Apartments to rent in Birmingham: Top 5 Developments

Birmingham isn’t just England’s second city, it’s also the setting for the biggest UK housing market expansion in decades. The city has a truly exciting future, as it attracts greater levels of public and private investment in property development. It’s also attracting young professionals by the thousands, all of them keen to call it home. So, what is fuelling this rise in housing prices and availability? We look at the state of the market, and highlight some of the best apartments to rent in Birmingham.

Apartments to rent in Birmingham: best developments as rated by tenants

Now it’s time to showcase some of the best apartments available for rent in Birmingham today. The following list has based purely on the verified scores given to the developments by the people who actually live there. This gives you a full ‘insider’s view’ into what it’s really like to call these prime Birmingham apartments home.

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how many reviews a scheme has and how recently those reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. Buildings with a larger number of more recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.

1. Aston Place, B1

Dandara Living
4.91 (681 reviews) 4.91 (681 reviews)
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Top of the pile in Birmingham’s competitive rental apartment rankings is Aston Place, by Dandara Living. Sitting in the heart of the city, the development offers studio to 2-bed apartments. Residents benefit from a gym with fitness classes, resident events and car parking. As well as this, the development is just five minutes from Birmingham New Street Station and the business/retail districts.

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2. The Whitmore Collection, B3

Legal & General, urbanbubble
4.90 (212 reviews) 4.90 (212 reviews)
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The second-placed rental apartment development in Birmingham is The Whitmore Collection. This iconic setting offers residents a range of 1 & 2 bedroom canal-side apartments, as well as a number of townhouses. These all feature high-quality appliances and video security intercom along with speedy 100MB Virgin broadband. Residents can also enjoy excellent on-site facilities including a residents’ courtyard, gym, clubhouse and private dining room. Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter is also right on your doorstep, as are plenty of meandering canalside walks.

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3. The Mercian, B15

Moda Living
4.84 (175 reviews) 4.84 (175 reviews)
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Third-placed The Mercian offers 481 stunning apartments over 42 storeys. Located on the former site of The Click Club, this rental development is the tallest residential tower in Birmingham. As well as great amenities and views, it offers a 200-metre rooftop running track!

Read reviews and details of The Mercian, B15

4. The Lansdowne, B16

Way of Life
4.73 (169 reviews) 4.73 (169 reviews)
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In fourth place, The Lansdowne, managed by Way of Life is located in Birmingham’s Edgbaston Village. The building offers 206 apartments, a mix of furnished and unfurnished. There’s also a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and duplexes on offer. Residents have access to a wide range of amenities too, including 24-hour concierge and free super-fast Wi-Fi. Private facilities include a residents’ gym, lounge, and cycle storage with an attached bike workshop. Residents can also utilise the Cultural Mixer space, which has a residents’ kitchen, big-screen entertainment setups and a dedicated events space.

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5. The Forum, B5

Touchstone
4.47 (109 reviews) 4.47 (109 reviews)
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Our fifth-ranked development is The Forum, which features a range of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments to rent in the heart of Birmingham’s Southside district. There’s a variety of resident facilities available on site, including a gym, communal lounge and landscaped rooftop terrace with a pizza oven and BBQ facilities, together with a dedicated on-site concierge team to cater to your specific needs. The Bullring, Selfridges and Grand Central are only a short stroll away and Birmingham’s New Street Station is just a 5-minute walk away.

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Living in Birmingham

Birmingham is the second-largest city in the UK, with over 1.2 million living within the main city area. It’s not just big, it’s also rich in history, culture and opportunity. From its medieval market town roots, it transformed itself into a manufacturing powerhouse during the industrial revolution. Today, it has completely changed its appearance once again, becoming one of the most important UK hubs for tech, healthcare, finance and services-based jobs.

This dramatic shift in purpose has changed the very look and feel of the city. Today, around 60% of Birmingham’s population is under 35, most of them young professionals. This influx of young people has in turn led to surging demand for new retail, dining, entertainment and cultural experiences. And, of course, it’s driving demand for smart yet affordable rental property.

This makes Birmingham a city that is constantly evolving. If you want to live somewhere with thriving nightlife, an outstanding restaurant and café culture, year-round festival opportunities, excellent schools and universities, and much more, then Birmingham delivers.

On top of all that, Birmingham has more canals than Venice and more trees than Paris. This makes it a beautiful, thrilling place to explore and fall in love with.

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Birmingham’s Rental Market Boom

The surge of young professionals attracted to Birmingham means that renting is big business. While rents in London fell dramatically in the COVID-19 peaks of 2020 and 2021, prices remained flat in Birmingham. They then picked up dramatically in late 2021 and early 2022 as the vaccine rollout began to take effect.

Starting from 2022, over the next five years, the average value of Birmingham property is predicted to rise by 4.9% each year. Rental values will rise by 2.8 per cent per year as well. These are among the highest average house price/rental rate rises in the country, outstripping even London.

This is happening partially because the Birmingham housing market is significantly undersupplied. Recent reports suggest that 4,000 new homes need to be built per year for the next 10 years to keep pace with demand. However, only 900 new homes were built per year between 2010 and 2020.

All of this means that Birmingham is a strong growth market, one that developers want to tap into. As major milestones are reached – like hosting the upcoming Commonwealth Games and the completion of Phase 1 of HS2 – Birmingham’s appeal as a property development market, and rental market, will only grow.


If this list has given you the urge to explore Birmingham’s rental market further, check out our area guide below. This will give you a fuller understanding of what Birmingham has to offer, and where to look.

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