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.

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 and 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. 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.

Areas of Birmingham

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

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. 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, 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. 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

If you are 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, National Indoor Arena, Symphony Hall and Sealife Centre. The Gun Quarter – an area that 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.

“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

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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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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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Love the building, just needs more security

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The location is just outside of Brindley place and very accessible to town. Perfect for a young professional!

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The staff and services provided at Embankment are phenomenal. The flat is gorgeous and was pristine when we moved in. The only thing I that I’d improve it having 24hr security on the weekends.

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I wish the 24hr security was kept. We used to have it and it’s now been disbanded.

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Spacious flats, attractive concierge and great staff

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I like how close it is to Arena Birmingham and more importantly Brindleyplace – giving us access to restaurants, bars and lovely canal views, just minutes away. Broad Street is just up the road, the rest of city centre is easy to get to (via canal walks) and Tesco is also accessible on foot.

The only thing that I don’t like as much is that the building back on the Snow Hill railway line. Luckily it has significantly less traffic than the New Street line, but it can be noisy when windows are open at night. However, no secret was made as it was clear at the time of the visit, so I signed for the flat fully conscious of the train line.

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David was very accommodating when I wanted to view the flat; I only asked for a viewing on the day, and David was kind enough stay late so that I could visit after work.

The flat met all of my flatmate and I’s needs: two rooms, two bathrooms, a modern living area, additional storage and lots of space throughout the flat. David explained everything about living in the building and what the other tenants are like. Overall his open and friendly approach was a big factor in me feeling so positive about the flat. A few days later my friend also visited and we agreed on that day that we wanted to take the flat.

Throughout the reference checks, which were carried out by a third party, we were kept up to date with the progress of our checks. David did his best to speed the process along as I was keen to move in at the end of the month (1+ weeks after the previous tenants moved out). In the end it did still take a little longer than I had hoped, but moving in was a smooth process and the flat was in excellent condition, the rooms and kitchen having been well cleaned, the air purified and paint refreshed in places.

Compared to other new builds in the city centre this flat feels ‘solid’. It is very soundproof, including the front door – meaning that my flatmate and I do not hear people in the outside corridor or distract each other when we are in our respective rooms. The other great thing is the useful and stylish furniture and appliances provided, including a washer-dryer, double bed, dining table and chairs, and sofa. The gate system for the car park feels secure and we appreciate that the car park is always well lit, which is especially important in autumn and winter months.

Since living in the flat we have not had any issues, but know that David and Linda are available to if we need any advice or support for our flat. Linda is very good at keeping tenants aware of changes or problems in the building, and clearly cares about the safety and wellbeing of us all. The reception area always smells amazing, is clean and tidy, and looks impressive, which makes the building nice to come home to and leaves a lasting impression on visitors!

Overall, I am so pleased to have found this place and think that it’s fantastic to be able to live in such a great location, have so much space and receive the level of service that we do, all for the price we pay, which is lower than many other city centre places offering less.

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I wish I had put more thought in to the hours at which the trains run (until late, then start up early in the morning).

The other thing is that there is limited space in the car park, so it is a question of luck if you can get a space parallel to getting a flat.

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