Second only to London in population, economy, and education, Birmingham is everything a modern British city should be. Bustling and brimming with Brummie energy, the jewel in the crown of the West Midlands has really changed with the times.
The Industrial Revolution brought the city to international prominence back in the 18th Century, and it’s home to one of the most important inventions in history, the industrial steam engine. Today Birmingham is chugging along as a vibrant commercial and leisure hub, with a number of internationally recognised cultural institutions thrown in for good measure.
And with six universities, it enjoys the reputation for being the largest centre of higher education in the UK outside of the capital.
So if you’re ready to rent in Birmingham, here are a few of our favourite areas you should definitely consider.
Location, Location, Location
With some of the most desirable and diverse suburbs in England, students, young professionals, and those with young families will find the perfect setting no matter where their priorities lie. Reliable and regular transport links make commuting to the city centre for work or leisure a piece of cake, and there’s no shortage of top quality pubs, restaurants and theatres for a top night on the tiles.
Village Living in the City
If you’re looking for somewhere cosmopolitan and bohemian in nature, then Moseley in the south-east of the city may just tick all your boxes. Named the best place in the UK for city living by a recent Sunday Times list (beating out illustrious London competition such as Mayfair), Moseley has the feel of a village, yet it’s only 3 miles south of the city centre.
With pubs and parks aplenty, there’s a real buzz about the place underlined by its slew of independent retailers and award-winning establishments. From the wildly popular Prince of Wales to its famous monthly farmers’ market, there’s a fabulous community spirit evident at every turn.
The beautiful and popular Cannon Hill park is home to the Midlands Art Centre, and offers boating, fishing, bowls and tennis to name but a few of the activities available.
For those of you with young families, Moseley has several Primary schools and two Secondary schools; Moseley School, a language college and Queensbridge School, an arts college. It’s also home to the Uffculme School, a special school for children of all ages on the Autistic Spectrum.
Lastly, thanks to one of the continent’s busiest bus routes running through the area, accessing the city centre couldn’t be easier.
Edgbaston Has The Edge
Home to the University of Birmingham, the affluent area of Edgbaston has become very popular with professionals working in the finance and real estate industries. Known as the part of the city “where the trees begin”, this leafy area boasts large houses, the botanical gardens, and Edgbaston Reservoir, which is enjoyed by watersports enthusiasts and runners alike.
Foodies will be thrilled to know that the Michelin-starred Simpson’s is nearby, while you’ll also find a gastropub, deli, and a Scandinavian bar as part of an eclectic food and drink scene.
Served by two train stations, getting to the city centre is a breeze. In fact, trains from the University railway station will get you to Birmingham New Street (the city’s largest station) in about 8 minutes.
And with the Barber Institute of Fine Arts housing works by Picasso and Renoir among others, and J. R. R. Tolkien finding inspiration in his surroundings during his formative years living here, Edgbaston is a culturally significant part of the city (and country).
Whether you’re moving to Birmingham for work or study, Edgbaston and Moseley are ideally located and buzzing with energy.
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