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Birmingham seems to be on a mission to have the biggest and best of everything, including universities. It has Birmingham City University, Aston University and the University of Birmingham so you’ve got a lot of choice if you study there!
Top 10 Tips for Students in Birmingham...
1. Travelling? Birmingham has good Megabus links – you can get a ticket down to London for £1 if you’re lucky! But even if you’re not, your NUS Extra card will get you 10% off.
2. Baragins. You can bag a bargain or two at the local rag market. Well worth a visit.
3. Comedy. For a good laugh head to Jongleurs Comedy Club at Bar Risa, or Glee Comedy Club at the Arcadian – go along on a Thursday for Comedy and Curry night at a bargainous price.
4. Fancy a drink? There are some quaint bars and pubs on the canal for a drink or meal out and a bit of respite in a slightly more scenic spot. Could make for a more interesting pub crawl! Good spot for a date too.
5. Chinese cuisine. Check out the Chinese quarter for a cheap and cheerful all-you-can-eat buffet and lots of interesting food stores to give your taste buds a run for their money.
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6.The Bullring. Offering some quality shopping, with loads of your favourite stores under one roof. Their website will even tell you where you can get student discount.
7. Something different? If the typical chain stores are not your thing, areas like Digbeth are home to a pleasant variety of independent and vintage boutiques. The Custard Factory is a great place to start and frequently hosts all sorts of bazaars, markets and less-mainstream events. Take a stroll around the Cathedral for more cute little outlets.
8. Summertime. In the warmer months, Brindley Place is a nice spot for an urban picnic by the fountains.
9. Entertainment. When you and your mates inevitably get bored of revision, let off some steam at Starcity entertainment complex. It’s the largest in the country, and boasts a 22-lane bowling alley, Vue cinema, casino, an epic mini golf course, soccer centre and more. Sign up on their website for some cheeky deals and student discounts.
10. Shop til you drop! When your student loan comes in, treat yourself to a purchase or two in Luis Vuitton or one of the designer shops in the city centre!
- Taxi: Perry Barr & Hamstead Cars can magic up a people-carrier for a night out with mates.
- Train: This might be a good time to invest in a Student Rail Card. There are train stations peppered throughout the city so even getting from the main shopping or student housing areas to campus for your lectures is sometimes easier done by train. You can even use it to get home for the holidays!
Don't miss out on...
- Birmingham International Carnival: This Caribbean style carnival is held every other year, so you the average student should get a chance to see it at least once. Art, food, entertainment, and culture. Not one to be missed.
- Birmingham Comedy Festival: I know we mentioned it already, but can you blame us? If you don’t leave the gig wearing a smile we faithfully promise to splat a cream pie in our own face, possibly while slipping on a banana skin at the same time.
- St Patrick’s Day: Ah that magical festival in which everyone suddenly discovers they are, in fact, slightly Irish. So put on your green top hat, down that Guiness, and hit the streets like you’re in Riverdance.
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Multicultural, interesting city with lots of shopping close to the centre. Lots of places to eat out, although in the centre mostly chains with more independent places in other areas such as digbeth and suburbs. Broad street offers lots of clubs, there are also comedy clubs, karaoke, big concerts at the arenas around Birmingham and more independent clubs such as rainbow in digbeth.
Birmingham is a great student city as there's so much to do! There are so many places to eat out, because you have such a variety of both restaurants, cafés and fast food places in town, in the bullring, Brindley place, the mail box, and so many more! And if you love curry then the balti triangle is there for you! The nightlife is amazing as you have well over 20 different nights out- they range from super club gatecrasher nights (which has a room for everyone's taste) to rainbow and Ouse which are great for house lovers, and then places like jam house, for a more chilled out jazzy night! There are also so many pubs and bars if you just fancy a pint or a couple cocktails! The shopping is amazing as the bullring has a large variety of both high street and designers stores, and at Christmas town is lit up by the German market which is the best way to get into the Christmas spirit! Transport is brilliant as you can get everywhere by train and it's cheap
Crime is rather high in Birmingham which is always a worry to students. However, the nightlife is great and provides something for all people, even with unusual music tastes. The trains and buses are so frequent that Birmingham is easy to get around.
Great city with a lot of culture. There is currently a redevelopment of the city taking place making it a much more modern and exciting city. The bullring makes it brilliant for shopping, and there's a lot of really good places to eat. Overall a very great city to live in and cheap as well.