West Midlands

Not to be confused with the much larger West Midlands region, the West Midlands county is made up of the metropolitan boroughs surrounding and including the City of Birmingham. Competing with Manchester and Edinburgh for the title of the UK’s second city, the prominence of Birmingham has turned the West Midlands into a vital and vibrant urban area with excellent schools, universities and fantastic transport links to the rest of the UK. To find out more about what the West Midlands has to offer, read on!

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A canal in Birmingham, West Midlands

Where is the West Midlands

The term, ‘West Midlands’ can often be a little confusing, as it refers to both a metropolitan county and one of nine official regions of England. In this case, we’ll be talking about the metropolitan county, which is located in the western-central area of England, largely around the city of Birmingham.

What areas are in the West Midlands?

The West Midlands is made up of seven metropolitan boroughs, including Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, and the cities of Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton. It also includes the Meriden Gap, which is a section of the West Midlands Green Belt.

Birmingham

The second-largest city in the UK, with around 3.6 million people living in its metropolitan area, Birmingham is widely regarded as the second city in the United Kingdom because of its size and economic value.

Once a hub for manufacturing, Birmingham has evolved into an international commercial centre and convention centre. This vibrant and influential city boasts internationally renowned cultural institutions, a thriving art, music and food scene, and seven universities, making it the largest higher education centre in the country outside of London.

Coventry

The West Midlands’ second city, Coventry has built a reputation for being a centre of excellence for arts and culture and was the 2021 UK City of Culture. For business purposes, Coventry is the most centrally located city in England and boasts excellent transport links to the rest of the country. 

A centre of engineering innovation and manufacturing excellence, especially for the automotive industry, Coventry is the industrialized heart of the UK’s economy.

Meriden Gap

While the West Midlands is one of the most heavily populated and urbanised areas in the UK, the Meriden Gap, which separates Coventry from Solihull, is a greenbelt area that retains its rural character. 

An enticing stretch of green between heavily urban areas, the Meriden Gap offers all the picturesque beauty of the English countryside, within easy commuting distance of two of the most vibrant cities in the UK.

Anne Hathaway's cottage near Stratford upon Avon, West Midlands

West Midlands universities

The West Midlands offers an excellent choice of universities, split between the cities of Birmingham and Coventry.

Birmingham alone hosts seven out of the ten universities in the county, including Birmingham City University, Aston University, University of Birmingham, University College Birmingham and Newman University. 

It also has campuses for BPP University and the University of Law as well as the West Midlands regional base for the Open University, making it the largest centre for higher education in the UK outside of London.

Coventry hosts Coventry University and the prestigious University of Warwick, while the University of Wolverhampton is split between Telford and Walsall campuses in Wolverhampton.

Top schools in the West Midlands

The West Midlands has some of the best schools in the country, including:

King Edward VI School

The school where Shakespeare learned his trade, the King Edward VI School was voted West Midlands Independent School of the Decade by the Sunday Times and is ranked as the 12th best school in the UK.

King Edward School in Birmingham (KES)

Offering the international baccalaureate to its sixth form students, and with consistently excellent overall exam scores, KES Won the Sunday Times’ West Midlands Independent School of the Decade.

King Edward VI High School for Girls

The partner school of the equally well regarded King Edward VI High School for Boys, this school has won the West Midlands Independent Secondary School of the Year twice in the last three years.

Population of the West Midlands

The West Midlands is one of the most heavily populated areas in the UK. It is the third most populated area in the country, just behind Greater London and Greater Manchester, with 2,440,986 people currently living there.

The population of the West Midlands is largely centred around the areas of Birmingham, Wolverhampton, the Black Country and Solihull.

Reviews in West Midlands

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Modern building with city center living conveniences with bonus of having friendly and attentive building management team to make it feel like home

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Review Date Sep 2022

Perfect location, close to a plethora of restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, beautiful historical buildings, the Birmingham library, Symphony Hall etc. Around 10min walk to Birmingham New Street and Moore Street station. Centralized bin collection room in the building for a convenient disposal of general waste as well as recyclables.
Being in the heart of the city center it is natural to have some traffic noise especially when windows are open but closed windows do help suppress much of the noise.

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This is a modern building with high level of cleanliness. The concierge/building management team are kind, friendly, helpful and attentive to their tenants and actively try to engage with tenants and create a happy, safe and friendly community at the building. The apartments have nice and roomy balconies which is a blessing when living in apartment buildings. Having a post room where our deliveries can be handled by concierge team is especially helpful for working professionals who are at the office all day. The on-site gym, is pretty well equipped, clean and most convenient to use.

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If moving into a furnished apartment, know that with addition of your own personal belongings, the apartment will feel much more homely. Living on higher floor levels means longer waits each day for the lift but also means nice sunrise/sunset views and city center views (depending on which side your apartment is facing of course).

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Raising help requests for maintenance work is quick and simple on the tenant portal and you can also raise any issues with building management team. Thus far any maintenance requests I have raised have been dealt with promptly.

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Great place

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Review Date Sep 2022

great location, amazing staff, very helpful with everything

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Design is great, great aspect is that if something breaks there is maintenance team on site they will contact us and come and fix it. Events are something that I am looking forward to attend another one as this is something I’ve never had in properties before. Great opportunity to meet other people. And it’s fun! Team is taking a lot of time to prepare them but they are always amazing in what they do.

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It’s honestly great place. Close to Saint Paul’s square with restaurants and only 10 min walk to new street station.

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Yes always helpful and polite. Concierge on site 24/7 hence always have answers to my enquirers.

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Perfect home at a perfect location!

Review Date Sep 2022

It is really close to the city center, so that is a definate plus as you can find a wide array of shops nearby.

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The property is very well managed and everyone is really helpful. A special shout out to Kishore, Abdul and Indianjit for proactively helping us move, in a short span of time. The property is equipped with all the features which makes it an ideal home.

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The dishwasher was not workingwhen we moved in but was replaced within no time.

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If you can get in, it’s worth the money.

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Review Date Sep 2022

In the middle of everything, less than 5mins walk to New Street and 10mins walk to Moor Street. Lots of shops nearby, and nearly all supermarkets do delivery to apartment. Secure underground parking for visitors, and if lucky there is street parking around the back that is free overnight.

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For the money you pay in rent it’s a bargain. The apartments are well designed. Studios are designed to feel larger than they actually are, and the balcony is huge. On-site gym that can be accessed for free throughout most the day, and couriers are able to drop off packages without tenants’ involvement as they can get into the mailroom themselves (there are cameras). Plus all the extra events that the staff on the front desk put on throughout the month.

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You can sometimes hear other neighbours through the front door, mostly when it’s quiet. A lot of tenants are also students so inevitably stay up quite late, which can be an issue if you’re a light sleeper. The lifts during ‘rush hour’ can also take a very very long time, if you live on Floor 5 or below I’d consider walking up and down the stairs if able.

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Yes, on arrival my fridge wasn’t keeping cool. I let the front desk know, and within an hour maintenance were already upstairs and replaced the entire fridge no questions asked. I wasn’t required to pay / do anything other than let them in.

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