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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Affordable and comfortable city-living

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Review Date May 2024

Really close to the center of Birmingham, great transport links and enough shops nearby to cater to your needs. Despite the central location, it’s relatively quiet and feels safe.

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The concierge is friendly and will help you with most needs. I moved in late in the day and security staff were manning the concierge – they were both extremely helpful and helped me to move in stress-free. The flat is well furnished and extremely clean. As with most new-builds, it holds the heat a little too well but this won’t be a problem in the Autumn/Winter.

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Not a huge problem but if you are ordering a big food shop, the delivery driver is not allowed to come directly to your flat’s door to deliver. You need to put the items on a trolley, supplied by concierge, and take it to your flat that way. I’ve lived in a new-build in London and this was never how big food deliveries were made, it was always directly to your door.

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Quick response, friendly. They directed me to their app, where I can submit any problems or maintenance issues.

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Nearly perfect

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Review Date May 2024

Well designed departments with great facilities and fast internet, but very disappointing response times to any enquiries. This extends to when I left when they have been very slow to repay my deposit which I’m still waiting for.

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Great design and nice furniture. Well designed departments with great facilities and fast internet, but very disappointing response times to any enquiries. This extends to when I left when they have been very slow to repay my deposit which I’m still waiting for.

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I would have put more effort into checking the storage space which I think was lacking even for one person in the one bed apartment.

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They have but it took lots of chasing up. When eventually they responded the work was done.

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I would recommend The Mercian to anyone

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Review Date May 2024

The central location of the Mercian is great for work and leisure. It is in the heart of Birmingham, bring vibrancy to daily life.

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The Mercian is state of the article. Amazing facilities and great staff. Vincent Turlej, in particularly, is amazing. Super friendly and professionally. Has supported me throughout my time living in the Mercian. I would recommend The Mercian to anyone.

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The constant raise of the rent. Moda Living needs to balance rent with what they provide.

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Brilliantly. Vincent Turlej has been very helpful throughout my stay. I have needed to use maintenance a few times during my time in the Mercian. They have been quick to response to my needs.

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Thanks NAK for your recommendation and feedback! I will be sure to share your kind words with Vincent- he is a real asset to The Mercian team 🙂

Good area and close to everything in the city centre

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Review Date May 2024

Good area and close to everything in the city centre, not terribly busy even though it is in front of the main road

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It is a good building with friendly staff, enjoyable activities, good facilities, a maintenance team that is always ready to help, and easy to communicate with. I have no complaints. Only moving due to the cost of living, as even though it is a very good place to live, the prices are outrageous now and cannot fit my budget

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Nothing, happy with the process and our stay for almost 2 years here

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Quick reply and good problem-solving, always open to help

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