About Birmingham and Student Life

Student Life in Birmingham

With a state-of-the-art public library, a stunning new train station and a booming food and drink scene, it’s not difficult to see why Birmingham has been tipped as one of the top cities to visit in the world everywhere from the New York Times to the Lonely Planet Guide.

As far as student life goes you would be hard pressed to find anywhere better. Birmingham is the largest centre for higher education outside London in the UK, and with just under half of the population under the age of 30, it’s also one of the youngest cities in Europe. That means not only are there endless places to study and learn within reach of the city centre, but also that the identity of the city is shaped by students, with all of its biggest attractions designed to appeal to people just like you.  

You could be visiting one of Brum’s award-winning galleries, catching a film at the UK’s oldest cinema or taking a stroll across some of the city’s 14 square miles of green space – whatever your mood, you’ll never be short of something fun to do. There are plenty of websites providing details of events and attractions open in the city to tailor around you. Visit www.livebrum.co.uk or www.visitbirmingham.com to get started.  

Food and Drink

Birmingham is home to over 180 different nationalities – and with that comes an amazing range of cuisine to suit any taste and any budget. Whether it’s a burger at one of the city’s regular street food fairs or haute cuisine at a top restaurant, you are guaranteed to find exactly what you’re looking for well within reach of the city centre.  

Digbeth dining club



UCB is situated in the very heart of Birmingham’s biggest and best spots for going out, with buzzing nightlife centres Broad Street, the Jewellery Quarter and Digbeth just a stone’s throw away.

Birmingham and the surrounding areas also play host to a great range of music festivals and events throughout the year, with weekend-long extravaganzas such as MADE, Moseley Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival and world-famous V-Festival in Staffordshire topping the bill. 


When it comes to shopping in Birmingham the iconic Selfridges building at the top of New Street has no doubt put the city on the map. But any local will tell you there’s much more to explore than the hundreds of shops in and around the Bullring – though it’s a good place to start. The newly opened Grand Central shopping centre sits just on top of New Street station with hoards of shops, bars and restaurants to suit every budget. Prefer independents? The Great Western and Piccadilly Arcades, Oasis Market and Custard Factory are full of quirky, individual spaces with rotating pop-up stores and well-established independent venues. 


Over the past ten years the city of Birmingham has seen its cultural reputation spiral – and for good reason. Home to over 40 galleries, scores of eccentric museums including the famous Coffin Works just next door to UCB, and a constantly expanding number of independent music, theatre and cinema venues, the city is quickly gaining a reputation for being a real cultural hotspot. Find out more on the Visit Birmingham website.