As the UK’s second city, Birmingham is vibrant and diverse and the ideal city to live and study in.

Whether you are into live music, the arts, shopping or dining out, Birmingham has something for you! Boasting some of the country’s finest bars and restaurants, plus a whole host of world famous brands at the Bullring Shopping Centre with its iconic Selfridges frontage and the Mailbox complex. Whilst you are studying in Birmingham don’t miss some of its hotspots including the Electric, the UK’s oldest working cinema, the new City Library and the fantastic Glee Club for live comedy.

Living in Saltley means that everything you need is practically on your doorstep. Ideally located for the city centre and just minutes from Birmingham City University campuses. Venturing into the city is also simple, a train from Adderley Park takes 4 minutes to reach Birmingham New St and the number 14 bus regularly takes you right outside the front door of BCU’s Curzon Building. So you will be sure to enjoy the attractions that Birmingham has to offer.


Here are 10 interesting facts and things you may not have known about Birmingham…

1. Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe, with under 25’s accounting for nearly 40% of its population.

2. Thanks to its innovative 18th century Industrialists building a canal network to aid trading networks, the city has more miles of canals than Venice with 56 kilometres of waterways.

3. Nearly a third of Birmingham’s residents are of minority ethnic origin, bringing a rich cultural mix to the city.

4. The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and International Convention Centre (ICC) host over 200,000 conferences and 320 exhibitions every year.

5. For over 250 years Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter has been a national epicentre for jewellery design – producing an estimated 40% of the UK’s jewellery.

6. With over 8,000 acres of parks and open space, Birmingham is one of the greenest cities in the UK.

7. Balti cuisine is synonymous with Birmingham – over 100 balti houses, many of which can be found in the city’s famous Balti Triangle, attract over 20,000 visitors each week.

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

9. Over 36,000 people watch musical performances by the world famous City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) every year. That’s more than any other UK orchestra.

10. Birmingham has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other UK city outside London, with local stars Glynn Purnell, Luke Tipping and Richard Turner flying the flag for the city’s fine dining.