Living in Birmingham

Located at the heart of the United Kingdom, Birmingham is one of the UK’s most desirable places to study, work and play. Birmingham is a truly cosmopolitan city bursting with creativity and a lively atmosphere. As Britain’s second largest city and home to over 65,000 students it offers cultural diversity through its vibrant underground arts scene, worldwide iconic shopping centres and exciting nightlife. There’s always something to discover in the city at the heart of the UK:

  • The visually impressive Bullring is a magnet to many of the retail giants with a range of shops available to suit every pocket in and around the surrounding area. The iconic Selfridges store is the jewel in the crown and the nearby upmarket retail and restaurant complex, The Mailbox, plays host to a cluster of designer stores, and overlooks Birmingham’s picturesque canals
  • Broad Street attracts thousands of people every week and is awash with a wide range of bars, clubs, restaurants, cinemas, and comedy venues, many offering student-friendly deals throughout the week
  • Choose from a multitude of theatres and music venues. The Barclaycard Arena, Getting Arena, Symphony Hall, O2 Academies, Birmingham REP, Hippodrome and New Alexandra Theatre play host to some of the UK’s biggest music artists and bands, as well as West End musicals, plays and the Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • Indulge in art, history and heritage at a number of venues including Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
  • On the sporting front, the city is home to Birmingham City and Aston Villa football clubs, while Warwickshire County Cricket Club’s home ground of Edgbaston hosts international test matches. With world-class indoor athletics also regularly featured at the NIA, you’ll never be short of quality sport

Bartley Green 

Newman University is located in Bartley Green, 7.5 miles outside of the city centre. Our location is ideal for those who like to get away from the hustle and bustle of inner-city life, but we are only just over twenty minutes from Birmingham City Centre on the bus. Bartley Green is a quiet and leafy suburb, with a selection of local shows and amenities nearby including an ASDA supermarket.

For students who don’t wish to go into the city centre, Northfield and Halesowen have shopping centres for your everyday needs, both a short bus ride away. Harborne and Selly Oak are also close by, and are popular with students for nights out with a range of bars and restaurants. For up to date information on public transport links visit:

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