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.

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.

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.

 

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.
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Mr. T

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2020

Close to Birmingham city center, 5 minutes walk to Bullring and Grand Central

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Brilliant location in the city center. New build apartment with very good condition, rooms comes with variety of size and configurations. It comes with an awesome well-equipped residential gym. The management team is very friend and efficient. Recommend for those who does not have a tight budget.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Make sure you view all available room types for one bedroom.

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

Very fast response. Reported water pressure last night, they send someone to look for it this morning.

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happy resident

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2020

Although its located in a busy area but environment in apartment area remains quiet.
However because of the very public area, i believe its an easier access for some irresponsible individuals to vandalise the building. I’ve seen a wall (gym window) getting vandalised with spray paint, and i could also find broken glass bottles and vomit (yes) on the floor outside the building entrance (block 2).

I understand it is out of the management’s reach to control these issues but i am just sharing my opinion based on my experience.

Overall, location is 10/10. As a uni student i could just do a 5 minutes walk to bcu and not even a 10 mins walk to the city centre. Traffic infront of block 2 are also rarely congested therefore its easy to grab an uber or have a vehicle to stop for a while.

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I love how a lot of amenities are available for residents to enjoy. Podium is a perfect place to do my work, wifi provided is also a plus!
Multiple entrance on the building is amazing as i could enter the building from whichever direction im coming from.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the development.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish i knew my ground floor apartment would freeze during the winter so i could get an apartment on the higher floor

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

Whenever i had a problem with my apartment reception would do their very best to help solve my problem

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Fantastic place to live in!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2020

Fantastic Birmingham city centre location. All our favorite places are walking distance from home. The development has its own private podium where residents can enjoy spending a “private outdoor” time under the sunlight. Aston University is across the street, Bullring is 5 minutes walk. It’s just perfect for those who wish to be time efficient at enjoy a luxurious life style at the same time

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The first impression anyone would get from Allegro is “wow”; and that is true. The design of the buildings, the architecture, the type of cladding and colors gives a very modern, peaceful, minimalistic impression that makes you feel just home. We have our own private gym, maintenance is a call away should you require any addition, modification or repair to your flat. The management team is very responsive and proactive, nothing goes unattended. Tenants who live on floors 12+ get the privilege to access a Terrace on the 12th floor… That’s a bit unfortunate for tenants on lowers floors. I would suggest the management looks into this and hopefully agree on providing access to the terrace to all tenants on a booking basis if required…. I doubt however it’s going to ever get busy…. especially with the weather in the UK

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

1- Noisy neighbors (Students probably)
2- No access to 12th floor terrace

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

1- Layout of the bathroom is a waste of space. 2 doors and absolutely no place to put anything…
2- Access to the 12th floor Terrace. I am a person who truly enjoys fresh air and elevated grounds. It is very unfortunate we have no access to the Terrace

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4
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Bruna Rocha

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2020

I like the location of building, it’s accessible for city centre

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So far so good, what could be better is about the cleaning areas like elevators. But the management is good I didn’t have any problem so far. The building is so beautiful we have the podium where we can seat down and take a free delicious coffee, I think it’s a good place to live in.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Nothing to declare

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

I would change the wardrobe because it’s too small

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