The nicest places to live in Birmingham

Birmingham remains one of the most important cities in the UK and is one of the major centres of commerce outside of London. Its location north of London has made it incredibly important to trade and commerce and it is the second largest city in the UK with a population of over 1 million. It’s a very popular place to live with over 2 million people living in the greater area. With that in mind we decided to look at where to live in Birmingham and what you can expect if you move there.

Where to live in Birmingham

With such a large population and area it’s unsurprising that there are plenty of great options for areas and places to live. However, as an incredibly large city there are also plenty of areas to avoid! In the central area Edgbaston, Harbourne and Moseley are amongst the nicer areas with plenty of varied accommodation options and some great lively areas. Moseley offers some of the best pubs and bars in the city with a strong uni student presence and plenty of great atmosphere. Selly Oak and Quinton are two of the cheaper areas and very student orientated but offer a nicer place to live if budget is an option. The South East and North East sides of the city towards the suburbs offer some of the better family friendly options with Sutton Coldfield and Solihull being two of the nicer areas to live in. There’s really a huge amount on offer so it’s a good idea to do some in depth research into particular areas to find something that suits your own needs. However, it’s probably advisable to avoid a lot of the city centre areas which tend to be a little rougher; such as Sparkhill, Small Heath and Aton. The city centre itself is nice enough and offers some of the most luxurious flats to rent in Birmingham.

What to do in Birmingham

Birmingham is actually one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the UK and there really is a lot going on all the time. With three universities and two university colleges there is a lot of student life on all the time and you can expect a very lively nightlife during student terms! There’s really a lot on offer throughout the city and the pubs and clubs open long into the night. Broad Street and Brindleyplace are the centre of nightlife within the city. Aside from the centre Moseley and its environs offer some of the better pubs but you can find a great mixture throughout the city areas. Beyond the nightlife Birmingham offers some incredible shopping opportunities with a sprawling city centre and a variety of shopping centres offering everything you could probably ever want. The city is also rich artistically and culturally with some of the UK’s most impressive shows. The NEC offers an incredible amount of entertainment and you’ll be able to find something exciting to see or do every week if time allows.  Beyond that Birmingham is home to an incredible amount of culture with the Birmingham royal ballet, the Birmingham symphony orchestra and the Barber institute of fine arts amongst the cities many cultural gems.