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

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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Best accommodation in Birmingham City Centre

Review Date Jul 2021

I have been living here for over a year. This is a brand new property, well located next to the MailBox, Crowne Plaza and New Street Station.

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I have had the most pleasant experience with the management and concierge team (Habiba, Kishor, Abdul, Paul, Gabriella, and Kirsty). They are super friendly and accommodating indeed. The property also has a nice gym in the ground floor with cables, smith machine, weights and cardio.

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The fridge is a bit small. This is the only drawback.

What is the best feature of your home:

What really stands out is the Concierge and Management.

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Good place to live in.

Review Date Jul 2021

The apartment is lovely. Bin collection is good, parking could be worked on though.

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Design is great and the management is fantastic. It’s a choice location which offers proximity to major places in Birmingham. The property is well managed, and the staff are helpful especially when needed. The facilities are also functional and well maintained.

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I wish I knew about the car park arrangement.

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

Car park. The car park arrangement is not well spelt out in the contract.

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Aston Place – the best choice for living in Birmingham.

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Review Date Jul 2021

Great location for accessing local transport networks, plenty of shops, restaurants and bars within 5-10 minutes of the building. Does suffer from noise from the A38 and late night revellers singing their way back to the Holiday Inn or the Crowne Plaza but this is a challenge faced by almost all of the city centre.

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The building itself is very nicely appointed inside, the apartments are beautifully designed for living with the furniture options creating a comfortable and modern look. General storage space is a little limited and the under-counter fridges offer very limited cold storage, but you do get used to planning meals around the space you have. The bathrooms and showers are absolutely stunning with excellent storage for toiletries in the large bathroom cabinet.

One of the biggest attractions to Aston Place though, and what makes it great value, despite being more expensive compared to similar sized properties in the locality, is the on site team, the building is always clean and tidy, the maintenance team are very helpful and friendly and get any issues resolved in record time and the smiles from the team on the front desk are always a welcome sight, at any time of day.

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Don’t be afraid to ask the team for help or advice, they’re so friendly and helpful!

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

I had almost no issues at Aston Place, I did have a faulty oven and hob near the start of my tenancy, but both were replaced within a few hours of reporting the issue, you can’t expect better than that!

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Nothing but praise.

Review Date Jul 2021

The location was perfect, few mins walk to Birmingham New Street Station. Plenty of bus stations that take you anywhere you need to go in Birmingham. The bin collection was always on point, I had no issues with any anti-social behaviour or traffic noise despite being in the city centre.

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As a single person living in the city with a busy lifestyle, I found a lot of comfort in the modern design and easy accessibility to maintenance should anything go wrong.

I was quite happy with the kitchen and the dishwasher, high quality furniture. I stayed at Aston Place for a year and a half and I had an amazing experience with the friendly staff and the sleek design of the apartments.

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I don’t think the pictures did the flat justice!

What is the best feature of your home:

Location – easy access, easy travel, lively but not loud
Staff – friendly, prompt responses, on top of everything, organised, excellent management
Safety – As a doctor working shifts, I felt very safe coming back at late hours

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