Birmingham Student Guide

Posted at: 1:22 pm,  09/02/2016

Location:

Birmingham is certainly one of the most familiar places in the United Kingdom and has long since been the crown jewel of the West Midlands. The most recent figures seem to indicate that there are roughly 1,101,360 living in Birmingham. It is the second most populated area in the UK, secondly only to that of London.

Culture:

There are plenty of museums to see in Birmingham with everything from Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum and Lapworth Museum of Geology as well which also has access for the culture vultures of Birmingham. If you’re looking to learn more about the history of Birmingham, then it is worth visiting these fantastic museums, especially those students looking to study history at university!

But maybe a movie is more your thing? If you’re looking to see the latest film releases, we recommend going to Birmingham Cineworld or even the Odeon. For those looking for more independent features, we recommend joining the local film club and seeing what is offered there!

Sometimes people like to know which famous people came from Birmingham; well fear not! We’ve got a list of people here: Ozzy Osbourne, Lee Hendrie, Gabriel Agbonglahor, John Oliver, Martin Shaw, Alan Smith & Neville Chamberlain.

Nightlife:

Birmingham offers some of the very best in terms of nightlife activities. Whether it be a restaurant, a bar, a nightclub or just a cosy pub, be sure to have your student NUS card and take a look at what student discounts you could apply for!

One such place is PRYZM nightclub which has a tremendous reputation around Birmingham for being one of the best places to go for a night out, includes a VIP section too. The suggestion is to go on a Thursday night according to reviews.

Island Bar is another bar which is a guaranteed good night out, boasting some of the best cocktails and mojitos in all of Birmingham. The regulars say how great the bar is, which is why it has such great reviews, it’s very student orientated, and perhaps you’ll be a regular at Island Bar soon?!

The Lost & Found Bar & Grill is another place that has long been a favourite of locals for its chilled atmosphere and fantastic food! Make sure you check it out!

Activities:

Birmingham plays host to some interesting festivals too! There’s the Moseley Folk Festival, the Oxjam Birmingham; there is also the BritAsiaTV Awards. In 2017 Black Sabbath will also be bringing their The End Tour to Birmingham too. These events interest a wide variety of people and are particularly popular with students!

Transport:

Birmingham has one of the largest transportation routes in the UK. With bus and train services coming as standard there are also many different ways to get around. One of which is the Birmingham Airport which is one of the busiest in the UK, so make sure you book up if you plan on using it!


The Genting Arena

The Genting Arena holds a variety of shows and performances; comedy shows from Russel Howard and Jack Whitehall to performances from Kings of Leon and Olly Murs and much much more. There will sure to be something of interest for everyone here.

MADE Festival

Birmingham's largest music festival, starting at 12 pm and lasting up until 6 am! They have a day/night and day & night tickets, depending what you fancy! Performances are by the biggest DJ's and artists from around the world!

Bullring Shopping Centre

The Bullring is Birmingham's largest shopping centre, with over 160 stores! Once you're tired from shopping then you can refuel at one of the 35 restaurants or bars. Don't forget your student card for discounts!