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12 Reasons to Consider Student Accommodation in Birmingham City Centre

Posted 4 Dec 2023

Are you considering studying in the West Midlands? There are a selection of benefits to choosing student life in Birmingham, from the excellent transport links to the world’s biggest Primark. In this blog, we’re sharing 12 reasons to consider student accommodation in Birmingham city centre.

Where do most students live in Birmingham?

Student accommodation in Birmingham city centre is incredibly popular, as it provides the complete university experience. Birmingham is renowned as one of the most popular university cities in the country, with over 80,000 students calling the second city their home during their studies. With eight universities around Birmingham, it attracts students not from just around the United Kingdom but also the world. Read on to find out why.

Is Birmingham good for students?

Yes! Birmingham is a brilliant place for students. The city is bursting with things to do, including bars, restaurants and activities to visit with new friends. Birmingham also has excellent transport links, making it perfect for visiting family. Here are some more reasons to consider accommodation in Birmingham city centre:

Exterior of the Birmingham City University

1. Renowned universities

The most important factor to think about when choosing your student accommodation is whether the local universities are right for you. The University of Birmingham is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, ranking in the best 100 universities in the world. Birmingham City University has recently undergone a £340 million transformation, making it another excellent choice. Whichever university you choose, our Birmingham true student accommodation will be ready to greet you.

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2. Great transport links

Being in the middle of the country has its perks! Our student accommodation is just a few streets from Birmingham New Street station, where you can catch direct trains to London, Manchester, Leeds and even Edinburgh. If you drive, you can travel around the UK on the motorway, with the M6 being a stone’s throw away. These transport links make it easy to visit family and friends at the weekends and at the end of semesters. For more information about Birmingham’s travel links, visit our blog: Making the Most out of Birmingham’s Transport System

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3. Low cost of living

In comparison to other cities like London, it’s generally cheaper to live in Birmingham student accommodation. Food and drink prices are usually lower, making it easier to buy your essentials, as well as socialise freely with your friends. Choosing to live in the city centre places you closer to basic amenities like shops, as well as making it less difficult to get to your university classes.

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4. Job opportunities

Are you thinking of working alongside studying? The job market in Birmingham is thriving, with shops, restaurants and other businesses always looking for part time staff. Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe, with under-25s accounting for almost 40% of the population. This is even more reason why students are welcomed into businesses.

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5. Student discounts

Birmingham is a prime shopping destination, visited by people all over the UK. Nearby our Birmingham true student accommodation is the Bullring and Grand Central, home to over 150 stores. With so many big name brands in the city, it’s unsurprising that you can take advantage of student discounts! We’d recommend downloading an app like UNiDAYS to keep on track of any offers.

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6. The nightlife

Nightlife is a huge part of university living. With freshers and student nights a staple part of student life, having student accommodation in the city centre means you’re at the heart of it all. For those looking to party until the early hours then Broad Street is the place to go, while relaxing afternoon drinks after classes can be enjoyed at Brindley Place and Digbeth.

Old fashioned car travels over bridge at the Black Country Living Museum

7. Fascinating museums

Birmingham is famed for its rich culture. Explore Aston Hall, one of the last Jacobean houses to be built, or venture to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom, where the playwright was educated. And, just outside of Birmingham you can find the famous Black Country Living Museum, where most of the BBC show Peaky Blinders was filmed. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, The Coffin Works is a unique museum all about the manufacturing of coffins. If you choose student accommodation in Birmingham city centre, you’ll have time to browse each one!

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8. The food

From Birmingham Baltis to beautiful brunch, there’s no shortage of excellent food options to enjoy in the city. Cuisines like Mexican, Argentinean and Indian are all found in the city. If you’re looking to cater to a number of different tastes, then the Digbeth Dining Club may be the place to go, as there are so many different pop-up restaurants available here, including award-winning Thai food, pizzas, and pies. For more recommendations read this blog: Best Bottomless Brunches in Birmingham

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9. The world’s biggest Primark

If you need one reason to consider student accommodation in Birmingham city centre, it’s the prospect of having the world’s biggest Primark on your doorstep. Explore five floors of clothes, homeware, gifts and cafés. Find something new every time you visit, or enjoy a different taste experience. Whether you try the Mickey Mouse waffles at the Disney Café or sit in a sugar donut booth at ‘Tasty’ by Greggs, there’s always an opportunity to refuel your shopping trip.

Canal in Birmingham with house boats

10. Scenic boat trips

Did you know that Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice? There’s no better way to discover the city than on water. There are a number of different boat trips throughout the year, venturing on the twists and turns of the different waterways. Trips like these are the perfect way to learn more about the history of the great city, such as its role in the industrial revolution. Find out more: Birmingham by Canal

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11. Green spaces

On the occasion that you wish to escape from the bustling city, Birmingham has plenty of parks to unwind in. We’d recommend Cannon Hill Park, a natural oasis of woodland and conservation just two miles outside of the city centre. Take a stroll with friends, or sit and study in the sun for your end of year exams in summer.

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12. Cadbury World

Last but not least, the sweetest attraction to Birmingham. Cadbury has been making chocolate in the city since 1824, and visitors can learn all about the process and the history of the manufacturers - as well as testing some of the treats. Plus, you can pay a visit to the largest Cadbury shop in the world to stock up on study snacks before you leave. Learn more: Cadbury World

We hope that our 12 reasons to consider student accommodation in Birmingham city centre have left you feeling inspired. Ready to take the next step? Find out all about our true student Birmingham accommodation: true student Birmingham

Posted 4 Dec 2023