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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Review Date Jan 2022

Located in city Centre, very convenient for different grocery shops, restaurants and cafes. 3 minute walk from the New Street Station, and very close to bus stops.

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The design of the aparmtnet and building is very open, which makes it more comfortable and appealing to live in. The facilities available are very convenient, and any issues faced were resolved within 48 hours of contacting the management. Management team has been very helpful with any problems faced, and are also very kind.

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Very spacious and open space.

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

Yes, they respond within 48 hours of any problems that I raised.

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Home is where Aston Place is :)

Review Date Jan 2022

The apartment complex is in the city centre. It takes less than 5 minutes to get to restaurants, bars, shops and grocery stores. The central station is also 3 minutes away and therefore, the location is super convenient. As the apartment complex is situated by a busy main road, it obviously comes with a lot of traffic noise – however, looking at the positives of the location and owning noise-cancelling headphones helps 😉

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The apartment complex is brand new, very modern and clean. Aston Place has 24/7 reception, incredibly friendly staff that go above and beyond, a secure post room to never miss any packages, conference rooms to reserve for free, and a spacious gym to name a few. It also has lots of activities (like outside sports, online yoga, etc.) and never misses a chance to make bank holidays/special occasions memorable. All residents are informed about upcoming activities via mail. Moreover, Aston Place staff is very friendly, helpful and inclusive. The staff members make each resident feel at home and always greet you with a big smile on their face. It is definitely one of the best places I have seen in Birmingham and I wish I had moved here sooner!

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I wish I had known about Aston Place sooner, then I would have moved here sooner!

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100% of the problems I have raised with the building management have been solved immediately (within a day). The maintenance log online is super efficient and issues are fixed straight away. The staff was especially supportive and helpful when I first moved in. No problem is too big! 🙂

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Great place to live

Review Date Jan 2022

Excellent area to live, city centre living, very near to the station

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Well designed apartments catering to all needs, mainly big bedrooms which are very rare to find, the most amazing view from the 20th floor, 24 hour concierge service, very helpful staff, there are various events taking place in the building which are nice

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Electric charging parking bays not there which is a bummer, no complaints other than that

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

Yes, they respond promptly and manage to sort out the issue quickly

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Love staying here

Review Date Jan 2022

Everything is very close by, especially the transport links. There’s a bit of traffic noise if you open the windows.

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Everything is amazing. We love the management team, they’re all very helpful and friendly. Kishor, the manager, is especially helpful and always sorts out even the smallest of issues. The rest of the concierge team is very friendly as well. They’re also very quick to resolve any maintenance or repair work.

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Parking is paid and it’s a tad expensive, £100 per month

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

Yes, the management team is quick and efficient in resolving any issues

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