Life in Birmingham

Birmingham is a character city and historical hub of industry, with lots to explore. You can board the inter-city tram or hire an electric scooter to navigate the streets independently.

The Worcester and Birmingham canal winds through the city centre and is surrounded by an eclectic variety of waterside bars and restaurants at Brindleyplace.


Vibrant city

The Black Country Living Museum is a fascinating interactive and immersive experience of 19th Century history. It’s also the filming location for many period dramas, including the BBC’s Peaky Blinders.

If you’re a chocolate fan, head over to Bournville, the home of the world-famous Cadbury World Factory. You can actually smell chocolate in the air!


Find your stage

Birmingham is home to a selection of the UK’s top performance venues, with all the major theatre and concert tours sure to make a stop.


Birmingham Hippodrome
Hurst Street

The Birmingham Hippodrome is one of the most popular theatres in the country and has over half a million people visit each year.

Alexandra Theatre
Suffolk Street Queensway

Both The Birmingham Rep and The Alexandra Theatre have excellent programmes of musicals and plays, with affordable student tickets available.

The Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company in nearby Stratford-upon-Avon is the place to experience classical theatre in all its glory.

World Class Arenas

The Utilita Arena and Resorts World Arena host concerts from the biggest recording artists in the world.

An exciting future

Birmingham is fast cementing its reputation as a cultural hub of the UK as more and more creatives flock to the city.

With the BBC recently announcing it is opening a new centre of excellence in production near to our college in Digbeth, plus the arrival of HS2 creating super-fast links to London, there are even more inspiring times on the horizon. HS2 is currently being developed.


Living here


Birmingham has something for everyone. You can be in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the city environment, be a part of the film, literature and music festivals and embrace the nightlife, or enjoy the laid-back café culture and atmosphere on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

There are stunning green spaces to be found, including the beautiful Cannon Hill and Sutton Parks. There’s also the renowned Botanical Gardens, which are the perfect complement to the urban landscape, providing relaxation and tranquillity within the fast- paced city.

Any questions?

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