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Life In Birmingham

The quality of life in Britain’s second city is high and our residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to filling their spare time.

High quality, affordable housing, an excellent transport system and a rich and diverse cultural offering make Birmingham an ideal home.

Find out more about all that Birmingham has to offer.

Top Eleven Birmingham Facts

  1. Birmingham has the largest number of young people in its city than any of its European counterparts. Of the city’s hugely multicultural population, a staggering 40% is made up of people under 25.
  2. Birmingham has staged more world and European championships than any other UK city & produced some of the most iconic trophies; with the FA Cup, and Wimbledon Men’s & Ladies singles trophies being top of the list.
  3. Referees wouldn’t be referees without Brum! – The Acme Thunder whistle; beloved of referees worldwide is made here in Birmingham.
  4. £2.43 billion annual expenditure places Birmingham in the top three most popular places to shop in the UK. With the Bullring Shopping Centre drawing in more than 40 million customers a year.
  5. Sir Michael Caine couldn’t have done the Italian Job without Birmingham. The original mini was produced continuously at Longbridge, Birmingham for 41 years.
  6. Despite the industrial nature of this fabulous city, Birmingham is extremely proud to be one of the greenest cities in the UK. With over 8,000 acres of parks and green space, Birmingham is a haven for nature lovers living in the city, and even has more trees than Paris.
  7. Birmingham Hippodrome is the nation’s busiest theatre with over 520,000 visitors attending performances each year – making it even more popular than London’s West End.
  8. Home to the world’s most skilled jewellers, the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter is a national treasure with a mecca of independent designers that produce exquisite handmade pieces and makes up to 40% of all UK’s jewellery.
  9. 37 is the number at Birmingham’s recently revamped New Street Station, with a train arriving or departing every 37 seconds.
  10. The Balti was born here in Birmingham in the 1960s and 70s; and first appeared on a restaurant menu in the City in 1977.
  11. Birmingham is the most Michelin star-laden city outside London with the city now hosting 5 restaurants to receive the prestigious accolade.

Shopping & Entertainment

Birmingham has been re-born as a prominent shopping and entertainment destination. Major developments and a shift in attitude has seen visitors flock to Birmingham for shopping, a great meal or a night on the town.

John Lewis

Opened September 2015; features many new innovations, without surrendering the store’s trademark breath of stock to suit all tastes, there is something undeniably cosmopolitan here. It’s the first John Lewis to have a dedication smartphone bar, a groundbreaking bedroom department called Sleep, a walk-up spa, a demonstration kitchen and a dedicated Edit space in the fashion department.

The Bullring

One of the biggest contributors to Birmingham’s current status was the transformation of the Bullring Shopping Centre in 2003.

The prominent design of its landmark building by Future Systems is now iconic and the image of the curved structure is often used as a representation of the ‘new Birmingham’.

The centre itself is home to over 160 major high street retailers including one of only 4 Selfridges stores in the UK.

Jewellery Quarter

Steeped in history, Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter dates back over 250 years and is home to more than 500 jewellery businesses.

Beyond its heritage, the Jewellery Quarter has become a vibrant and busy area. Since the establishment of the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust in 2011, there have been a number of initiatives put in place which aim to secure significant investment in the area which will see it continue to develop.

Christmas Market

Every winter the city centre is filled with Christmas spirit by the annual Frankfurt Christmas market, the largest of its kind outside of Germany and Austria.

Over 180 stalls sell a wide variety of gifts, jewellery and toys as well as traditional German food and drink.

Now in its 15th year, the Frankfurt Christmas Market has become a huge fixture of the Christmas season in Birmingham and attracts visitors from across the country.


Eating & Drinking

From morning till night, Birmingham has no shortage of places to refuel. Listed below are a few of the most interesting independents.

Breakfast & Brunch

Yorks Bakery Café; Peel & Stone; Bar Opus; Lord Clifton; Urban Coffee Company

Lunchtime Fixes

The Warehouse Café; Yumm Café; Forty Twenty-Three; Bodega; LeTruc

Dining & Drinking

Balti Triangle; Lasan; Purnell’s; Adam’s; The Botanist; 1847; Carters of Moseley


Entertainment

From sparkling drama to cool comedy, powerfull dance to legendary music, your evenings are spoken for.

Theatre

Birmingham Hippodrome, New Alexandra Theatre, The Crescent Theatre, The Rep

Comedy

The Glee Club, Manford’s Comedy Club, Jongleurs

Dance

Mac Birmingham, Dance Xchange, The Drum

Cinema

The Electric, the Mockingbird, Everyman, Odeon

Gigs & Concerts

Town Hall & Symphony Hall, The Hare & Hounds, the 02 Academy, The Barclaycard Arena

Nightlife

Whatever your poison, and whatever your taste in music, Birmingham’s night spots are guaranteed to have you dancing the night away.

Where To Live

Birmingham has a number of different residential areas offering a diverse housing stock. this means that whatever you’re looking for in a new home, Birmingham has something for everyone.

Property prices for buyers stand at approximately £12,000 below the national average and represent excellent value for money. Those looking to rent will also enjoy similarly good rates with the average ranging from £710pcm to £849pcm.

Click on the map to learn about different areas of Birmingham

Map of Birmingham

Sutton Coldfield

Sutton Park

The historic town of Sutton Coldfield is home to the one of the largest urban parks in Europe, a range of shops and the famous Belfry hotel.

Erdington

Erdington

Erdington is one of Birmingham's up and coming areas, popular with those being priced out of neighbouring Sutton. Erdington's popularity is boosted by excellent transport links, with rail connections to the city centre and easy access to nearby motorways.

Edgbaston

Harborne

At the higher end of the property ladder, the rural beauty of Edgbaston attracts visitors with its botanical gardens and famous cricket and tennis venues.

Harborne

Harborne

Harborne offers upmarket yet affordable housing as well as plenty of pubs and restaurants. The high street boasts Michelin-starred Turner’s and the Harborne Food School.

Selly Oak

Selly Oak

Whilst primarily a student area, Selly Oak has proved to be a popular area to live in Birmingham with its affordable housing and plenty of schools and parks.

Moseley

Moseley

Moseley is a thriving cultural hub of restaurants, bars and shops. Moseley recently topped a Sunday Times list of the best places to live in the UK, and is home to one of the 5 Michelin Star restaurants in the City.

Bournville

Bournville

Bournville is home to the chocolaty delights of Cadbury’s world as well as beautiful semi-detached houses and modern flats.

Education

Birmingham is home to over 400 schools providing a rich choice of institution to ensure that your children receive the best possible education.

The council takes education very seriously, and ensuring that every child has access to the highest possible standards of teaching is a top priority. This has been an area of great success, 81% of Local Authority schools are classified as good – excellent by OFSTED and GCSE and A-level results both stand above the national average.

Birmingham’s commitment to top quality education doesn’t stop there, for those seeking higher education there are a number of respected establishments to choose from including the University of Birmingham, Aston University and Birmingham City University.

Transport

Taking its place in the heart of England, Birmingham boasts excellent transport links both within the city and surrounding areas as well as with the rest of the country and Europe.

Birmingham’s bustling main station, New Street; has been completely overhauled making it a free-flowing travel hub designed to service the thousands of local and national rail travelers who pass through it each day. Around the station, Grand Central has been built, creating new pedestrian links and a new central mall that serves commuters and city shoppers alike.

Birmingham’s extensive bus network connects the entire city allowing residents to reach even the far corners with ease.

Birmingham’s excellent transport system has made 98% of the UK’s consumer and business markets within 4 hour’s travel time. This also makes Birmingham accessible to over 400 million people.

At the heart of the UK motorway network, Birmingham is linked by the M5, M6, M40 and M42 as well as the A34 and A38. This on top of being less than 30 minutes from the M1 makes Birmingham one of the easiest places to drive to in the UK.

National Express links Birmingham to 500 destinations in Europe and 1,200 locations in the UK, this includes an hourly service to London Victoria and incredible links to all major airports in the country.

Over £300 million has been invested in Birmingham Airport over the past 10 years, meaning Birmingham now boasts world class facilities and state-of-the-art infrastructure, including a newly extended runway. Aircrafts can now fly further, bring new long-haul destinations within direct range for the first time, including the Far East, the West Coast of the U.S, South America and South Africa.

Birmingham Airport is also home to around 50 airlines that operate to 143 direct routes, including daily flights to New York, Istanbul and Dubai.

Why Move To Birmingham From London?

Housing

Birmingham has some of the most affordable housing prices in the country.

£ 168,062

average house price in Birmingham

£ 556,3502

average house price in London

31 min

average commuting time in Birmingham

47 min

average commuting time in London

Living

The cost of living is significantly cheaper in Birmingham - whether that’s for clothes, eating out or just getting from A to B.

£ 57

monthly travelcard in Birmingham

£ 181

monthly travelcard in London

£ 2.58

cost of a pint of beer in Birmingham

£ 3.79

cost of a pint of beer in London

£ 24

average monthly gym membership in Birmingham

£ 47

average monthly gym membership in London

£ 5

average price of a cinema ticket in Birmingham

£ 12

average price of a cinema ticket in London

Environment

Birmingham offers a great quality of life, with over 500 parks and the most green space of any European city.

6

trees per person in and around Birmingham

1

trees per person in Greater London

13 %

of Birmingham is parks & green public space

5.77 %

of London is park & green public space

Why Move To Birmingham From Manchester?

Housing

Birmingham has some of the most affordable housing prices in the country.

£ 168,062

average house price in Birmingham

£ 171,436

average house price in Manchester

£ 804

average rent of a two-bedroom in Birmingham

£ 894

average rent of a two-bedroom in Manchester

85 mins

average train journey to London from Birmingham

130 mins

average train journey to London from Manchester

Living

The cost of living is significantly cheaper in Birmingham - whether that’s for clothes, eating out or just getting from A to B.

£ 57

monthly travelcard in Birmingham

£ 113

monthly travelcard in Manchester

£ 2.58

cost of a pint of beer in Birmingham

£ 3.10

cost of a pint of beer in Manchester

5

Michelin starred restaurants in Birmingham

0

Michelin starred restaurants in Manchester

£ 499

price of a season ticket at West Brom

£ 950

price of a season ticket at Manchester United

8

Schools in the top 100 for GCSE results from Birmingham

2

Schools in the top 100 for GCSE results from Manchester

26

Museums in Birmingham

20

Museums in Manchester

Environment

Birmingham offers a great quality of life, with over 500 parks and the most green space of any European city.

571

number of parks in Birmingham

160

number of parks in Manchester

On top of that...

At Christmas time, Birmingham holds the largest German market outside of Austria and Germany. with over 180 stalls.

Birmingham Hippodrome is the busiest and most popular theatre in the UK with over 520,000 visitors taking their seats at performances every year.

Birminghams 'Balti triangle' district has over a 100 curry houses, and brings in over 20,000 hungry visitors each week.

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