Our passion for the city is central to our service, and we pride ourselves on supplying local residents with high quality housing in this fantastic area. However, if you’re new to the UK’s second city don’t just take our word for it, here are ten great reasons to live here:
Birmingham lays claim to a whole host of stunning traditional and modern architecture. Alongside the classical Town Hall and Council House, sit the contemporary Selfridges building and The Cube, a vibrant complex of offices, restaurants and apartments. The Library of Birmingham, which only opened its doors in 2013, is fast becoming the city’s best known and loved landmark, topping the polls to win the public vote for Britain’s favourite new building from the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist.
The Cube, Tim Cornbill
2. Art and Culture
Birmingham is certainly no stranger to the arts. As well as celebrating a vibrant contemporary music scene, Birmingham is home to one of the world’s finest orchestras, the CBSO. The city also boasts one of only three national ballet companies, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, based at the Hippodrome. Birmingham’s many theatres also include the newly refurbished REP and the New Alexandra, which play host to a huge variety of productions. In terms of art, the Museum and Art Gallery houses collections of international significance, including an extensive range by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and Digbeth is becoming ever more renowned for its fine collection of street art, helped no small amount by the City of Colours festival.
City of Colours Festival in Digbeth, Tim Cornbill
As well as being home to the famous Balti Triangle, Birmingham is the only non-capital city in the UK to boast an impressive four Michelin stars at Purnell’s, Simpsons, Turners and Adam’s restaurants - but it’s not only fine dining where Birmingham excels - Digbeth Dining Club’s weekly array of gourmet fast food has earned it the accolade of ‘Best Street Food Event in the UK’ for two years running.
Handily situated between Birmingham’s shopping thoroughfares of New Street and High Street, the famous Bullring centre is one of the most popular in the UK, with, on average, 38 million visitors every year. It houses over 160 shops, including Selfridges and Debenhams, and a wide variety of restaurants in its dining quarter, Spiceal street. For those who prefer something more unique, the Great Western Arcade and The Custard Factory offer a great range of independent retailers.
The Bullring, Tim Cornbill
Birmingham’s impressive industrial heritage is well documented, and its manufacturing prowess and innovative achievements have sculpted it into the creative city it is today.One of the most well known brands to still operate within Birmingham is Cadbury, and its factory in Bournville has become a global tourist attraction.
In terms of cultural heritage, Birmingham’s most famous author is most likely J. R. R. Tolkien was brought up in the city. Although the blockbuster adaptations of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ were filmed in New Zealand, many local landmarks, such as Perrott’s Folly, are thought to have influenced his writing. During the 1960s and ‘70s the city was the birthplace of heavy metal and well known exports include Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and John Bonham.
Birmingham is a truly great place for a night out, proven by its increasing popularity among hen and stag groups. Despite being home to over one million people, the city centre is surprisingly compact, making it the perfect choice for an evening of dinner, drinks and dancing without so much as a taxi ride. The Mailbox and Brindleyplace provide a great mix of bars and restaurants while nightclubs Gatecrasher, Snobs and The Jam House provide music to suit every taste.
The Mailbox, Tim Cornbill
Birmingham is home to an incredibly diverse range of communities, and because of this is a very inclusive and welcoming city. Whatever your background, you’re sure to be accepted in Birmingham with open arms, and the Chinese, Irish and Gay quarters bring so much culture and variety to the city centre. As well as being friendly, Brummies are also famed for their sense of humour, with homegrown comedians, such as Jasper Carrott and Frank Skinner, taking laughter far beyond the West Midlands.
Despite being landlocked in the midlands, Birmingham’s charming waterways add real beauty and character to the city centre. You've probably already heard that Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice, but it really is true! The Birmingham canal network connects the city to Wolverhampton and the Black Country, as well as to the rest of the English canal system, perfect for those who love a peaceful journey on a barge, or a more energetic trip out in a kayak.
Birmingham canal old line, Tim Cornbill
9. Youth and Education
Birmingham is a very student-friendly city, and with five universities within close proximity of the centre, it’s no surprise that those in education make up a large proportion of the population. Nearly 40% of those who live in Birmingham are under 25 years old, making the city the youngest, in terms of inhabitants, in the whole of Europe. The city also has one of the highest graduation retention rates in Europe, which proves that once you get a taste for Birmingham, it’s hard to leave!
The University of Birmingham, Tim Cornbill
Birmingham’s location in the heart of England make it incredibly well connected to the rest of the country and the UK. Right next to the M5, M6 and M42, it’s extremely accessible by road, and Birmingham New Street station is the busiest rail hub outside London. The station’s current £650m Grand Central redevelopment will create a new shopping and dining destination for travellers and locals alike. Birmingham International Airport is only a 10 minute train ride from the centre, and the advent of HS2, set to arrive in the city in 2026, will be sure to place the city firmly on the travel map.
Birmingham New Street Station, Tim Cornbill
We hope we’ve convinced you that Birmingham has a lot to offer - if you’d like to make this fine city your home get in touch with us today - you’ll be sure of a warm welcome.