Birmingham

A Guide to Living in 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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Indeed a way of life like no other

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The area of the property is unmatched within proximity to all local amenities you need around where you live, a huge supermarket, various restaurants that would tingle your taste buds, beautiful gardens and many more.

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I was delighted to live at The Lansdowne. My stay started with a heartwarming welcome. The development is one of a kind in Birmingham, high standard of living, safety, modern and vibrant interior design, friendly staff and include exceptional amenities. The dazzling sense of community is the first thing you experience when you step into The Lansdowne, the theme runs throughout the development and especially in the cultural-mixer room. The development provides its residents and guests with incredible all-inclusive amenities. Overall, the way of life you are looking for is only found here.

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Hi Bassel,

Thanks so much for the amazing review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time here! We are so sorry to see you go, but hope you return if you’re back in Birmingham soon! Your fantastic feedback is super helpful and encouraging for us, thanks for taking the time to send this.

Many thanks,

Sam

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My stay at the Lansdowne

I didn’t came for shops or restaurants.

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This aparthotel has everything you need. It feels like home. And just on the opposite site of the street you can get everything at the Morrisons.

You feel safe here because not everyone can get in the building. Lansdowne is safety.

I have had some problems with all taxis they cant find this new building apparently. But then this lovely guy Angie (i think that how it’s spelled) he have helped me everytime. And was waiting with me for the taxi. He is so polite. You will feel he really likes his job. He is just lovely.

So I can reccomend this aparthotel very much.

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Excellent flat

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Great location for bars and food with a short walk to St Paul’s square and also transport are pretty decent and all within walking distance.

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Excellent value for money and with the apartments been a gated development all parking spaces are secure which is a must in a city like Birmingham and i have never had any issues. Friendly local businesses all around the Quarter also which enabled me to settle in with minimal fuss.

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no negative comments about this apartment block and would recommend to anyone wishing to live in a stylish, well maintained apartment block.

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Such an amazing place to live

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It’s close to the city centre, which makes just about anything you could think of accessible and within walking distance from the flats. Also, with Brindley place around the corner too, so many social spots are just a short walk away and makes it easy to meet up with friends. The large tesco isn’t far away either, which makes the weekly food shop easy. With the location not being too far off the ring road either, I have never been stuck in traffic getting either in or out from the flats – you don’t have to go driving through the city centre much!

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From even before we moved into our flats we were made to feel welcome. The staff are super friendly, always say hello and are very helpful if we have a question. The public spaces within the apartment block is kept very clean and it has never felt dirty in the year we have lived here.

The flats are in an amazing location, close to the city centre and make everything that we need easily accessible. They are also well designed and felt very homely as soon as we moved in.

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The community feeling within the building is amazing and it’s so easy to go around to see friends in other flats last minute.

Also, the roundhouse next door has a great beer garden and a big screen has been put up that shows a lot of sporting events on – great for the summer!

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