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Student life in Birmingham


Local gems, tips and things to do, as recommended by students

Treat yourself
The Jam House for food, drinks and funky jazz music.
Low on cash
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is free.
Sunday chilling
Walk along the canal or chill in Canon Hill Park.
When Family visit
The Mailbox for (slightly nicer) shopping and food.
Grab a bite
Tuck in to a bargain curry at the Royal Orchid.
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WATCH: What students think of Birmingham

What students say about Birmingham's...

City Life
The best thing is how diverse it is, from the different cultures to the music and food. With Chinatown and Brum's famous Curry Mile on your doorstep, what more could you want?
Jasmine, Aston University graduate
Nightlife
Selly Oak has several great places to drink if you fancy a pub night, with The Bristol Pear, The Soak and The Goose all on Bristol Road.
2nd year student at University of Birmingham, 2016
Nightlife
Fab N Fresh is the best night there is, particularly in 2nd and 3rd year as it becomes a social hub. Events like OUSE and Magic Door are different, fun and involve a bit of dressing up.
3rd year student at University of Birmingham, 2016
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Living in Birmingham


Housing, transport and budgeting tips

How we calculate this data
Average weekly rents
Private Landlord
£69 - £119
Average
Housing value for money
Fair deal
Where you'll find students
Selly Oak
Perry Barr
Erdington
Local transport
£9.75
Based on a West Midlands 4-weekly mTicket (£39)
(Bus)

What students say about living in Birmingham...

Living Here
Started looking in November/December [for housing] for the following year. There wasn't really any competition because we sorted it before a lot of people did.
2nd year student at Birmingham City University, 2016
Living Here
It's perfectly possible to not arrange anything until Easter time - there are more houses in Selly Oak than people.
2nd year student at University of Birmingham, 2016
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Student money tip
Get cheap fruit and veg at the Bullring market.

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Where to study in Birmingham

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How we calculate our data: Average mean rents via Spareroom.co.uk (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

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