Student city guide to Birmingham

Birmingham has the iconic Bullring shopping centre at its heart, a creative quarter, dozens of music venues, two major football clubs and brilliant transport links. With five universities and nearly 80,000 students, it's the second biggest university research hub in the UK outside of London.

Set across 15 acres of renovated factories on the riverside, The Custard Factory is Birmingham's acclaimed creative quarter. It houses multiple event spaces, independent shops, over 500 businesses focusing on digital and creative (including ASOS), and TV studios, plus festivals and gigs all year long. It's a dream for culture vultures and creative students and it’s a big part of the reason that lots of top tech talent are moving to the city to pursue a career. And yes, it really did used to be the Bird’s Custard factory.

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"Microbreweries, street food events, collective bakeries, farmers’ markets and the Birmingham Independent Food Fair"

Speaking of which — if you’re a foodie, you’ll be in heaven, with a growing food scene that includes microbreweries, street food events, collective bakeries, farmers’ markets and the Birmingham Independent Food Fair. Festivals range from the Craft Drink Festival to the International Birmingham Dance Festival and major electronic music events during the summer. There's never a dull moment in Brum.

Penworks House and Studios 51 are right next door to Aston University and both have spacious outdoor courtyards. Broderick House is on a direct bus route to the University of Birmingham and has its own social atrium space. All three are also well located for University College Birmingham and are a short walk to the vibrant city centre. Features across them include an onsite gym, a ping pong table, onsite laundry and secure bike storage.

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