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The city lifestyle on offer in London appeals to most, but often feels out of reach thanks to extortionate rent costs of accommodation and an above average cost of living. If you catch yourself wishing you could afford to live and study in London, try considering Birmingham instead. Birmingham is vibrant, diverse, and can give you just as good a lifestyle as London can, better, in fact, because your pounds will stretch a lot further in the Midlands than they would in London. When it comes to entertainment, Birmingham has it all: theatres, museums, bars, clubs, music venues, restaurants, shops and more. There’s certainly enough to keep you occupied in your free time as a student.
If you’re ever in need of learning resources, you won’t have far to look. The Library of Birmingham is located next to the City Centre Gardens, and is thought to be the biggest public library in the UK and the largest regional library in Europe. As well as housing a huge collection of books, The Library of Birmingham holds a number of events that are incredibly useful for students, including workshops on CV writing, interview techniques and getting to grips with business. The library is also a great space for anyone interested in the arts, it frequently holds events and exhibitions relating to theatre and performance, photography, poetry and creative writing.
Birmingham is regarded as the ‘world’s first manufacturing city’ and was hailed as the ‘City of a Thousand Trades’ after it gained city status in 1889, due to the number of companies that chose to base themselves in the area, mainly because of its extensive water network. Birmingham is also home to the UK’s most prestigious universities. Moreover, you can find student-friendly and cheap student accommodation in Birmingham so you’re going to love it there. All of the student accommodation in Birmingham is ideally situated near the university campuses. You’ll get to live in quality, secure and friendly accommodation.
Arden University is a private, for-profit teaching university in the United Kingdom. It offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with both blended and online distance learning delivery options. Its head office is in Coventry with study centres in Birmingham, Manchester, London and Berlin. Originally established as Resource Development International (RDI) in 1990, it was later bought by Capella Education and awarded university status by the British government in 2015. Since August 2016 it has been owned by Global University Systems.
The Bullring is one of the busiest shopping centres in the world. Here, you can find restaurants and outlets to grab a quick bite to eat, department stores, and a huge variety of high street names. Or if you prefer a little less hustle and bustle, try taking a 10-minute walk to the opposite side of the Bullring and have a stroll along one of Birmingham’s many canals. Surprisingly, Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice!
Arden's Birmingham Study Centre
Birmingham New Street station is just a two-minute walk from Arden study centre. This provides easy access to destinations not only in the local area, but all around the country.
As the UK’s second largest city, Birmingham has great public transport links besides National Rail, the West Midlands Metro reaches from Snow Hill to Wolverhampton, and buses operate day and night all around the city.
If you’re looking to unwind after a few hours of studying, Birmingham has almost 600 parks and outdoor spaces to choose from, this is said to be the most of any European city of a similar size. It’s proven that green space generally has a positive effect on quality of life, and that frequently spending time outdoors can improve mental health, making one of Birmingham’s many open spaces the perfect place to escape to if you’re having a stressful day. Cannon Hill and King’s Heath are two of the most popular parks, but if you feel like exploring what else the city has to offer, try Swanshurst, Fox Hollies or Sandwell Valley.
If you enjoy exploring what Birmingham has to offer, there are plenty of other places in the UK that are great to visit and, as Birmingham is so central, many are easily reachable by public transport. To give you an idea, here are some popular destinations from around the UK and the approximate amount of time it takes to reach them by train from Birmingham.
Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!
Birmingham is home to the chocolate giant, Cadbury. Cadbury World is located in Bournville, just 5 miles out of the city centre. Here, you can learn about chocolate manufacturing, packaging and advertising, and buy yourself a ton of tasty treats. You'll probably deserve it after all those essays and assignments you’ve worked on.
Birmingham has a range of historic buildings and venues, having retained many fine examples of beautiful architecture.The sights and scenery in Birmingham, especially of the city are worth a shot. Birmingham has a great network of buses which makes it easy to get around the city. Popular student accommodation that you can find in Birmingham at UniAcco include: