Living in Birmingham

Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK and offers all the attractions, entertainment, nightlife and culture befitting a world-class destination.

Hailed by Rough Guides in 2015 as one of the world’s 'Top 10 Cities', Birmingham has won praise from internationally respected publications including the New York Times. Travel website Expedia named Birmingham the world’s fastest growing Christmas and New Year destination while Group Leisure magazine tipped it as the 'Best UK City to Visit'.

Once known as “the city of a thousand trades,” Birmingham has reinvented itself, not least as a thriving student city. It has the youngest population of any major European city – under-25s account for nearly 40% of the population – and there is a high graduate retention rate among the 65,000 students who choose to study here. 

Natwest's Student Living Index 2016 also named Birmingham in the top 10 of the most cost-effective cities in the UK for students. Students in Birmingham pay almost £5 less per week on rent than the average student in the UK. It means the city, the biggest in the UK outside London, offers better value for money than places such as Manchester, Leeds and Bristol. 

Get a flavour of our city by taking a look at the video below courtesy of National Expressor have a read through Independent Birmingham's 'Fifty reasons to stay away from Birmingham'