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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Good experience in Aston Place

Review Date Oct 2021

Aston Place is a great and convenient apartment in Birmingham city center nearby the New Street train station and there are many bars, restaurants, and local shops around.

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Aston Place is a modern design building and the room has a very bright and clean interior design, it makes me feel very comfy! They also have perfect facilities, no matter in the room or common area, such as gym room and co-working space, etc… Their staffs keep public clean and tidy as always, it makes me feel appreciated!

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I feel very appreciated so far in this apartment, I may not have any problem at this moment!

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The staffs in Aston Place are very helpful, they helped us solve the problem efficiently.

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The reception staff are excellent

Review Date Oct 2021

Aston Place is a very secure location to live with 24 hour reception and very friendly staff day and night.

There is no noise weekday or weekend making it an ideal place for young professionals.

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The reception staff are excellent, initially moving into my apartment the mattress was not perfect so I requested a new one – within 24 hours this was sorted with no hassle or issue. Kishor was excellent and made sure that the replacement was smooth and fast. All other aspects of the development from staff to facilities and other residents are excellent.

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Moving into Aston Place I think everything was quite clear from the viewing.

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Instant response and replacement of my mattress without hassle

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Perfect home for those people first arrive the country / city

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Review Date Oct 2021

You could basically find almost everything nearby, all kind of food, supermarkets & transports are just next to you, it is such a perfect spot to settle down for the people like me moving from the country first time. The only thing I will complain is the traffic noise from the Suffolk Street Queensway.

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First of all, the staff from Dandara are all very nice, they are willing to help you in every aspects. Some of them make you feel that you are one of their family member in a new country. Great facilities, there is a nice GYM room on the Ground floor. Interior design is on point

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I couldn’t think of any at the moment, they are pretty much cover everything.

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Normally, they response rapidly, they are willing to help in every aspect of problem we face.

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Awesome place, really enjoy staying here.

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Review Date Oct 2021

I stay here on a week by week basis for work. Very good amenities within a short walking distance, very good places to eat and drink.
The traffic can be a little noisy at times but you really don’t notice it and it is only really at peak times.

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The Lansdowne itself, is a very well kept and maintained place to stay. The staff are brilliant, always there ready to help out whenever possible.
You’ll have a good range of facilities to use within The Lansdowne, and the gym has just been refitted with new equipment.

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I have nothing to add to this section, everything met my expectations.

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I have raised one issue with my cooker and it was sorted in a timely manner.

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