One of Europe’s most exciting destinations, Birmingham is brimming with life and culture, making it a wonderful place to live, study and work. The city offers culture and diversity, and most of our students fall in love with the city – around 40% of our graduates choose to make Birmingham their home.
Foodies love Birmingham for its diversity, boasting a melting pot of cultures and a flourishing ethnic restaurant scene. Catering to all tastes and budgets, the city is home to the famous Balti Triangle, a must-visit place for curry lovers. Birmingham’s Chinese district sits alongside traditional pub grub, meaning you really are spoilt for choice.
Declared Britain’s foodiest town by BBC food magazine ‘Olive’, Birmingham also boasts Michelin star restaurants Purnell’s, Simpson’s and Turner’s for those with more expensive tastes. But our food festivals offer Michelin-starred food at student prices, and our monthly farmers’ market provides fresh, locally sourced produce. Those looking for a ‘foodie’ day out can head down to Moseley’s award-winning food markets to sample homemade Caribbean rum cake or enjoy a variety of fruit wines and ciders.
At Christmas, the popular Frankfurt Market arrives in the city, selling all kinds of gifts, jewellery, German mulled wine, beer and sausages.
Birmingham is a vibrant and exciting city that is full of culture. Events such as the Taste of Birmingham occur every summer attracting visitors from around the globe with an opportunity to buy and taste different cuisines.
Whether you are looking to fine dine or grab a quick meal you have a variety to choose from. Numerous restaurants offer French, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Lebanese and many more different types of cuisine to choose from.
Home to the Iconic Bullring shopping centre, Birmingham is the premium shopping destination for the West Midlands. Find exclusive designer brands, high street retailers, vintage stores and iconic, quirky domestic brands all based within the City centre. Birmingham is also home to the Mailbox, Cube and Fort Shopping centre which are an extension of variety in terms of shopping, eating and entertainment.
Broad Street is well known for being the centre of the nightlife action and is home to Birmingham biggest nightclub Gatecrasher. With four club rooms all playing a variety of music, ranging from the biggest dance and house anthems to alternative indie and dubstep, this club really does have something for everyone.
For a whole night out in one venue try Bar Risa in the heart of Broad Street, which plays host to one on the biggest club nights on a Saturday with 6 rooms of epic music.