Where Do Students Live In Birmingham?

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Birmingham is the second largest student city in the country. There are three large universities in Birmingham, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University and Aston University, meaning the city is very much a thriving student haven. Whether you’re moving out of first-year halls or just trying to find a place to live, there are numerous areas that are popular with students of all three universities. Let’s check out the top areas for students to live in Birmingham!

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University of Birmingham

Edgbaston/Selly Oak

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The most popular student area in the city for University of Birmingham students, Edgbaston/Selly Oak is the very definition of a ‘student hub’. Lining the streets are characterful terraced houses used as house-shares by students, as well as purpose-built student accommodations. You’ll never be too far from your friends here given the amount of students living in the area making student life exciting.

There are all the amenities that you need, with local shops, bars, restaurants and pubs operating a very student-orientated outlook. Rent prices are some of the most affordable in the city, making it ideal for student budgets. Transport links are amazing with bus links along Bristol Road particularly convenient. 

Additionally, from Selly Oak station you can reach the city centre in just a handful of minutes. The University is only a short walk away, and it actually has its own railway station. It’s the only university in the country to have one! 

City Centre

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Though not as convenient for the University as the likes of Selly Oak, the city centre is also a thriving destination for university students in Birmingham. You have everything on your doorstep, from the big chain restaurants and shops, to the buzzing nightlife in the city. More of an upscale option, the quality of accommodations in the city centre can be excellent. Though, rent prices will be some of the highest in the city for student accommodation. However, the convenience of living in the city centre could persuade you!


A student favourite, Moseley is a very popular area for students to live while in Birmingham. It’s trendy and unique, with lots of awesome independent shops and pubs scattered around. Despite being slightly further away from the University as Selly Oak, transport links to/from the area are excellent with a 25 minute bus journey getting you to the University and 30 minute journey for the city centre. Rents are affordable and all important amenities are nearby!

Birmingham City University and Aston University


Excellently located for Birmingham City and Aston University students, the areas of Eastside and Digbeth truly are student havens. A short walk from the Coach station, as well as Moor Street Station, Eastside and Digbeth are perfect for students looking for a unique area on the doorstep of the city centre buzz. There are endless things to do with superb live music venues, delicious eateries and great pubs scattered throughout.

One of the many Birmingham canals passing
One of the many Birmingham canals passing

City Centre

The city centre takes another spot on this list. The location is brilliant for both universities, with transport links taking you anywhere in Birmingham in short time. While the rents tend to be on the pricier side, the location, convenience of amenities and quality of housing available all make the city centre a superb area for students of Birmingham City University and Aston University.

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