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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Best places to live in West Midlands

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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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If you’re looking to rent here, don’t.

Review Date May 2022

Homeless people sleeping in the stairs wells, leaving behind needles threatening renters, poor communication with centric the property developers, constant issues with doors, lifts, stolen parcels, lack of cctv, have to contract off sight security none in the premises. Only benefit is the cleaning lady, who had to deal with other residents mess and homeless mess.

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Very much a place that has been forgotten about, gets worse everyday. No security, lack of cameras, there are probably so many other places for the same value in a different area of town a lot better. Would not recommend to anyone, worse choice I have ever made.

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I wish I knew what a disgusting building it was before I moved in as the estate agents tend to miss that out when you do the tour, would not recommend even if the rent was free.

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Have contact centric multiple times about multiple things and they take forever to get a response back to you however if they are quick enough to send emails and letters about people parking in the wrong spot

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Wouldn’t recommend buying a home from Bovis or Anwyl every again as NEW builds.

Review Date May 2022

I lived in the area when I was a child so to buy a house on the estate meant alot to me. The houses are expensive yet the after care from both Bovis and Anwyl head office is disgusting. The play area for the children was supposed to have been completed by now but hasnt even been started yet.
The roads are terrible and again Bovis the main builder does nothing to repairs holes in the road.
The residents of Haygate Fields have emailed head office to get answers but again no reply and all Anwyl say is that it is Bovis that are responsible. That may be the case but alot of people bought Anwyl homes so expect what they were told would be on the estate. Otherwise we are sure this could be seen as Mis-sold.
The estate and house will be lovely in years to come but thats when the builders have gone and the home owners have done repairs to their own homes .

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No- facilities, No -management and No – property management.

On a whole nothing that we as residents were promised when we signed up from the builders and exchanged alot of well earned money.

There are very old protected trees on the estate that the heavy machines are not suppose to be around but they do and so this is not doing the roots any good. This will be reported to the correct body as we have imagines

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If alot of us had been told the truth when we were enquiring about the esate then neither of the builders would have sold the houses. Lovely area and always has been but Bovis and Anwyl have ruined the area.

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They have not responed to the emails sent with answers. They sent an email to say they would respond to us in 14 days but still havent after one month.

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Excellent central location

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Review Date May 2022

Excellent central location. Modern, new flats and facilities. All flats let and managed centrally with extremely helpful on site team

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Excellent central location. Modern, new flats and facilities. All flats let and managed centrally with extremely helpful on site team. 24h concierge is a very helpful service. Includes high speed internet with each flat. Safe area with plenty of nearby restaurants.

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There is limited parking space availability so get request in early

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They have been prompt and helpful for any issues that I have had

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Manager Response

Hi Ashwath,

Thank-you for taking the time to leave us a good review, we really appreciate you’re feedback especially towards the onsite team. We are so glad residents are aware that our onsite team are always more than happy to help!

Kind Regards,

David Hobson

Save yourself. Don’t live at Regency Place.

Review Date May 2022

Homeless people living in the car park, breaking into the building, sleeping in the staircases and letting their dogs poo and wee in the staircases. People walk in through the (broken) front door and everyone gets their parcels stolen because the managers refuse to hire a concierge and the delivery guys don’t bring deliveries up to your flat. Bins don’t get collected often enough, and there are rats living in the bin room and chewing through people’s car cables. A lot of the apartments are used as Airbnbs so there is ridiculous noise at 4am on weekends from parties. The apartments are very small for the price you pay. The only good thing is there is a fairly high finish on the kitchens, but the lightswitches break frequently and there was leaking through lots of the rooms. God it’s awful here, please, please go somewhere else.

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How high the council tax bands are.
That Ladywood / the JQ is a terrible place full of crime.

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Combatively, often fail to reply to emails, fob off the residents, ignore maintenance requests.

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