The second-largest city in the UK is home to several universities – with over 80,000 students – and has everything from buzzing markets to big nights out. It’s rich with culture and intertwined with nature, so it’s no surprise Birmingham is loved by students from all over the world.
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Students are spoilt for choice with things to do on nights out. And everything is close by. Just 5-minutes walking takes you to Broad Street – the heart of pubs and clubs. From bierkellers to reggae bingo, DJs to live music, there is something for every mood.
Sport? Shopping? Cinema? Take your pick. Home to multiple famous football teams, there’s always a game to catch. Bullring & Grand Central and Mailbox Birmingham, two iconic landmarks which, between them, are packed full of shopping experiences and restaurants. For chocolate lovers, at some point during your time in Birmingham you need to visit Cadbury world – the closest place you’ll find in real life to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
The Birmingham Library is a go-to for students. Not necessarily for the reasons you might think; it has an amazing viewpoint of the whole city. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is host to a series of pop-up displays and live events. And, of course, the canals. With about 35 miles of canal, Birmingham has more canals flowing through and around it than Venice.
Birmingham is richly diverse, which means the cuisines on offer are vast and delicious. Curry is perhaps the most easily found; especially in The Balti Triangle, which has the highest concentration of Balti houses in the city serving up some of the best curries in the UK. A popular spot and arguably the student-favourite for food is the previous winner of Best Street Food Event, Digbeth Dining Club. And when hungry students don’t want to go out, they have Hungry Panda, Uber, Deliveroo and Just Eat at their fingertips.