Study in Birmingham
With 65,000 students, three universities (Aston, Birmingham and Birmingham City) and two university colleges (University College Birmingham and Newman University College), Birmingham is the UK’s second largest student city.
It offers students a wide range of activities, from sports, with activities like golf, ice-skating, swimming and tennis available at various locations around the city, as well as high quality sports facilities at the three universities themselves. Birmingham also has a lively nightlife and culture with many different restaurants close to the ‘Balti Triangle’, clubs and bars, museums and theatres located all over the city. Shopping is prominent in Birmingham too, with the UK’s largest city centre shopping mall, The Bullring Centre, along with the usual high street and designer stores found in the city centre.
Why Should I Study in Birmingham
- All three universities in Birmingham are in the top 100 universities in the UK, with the University of Birmingham at #23, so you will receive outstanding education in which ever university you choose to study at.
- Birmingham is far cheaper than London
- Enhanced career prospects with the growth in finance and commerce
- There are more miles of canal in Birmingham than Venice, more trees than in Paris and more parks than any other European city
- Birmingham has been shortlisted to become the first UK City of Culture in 2013
Getting Around Birmingham
Train – Birmingham has eight local rail lines that offer a quick way to get between all attractions and venues. You can also head down to Moor Street Station, near the Bullring, for easy day trips to places like Solihull, Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon. Find out more at NetworkWestMidlands.com.
Bus – There is a huge network of buses in Birmingham that links the whole city. Most buses have low floors for easy access for pushchairs and wheelchair users. Please note that buses only stop at official stops and you need to give the exact fare to the driver when you board. Find out more at NetworkWestMidlands.com.
Taxi – Taxis are useful for those with heavy luggage or people going home after a night out. Taxis can be hailed in the street or found at one of many taxi ranks in the city centre, such as New Street Station. A great alternative is Computer Cab taxis that operate all across Birmingham, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If possible, pre-book the journey and get an estimate for the fare beforehand.
Canal – Although they’re not the fastest mode of transport, longboats are a great way to get a unique insight into Birmingham’s heritage. Head to Gas Street Basin near Brindleyplace if you fancy using this interesting form of transport.
Bike – Cycling can be a great way to see some of the city’s beautiful parks and waterways. Cycle lanes and paths can be found on most roads into and around Birmingham.
Foot – Most of Birmingham’s attractions are in walking distance of each other, with great places to stop and get a drink or snack. It’s a great way to explore Birmingham, especially with a guided or self-guided walking tour, so you don’t miss anything.