre. Look for places in Selly Oak, Digbeth and Harborne if you want to find the best student homes.

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    Range of quality nightlife

    Birmingham is a huge city with an incredible nightlife. While you can find clubs all over the city, students often cite Pryzym and Rosie's as their favourite student spots. Snobs Nightclub is the place to be on a Wednesday and is a favourite among students, with

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    Shopper's paradise

    The city centre of Birmingham is a huge expanse with virtually every shop imaginable. Much of the best shopping is inside the eye-catching Bullring building, which is a shopping centre replete with every kind of store imaginable. Birmingham is also famed for having the world's biggest Primark on High Street! 

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    Big city life

    Many students think of Birmingham as a London-sized city but with more affordable living costs. This multicultural city has a vibrant community feel, an abundance of green spaces, such as Sunset and Moonlit Park, Edgbaston Park and Summerfield Park. There are many different 'quarters' in the city as well for those who fancy something different; you can get a cheap meal in Chinatown, have a wild night out in the Gay Village or stop by the Jewellery Quarter for a fancy cocktail.

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    Centre of everything

    You can find people from all four corners of the UK in Birmingham. Not only is it nestled in the heart of the West Midlands conurbation, surrounded by Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Solihull, it's also practically in the dead centre of England itself. Birmingham is therefore easily accessible from most areas of the country, which is why you can find people from all over the country making it their home.

It is an incredible city to study in, with a big student population, great infrastructure and a vibrant cultural scene. There is always a fabulous vibe around town, plenty of great food, art, culture, live music, and a multiculturalism that makes it stand out against other cities in the UK.

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Birmingham city is the perfect city for students with a wide range of things to do such as nightlife, cocktail bars, shopping, restaurants and many more! Nightlife in Birmingham is always lively, especially on student nights, with amazing offers for students throughout a wide range of clubs. For those who perhaps aren't into clubbing as much and would rather go for food or even a few drinks there are many different locations that offer this including the mailbox, grand central and Brindley place. Those who LOVE to shop, Birmingham Bullring is the place to go, rammed with a huge selection of popular stores, also home to Englands BIGGEST primark, selling the most affordable clothing and accessories for students!

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Universities in Birmingham

Birmingham City University

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Birmingham City University (BCU) is home to around 26,000 students from over 100 countries. A former art college, it was ranked 501 in World University Rankings by the Times Higher Education rankings and has a fast-growing reputation for excellent higher education.

University of Birmingham

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A prestigious red brick, the University of Birmingham is a member of the Russell Group and one of the UK's top 20 universities. You can find it in the south west of the city, near the district of Edgbaston. It is famed for its world-leading research, with the campus surrounding the iconic Old Joe clock tower.

Aston University

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As the name implies, Aston University is in the inner city suburb of Aston and is a hugely popular choice of university for students. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 has given 79% of Aston University's research a 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading' rating.

Student Life in Birmingham

Birmingham has a great vibe due to its fun activities it has and diversity which makes it a great city to live and I would highly recommended coming here for uni!

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Frequently Asked Questions

October is the best time to start looking for student accommodation in Birmingham. Properties will be available until February, but we would recommend starting a search for a property during the autumn. The most popular student areas in Birmingham include Selly Oak, Edgbaston and City Centre.
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Tenancy periods in Birmingham usually last for 12 months. Most contracts will start on the 1st July and end on the 30th June the following year. Occasionally, letting agents may offer tenancy periods that last for 10 or 11 months, starting in August or September. You can always enquire with the letting agent to find out how long your contract length will be.
Deposits are usually either 4 or 5 week's rent. The maximum legal amount a landlord can charge your for a deposit is 5 week's rent. You’ll get your deposit back when you move out of the property. That said, if the landlord is still owed outstanding rent or needs to pay for repairs to damage within the property, they may take deductions from the deposit to cover the costs.
UniHomes accommodation in Birmingham usually costs £97 – £200 per person, per week. This price includes the cost of all bills you'll need to pay, which you won't always see on other student accommodation websites. Check out the full range of student accommodations available in Birmingham.

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