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.

4.67
Average Location Score

Excellent

73%

Very Good

22%

Average

4%

Disappointing

1%

Very Poor

0%

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

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

Write a Review

The Whitmore – Amazing!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date May 2021

The area this development is located in is great! It’s so close to the city centre however there is no noise, traffic is minimal and it’s very peaceful. There are plenty of shops around to visit and a great variety of bars and restaurants all within walking distance.

Please review your development:

There isn’t much I can fault about this development! All apartments are spacious and provide exactly what is required. The additional facilities including the gym and club house are great and an ideal way to meet other people living in the development. The team who manage the property are amazing and always on hand to help. Any issue is resolved so quickly and the team go above and beyond to make everyone feel safe and welcomed within the Whitmore.

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

Having known people who already lived here there wasn’t much I didn’t know about the development.

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

Great! We had an issue with the drains in the kitchen, within 24 hours we have the team come to the apartment and fix the problem.

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
5
Management
Read all Read less

Was this review helpful?

Report

Report

Manager Response

Thank you Grace!
It’s truly warming reading your words.
We’re delighted that you’re finding your time with us so pleasurable.

A collective “high five” to you from the entire Team!

I will be back!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Apr 2021

Aston Place is less than 5 minute walk from New Street and city centre, easy and perfect to travel and have access to transport links including local buses and trains. With the city centre close by its easy to have access to everything within walking distance including grocery shopping.

Aston Place has on site parking garage where anyone can access through and app and pay through the app and park which is quick and easy to do with affordable prices for city prices. Always a parking space available and is very safe.

Due to building works in the surrounding area, it can be a little noise but the building has been built were minimum sound comes in, so your sleep isn’t disturbed! A bonus after a late night shift.

Overall, a very safe and accessible place to live in with everything within walking distance.

Please review your development:

Aston Place is by far one of the nicest places I have lived in, from the design of the building and homely features not only in the flat but throughout the building including the staff, which makes it a place worth living in! The flats are built with everything you need including furniture which makes it homely, if any issues, the building management have a quick service to fix maintenance issues through a portal or even giving them a quick message at reception. Have never had an issue as their response is fast and friendly!

The best thing about Aston Place which I mentioned briefly is the friendliness and homely vibe, the staff are very welcoming and helpful. Always welcoming you with a smile and asking if you are okay, its the little things that make a big difference which is what Aston Place goes up and beyond doing! My stay here wouldn’t have been perfect without them so thank you to each of the team at Aston Place!

The manager Kishor, I have to say has been the kindest soul in ensuring my stay at Aston Place has been the most comfortable and meeting my needs, he has been understanding and is such a down to earth individual, in ensuring that everyone is happy! Thank you Kishor!

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

Would highly recommend getting a flat towards the library side, beautiful view and very peaceful, good for watching the sunset especially when choosing a flat higher up!

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

I would change the freezer as it is small but everything else is perfect!!!!

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
5
Management
User submitted image of  Aston Place, B1
Read all Read less

Was this review helpful?

Report

Report

Aston Place, designed for your comfort

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Apr 2021

Located in the heart of the city centre, Aston Place is close to all the shopping centres, cafes, restaurants and stores. Even though it is close to usually crowded places, living in Aston place has been perfectly comfortable and quiet.

Please review your development:

The excellent building and property management are only one call away, whatever the issue may be. They are incredibly polite, quick and efficient.
It has been a pleasure living in Aston Place and using all the well-designed facilities such as the gym.

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

I wish I did more research on the daily natural light coming into the flat.

What is the best feature of your home:

My favourite feature of the flat is the beautiful and practical furniture.

5
Facilities
4
Design
5
Location
4
Value
5
Management
Read all Read less

Was this review helpful?

Report

Report

Love living here

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Apr 2021

Very peaceful and a perfect location to live in since it’s super close to shops, canals and bars. I always feel safe walking around the area and no traffic noise at all.

Please review your development:

Staff and maintenance are always so nice and helpful. The design of the building is modern, clean and stylish.

Because of covid, we’re all very focused and concerned about the cleanliness of our surroundings and Im so glad that Aston place is kept clean at all times with cleaners who disinfect common areas and touch points during the day. This puts me at ease knowing we’re in safe hands.

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

Nothing

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

Very fast response and gets the job done as soon as possible without delay.

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
5
Management
Read all Read less

Was this review helpful?

Report

Report

Articles about Birmingham