West Midlands

Not to be confused with the much larger West Midlands region, the West Midlands country is made up of the metropolitan boroughs surrounding and including the City of Birmingham. Competing with Manchester and Edinborough 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.

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Good property, excellent location

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Review Date Nov 2021

Development location is excellent with close proximity to Newtown road but still away from road noises, with an inhouse kids play area,with an excellent view from there, good parking availability

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Ten minutes walk from Tesco,nhs hospital, and woodland park. Only trouble we faced was delay in handing over the property during covid times. Bin collection, water and internet service are excellent.there are few good schools nearby. Exterior and interior design are different from each other and beautiful .

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We purchased before house was constructed,so it was quite bit different from what we thought and the garden had a slope.we didnt know about some offers like automatic garage door

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The team was helpful and responded to issues immediately

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Great overall experience

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Review Date Nov 2021

The development is situated a short walk to city centre, making it extremely convenient. That said, it is also very quiet.

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As an international Canadian student coming to Birmingham for school, I really struggled to find a one-bedroom apartment until I found The Forum. My experience with all of the staff at The Forum has been extremely positive. Harpreet has been amazing! He worked hard to accommodate my need for immediate possession of my flat. More, he has demonstrated genuine concern for my happiness in my flat and the community at large. This makes a huge difference as I moved to Birmingham not having any connections. The Forum has amazing amenities like the gym, lounge, and workspaces. The staff here is extremely helpful and is eager to help in any way. It is truly a great community that I recommend anyone looking to rent in Birmingham look into.

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I wish I knew about the Forum sooner!

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I had a slow water leak within my toilet and within hours, a professional repair was arranged.

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Well, we are very pleased you found us Jonathan!

At The Forum, we pride ourselves on the customer service we provide all residents and we’re so pleased that your transition moving to The Forum has been smooth and you’re settling in and making use of the various facilities we have on offer for you.

We hope your studies are going well and we look forward to seeing you around.

We feel very much at home here.

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Review Date Nov 2021

Superb location, low noise pollution considering we are in the middle of town, great facilities, catering to people who have pets and amazing staff.

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Well equipped apartment complex, modern appliances, great amenities, clean, spacious parking lot and moreover, the staff are extremely kind, friendly and do everything possible to help you with any concerns you have. We also appreciate the events held by the Forum in efforts to foster a sense of community and allow residents to mingle. Moving into the city centre, we were worried about noise pollution and security however we haven’t found this to be problem at all, we find this to be a very safe and well-maintained development. We feel very much at home here.

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Events are help by the Forum to allow residents to get to know one another with free food and drinks which is lovely and very much appreciated.

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Prompt responses to any issues we’ve had. The staff are incredibly helpful.

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Thanks for such a lovely review Jeanelle. We’re so glad you’re pleased with the service being provided at The Forum. We always find the community events a great way to continue growing our community spirit as new residents move in. We hope you continue for enjoy your time at The Forum for the foreseeable future.

See you around soon 🙂

Aston place is the place to live!

Review Date Nov 2021

The location is excellent, access to shops and restaurants is phenomenal. Aston place has overall enhanced my living standards and social life.

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The building is new, always clean which are the key aspects I desired when searching for a new accommodation. I’m really impressed on how decorative the reception can be – you can clearly see the employees here want to go the extra mile in order to enhance our customer experience.

Moreover the communal area and gym facilities are great If I want to spend some time outside my apartment and to socialise. I must say the team here at aston place have done an overall excellent job in ensuring all tenants feel comfortable and relaxed.

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The number if lifts and the amount of people that are allowed to use the gym

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Reception I must say are excellent – every member from the team are friendly and are always wanting to help. I feel really comfortable with each member of staff as they are so friendly and helpful.

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