About Birmingham

Birmingham is the second largest student city in the UK and is located in the West Midlands. An ever popular destination for those studying in higher education. The city has three large universities located here: The University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University and Aston University. The city has lots to offer, with access to some of the UK’s most popular music venues, restaurants and nightlife.

The city is home to famous landmarks such as the Bullring Shopping Centre and the Jewellery Quarter. Football fans will love the chance to see Aston Villa and Birmingham City who both play in the city. You’ll also have popular venues like Edgbaston, the Arena Birmingham, O2 Institute close at hand.

You’ll also have access to numerous galleries and museums including the famous Cadbury World, for all those lovers of chocolate. Student Accommodation in Birmingham is also widely available and there are great options no matter where you are studying.

Popular Student Areas of Birmingham

Edgbaston/Selly Oak

Edgbaston and Selly Oak are the definition of ‘student areas’. The streets are lined with terraced houses and it’s know for it’s large number of student house shares, as well a range of popular purpose built student accommodation. You’ll never be far from friends or classmates, given the volume of students who live in the area.

Enjoy all the local amenities you could need, with bars, pubs, supermarkets and restaurants all catering to the local student residents. Rent is often the most affordable in Birmingham, which often suits a student budget. Transport options are also great and bus services along Bristol Road makes getting around particularly easy. Also, Selly Oak train station offers you access to the city centre in just a few minutes. The University of Birmingham is a short walk, and has it’s own station, which is perfect for any Birmingham student who enjoys convenience.

City Centre

A little less convenient for the University of Birmingham, but the city centre is home to a equally vibrant student culture. The centre is perfect for Aston University and Birmingham City University students and you also have a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars available to you at all times.

Rent prices will be some of the highest in the city for student accommodation. However, the convenience of living in the city centre could offset this. This is the perfect options for students looking to be in the thick off it and who enjoy city living.


Moseley is a very popular area for Birmingham students to live. It’s unique, trendy and has a number of fantastic independent pubs, bars, eateries and shops to visit.

Despite being a bit further out than Selly Oak, it has great transport links to the universities. So you’ll never be too far from the action. From here you can get to the University of Birmingham in 25 minutes and the city centre in just 30 minutes. Rents remain affordable and all the important amenities are nearby.


Perfectly positioned for Aston University and Birmingham City University students, Eastside and Digbeth are real student favourites. Eastside and Digbeth are great for students looking for a distinct area right on the doorstep of the bustling city centre. Numerous things to do with delicious eateries, fantastic live music venues, and great pubs available throughout.

Top Universities in Birmingham

  • University of Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University
  • Aston University
  • Newman University
  • University College Birmingham