Birmingham

Birmingham is located in the West Midlands in the heart of England. Often described as England’s second city it is a hub of business, tourism and importantly – is home to Cadburys dairy chocolate. Our Birmingham Area Guide looks at the residential regions of the city centre. These areas can be broken down into several quarters and are currently undergoing some exciting regeneration. As well as this, it explores the best places to live in Birmingham and reviews from residents who own or rent in Birmingham.

Birmingham residents, or Brummies, provide a welcoming home to new visitors and old. Birmingham’s history is built on its industrial power and majestic waterways, music, shopping and culture.

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Best places to live in Birmingham

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

New flats behind a train line

Getting Around Birmingham

Birmingham city is very much at the heart of the UK. It thrives off links to all the major motorways with links to the M5, M6, M40 and M42 via the Spaghetti Junction. As a transport hub with national bus and train links and a smart new tram system, Birmingham is easily connected to the rest of the UK. Also, Birmingham’s Finance district highest number of insurance and finance businesses outside of London. With a number of luxury offices with restaurants, cafés or commercial outlets there are also a growing number of residential apartments.

Old canal building in front of Office blocks in Birmingham, West Midlands

The Jewellery Quarter

The Jewellery Quarter dates back over 250 years and is home to more than 500 jewellery retailers making it one of the largest concentrations of jewellery businesses in Europe. The JQ, as it’s known locally, is home to bars, independent restaurants and creative businesses. The Jewellery Quarter home to Islington Gates and Regency Place is often described as the perfect place to work, rest and play.

 

“Close to the city centre and canal side. Love the view.” Anon, Verified Resident of Islington Gates

East Side

Birmingham’s East Side is undergoing some of the most active redevelopment. A number of parks, office buildings and luxury apartments are being built whilst incorporating some of its old charm. As well as this, the Hs2 link offering fast speed connections to London will be arriving into Curzon Street Station. Not far from the Bullring shopping centre is Digbeth, also known as the Irish Quarter and Birmingham’s creative district. With galleries, music venues, and independent shops, this area of Birmingham is home to the famous Custard Factory.

Birmingham's new library

China Town

China Town, more formally known as Southside, perfectly sums up much of Birmingham multi-cultural charm. With clubs, shops, residential apartments like Madison House and The Forum as well as a multitude of restaurant. Also, this area incorporates The gay village, Chinese quarter and Hippodrome theatre.

 

“I think the area is quite fine. As it is close to the city centre, I find it very accessible and convenient to get around. There are also lots of shops and restaurants nearby.” James, Verified Resident of The Forum

The City Centre

If you are, however, looking for canal side living and a huge variety of leisure facilities then the west side of the Birmingham City Centre, home to Liberty Place, is the area for you. The Brindley Place area contains international entertainment centres including: The International Convention Centre, Symphony Hall and Sealife Centre. The Gun Quarter which previously supported the productions of guns now has a number of unconverted buildings ripe for conversion. As such this is an area undergoing a lot of change and is forecasted to be one of the best areas to rent in Birmingham.

 

“Good area, classed as city centre but outside city centre. Close to nice bars and restaurants. Don’t need to use buses or trains you can easily everywhere.” Anon, Verified Resident of Liberty Place

 

You can find out more about living in Birmingham by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and discover great places to rent in Birmingham. Although, if there’s a Birmingham property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here.

Reviews in Birmingham

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Amazing apartment extremely Safe

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Review Date Nov 2022

Beautiful building & facilities & very safe! Glad i made this choice, i viewed several apartments by broad street but the safety at Moda mercian was the best, as all other buildings you can go to any floor, but with Moda your access in the lift brings you to your floor only, that was the selling point for me as safety is important. My car is safe and locked away in a gated parking facility and although its positioned on broad-street its so peaceful and quiet, i love it! The staff are always to hand and friendly and although its not the biggest 1 bedroom, the views are stunning! I love the idea the apartments are always maintained by Moda so no dodgy private landlords, its such a brilliant facility and although im
Only here whilst my home is being built i genuinely dont want to leave, i love the peace and quite and feeling extremely safe 24/7.

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Brilliant development and as ive stay here id never go back to basic renting, if i have a issue the workmen come an fix it straight away. Cleaners aways keeping the facility clean, and the whole idea is such a brilliant idea, they have a gym, cinema brilliant outdoor area, although I haven’t attended the social events there’s always emails regarding events thats on, brilliant building. Worth every penny!

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Wish i rented sooner, plus i wish I checked furniture already here so I didn’t bring so much stuff, but thats a minor issue.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Yes, when reported replied straight away and sorted issues!

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Best Birmingham Tower experience

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Verified Resident
Review Date Nov 2022

The location is super central, has access to all the types of public transport in very short distances. Many restaurants, bars and walking areas nearby for all type of occasions including pet-friendly options. The security and staff of the tower are available at all times and always willing to help out.

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All apartments and shared facilities have a luxurious ending design. The amenities are the latest and best available in the market which are super efficient and eco-friendly. Many events are hosted by the Moda team were all tenants are welcome and freebies are amazing.

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Always keep your notifications ON for the moda app to not miss out on the free events and the freebies they give as they are amazing and the atmosphere incredible.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Fast and super friendly, they usually also keep on touch to make sure the problem has been solved completely

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Is the best place to live in birmingham

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Review Date Nov 2022

There is only good aspects in my opinion, living here is great as everything is close to the mercian

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the design and the facilities are great, everything is brand new and so nice, all the staff is very nice and the organize lots of events that are very well prepared. If you have any kind of problem it gets solved in at least 48hours which is crazy! love living here

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there is nothing bad in my opinion that i should have known about, im so happy living here.

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they are always very quickly and efficient, they are always very friendly

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Living at The Mercian in the first three months.

Review Date Nov 2022

hi The area is situated right on the Broad Street. On Friday, Saturday nights it is especially loud if the windows are open, however most nights it is very serene and quite quiet. There is a sainsbury 1 minute away, multiple bus stops and tram stops on the street too. A ten minute walk to the main train station. The location is nice and clean as well (for the most part). Everything is newly built here and if I convinced you this was London you might’ve just believe me!

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I’ve lived here at The Mercian for over three months now. Im honestly having a great time here. The management team and repairs services is very professional and efficient. The building has employed more advanced security as well, which has made me feel very safe. The amenities and infrastructure is very modern, clean and sleek. The communal room is well designed, very cozy and gives a sense of warmth. Every staff member have been helpful and caring, especially Laxmi, the head of management. She carries a charisma that makes you feel very at home and welcomed ever since I checked in. Thanks to the Moda team for everything.

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I did not know the Utilities bill would equate to £140/pm and I am living in a two bedroom apartment alone. I hoped the price was at a variable rate but I guess not.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

They were quick to respond to my problem. Turnover process within a day or two. They sent to employees up with full gear and took a look at my MRXBOX. Process was efficient and quick.

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