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Birmingham

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By member811462
On 22nd July 15

Living in Birmingham

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.


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!

Getting about

  • 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.


49 Birmingham Reviews


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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd July 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 22nd July 15

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 21st July 15

Unbelievable city

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th July 15

Birmingham is an affordable city to live in. You can cut finances down with student ID in many high street retail shops and for food. I walked everywhere so did not spend anything on transport.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 11th July 15

East transport links all over the city

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 11th July 15

Birmingham is the place to be! I love it and wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

I love my new home town. So much better compared to where I used to live

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th July 15

Bullring in close proximity with good shops and easy access

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th July 15

Great for uni experience, big, and lots to do!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

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, caf├ęs 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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

Love the socialness of birmingham.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

Best Uni city out there - affordable, safe and best nightlife (outside of London)

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th July 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

Best city!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

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.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th July 15

Once you get use to the city it's wonderful!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 9th July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 9th July 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 8th July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 8th July 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 8th July 15

2nd biggest city in the country? What's more to say?

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 8th July 15

Birmingham is the ideal student city.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 8th July 15

The university is a short walk from campus, and if you are at a university other than Aston away from the city centre it's usually one bus or train journey

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 8th July 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 7th July 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 7th July 15

Christmas market makes this town

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 7th July 15

Birmingham is a brilliant student city, there are tons of us here making going out brilliant. The shopping is some of the best in the country, with loads of places to eat and drink.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 7th July 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 7th July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 3rd July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 2nd July 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 2nd July 15

Huge train station, bullring is great and so much to do!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 22nd May 15

Nights out are great. Always somewhere new to eat and although public transport is expensive. You can go anywhere

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th April 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 24th April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 23rd April 15

busy city would be better if there was places to sit on parks etc in the summer.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 22nd April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 22nd April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 21st April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st April 15

All good but really expensive :)

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 28th March 15

Hate london midland

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