Discover Birmingham

The UK’s second largest city boasts a dynamic and diverse international community, unrivalled cultural heritage and first-class sporting opportunities. Rough Guides has named Birmingham one of the top 10 cities in the world. Studying in Birmingham is an exciting and unique experience.


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Birmingham City

An international city

Birmingham is one of the UK’s most culturally diverse cities, and over 20% of its residents are from overseas. As a result, the city hosts a variety of fantastic events. These include the UK’s biggest Eid celebrations, and the colourful Birmingham Caribbean Festival of food, music, dance and art.


City of sport

The first UK city to be awarded the title of National City of Sport, Birmingham takes its sport seriously. It hosts international cricket competitions, the Aegon Classic tennis tournament, and the Ryder cup – golf’s premier international competition. Birmingham is also home to Villa Park, one of the UK’s largest football stadiums and venue for the semi-finals of the world-famous FA Cup.

Birmingham City Jazz Poster

Cutting-edge music scene

The city’s amazing musical heritage reflects its cultural diversity. Birmingham is renowned as the birthplace of heavy metal music, the global centre of Bhangra culture, and the city that brought reggae and ska to Britain. The city’s top music venues include the Barclaycard Arena, one of the largest indoor arenas in the UK and host to concerts by internationally famous performers.

Birmingham Theatre Hall

Theatrical tradition

Birmingham has a long and proud history of performing arts. Birmingham Repertory Theatre is the oldest producing theatre in the UK, and you can watch a variety of drama there throughout the year. The Birmingham Hippodrome is the UK’s most visited theatre, and home to world-class drama, opera, ballet and musicals.

International student Heri at the University of Birmingham

Heri from Indonesia

Student at the University of Birmingham

I like the multicultural society. It is very welcoming and makes me feel at home. I also love the cafés and restaurants next to the canal, especially when it’s sunny!

Jessie, student

Jessie from Hong Kong SAR

Student at the University of Birmingham

Birmingham is a vibrant city where you can find many entertainment options. At the same time, it is also quiet enough for you to relax, especially during weekends.

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