What is Birmingham city itself like? I’ve heard there are lots of shops, but I don’t know much more
Indeed there are – however, Birmingham is much more than lots of shops, you may be glad to hear!
I personally really love Birmingham as a city, uni connections aside. There’s a train station on campus, where you can get a train to New Street Station. This has just had a massive makeover, and I’ve heard it’s looking pretty amazing. Obviously, there’s the Bullring, with some amazing shops, and a fantastic juice bar, as well as all the shops up and down the length of New Street itself.
As a musician, I’m very fond of the wealth of venues in the city, from more ‘classical’ venues, such as the Symphony Hall, and UoB’s very own Elgar Concert Hall! However, I also have a keen interest in live gigs, and Birmingham has many venues for a variety of genres. I personally love the Hare & Hounds in Kingsheath, or the Institute in Digbeth, but there’s so much more available if you want to find good music!
A fun fact, Birmingham is the UK’s foodiest city, from some very nice restaurants and bars, to great street food markets. The nightlife is also wide reaching, so whether you like clubs, or prefer a small gathering at a bar, there’s something for everyone.
Also, even though you’d be a student here, there’s no shame in doing the ‘touristy’ stuff, like looking over the city from the central library balconies, or going to the annual German Christmas Market! And the great thing about Birmingham is, the longer you’re here, the more you’ll find and enjoy!