Top 4 reasons why Birmingham is a great place to study

Location, location, location

Birmingham is the UK’s ‘second city’, and is a melting pot of industry and culture. You can be in Central London in less than 2 hours, but also within easy reach of beautiful countryside and over 8,000 acres of parks and open spaces. Birmingham International airport is also on your doorstep.

Birmingham has 35 miles of canals, which is said to be more than Venice.


Birmingham has a great selection museum and galleries to explore. Discover the rich history of the city and the inspiration for hit series Peaky Blinders, or J.R.R.Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings.


Birmingham is home to a number of universities and over 80,000 students. The University of Birmingham is recognised in the top 1% of universities across the world and has one of the largest international student communities in the UK, with 5000 students from 150 countries.

Birmingham is the UK’s largest center of higher education outside London.

Shopping & food

The Bullring & Grand Central has been the city’s historic market centre since 1166. It has over 160 shops across three level. The bottom floor is one huge food hall, and the other floors have a massive selection of clothes shops. Perfect for student shopping!

Did you know – 15,500 tonnes of steel are in Bullring… that’s a ¼ of the steel in the Empire State Building!


On university campus there are plenty of options for food, drinks and snacks. And the city centre has more than 300 restaurants, cafes and bars in the city alone – plus hundreds more serving dozens of different world cuisines.

Events & nightlife

Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe, with under-25s accounting for nearly 40% of its population. Needless to say, Birmingham is great for a student night out!

Broad Street boasts half a mile of clubs and bars including Risa, Revolution and Walkabout.


The O2 Academy Birmingham hosts incredible live bands. You can enjoy the best upcoming musical talent, but also internationally renowned artists.

Looking for student accommodation in Birmingham?

Check out our awesome choice of all-inclusive student accommodation in Birmingham. All perfectly placed to experience the best of the city.

B16 Studios is minutes’ away from Birmingham City University (South Campus) and has a free on-site gym, cinema room & games room.


Lucas Studios is just 7 minutes’ from Aston University. Many have their own private terrace or balcony to relax on.


The Recording Rooms is only 2 minutes’ walk to the University of Birmingham. And has a range of ensuite & studio rooms.