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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We LOVE living at Aston Place

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Review Date Jul 2022

We love living here!- shops are only a few minutes walk away, Birmingham New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill train stations are only a short walk away. Mailbox is right next door, as well as Brindley Place.

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Everything is perfect. We’ve lived here since April 2020. Love that there’s a parcel room so we never have to be in to sign for parcels. The gym and common areas downstairs are well decorated. The building and surrounding areas are really safe.

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Any issues we have are sorted out within a day or two at the most!! Im always really impressed by the speed at which any little maintenance issues are resolved.

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A great place to live in the Birmingham city centre

Review Date Jun 2022

Aston Place is in a great location in the city centre of Birmingham. It is within a five minute walk to the New Street train station and has all kinds of amenities around, including a commercial centre, supermarkets, pubs and other places for leisure.

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This is a modern, new building, that has only been in operation for two years. The windows have double glass and the building is well insulated. There is a much appreciated concierge service with storage for packages, a well made gym and space is provided for bicycles and automobiles and a common room that can be booked for celebrations. Staff members are particularly helpful. Issues regarding repairs and maintenance are dealt with quickly and Kishor’s staff is always friendly and helpful.

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I wish they had insisted further on the fact that the kitches are fitted with induction stoves. Some of my pans did not work with them.

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They have always been very keen and eager to help me with any issues I had, and they go through long lengths to make sure the facilities are clean and safe.

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Aston Place Birmingham would highly recommend!

Review Date Jun 2022

Excellent facilities and location, close to transport links, great team.

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Exceptional management team at Aston Place, the concierge team are all always extremely helpful, friendly and considerate. Great facilities and well designed/managed apartments. Would highly recommend.

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Great place to live, fab staff working here.

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Prompt and efficient help. Not had any problems with the flat, but the team are extremely helpful and Abdul even very kindly helped set up my TV.

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Review Date Jun 2022

It is very easy to get around, with Morrisons just across the road, and easy to get a taxi and bus. The rubbish disposal is also very easy.

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The flat is very well equipped, good value for money and the staff are very friendly and it is easy to collect deliveries and mail without having to pick it up in person. There is also a 24-hour reception, which is very good. It would be nice if the windows in the rooms were bigger.

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I was attracted to the seriousness of the staff and the interior of the flat from the very beginning of my stay.

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They will try to solve any problem as much as possible, whether it is a problem within the flat or a problem in life, and they are always there to support.

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