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Sea Life centre next to Birmingham Canal

Life in Birmingham

As the UK’s second largest city, Birmingham is one of the most culturally diverse places in the country. Find food from around the world, discover why it’s known as a city of sport, and relax in its many parks and green spaces.

“Birmingham has so many international students, so it makes me feel really comfortable.” 

Elizabeth from Singapore, 
LLB (Hons) Law student

You can study in Birmingham at:

Birmingham: things to know  

Birmingham culture 

Birmingham’s diverse community means there is a lot to discover. 

Architecture, Building, Clock Tower

In Birmingham, you’ll never be bored! 

All the sport you could want

Birmingham was the first UK city to be awarded the title of National City of Sport. It hosts international cricket competitions, the Aegon Classic tennis tournament, and the Ryder Cup — golf’s premier international competition. The city is also home to Villa Park, one of the UK’s largest football stadiums.

Food from around the world

With food festivals throughout the year and street food markets serving authentic international cuisine at an affordable price, there is so much delicious dining in Birmingham. The city is also home to the Balti curry: the Balti Triangle is an area south of the centre and it’s where you can find lots of Balti houses serving Birmingham’s famous dish — why not try them all and find your favourite?

Music, theatre, culture and more…

Birmingham’s impressive musical heritage represents the city’s diversity. It’s the global centre of Bhangra culture, it brought reggae and ska to Britain, and it’s the birthplace of heavy metal. Birmingham’s Repertory Theatre is the oldest producing theatre in the UK and the Hippodrome is the country’s most visited theatre, with world-class drama, opera, ballet and musicals.

Architecture, Building, Clock Tower
Explore Birmingham
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Moseley Folk and Arts Festival

International artists and upcoming acts come together to perform at this annual music and arts festival in Moseley Park.

Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival

This live music festival showcases an eclectic line-up of world-class artists and offers up delicious street food and fun dance workshops.

Parks and gardens

Birmingham has more than 8,000 acres of award-winning green spaces and parks — more than any other European city!

Get on your bike

With plenty of traffic-free cycling on offer, you can enjoy lots of fun bike rides, including the Chocolate Trail, which takes you to Cadbury World.

Graffiti art of Digbeth

Named the “Coolest Neighbourhood in Britain” by the Sunday Times, you can explore the vibrant street art of this trendy area on a guided walk.

Canal walk

The Birmingham and Fazely Canal links urban and rural landscapes, and a walk along this canal can connect you with the city’s industrial past.